My question is does a degree from a higher ranked school give better job opportunities? Are employers more likely to higher people with a degree from a higher ranked school? So far I have completed one semester of college at SIUC. I am a mechanical engineer major. I like SIUC and have made many friends and done well in classes but I have considered transferring to U of I (Urbana-Champaign) since it is ranked one of the best engineering schools in the US.