I recall reading somewhere (not sure if it was Degreeinfo or where) that for little known colleges/universities a "university" was likely to get more attention, for lack of a better term, from employers and also likely to carry more prestige. For example, how many of you have heard of Hiram College? It's doubtful that many of you have, but Hiram is a small RA school located here in Ohio. Would Hiram be better off if they were known as Hiram University? I've personally always felt that university carries more weight than "college" particularly for the "lesser known" schools. I've also often wondered exactly why the term "state" is used in a college/univesity name. For example: Youngstown STATE University. Youngstown is obviously no "big time" place, but it is good size city (pop. over 80,000). Is the term state used to enhance the credibilty of the school? If that's the case why are there some "state" schools where the term is omitted like the University of Akron? Now of course, for little ol' Shawnee State in Portsmouth, OH the term state seems relavent because Portsmouth seemingly operates in obscurity. One last thought: In Ohio we have "Ohio University". Virginia has the "University of Virginia". I just wonder where the name selection really comes into play. Does it make any difference at all? I'm anxious to hear your thoughts, opinions, etc. Also, if you know of any good reads about this topic please let me know. Grazie!