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When you say finance, what do you mean, exactly? Booth places really well into IBD (I'm sure Tuck does as well but don't know for sure). Tuck punches above its weight in terms of PE recruiting because of the incredible network. Not sure about ER, AM, etc.
Where do you want to live long-term? If you want finance, I'll guess NYC. Then maybe Tuck makes more sense. But if you want to do finance in the MW, maybe Booth makes more sense.
You have no location preference between the two? At one you'll be living downtown in America's 3rd largest city (and should be considered 2nd largest since LA doesn't really have a real downtown), while at the other you'll be living in the woods. VERY different.
Overall, I'd say go with Tuck. - Save $50k due to full scholarship vs. Booth - Be closer to NYC for finance - Better network - Maybe have a shot at a PE gig given Tuck networking
I will also say that go with Tuck. A 100 percent offer from Tuck is too good to pass up. If I could choose the place to spend the next 2 years of my life, it will be in Hanover. Besides Tuck has great opportunities for one to build a relationship and network with his or her classmates and also this can be helpful in the future during a job search.
Tuck because it will give you an outstanding education, especially on leadership which is important no matter what you do post-MBA.
Also, easier to form close ties with the smaller Tuck school and the town. And the ivy-league status doesn't just bring prestige, there are several ivy-league-only networking events that you could attend and get connect w/ others at Harvard, Yale, etc.
The amount of money you save by choosing Tuck more than compensates for the marginal ranking edge Chicago has. In my opinion, go with Tuck.
That said, I wouldn't get caught up in the Ivy League label nonsense because it's just that -- a label. As we all know, not all Ivy Leagues are created equal. Who in their right mind would choose a school like Cornell over a Stanford, Kellogg or MIT?
Coder 123, have you made up your mind yet? I think Tuck's deposit was due last Friday.
Regardless, I would choose Booth if I were you, especially when you are interested in IB. Without a doubt, Booth gives you the best in class network in finance. For the 3 yrs I've been at BB banking, I didn't come across many Tuck alums. On the flip side, many high performing bankers had their MBAs from Booth. Even in AM, I have seen many more Booth alums than Tuck. At the end of the day, I personally don't think 50% Booth vs. 100% Tuck should be a deciding factor. $ comes and goes and 50% in tuition is just $25,000 per yr in difference. That's nothing in the mid to long-term, but your degree from Booth will not change. Both are great schools and you can't go wrong with either, but I simply wouldn't choose Tuck just because they offer 50% more in scholarship. In terms of ranking, I don't think Booth is marginally better, Booth is significantly ranked higher than Tuck. With Booth ranked consistently in the top 3, beating Wharton... it really could be a matter of time that people start saying H/S/B...
If you value $25,000 per yr gig, then go with Tuck. But you are investing at something much longer term and I wouldn't pass up to attend Booth just for a small amt of $ that Tuck offers. Good luck.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...