bk1 wrote:Drop from USC to WUSTL is big.
After that, none of the drops are that big or in any sort of order that makes sense.
You are wrong. Besides Duke, USC is the most overrated school in the T20.
Now the drop from GWU to Illinois? Yeah...that's a big drop.
TITCR. My cousin goes to USC. USC is the Fordham of LA. It is to LA what GW is to DC, BU/BC are to Boston, UIUC is to Chicago, and none of the employment stats I've read have convinced me otherwise. I think USC has more of a stranglehold on its market than Fordham/GW/UIUC, but that would make it similar to BU/BC in Boston-has more to do with the parochial nature of the town than the quality of the school. It's perennial place in the Top 20 throw people off. LA is a ginormous market that USC has to feed into. It places very well there, I don't deny that. But even if it's due to self-selection, it's placement is less than stellar outside of LA. That makes it much, much, much, much, much closer to BC/BU/GW/ than any of the T14s, and I don't see how one can logically dispute that. Granted, being the Fordham of a city is pretty good, but not stellar. USC is a school with $$$ and a solid national reputation and a strong grip on its own local market--nothing more, nothing less.