Vandy MSF vs. Villanova MSF for IB

Wanted to hear some opinions and advice on school choice. I know both programs are good for IB, with Vandy being a little better. However, Villanova is roughly 20k cheaper overall. So the question is, if Vanderbilt is worth the extra money for the extra prestige?

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Jun 2, 2020 - 11:22pm

Don't worry about the money, you'll make wayyy more money out of Vandy to cover the difference. Plus, it places exponentially more people in IB roles than Nova. It's a no-brainer if you ask me or anyone else.

Jun 3, 2020 - 9:34pm

I would call and speak with Vandy admissions ambassadors. I had a friend in a similar boat and he ended up choosing Villanova. With programs like these the owness is on you to network outside of OCR to really place in a top spot. Vandy def has better placement but frankly, as long as you have a strong resume or can build it during the program, you can network with the Villanova alumni and place just as well. Plus saving the 50k or so is pretty valuable. I think Vandys higher ib placement rates are concentrated in lower mm boutiques with about 4-5 students placing in umm, eb or bb vs Villanova that has 3-4 place in the top ranges. It's really on you to decide if you can put in the work and if you're willing to shell out an additional 45k or so.

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Jun 4, 2020 - 12:47am

No, dude. I just graduated from Vanderbilt and our class this year alone had 15 people go UMM/BB and over 30 get into IB - which is nuts considering there were only 60 people in the class (excluding 5 MSF/JDs). The choice is pretty clear.

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Jun 4, 2020 - 12:16am

just curious what's your stats? I am applying to vandy this fall

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Jun 6, 2020 - 6:52pm

I think you were just too late. I applied around 2 weeks before you and they told me that I was one of the last ones to get in.

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