I just returned to junior college last semester to finish the math and physics requirements of most engineering programs and I'm trying to decide on which university to attend this fall. My choices are University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, and Oakland University. The main thing I am concerned with are the job prospects after graduation. How much weight do the HR people put into which college you graduated from? For myself, the schools break down like this. U of M -Good, nationally known school -kind of expensive, but I should be able to get enough government loans to at least cover tuition and I have a decent part time job to cover books, living expenses, and my vehicle -inconvenient to get to, it's at least 30 minutes from my home and 45 from my job, double that if I have to commute during rush hour. Lawrence Tech -Small, well known school (at least in my local area, not sure nationally) -EXPENSIVE, I'll need independent school loans to attend and I'll come out of college heavily in debt -very convenient, it's almost exactly half way between my home and job. Oakland University -Small, local university(not sure what kind of rep they have) -Least expensive of my options, I could possibly cover tuition on subsidized loans or take some extra unsubsidized loans and cut back on my work hours. This would allow me to take an extra class per semester and graduate sooner. -Kind of convenient, it's closer to work then it is to home, but wouldn't be near the commute nightmare that UofM would be. I'm more concerned with just making the middle of the interview pile then I am with being at the top. I just don't want to spend 2.5 years working my ass off for a degree and then find that my resume automatically goes to the bottom of the "if everyone else turns us down" pile or in the garbage because I didn't graduate from a well known school.