mst wrote:rayiner wrote:redsoxfan2495 wrote:Lay prestige is very regional. I live in New England and to most people around here the University of Chicago sounds like a community college. Most have never heard of Caltech. They were all pretty impressed when I said I got into Columbia though. I think the only schools with truly nationwide lay prestige are Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford. I'm tempted to add MIT, but I need confirmation from someone who lives way out west.
Also, I find it odd that Columbia fails at lay prestige outside the northeast. It outranks Stanford, MIT, Caltech etc. in US News. I wonder what other factors affect lay prestige...
Columbia isn't on TV so white people don't know it, and their engineering school sucks so browns and asians don't know it.
Harvard = every doctor/big lawyer on TV
Yale = Clinton, Bushes
MIT = every movie with a scientist (eg: Armageddon), 21
Stanford = Google, Chuck, Saved by the Bell
Uhhh Columbia is all over Gossip Girl. And Spiderman.
Also comes up a number of times on How I Met Your Mother, and I think once or twice on Mad Men.
From down south, no one seems to know where Columbia is (it's in Manhattan?!) or anyone who goes there, but everyone knows it's one of the best.