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Credentialism is an elevated (and usually undue) measure of a person's ability or intelligence based primarily on an academic degree. Sometimes expressed as credentialitis,[1] the qualification earned and in particular the institution from which it was obtained, credentialism can give a false sense of a person's ability due to indoctrination at school and university facilities.

It is not uncommon for those with a certain degree from a particular institution, often times of an ivy league pedigree, to express an unwarranted elitism.