bigjinjapan wrote:Looking like a dead heat here. Pretty interesting considering the usual rankings mania seen on TLS. Without telling you my sign, here's a few personal details that might help guide discussion:
-Reapply is not an option.
-For school geographically I don't have any real ties to either city, and aside from Nashville being closer to home neither is intrinsically more appealing than the other.
-For work geographically the ultimate goal is Tokyo, but in the meantime I would prefer Los Angeles or NYC.
-I have pretty substantial financial resources, so cost doesn't necessary equal debt. Obviously money is an issue or I wouldn't be stuck on this, but I'm looking at taking on a maximum of $60-100K debt no matter where I go.
With these goals in mind, I would certainly recommend Vanderbilt. I am not sure how the placement in Tokyo is, but my suspicion is that you would need to speak the language to have a competitive shot at landing there right after graduation.
If you want to work in LA or NYC, then Vanderbilt seems like the obvious winner here. Vandy has much stronger placement in both of these areas and will provide much easier options to getting there.
Full disclaimer, I am a recent Vandy grad, and absolutely loved my time at Vandy. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.