I know that MIT is considered to be the best MSF program, but is it that much better than Vanderbilt? It seems the placements are very similar. With MIT costing roughly twice as much, would you choose MIT over Vanderbilt? This short recent review I found online makes the decision difficult:
"You get very bright students at Vandy and they have a personality. I was remarking with a guy I know that I don't think I'd have as much fun at a MIT event. If you want pure brand name, go MIT. If you want a great program with great recruiting and a fun year, go Vanderbilt."
Also, does your schooling matter much once you start your career for promotions, or is it simply to help you get in the door?