A lot of companies will just throw your resume in the trash when you don't meet their degree requirements and they wont even think twice, but I know people who were able to get in the door without the education.
Honestly, if you want the BEST shot at getting a job if you do these 3 things, you will be lots of opportunities over other people.
Self Teach on the side.
if i would have known about the certifications a couple years ago id be well im on way to better money.
@ professors and advisors preaching a degree will get me a great job by itself. The IT field wants to see a degree, certifications, AND experience. if yoou have a good mix of those 3 then youre set. DO NOT FOCUS ON JUST SCHOOL.