kwais wrote:My family is from the Northeast, and many are from New York. A handful of people in my family hold grad degrees from ivys and they didn't understand why I would apply to NYU. CCN are certainly peers in almost all relevant ways when it comes to legal circles, job prospects and educational quality. But to say that if someone doesn't realize that NYU is prestigious, that they are in the minority is ridiculous. The NYU name does not carry the punch of its peers in lay prestige. Not that this matters. Just adding my own personal experience.
Well, I may be basing my experience on a couple of strange factors, now that I have given it some thought.
When I was in high school I had one of the worst Academic Counselors of all-time. Basically she told me not to expect to get into Georgia Tech (where I ended up going,) UMiami might be my best shot out of state (YP Waitlisted), and that I shouldn't even apply to NYU (didn't even apply on that advice.) She also told me that I really need to apply to more state schools in Louisiana ("UNO is nice") if I really wanted to go to college. At the time I wanted to do engineering or hard sciences, but thought that I might actually want to do something like Political Sciences or Law, if I got into NYU, Chicago, Richmond or Duke. At that point, given my laziness and NYU's complete lack of an Engineering program, I scratched it.
Naturally I talked to people about these schools and many of them considered NYU to be a stretch for me, though in all likelihood I could have potentially biased them by telling them the counselor story first.