Notre Dame gets recruited by nearly all the prestige-conscious firms so its definitely elite in that regard. Its just not a research powerhouse. Michigan graudates are like everywhere lol not just in the US but internationally.
^ ^True, though this varies by discipline, and even by subspecialties within disciplines. There's also some emphasis on the particular person under whom one obtained one's doctorate.
I was about to mention this. Acdemia is about who you work for not what school you go to. Its natural thta the best people to work for are at the best schools. However going to work with a Nobel laureate at a 200 ranked school could do more for your career than going to the number one graduate school.
Sakky, I would agre with your examples but you should also be aware that there are some people who believe school is more important than accomplishments and vice versa.