Short post today.
Hire people who have a chip on their shoulder. Those who might be from the wrong side of the tracks (wrong side only in the "I <and my parents> don't belong to a country club" sense), but have done all the right things, are smart and have a history of getting things done.
I don't care what school you went to. Community college before you picked up the degree from a non-descript state school? Perfect. Worked retail during school and after you got your degree because the market was tight? Nice.
As long as you can show me you've got a track history of getting things done, are quick on the uptake and hungry, it actually works to your advantage. You're not from the wrong side of the tracks. You're practical and not part of a big ponzi scheme outlined here by Mark Cuban (you should read the post at that link - for real)
You don't have to have gone to an SEC school if I'm recruiting in the Southeast. Kennesaw State, Troy University and UAB work just fine - as long as the other things are there.
Can I ask you how much debt you have if you went to a private school I've never heard of? Probably not, and it's in bad taste. But I'm thinking whether your parents just dropped 200K on a school that I've rarely heard of or if you already have the equivalent of a big home mortgage for a degree that simply allows you to interview for entry-level, white-collar jobs.
If you went to a public school that isn't a A-lister, don't apologize. Tell me why the fancy degree doesn't mean anything. Show me what you've done that the rich kids haven't.
HIre a bootstrapper. If all the intangibles are there, it's a pretty smart thing to do.