The considerations, according to the author are:
- Ivy League schools tend to have more aggressive recruiting from employers, even during recessions--they may not make it to a public university.
- The connections one makes at more prestigious schools can help to advance one's career after college or help a student get into a more prestigious graduate school.
- Students can be denied enrollment into over-crowded courses at some state schools, causing their graduation sequence to be delayed or for important courses to be missed entirely.
- Apply for and seek out strong summer or capstone internships that can help to add prestige to a resume and also foster influential connections
- Take on leadership or research roles in your institution, again adding strength to your future applications as well as assisting in connecting you to important people in your field
- If your school has an honors program or honors college, apply--you will often be connected with other focused and academically strong students and also may be able to get first crack at registering for courses each semester