More evidence that paying a lot for a prestigious college doesn't always make sense -- at least, not financially.
According to a new paper, and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the choice of a college graduate's major is a better measure of early-career wages than which school they attended.
Graduates of big-name, flagship campuses often did not earn more than those who had attended lesser-known, regional ones. In Texas, Colorado and Virginia graduates of two-year degree programs in some technical and science fields earned more, on average, than graduates with four-year degrees. In general, graduates of technology, engineering and mathematics programs earned a bigger paycheck.
The research paper, from the college affordability partnership College Measures, puts together previous reports on the average first-year earnings of graduates, sorted by major, institution and type of degree.
Previously, Marketplace and the Chronicle of Higher Education commissioned a study that looked at what employers and hiring managers really want from college grads, and found in some cases, an internship and job experience were more important than college major.