Blindmelon wrote:A lot of people are these boards are really into group think. 1 person says every school outside of the T17 is the same and people jump on in and keep spitting it out. Its moronic.
There is actually a noticeable line in prestige drawn between the T18 (not 17) and those below them. A UCLA or UT-Austin degree is still highly recognized as portable; WUSTL and Emory are regarded as regional schools. Job placement and legal name recognition reflect this. It's not an enormous difference, but there is one.
That said, there are some oddities to the rankings that make this a little more confusing than it has to be. BC and ND both seem to have prestige and alumni networks that are more nationwide and stronger than WUSTL, but they're both ranked below WUSTL in the USNWR.