« on: April 07, 2006, 12:59:06 AM »
From what I have read & heard, the T14 are clearly "National". Then the T15-30 are "Semi-National", and from there on down schools are primarily "Regional". After T75 employment prospects really begin to dwindle for the average graduate.
That's probably a pretty good rule of thumb. There are internal differences even there, e.g. HYS vs. Northwestern/Duke/Cornell. Texas and Vanderbilt are probably more national than Emory, George Washington, Notre Dame, etc. And with the USNWR rankings some schools are overvalued in terms of placement ability (Minnesota, Iowa) and some are undervalued (Hastings, Tulane), but your sort of tier system largely removes this problem.
I don't see how Hasting and Tulane's placement values are so great when compared to Minnesota and Iowa. The later 2 schools are clearly superior to the first 2, not to mention they are clearly more national, which is the topic of this thread.
Unfortunately, the topic of his post wasn't comparison. He didn't compare Iowa and Minnesota to Hastings and Tulane... he just said the first two were overvalued and the later two were undervalued.