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University rank/stature - How much does it affect one’s career post-Ph.D?

I graduated with a Bacholars from a top university and did quite well, however, I was recommended to a professor in an unknown (read as not highly ranked) university for a PhD program. I had certainly not heard of the university before, and I don't believe that it has much of a reputation. It is not a new university by any means (established 1800s).

Is a degree from such an University likely to add value to me? Also, how do I know whether this is a step in the right direction (before I take it)?

Edit: I am considering it because the research that is performed by the professor there interests me.

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marked as duplicate by Jukka Suomela, Ben Norris, gerrit, Charles Morisset Dec 13 '12 at 16:47

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The age of a university means nothing for its rank in various disciplines. Most of the top public institutions in the US were founded in the 1800s. –  Ben Norris Dec 13 '12 at 15:58
    
This does seems to be an exact duplicate to the question mentioned by @JukkaSuomela. The answers there cover this scenario. –  Ben Norris Dec 13 '12 at 16:03
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Your publication record at the end is what will count most.

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Hi Dave, could you please elaborate on your answer, this is my first time hearing about a "publication record" –  picakhu Dec 13 '12 at 15:44
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