Grades v. Prestige

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xmrmckenziex
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Grades v. Prestige

Postby xmrmckenziex » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:06 pm

I am sure that this question has been asked before; I just wasn't entirely sure how to phrase a forum search on the specific topic. I was curious at what point, success at a lower ranked school starts to overtake the prestige of a slightly higher ranked school i.e. would top 10% UCLA be more valued by employers over top 25% at NYU or top 50% at Harvard?

Obviously there are tons of factors that employers take into account; I'm just curious how prestige of the institution you were part of rates in relation to how you performed at said institution.

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nealric
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Re: Grades v. Prestige

Postby nealric » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:11 pm

I was curious at what point, success at a lower ranked school starts to overtake the prestige of a slightly higher ranked school i.e. would top 10% UCLA be more valued by employers over top 25% at NYU or top 50% at Harvard?


There is no set point. Different employers value different things. A district court judge in California would more likely to take the person from UCLA. A large firm in NYC would be more likely to take the person from NYU or Harvard.

It's also worth noting that Harvard does not give traditional grades. It's Honors/Pass/Low Pass- so you can't directly compare a Harvard person to a UCLA person.

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Re: Grades v. Prestige

Postby TheFriendlyBarber » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:13 pm

xmrmckenziex wrote:I was curious at what point, success at a lower ranked school starts to overtake the prestige of a slightly higher ranked school


Top 1% at HLS > Bottom 1% at YLS
Top 10% at SLS > Bottom 90% at HLS

xmrmckenziex wrote:would top 10% UCLA be more valued by employers over top 25% at NYU or top 50% at Harvard?


No.




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