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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 14:13
Nice, Congrats on the admit!

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Man it's intimidating being the only Applied still sitting waiting for any word. I interviewed about 3 weeks ago, and based on the responses of other clubbers here it sounds like if you're a "in" they seem to call at around the 2 week mark.. Looks as though a waitlist or ding may be in my future...only time will tell.


So maybe i was a bit ahead of myself. Got the call today from vanderbilt and i'm in with a 20k scholarship offer.
Vanderbilt will definitely play a significant role in my final decision moving forward. My first notification, feels good to be 1/1 haha somehow i'm sure i won't go 100%.

I was told this has been the most selective incoming class, i think i was told apps were up 50% or something. The average GMAT of accepted students is 670.
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 22:29
Congrats thunder!
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 10:33
US News 2009 Rankings:

Vandy dropped from from #34 in 2008 to #44 in 2009. I saw this today and just about lost it. I visited Owen this past fall and had decided to apply as I really enjoyed my visit and had been impressed with the prospects that Vandy would jump to top 25 within a few years. Now it looks like the school is heading in the wrong direction...needless to say I'm very disappointed as I was actually considering attending.

I know that a ranking from a news publication isn't everything, but there is a lot riding on this number....

Any other Vandy supporters have any thoughts on this???

I'll be spending the next few days reconsidering my options.......
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 11:13
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Any other Vandy supporters have any thoughts on this???

I'll be spending the next few days reconsidering my options.......


sumbawa,

I'm pretty surprised to see the drop also. Especially considering some of the schools above Owen don't seem to generate the same enthusiasm.

That being said, it looks like their ranking was brought down by the % employed at graduation (~68%) and 3 months after (~84%). If you could get a job it looks like you get paid well, but that's a lot of unemployed grads. Everything else looks pretty solid, so I wouldn't be surprised to see them jump back up again next year.

I've enjoyed all the interactions I've had with the people in admissions and they do seem to have a good image their selling.

I wouldn't let one year's ranking make the decision for you, because over the long term Owen will most likely continue to get smart students and they'll do well for themselves.
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 11:17
Where are these 2009 rankings available? Curious to see them myself
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 11:30
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 11:39
Just bought the magazine from Barnes & Noble, here's the top 50 from 2009:

1. HBS
2. Stanford
3. Penn
4. MIT
4. Kellogg
4. Chicago
7. Tuck
7. Haas
9. Columbia
10. NYU
11. UCLA
12. Ross
13. Yale
14. Cornell
14. Duke
14. UVA
17. Tepper
18. UTexas
19. UNC - CH
20. Indiana U
21. USC
22. Arizona State University (really ???)
22. Georgetown
24. Emory
25. Rochester
25. Washington U - Olin
27. OSU - Fisher
*Here's where I start to lose respect for USN&WR's ranking system*
27. UMinnesota
29. BYU
29. Georgia Tech
29. Texas A&M
29. UWisconsin
33. Purdue
34. Boston College
34. UFlorida
34. Notre Dame
34. UWashington - Foster
38. UIllinois
39. UMaryland
40. BostonU
40. Michigan State
40. Penn State
40. Rice
44. SMU
44. UC Davis
44. UC Irvine
44. Vanderbilt
48. Babson
49. UGeorgia
50. UIowa
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 12:05
I am attending Owen in the fall, and while surprised by the drop, I could care less really. In my opinion rankings are only so relevant, and beyond that there is a negative correlation between concern over ranking and self confidence. If you liked a school when it was ranked 34, and now you don't like it at 44, then in my mind you are in it for the wrong reasons.

Owen is a great school, and Vandy has an amazing undergrad reputation, which frankly is a big deal. Believe it or not, only a handful of employers outside of maybe your first job out of school will be able to tell you even what ballpark Vandy is ranked in. Most just assume it is ranked highly due to the great undergrad reputation.

This was confirmed by some family friends who are in the high profile executive search business. I asked them which school I should choose out of Vandy, UNC, and UVA. They all said I pretty much couldn't go wrong and and actually, they all suggested UVA and Vandy over UNC (which is as you know more highly ranked than Vandy).

Pick a school because you will have fun there and companies you are interested in recruit there. Don't pick a school because of some random set of rankings.

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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 13:01
Knowshon,

Not only are you a fantastic runningback, but you also make a lot of sense. Vandy is a fantasic school with an excellent undergrad and grad reputation. I was in Nashville (very fun city) recently for business, and I had the opportunity to check out the campus. It is fantastic, and the b-school is amazing. I do not think you can go wrong with Owen. Vandy is recognized in the Southeast and around the country as a top-flight university. I would be a little worried about those employment stats, but it would not deter me from attending if it was my first choice. It is the same school as it was yesterday.
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 13:47
Thank you on both accounts!

This will be a tough fall for me as I'm sure you gathered, what being an SEC tailback, AND a b-school student. Hopefully the Heisman voters will take this into consideration.
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2008, 13:57
The US News pre-release is certainly causing some drama on the V-Board. This thread has gotten more action in the last day than Paris Hilton gets in a week.
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Re: Calling all Vanderbilt Applicants Fall 2008 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2008, 04:55
I think you are serioulsy underestimating just how morally casual Paris is...haha
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