i have a tough choice to make. I have been offered a $20000 PER YEAR scholarship at Vanderbilt and have been offered $12000 scholarship at Olin. Now since I would be paying for my education i dont mind paying $8000per yr more for Olin. however i would like to know is it worth it to let go the financial offer given by Vanderbilt. will passing out from Olin give me much better and higer opportunities.
How is the reputation of Olin in the US apart from the mid-west.
Olin and Owen are very similar programs, and if Olin's somewhat higher prestige promises "better and higher opportunities" (a very arguable proposition) those opportunities are -- to answer your question -- certainly not "much
better and higher."
Both are clearly regional schools (48% [Olin] and 42% [Owen] of grads placed in the home region), but the geographic distribution of their grads outside of their regions is remarkably similar: Northeast (11% vs. 15%), Mid-Atlantic (3% vs. 8%), Southwest (8% vs. 6%).
If you look at the corporations who recruit the highest numbers of their grads, Vanderbilt looks, if anything, even more successful than Wash U. at placing graduates with national corporations where, presumably, there are opportunities for inter-regional transfers.
So, assuming you have no particular allegiance to or distaste for the Midwest versus the South, I would say save your money and go to Vanderbilt.
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