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Do LAC graduates have as many job oppurtunities as their big school counterparts ?

20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
Planning to major in Computer Science ...

My college list still isn't complete because of this one dilemma ...
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Replies to: Do LAC graduates have as many job oppurtunities as their big school counterparts ?

  • world changerworld changer Registered User Posts: 2,503 Senior Member
    LAC graduates typically go to big-name graduate schools. So, in that sense, they get the best of both worlds.

    But if you're planning on only getting a bachelors, a tech-oriented university might be best (such as Purdue, etc.).
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    I will definitely go in for a masters degree ... :)

    PS : Don't tell me that I can't be sure about it right now bla bla, 'cause I plan to come back to my home country after working in the US for a few years ... and only bachelors means NOTHING here...
  • world changerworld changer Registered User Posts: 2,503 Senior Member
    If you're going for a masters, you'll be fine at an LAC for undergrad. :)
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    But will i be able to land a job after i'm through with my undergrad ? (And a good one at that; suppose i have a decent gpa bla bla)
  • world changerworld changer Registered User Posts: 2,503 Senior Member
    You should be able to. Especially if you go to a reputable LAC.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    I don't see why not. Many LACs have excellent graduate and professional school placement.
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,858 Senior Member
    Grad and professional school placement does not equal a job. Many LAC's are not very geared up in the career services area. I'd ask some hard questions. Who comes to campus, how many are hired, etc. Most large schools publish this info.
  • musicguru5musicguru5 Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    For perspective, just finished at Carleton College, a great liberal arts school, and am now in grad school, and helping teach undergrad labs at a big research university (University of Texas - Austin).

    Particularly if you're planning to go to grad school, I don't think liberal arts hurts you at all...if anything, I think it helped me a bunch, what with all the personal interaction you get with professors (who can help get you accepted to a great grad school with a very personal recommendation). There really is a difference between a 20-person class where all parts are taught by a professor and a big school where TA's lead everything but the big lecture. (Not to knock TA's...I'm one right now, and it's a lot of hard work. But there's a certain type of professional advice that a professor who knows you well is way better for than a fresh-from-undergrad TA.)

    In my mind, a big school with the resources to do major research is the place to be for grad school, but as an undergrad it's easy to get ignored...whatever they tell you in the brochures, believe me, the grad students get the priority. It's also just much easier to make yourself stand out in liberal arts. That ability to stand out leads to lots of benefits for you down the line, including in grad school. And hey, you may discover something totally unexpected that you're really into. (I'd planned on being a biologist since I was about 6, and I'm not anymore, but I love the geology that I stumbled into in that whole liberal-arts-broad-curriculum thing and am now pursuing in grad school....so, you never know.)

    Moral of the story: Liberal arts won't hurt your job prospects, and may actually help you out quite a bit.
  • SarahsDadSarahsDad Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    Many top LACs have surprisingly extensive Career Development Offices for those interested in entering the workforce right out of college. For example, see Pomona College, http://www.pomona.edu/cdo/home.shtml

    Firms that most frequently hire Pomona graduates (from USNWR):

    Accenture; Analysis Group; Bain & Company; Bank of America Securities; Bear Stearns; Bel Air Investment Advisors; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; Boston Consulting Group; CIBC; CRA International; CalPIRG; Cambridge Associates; Center For Blood Research; City Year New York; City of Hope Medical Center; Cornerstone Research; Countrywide Financial; Credit Suisse; Deloitte Consulting; Democratic National Convention; Department of Justice; Deutsche Bank; ESRI; EcoSecurities, Ltd.; Ernst & Young; FEI Women's Health; Franklin Templeton Investments; Fred Segal; Gallo Wine Company; Georgetown University; Google, Inc; Green Corps; Harvard University; Hillstone Restaurant Group; Hollywood Bowl; International Creative Management; JET Japan Exchange and Teaching Program; JP Morgan; Kaiser Permanente; LA Unified School District; Lazard Freres; Lehman Brothers; McKinsey & Company; Mercer Human Resource Consulting; Merrill Lynch; NERA; NYC Teaching Fellows; National Institute on Drug Abuse ; New England Center for Children; Nova Group of Japan; Partners in School Innovation; Peace Corps; Posse Foundation; Procter and Gamble; Public Financial Management; Quellos Group, LLC; Relational Investors; Roche Pharmaceuticals; Sandia National Laboratories; Sidley Austin LLP; Sony Pictures; State PIRGs; Teach For America; U.S. Department of State; UBS Investment Bank; UCLA Medical Center; UCSF Aids Health Project; University of Maryland; Urban Institute; Warner Brothers Records; Wells Fargo; Western Asset Management
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,858 Senior Member
    A few TOP lacs like Pomona are good. There is a sharp dropoff after the top 20 or so. Grinnell kids have been complaining for years about it.
  • JBVirtuosoJBVirtuoso Registered User Posts: 4,579 Senior Member
    What about lower tier LACs, like Oberlin, as compared to Ohio State?
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,858 Senior Member
    Oberlin is hardly lower tier. It has a long history as one of the top 3 in the midwest with Carleton and Grinnell and is probably the best known of the 3.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Oberlin is a top tier LAC.
    You'll get more useful answers for the questions you're asking about job opps by contacting the career services departments of the LACs that interest you.
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    "A few TOP lacs like Pomona are good. There is a sharp dropoff after the top 20 or so. Grinnell kids have been complaining for years about it."

    That's what worries me ...
  • collegeprep11collegeprep11 Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    it also depends on location of the school. if you're talking about working on wallstreet then going to a small school in nyc (not necessarily top 10) like barnard maybe preferred over larger schools (but still fairly decent) like case western or tulane. trust me that top companies, as with top grad schools, are aware of top lacs even if they don't recruit at most of them.
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