But what if they want to be a brain surgeon? Or maybe ‘just’ a brain specialist? US News consistently ranks the Mayo Clinic’s neurology department (link to Mayo Clinic) among the strongest in the nation. In order to show that more recent college graduates of less selective colleges are also being hired for the most desirable jobs, the list below only includes those Mayo Clinic neurologists who finished their undergraduate degrees in the year 2000 or after; it ends with the year 2011 because it takes a long time to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to understand brains! Years they graduated are in parentheses.

Mayo Clinic Neurologists

Bemidji State U (00)

U Wisconsin (00)

Columbia Union College (01)

U Virginia (01)

U Pennsylvania (01)

Harvard (02)

Fordham U (02)

U Kansas (02)

Duke (03)

Georgetown (03)

Grove City College (03)

Sewanee, the University of the South (04)

Augustana College (04)

U Tulsa (04)

U Illinois (04)

Oregon State U (05)

U Texas (05)

Case Western Reserve U (06)

Emporia State (06)

U Minnesota (07)

Cornell (07)

Drew University (07)

Wabash College (08)

Texas Tech (08)

Nebraska Wesleyan U (09)

Rice U (10)

U Kentucky (10)

UC San Diego (00)

Westmont College (01)

UC Los Angeles (01)

Harvard (01)

Dartmouth (02)

Pacific Union College (02)

Villanova U (02)

U Utah (03)

Princeton U (03)

Yale (03)

Rockhurst U (03)

Dartmouth (04)

Vanderbilt (04)

U Rochester (04)

U Missouri–Kansas City (04)

U Puerto Rico (05)

UC Los Angeles (05)

U Florida (06)

UC Los Angeles (06)

Northeastern Illinois U (07)

U Miami (07)

St. Louis U (08)

George Washington U (08)

Missouri State U (09)

Xavier U (09)

Trinity College (10)

U Notre Dame (11)

Source: mayoclinic.org

(last updated 4/06/2021)

As you can see, the schools represented are similar in their diversity to those at NASA and for company CEOs. And regardless of where they went for either of their degrees, they all ended up as neurologists with a very desirable employer.