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WSJ: U.S. companies favor state school grads

Jenna Johnson

There are lots of ways to attempt to evaluate the value of one college education over another.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal unveiled its own version. At the core of its methodology is a question that lots of college students are asking themselves already: Will this education score me a job when I graduate?

Rather than look at standardized test scores or admissions rates, the WSJ surveyed recruiters who make new hires for 479 of the country's largest public and private companies, nonprofits and government agencies about their perceptions about colleges -- and which ones produce the "highest-caliber graduates," according to a WSJ news release.

The survey found that state universities were the favorite, according to a story in Monday's WSJ. Of the top 25 schools picked by recruiters, 19 were public, one was Ivy League and the rest were private. The top three schools were Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Click here for the full list.)

The WSJ also launched a Web page on its site, called "Paths to Professions," where students and others can browse findings from the survey.

What do you think of the survey and its results? Is this a better or worse way of comparing schools?

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By Jenna Johnson  |  September 13, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
Categories:  Admissions  | Tags: Penn State, Texas A&M, University of Illinois  
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