Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Friday, March 13, 2015
Congratulations on all the hard work you've put in toward your degree! I would like to address two concerns you've brought up in your situation.
First, you've asked how to present your situation to recruiters and the answer is that a recruiter's primary concern is seeking out top talent, regardless of the background of your university training. Depending on your GPA, experience and leadership while in school, your University may actually help you stand out more since it is probably less common in a pool of applicants. However, if you feel the need to speak to it a little, use your cover letter as an opportunity to feature some of the work you've done to distinguish yourself and also highlight the top-notch education you've recieved.
Second, if you are a right 'fit' for a position, you will recieve opportunities (and not scare off recruiters). Your skill-sets, experience and other attributes will determine if you are a match for the role, and a recruiter will recognize this. When interviewing, you don't have to go out of your way to impress. Be yourself and be honest.
Best of luck!