A lot of us on CC are college aficionados that know the names of all top 50 universities and LACs and what they specialize in and how they're ranked, etc.
But how many random strangers would be impressed, for example, by someone saying they went to Washington University in St. Louis or Tufts or Wake Forest, etc? We on CC know the reputation of these schools, but when it comes to the average person's perception, what colleges do you think truly have wide-spread name recognition?
For example, if the average parent saw an ad for tutoring and the person had a degree from ___, they'd go: "Whoa, he went THERE? He must really be worth the $300 an hour!"
OBVIOUSLY, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT have immediate name recognition. I'd probably add UC Berkeley and Columbia too.
But beyond those?
These are the ones that I personally think are contenders: Johns Hopkins, Duke, Notre Dame, Brown, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Cornell and -maybe-: USC, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon
I don't think any LAC would be well-known by the average person, except maybe Vassar.
Of course, some are well-known in their respective region, but I'm talking nation-wide.
What do you guys think?