For a better future eh?

<p>Now, we all know that Public Ivies offer great education. But why then do people struggle for the Private Ivy League and pay the additional like 20-30 grand? The name, right? The label "IVY LEAGUER". Opens up oppurtunities for a better career, a more high paying one etc. But I find myself gravitating towards UChicago. Not only does it stand high on the international level, it is very prestigious. However, despite the fact that it is so awesome, it is not in the sports conference and thus not labelled "IVY." I wanted to know, after UChicago, did people find good careers? Careers that paralleled those that people who graduate from Ivy's often do? And also, if someone graduated from UChicago, are the chances of attending graduate school at a place like Yale or Stanford good? Thanks.</p>

<p>Of course you'll be able to get a good job. Any educated recruiter will know what UChicago is all about. No one's going to care if you came from a school in a sports conference with the word "Ivy" in it....</p>

<p>btw U of C is pretty expensive too. lol</p>

<p>Public Ivies? What schools is that in reference to?</p>

<p>i think thats like cal, mich, uva, maybe a few others</p>

<p>Your initial premise is probably more than a little off. There are lots of reasons to prefer the type of institution represented by most of the Ivies -- and Chicago, and several others -- to what you are calling the "Public Ivies" that have nothing to do with labels or expectation for better jobs. (Also, I think that if you look at the studies that everyone cites, there is no evidence that going to a top private university produces enough additional expected earnings, on average, to justify the price difference vs. a top public university.) There is a pretty big difference in scale between 4-6,000 undergraduates and 20,000+ undergraduates.</p>

<p>A degree from Chicago will do a lot for you if you want it to. Even if the name doesn't mean much to your employers, you will have undergone four years of hxcore (sorry, had to) thinking, reading, writing, and reasoning-- things that every employer everywhere looks for in an employee. If they recognize the Chicago brand name (as business/finance types are likely to, because of the economics department), all the better. </p>

<p>But honestly, don't think that a degree from an elite institution will automatically grant you a VIP pass to the front of the line when it comes to getting a job. My older brother is an ivy alum from a school whose name and brand carries much more weight to it than Chicago, but even he had to send out about a hundred letters, and he was continually turned down from jobs that were offered not to other elite college grads, but to state school grads. For the employers he was looking to work for, the state school names and programs were much more familiar than the Ivy program, and that the employer knew that X State consistently produced strong graduates was more than enough to overturn the Ivy name on the resume.</p>

<p>If you come to Chicago only because you think it will launch your professional career and you have no interest in a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education (yet you manage to feign interest on the application), you will be severely disappointed. Trust me.</p>