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 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.

  • Prospect in Non-profit
Jun 4, 2020 - 12:16am

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

  • Intern in IB-M&A
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.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 9, 2020 - 10:23am

For me, it was clear that I wouldn't have time for the GMAT. I decided that grad school could be an option in mid April, so I just emailed and asked for the waiver. Then got that email just like you and got that accepted, and only after that I finished my application.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 9, 2020 - 2:17pm

Yes, exactly what I did. I didn't want to waste my time writing the essays if I wouldn't get the waiver.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 9, 2020 - 3:02pm
Prospect in IB - Ind:

wow I am dumb haha. just curious, what other programs did you apply to (we seem to have similar post grad goals and academic stats)

Only other ones are Villanova, Cornell (MPS) and Texas MSF. However, have not heard the decision for the last two.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 9, 2020 - 3:28pm

I am not sure. People say it is a money grab and most students are international. However, it is Cornell after all and it gives you access to such a large network. I think if you want IB, you can make it from there, just have to network and hustle a lot yourself.

Jun 9, 2020 - 3:40pm

I thought about applying to Cornell MPS but the amount they advertise it and how late deadlines were seemed a little sus-Just didn't seem to the level of 'Cornell' but the name still stands I agree.

Got denied from Texas lol

I'm attending Nova's MSF this fall

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