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Prestige of Vanderbilt

CollegeMan4492CollegeMan4492 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited February 11 in Vanderbilt University
Since Vandy is new to the game of elite colleges and since it is located in the midwest/south, I was wondering if people (especially those in the workforce) consider it to be a low tier ivy as US News rankings has it? I am from the northeast and was wondering how a vandy undergrad would be viewed compared to someone from brown, dartmouth, upenn etc.

Replies to: Prestige of Vanderbilt

  • Nocreativity1Nocreativity1 Registered User Posts: 842 Member
    edited February 11
    My son attends 1 of the 3 Ivies you mention, so no Vandy bias...

    Vanderbilt is a peer of the schools you mention. Full stop.

    Considered a tippy top for both prestige and quality of education in my experience as a 30 year finance professional.

    Just as a further point in terms of professional recruitment most firms don't differentiate between lower and upper Ivy or other target schools. As an example Bank of America who's CEO Brian Moynihan graduated from Brown has a targeted group of schools they recruit from. They don't distinguish or prioritize within those schools.

    Vanderbilt is a school that will get you invited to the party professionaly... whether or not you are asked to stay will be up to you as an individual
  • TheBigChefTheBigChef Registered User Posts: 391 Member
    As an SEC school in the South, Vandy is obviously a lot different from Brown, Dartmouth, and Penn. But in terms of prestige/academic reputation, it's the equal of those schools. Other non-Ivy schools I would put in this class include Duke, Rice, and Northwestern.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,305 Senior Member
    Also up there include--
    UVA
    UMich
    UChicago
    Berkeley


    And LACs such as--

    Williams
    Amherst
    Carlton
    Wellesley/Barnard/Vassar/Bryn Mawr/Smith
    Haverford
    Swarthmore
    Reed
    and several others
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,457 Senior Member
    edited February 11
    I am glad others are setting the record straight for you. In Chicago as I know Vanderbilt is one of the hardest schools to get accepted to. Also a few years back they did a national college tour with Northwestern, Dartmouth , Princeton, Berkeley. That's pretty good company.

    https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/vandybloggers/2011/08/come-meet-us-on-the-coast-to-coast-college-tour/

    https://exploresolutions.org/event/coast-to-coast-college-tour-uc-berkeley-dartmouth-northwestern-princeton-and-vanderbilt/

    As you can see they have been doing this for awhile
  • hcmom65hcmom65 Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    @CollegeMan4492 I would not say Vanderbilt is new to the game of elite colleges. Not sure where that came from? Agree with all of the above posters.
  • akin67akin67 Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    I also think Wash U, Johns Hopkins are in that group. The top 20 research universites and LAC, not far behind.
  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    edited February 11
    Eight Ivies have an advantage of a collective name brand but Stanford, Chicago, Rice, Duke, Vandy, Northwestern, MIT, CIT, NYU, Amherst, Pomona, Williams, Hopkins, Carnegie, Berkeley, Georgetown are their equals in every way.

    You can pick either of these schools according to affordability and personal preference. You shall have no issue in finding opportunities.

    You put similar resume in different admissions cycle to each of these colleges and you’ll get admitted to a different set every time. Students attending any of these on merit are very much at the same level just got different cards during the lucky draw.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 6,266 Senior Member
    edited February 11
    I just started a new thread in which Vanderbilt is ranked #5 out of 1,000 colleges & universities for spending on instruction & student services. WSJ / THE List of the Top 100 US Colleges by Spending on Instruction & Student Services.
  • Nocreativity1Nocreativity1 Registered User Posts: 842 Member
    Not meaning to steal @Publisher 's contribution but here is the list for the context OP is seeking. As usual thanks Publisher!!

    1) Caltech
    2) Harvard
    3) MIT
    4) Princeton
    5) Vanderbilt
    6) Brown
    7) Northwestern
    7) Rice
    9) Columbia
    10) Univ. of Chicago
    10) Univ. of Pennsylvania
    12) Dartmouth College
    13) Yale
    13) Cornell
    15) Duke
    16) WashUStL
    16) Stanford


  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    Don’t take exact ranking too seriously, just look at these as a tier. All of these colleges are great. It doesn’t matter if for one listing criteria it’s 1st or 20th at the other. Trying to find which one is 2nd and which one 5th is foolish at best.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 6,266 Senior Member
    edited February 12
    @Riversider: I agree. In fact, my point in listing the top 100 schools in the ranking of 1,000 colleges & universities was to acknowledge the top 10% ( 100 schools out of 1,000 ranked) for their spending on instruction & student services. Nevertheless, Vanderbilt's showing is very impressive.
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