Employers Split Over Importance of Alma Mater

July 10, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Employers are split nearly half and half over how much a candidate's alma mater matters in terms of landing an accounting job, a recent survey of executives found.

According to a recent survey by online job service Accountemps, slightly more than half (51%) of chief financial officers surveyed say that the university an accounting graduate attended is important or somewhat important to catching an employer’s attention.

Specifically, 13% said the university was very important, whereas 38% said somewhat important.

However, 49% of respondents surveyed said that the stature of an institution was not important at all.

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.