gwillygecko wrote: grades?? wrote: A. Nony Mouse wrote: wiz wrote:
Hikikomorist wrote:Actually, looking over the numbers, I'm not sure Duke is even the top school in the South anymore. Rice is getting better students and has almost double Duke's per-student endowment. When did this happen?/I feel so old.
Is this a joke? Duke will always be better than Rice. Regardless of inputs, Rice's name is pretty limited to Texas and the south. Duke has a much stronger national brand.
In my (non-Texan non-Southern) high school Rice was better known than Duke. This is all regional and contingent on who went where or where people they know went. This thread is stupid.
See I'm from the south (non-texas/non-NC) and it was the exact opposite. Duke was more impressive than Harvard in my community, and I had no idea what Rice was until grad school. This goes to show this whole discussion is stupid. In my hometown, it was literally Duke>Harvard>whatever southern state flagship >>> anything from the west coast (looking at you Berkeley).
where are you from that people consider duke more impressive than harvard? are you sure they werent talking about college basketball when they said that about duke?
Im sure. I believe its because Harvard is just farther away and has an instantly recognizable name, but when you tell someone down here you are at/went to Duke, its an immediate OOOOOH. Harvard is obviously recognizable, but the Duke name just has more force. Im sure if you ask someone in New Hampshire Duke or Harvard, Harvard wins every time. It just goes to show how this whole discussion is regional. Sure Berkeley is a good school, but if you are in the South, the Duke name will carry more weight than Berkeley. If you are in Cali, I would expect Berkeley would carry more weight.
Edit for example, if you told someone where I am from you went to Dartmouth, I would highly doubt many people would know what the hell that is. Doesn't mean Dartmouth isn't an ivy, just goes to show this whole discussion is ridiculous. I wouldn't expect someone from Idaho to know that Vanderbilt is a great school.