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UK MNers: Which American universities and colleges can you name?

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esperance Fri 19-Aug-11 14:29:48

DH, who is an American, and I have had a long-running disagreementconversation about the "name-recognition" of American universities and colleges.
Leaving aside the astronomical cost of American higher education and whether or not "name-recognition" is important, I am curious if any Mners can name off-the-top of their heads, ie, without consulting Professor Google, which are the top American universities? Also American colleges, known there as Liberal Arts Colleges.
So, any MNer with a moment to spare...please share your knowlege!

said Fri 19-Aug-11 14:33:14

yale
harvard
columbia
ucla
princeton
u penn
wharton business school
all the state have a state one, I think
sarah lawrence
redlands

and, um, that's just off the topof my head now. am sure i know a few more

sorry, sitting on floor hence lower case

said Fri 19-Aug-11 14:34:21

each state, that should be,

Harvard
Stanford
Yale
UCL (?)
Princeton - generally anything that's turned up in a film or on TV!

and there'd be the local ones like 'Utah State University', I'm thinking 'Penn State' but that might be a prison...

TBH I have a very tenuous grasp on the US education system at the best of times smile

AMumInScotland Fri 19-Aug-11 14:42:48

Off the top of my head I can think of -

Yale
Harvard
Princeton
Brown
MIT
CalTech

Oh sorry, didn't answer that properly - the five I've named are fairly high brow ones I think (Harvard, Yale and Princeton are posh aka Ivy League I think. Stanford's well thought of but not sure if it's the same level)

Liberal Arts Colleges - I know I'd recognise names of a few, but can't think of any of the top of my head.

slowcookedtopside Fri 19-Aug-11 14:47:59

Berkerley
Harvard
Penn State
Brown
Stanford
Notre Dame
University of Illinois
Yale
MIT - is that part of Harvard???
Johns Hopkins

supergreenuk Fri 19-Aug-11 14:49:01

Harvard and Yale are the only ones I have heard of.

said Fri 19-Aug-11 14:50:52

Yes. berkley and stamford - was trying to think of those.

LawrieMarlow Fri 19-Aug-11 14:53:54

Without Reading anything else I can think of

Stanford
Yale
Rutgers
University of Louisville
MIT
Brown
Penn State
Harvard
Berkeley

Quite a few from reading Anerican teen romances grin. I do realise there are quite a few more.

EverythingInMiniature Fri 19-Aug-11 14:55:01

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orangina Fri 19-Aug-11 14:56:35

MIT not part of Harvard, separate and highly regarded.
Also IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology)....
Yale,
Harvard,
Berkeley (sp?)
Penn State,
Brown,
Duke,
CalTech,
A couple of liberal arts colleges on the East coast that I can't think of the name of just now,
Colombia,
UCLA
USC
Bentley College (one of the liberal arts ones),
Stamford,
Ummmmm......

EverythingInMiniature Fri 19-Aug-11 14:57:40

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LawrieMarlow Fri 19-Aug-11 14:58:57

There's a music place in New York called Julliard I think (dredges up more teenage book memories)

TimeWasting Fri 19-Aug-11 15:02:26

Without looking at what anyone else has written -

Er...
Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Browns(?), UCLA, UA, Iowa. grin

Having looked above, I missed loads out that I've actually heard of.

issynoko Fri 19-Aug-11 15:02:36

Yale
Harvard
Brown
UCLA
Princeton
Berkeley
Stanford
McGill (but that's Canadian)
various state unis

And loads of Americans studying in the UK.

usingapseudonym Fri 19-Aug-11 15:09:56

Yale, Harvard and UCLA would be it... although I suspect I could recognise more if I saw a list.

esperance Fri 19-Aug-11 15:10:04

This is so great! I love the no cheating!
I am trying to stop myself from opening a spread sheet until it is also time to open a bottle of vino.

EverythinginMiniature. Some years ago, when our eldest DS got his place at Oxford, my BIL from US queried:"Oxford...so is that in London?" I wanted to say "What, have you never watched Inspector Morse?" Talk about bursting my bubble...ah, we all live in our own small worlds I guess.

issynoko Fri 19-Aug-11 15:13:58

My friend's cousin from Boston came to the Edinburgh Festival with us and was blown away by hearing people say 'Aye' for yes. He thought it 'had been invented by Star Trek'.

CaptainNancy Fri 19-Aug-11 15:17:56

Looks like most I know are named above (but never heard of rutgers or redland) ... but I think MNer's favourite US university is Hawaii! grin

How many UK institutions can your Dh name then?

MugglesandLuna Fri 19-Aug-11 15:19:56

Brown
Yale
Harvard
Princeton
UCLA

Thats it blush I only know Brown because thats where Emma Watson went for a while, and I only know Princeton because I have slobbing-round-the-house jumper with it on.

Ponders Fri 19-Aug-11 15:21:15

Harvard
Yale
Princeton
Brown
Cornell
Dartmouth
Berkeley
Smith
Rutgers
& all the state ones (in fact don't most/all states have both a University of XXX & XXX State University - the latter being the local university for local people I think & cheaper to go to)
I should know more, we lived there for a bit so this is a pretty paltry list!

mrswoodentop Fri 19-Aug-11 15:27:24

Brown
Yale
Princeton
UCLA
Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
Stanford
MIT

Changebagsandgladrags Fri 19-Aug-11 16:10:09

Brown
UCLA
Harvard
MIT
Stanford
Yale
Virginia Tech (because of um gun rampage)
West Texas University (cousin lived in Texas)
University of Texas
Although there are ones for every state aren't there?

crazyspaniel Fri 19-Aug-11 19:13:52

Off the top of my head:
Harvard
Yale
Princeton
Brown
Carnegie-Mellon
Boston
NYU
Columbia
Stanford
UC Berkeley
UC Riverside
UCLA
University of Southern California
Notre Dame
Duke (more for its bad reputation for frat-boy behaviour than academic credentials)
MIT
Vanderbilt
The only liberal arts colleges I could name are all in New York: Vassar, Concordia and Sarah Lawrence.

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