Then there are the Dale and Kreuger studies:
"In the study, the better predictor of earnings was the average SAT scores of the most selective school a teenager applied to
and not the typical scores of the institution the student attended."
The Ivy League Earnings Myth - US News
And the differences in majors -
"...going to college and getting a degree is important, but what you major in can be three or four times more important." said Anthony P. Carnevale, who co-authored the study and directs Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. "The difference in earnings is more than 300 percent."
Even clouds seem bright and breezy, 'Cause the livin' is free and easy, See the rat race in a new way, Like you're wakin' up to a new day (Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether lyrics, Alan Parsons Project, based on an EA Poe story)