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How well recognized is Brown outside of the US?

exuberantpeaceexuberantpeace Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in Brown University
Anecdotes appreciated :)

Additionally, how would you compare Brown's international prestige to Duke's international prestige?
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Replies to: How well recognized is Brown outside of the US?

  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 16,091Registered User Senior Member
    A person familiar with Duke being a top US college will also know Brown is one as well. Those who don't, won't. If you're planning on attending one of these over the other based on other peoples' ignorances, you're valuing the wrong things.

    The avg American has not heard of Brown University. But then, why should I care?
  • exuberantpeaceexuberantpeace Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    I couldn't agree more; it's ridiculous to base such a personal decision on the opinions of others. Though, I see myself as a global citizen. It's very likely that I will work outside the US at one point of time in my life, so I have interest in the connotations that my undergraduate degree will carry.

    I realize that HYPSM are the top contenders in regards to international and domestic "lay man prestige". I understand that among educated circles both Brown and Duke would fare more than well. I'm not one for rankings.

    What motivated me to ask this question was the variation in opinions regarding the matter I read online. I wanted to open the question in 2012 and to encourage people to share personal experiences.

    I know so much of it is regional. I'm from a small town in Ohio, but I can't remember not knowing of Brown...Cornell, on the other hand, I only recently learned of (no offense intended, really). That's why I'd be thrilled to read your personal experiences.
  • meghanwmeghanw Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    I'm from Canada, so I guess I kind of provide an international background.
    Brown is definitely better known than Duke here. Most educated people who know something about US universities would be able to recognize Brown, maybe half of those that could recognize Brown would be able to recognize Duke.

    T26E4 has it right though. This is an incredibly personal decision that only you can make. It matters more about your growth at college and what you accomplish there, not the 'brand' name.
  • KakaoukoKakaouko Posts: 96Registered User Junior Member
    Well, except for HYP, recognized universities are those mentioned in Gossip Girl. Brown included.
  • goldenboy8784goldenboy8784 Posts: 1,698Registered User Senior Member
    Actually, Brown, Duke, and Princeton have about the same level of international prestige. While Princeton is considered a top 5 university in the States, its lack of major professional programs somewhat dilutes its brand internationally. I would say that Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia are the most prestigious American universities internationally in that order.

    No offense Megan but being from Canada doesn't offer us too much of an "international perspective" hehe. ;)
  • exuberantpeaceexuberantpeace Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    @goldenboy
    I didn't know that about Princeton. Columbia seems to carry very positive connotations overseas, but it's not for me. Thanks for your input.
  • SaugusSaugus Posts: 3,879Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^^^

    I think your not knowing about Cornell "until recently" is kind of an anecdotal example and doesn't really say all that much.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Posts: 5,260Registered User Senior Member
    Kakaouko,

    How does Brown's lack of a degree in slut affect it's international reputation?
  • exuberantpeaceexuberantpeace Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    @Saugus
    Totally agree! It doesn't say much and it's totally anecdotal evidence. I'm not looking for anything scientific, just personal experiences. I feel like there's only so much you can do with those arbitrary rankings (intl. and natl.).
  • LoremIpsumLoremIpsum Posts: 3,497Registered User Senior Member
    Brown ranks 22nd worldwide as the college degree international employers currently seek, ahead of Duke by 4 spots, way ahead of Dartmouth and UPenn and way, way ahead of Cornell.

    Global Companies Rank Universities - NYTimes.com
  • goldenboy8784goldenboy8784 Posts: 1,698Registered User Senior Member
    Reputation among International Recruiters
    Global Companies Rank Universities - NYTimes.com

    Brown: #22
    Duke: #26

    Reputation Among International Chief Executives and Chairmen
    Education - Image - NYTimes.com

    Duke: #13
    Brown: #16

    The fact that two separate Global Employment Rankings that employed different methodologies arrived at the conclusion that Duke and Brown are within 5 spots of each other should tell you that these schools are almost dead even prestige-wise.
  • exuberantpeaceexuberantpeace Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    @Loremlpsum
    I wonder why Boston University was ranked so high?

    Thank you and goldenboy for sharing those sources.

    EDIT:...and I certainly think that goldenboy is on to something ;) The universities clearly are on the same level.
  • LoremIpsumLoremIpsum Posts: 3,497Registered User Senior Member
    I wonder why Boston University was ranked so high?

    There was speculation about this on another thread. Grads from Harvard will often telling people they went to school "in Boston" to avoid that well-la-de-da attitude. One wonders if "Boston" has becomes synonymous with Harvard and MIT in some international circles.
  • PhilovitistPhilovitist Posts: 2,737Registered User Senior Member
    Boston's a pretty great school in and of itself and hosts a lot of connections with job recruiters.
  • burningham17burningham17 Posts: 77Registered User Junior Member
    I'm studying abroad in Denmark this semester. I don't think I've met a single Dane who knew what Brown was. The only school most Europeans know of is Harvard.
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