Here's an interesting article by Frank Bruni of the New York Times about how to measure the value of a college education. Everyone knows which schools are the hardest to get into, but what are the factors about a college education that really impact "fulfillment?"
Bruni previews several interesting findings from the latest Gallup-Purdue study entitled Great Jobs, Great Lives. 60,000 college graduates were surveyed along five dimensions of satisfaction—relationships, health, community, economic situation and sense of purpose—with the goal of identifying whether or not where students attended school made a difference.
Long story short, the advantages for attending elite national universities and liberal arts colleges aren't that material. Four factors that do make a difference include mentorship, job experience/internships, deep involvement in an campus organization/activity, and the amount of debt you incur post graduation.
Click here for the article.