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Colleges with true "name recognition"

FlambeauFlambeau Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
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?
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Replies to: Colleges with true "name recognition"

  • FlambeauFlambeau Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    :))

    Okay, how about the average person that's not interested in college sports? Or that has some level of awareness about colleges but not to the extent of us on CC?
  • FlambeauFlambeau Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    doschicos wrote:
    Why worry about what random strangers and the average person knows and thinks, anyway?

    Employers, grad schools, those who know what a good education is do know the names. Not to sound elitist but I worry very little about what the average person thinks of my family's choice in higher education.

    Oh, I'm not personally worried or anything. I go to USC and it's a very recognizable name in California at least! :P I was just curious because I was thinking about how so many of the top colleges on CC are names that most people have never even heard of.
  • TiggerDadTiggerDad Registered User Posts: 919 Member
    USNWR takes care of the ordinary, average folks. ;)
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 14,474 Senior Member
    edited September 9
    Aside from a handful or two, it's very regional. Even USC, outside the region, isn't known well and if you used the initials in the south, many would think South Carolina.

    Your average person knows very little about US News rankings. If you are in the grocery store and say many top 25 university or LAC names to someone you vaguely know who wants to know where your kids are going, most will result in a blank look.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,599 Senior Member
    There are plenty of top (or ish) schools that have only regional reputations. So be it.
  • FlambeauFlambeau Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I guess you guys are reading way too much into this thread...

    I never said I was worried about it myself. I was just curious to see what people think.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,599 Senior Member
    Yup, that's what we think.
  • gearmomgearmom Registered User Posts: 2,341 Senior Member
    #2 I feel a little left out. I never, not one time went to a college football game or basketball game or watched one on TV. It never occurred to me to go. And I don't know anything about college sports.

    I know soccer because we live it now.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 14,474 Senior Member
    I've been a long term soccer mom, too, @gearmom. But we're not "average". My preferred football is what the rest of the world calls football/futbol. :)
  • gearmomgearmom Registered User Posts: 2,341 Senior Member
    ^My youngest is accidentally on three soccer teams this year with futsal additionally in the winter. When my H and all 3 boys play the laundry is insane.
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