Companies prefer to recruit new hires at big state universities – not at the prestigious Ivies, according to a new survey by the Wall Street Journal.
State universities have become the favorite because of their big student populations and focus on teaching practical skills, the WSJ found.
Under pressure to cut costs and streamline their hiring efforts, recruiting managers find it’s more efficient to focus on fewer large schools and forge deeper relationships with them, according to the WSJ survey of recruiters whose companies last year hired 43,000 new graduates.
Big state schools Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were the top three picks among recruiters surveyed.
Georgia Tech placed 7th.
The only Ivy in the top 25 was Cornell at No. 14.
Recruiters say graduates of top public universities are often among the most prepared and well-rounded academically, the WSJ said. Companies have found they fit well into their corporate cultures and over time have the best track record in their firms.
The Top 10
1. Penn State
2. Texas A&M
3. University of Illinois
5. Arizona State
6. University of Michigan
7. Georgia Tech
8. University of Maryland
9. University of Florida
10. Carnegie Mellon