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29 Mar 2011, 15:43
I don't even know if it belongs here but here we go.

I got my undergraduate at this school and considering my graduate degree here with the MS in Finance Program.

Pros:

- a lot of funding
- Excellent location (right smack middle in Richmond, VA in downtown) with fed reserv and a lot major companies around
- brand new revamped "school of business" with new building, professors, etc etc...
- a lot of ranked programs outside of school of business (MCV, Arts, Music etc etc)

Cons:

- not recognized
- not ranked (yet?)
- not really a lot of attention yet (hopefully the NCAA will shed some light on us)

I'm hoping VCU gets some more of the attention it deserves but we do have a lot of doubters in terms of how popular we will become since we are a huge state school in the state of Virginia. Any input, comments, thoughts, etc etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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29 Mar 2011, 19:17
It’s a little off topic, but…

I was at the games in San Antonio this weekend and we sat right in the middle of the VCU student section (I have pictures to prove it; Hey Dicky V VCU is still WINNING!). I’ve been following college BB for a long time (undergrad in a BB conference and now MBA in a semi BB conference). I have never seen student fans as classy as the VCU students. They cheered loudly with spirit and never attacked any player or coach personally. Everyone I was with (from different undergrads around the country) commented about it on the way back to the car. You should be very proud of your affiliation with such great sportsmanship.
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29 Mar 2011, 19:30
^^Its cause they have never had anything to cheer for!
Seriously though, I went to VCU for one year and loved it, left for personal reasons, and am super excited to be in the final four
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06 Apr 2011, 14:15
cool. just wondering cause i get accepted and dinged from the following schools

VCU - MS in Finance - Accepted
George Mason - MBA w/ conc in Finance - Accepted
Georgetown - MBA - dinged (it's ok i expected it)
American University - MBA - Accepted
Virginia Tech - MBA - Accepted (not going though, don't even know why I applied, guess I just "felt" like it)

So in the end, I ruled out VA Tech. Ruled out American University even though I heard they had like some pretty good networking after grad because of their location due to their ridiculous tuition rates and standards of living (if you can call it that, a crappy apartment goes for 700 minimum) and they weren't trying to give me any money.

So in the end, it's Mason and VCU. Right now I'm really leaning towards VCU just from what I've heard about it. I know that ugrad and grad are like night and day. But I've also heard Mason grads come out with like 80K salaries as where VCU grades come out making about 65-70. but that's not really important as I'm in it for the long haul. And also because MBA is too common these days from what I've heard and that a lot of industries are moving more towards career-specific positions. Also the MS in Finance will give me a head start on my CFA's
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21 Jul 2011, 19:05
I'm looking at a part-time MBA at VCU as well. I don't like how they still aren't ranked but I don't have many options due to living in the 804. It's VCU or Richmond and my GMAT score pretty much rules out Richmond. Plus, Richmond has really fallen in the rankings over the last few years and now is not even ranked. Makes me wonder what is going on there.
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26 Aug 2011, 14:31
SaveTheClockTower wrote:
I'm looking at a part-time MBA at VCU as well. I don't like how they still aren't ranked but I don't have many options due to living in the 804. It's VCU or Richmond and my GMAT score pretty much rules out Richmond. Plus, Richmond has really fallen in the rankings over the last few years and now is not even ranked. Makes me wonder what is going on there.

yeah that is weird! because a few years back Richmond was like pretty up there and I've even talked to their faculty and of course they never give you a straight answer about their rankings at all. Seems like they're trying to hide something i don't know. For me, VCU's MS in Finance program is really a stepping stone to higher end school later on for my MBA. I didn't do too hot academically in undergrad but I stepped it up in the GMAT arena but overall it doesn't pull enough weight still.

But honestly, I think schools like VCU, George Mason and others that may be not recognized on a national level still receive attention from the local cities and surrounding states regardless. I've known quite a few people that have been in the finance track to go pretty high in the investment banking sector and other alike so perhaps ranking isn't everything? I don't know. I'm still a fan of going to a school with a higher rank than going to a school with a lower or no rank given the opportunity probability of success they will have afterwards. Plus it's a good resume pusher
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