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This could lead to “confusion” - Stanford, Samford and now Sanford National University

jym626jym626 56013 replies2916 threads Senior Member
edited October 9 in Parents Forum
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/09/national-university-change-its-name-after-receiving-350-million-pledge?dnuarrowclick=yes&utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=161ab11b77-DNU_2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-161ab11b77-198171250&mc_cid=161ab11b77&mc_eid=92c29ca1ec

National University is a non-traditional, private nonprofit U which states it has locations all over California, online, and one location in Las Vegas . A South Dakota billionaire benefactor, T. Denny Sanford, has donated $350 million and they are renaming the school after him. Wonder how carefully attendees, especially in CA, will need to pronounce the name of their academic institution :)

There are several colleges with confusing or similar names (eg California U of Pennsylvania, Indiana U of Pennsylvania, BU/BC, Northwestern/Northeastern, Pittsburg State (in Kansas) the Wesleyans, U Miami/Miami of Ohio, and I recall many years ago an International student thought he had applied to and was admitted to Colgate— turns out he was attending Colby.

Now we have a new addition to the potential confusion. What other “sound-alikes’ or confusing college names can you add (there are actually quite a few).
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  • wisteria100wisteria100 4236 replies47 threads Senior Member
    A couple years ago there was a story here on CC that a student showed up at the wrong UC! Confused by the initials.
    There’s also College of the Holy Cross in MA and Holy Cross College in Indiana.
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  • bgbg4usbgbg4us 1363 replies43 threads Senior Member
    those are confusing, and I can see my own kid getting confused.

    (BTW Sanford Health is huge - and really a good system - in SD. )

    my kid sent his ACT scores to Harford community college (when he meant to send them to Harvard) but I doubt that's a usual mix up.
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  • patsmompatsmom 4218 replies508 threads Senior Member
    Stanford, Stamford and now Sanford

    Don't forget Samford in Birmingham!
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  • jym626jym626 56013 replies2916 threads Senior Member
    edited October 9
    Yes, @Patsmom- Samford was in the title but autocorrected to a misspelling ;) I will see if the PTB can fix it. My ipad autocorrects and I missed it. Thanks for catching it. The title originally said Samford, not Stamford.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39742 replies7238 threads Super Moderator
    jym626 wrote: »
    Yes, @Patsmom- Samford was in the title but autocorrected to a misspelling ;) I will see if the PTB can fix it. My ipad autocorrects and I missed it. Thanks for catching it. The title originally said Samford, not Stamford.

    Corrected title
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  • HeartofDixieHeartofDixie 260 replies8 threads Junior Member
    I have a Samford shirt that says "Sam not Stan"
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  • jym626jym626 56013 replies2916 threads Senior Member
    edited October 9
    Thank you for fixing the title, @skieurope. But to add to the soundalikes, there apparently is also a U Conn campus in Stamford :)
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4164 replies89 threads Senior Member
    My best friend in HS was applying to school at DePaul University but his counselor sent his transcript and test scores to DePauw. By the time the mistake was realized, it was too late.
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  • UCBUSCalumUCBUSCalum 1087 replies4 threads Senior Member
    USC (University of Southern California) vs. USC (University of South Carolina); USF (University of San Francisco) vs. USF (University of South Florida), etc. These confusions are more applicable to sports than to the application process.
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  • jym626jym626 56013 replies2916 threads Senior Member
    edited October 9
    @UCBUSCalum
    These confusions are more applicable to sports than to the application process.
    You'd be surprised, especially for USC, at least where I live. Often have to get folks to clarify WHICH USC they are talking about.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5678 replies1 threads Senior Member
    When I was in Austria, tourist shops sold mugs saying that there are no kangaroos in Austria. Apparently someone had been confused.

    There is a Concordia University in Portland Oregon ("a private, nonprofit Lutheran university"), a Concordia College in New York, a Concordia College in Minnesota, another Concordia College in Alabama, and of course Concordia University in Montreal.

    Many years ago when I was heading off to MIT, someone was confused and thought that I meant the Montreal Institute of Technology. The MIT in Montreal is either gone or now has a different name.
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  • StPaulDadStPaulDad 469 replies1 threads Member
    Lawrence and St Lawrence are tied at #58 in the USNWR ranks this year.
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  • jym626jym626 56013 replies2916 threads Senior Member
    College of the Ozarks (in Missouri) and University of the Ozarks (in Arkansas).
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78981 replies701 threads Senior Member
    Santa Clara University used to be University of Santa Clara (another USC).

    Mount St. Mary's was the subject of a long thread a few years back ("bunnies"). Some accidentally referred to another similarly named school.

    Many Catholic schools have common name elements like Loyola, Marymount, St. Mary's, Xavier, Notre Dame, ... .

    There is a non Catholic public St. Mary's.

    There is a St. John's College and a St. John's University.

    Pomona College and California State Polytechnic University - Pomona are sometimes mixed up.

    Occasionally, out of state applicants to Penn State get admitted to a branch campus and do not initially realize that they would be getting more of a community college like experience than a big university experience.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78981 replies701 threads Senior Member
    In addition to state universities in the state of Washington, there are various other schools with Washington in their names.
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  • bluebayoubluebayou 26933 replies175 threads Senior Member
    well, the peeps on The Farm can always go back to using its proper name: Leland Stanford Junior University. :wink:
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 962 replies16 threads Member
    My kid goes to Columbia college of Missouri, not to be confused with Columbia university of NY. Ha. My other kid goes to Haverford, which is strangely confused with Harvard occasionally.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 39007 replies2140 threads Super Moderator
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    When someone told me she'd gone to Wheaton, I was surprised because she wasn't religious at all. I didn't realize there are two Wheaton Colleges - the Christian school in Illinois and the other one in Massachusetts. I ended up showing my kids the one in Massachusetts - beautiful campus!
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78981 replies701 threads Senior Member
    milgymfam wrote: »
    My kid goes to Columbia college of Missouri, not to be confused with Columbia university of NY. Ha.

    There are several other Columbia schools.

    There is also a Cornell College.

    There is a University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth.

    Some students posting here refer to UW without specifying which one.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4164 replies89 threads Senior Member
    It’s probably not mistaken that much in spoken and written English, but in Chinese and Korean and probably other languages, everyone refers to UC-Berkeley as Berkeley, which is of course the same pronunciation as Berkelee.
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