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Admitted but need advice [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 12:12
Hi Alex,

There is another dilemma in the form of good news. I have been offered admission
to Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of management. Right now I do not have official bind envelope detailing everything but the application website has moved to accepted status and I have also received a request to join their Facebook group for class of 2014.
Surprisingly I have not received an official email of acceptance. So I do not know of any scholarship details that I might get.
The second case, I have also been offered an admission to SMU Cox school of business and they have provided me with 70% scholarship in tuition, which makes it quite compelling for an international candidate from India like me.
Briefly - GMAT - 710, exp 6yrs at matriculation at a US based IT MNC.My goals lie towards strategy consulting/ general management.

I thus again need your guidance here on two things:
1. Since SMU has offered me a generous scholarship/aid of ~70% in tuition, how much is it really worth to think of vanderbilt? (In my research, which is in progress, I saw that vanderbilt offers much more opportunities for consulting and has a better curriculum as well as community. Also their recent employment report seems to be quite good as 99% of students were offered internships. So it seems Vanderbilt is a better choice. But is it better without scholarship or small scholarship?).
2. I have heard that students have negotiated with the schools for scholarship citing that another competitive school has provided scholarship. How do we go about doing this in case I needed to take this step (which I hope not to)?.

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Re: Admitted but need advice [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2012, 22:30
Congrats on the admits!

Best thing to do is to call up Vanderbilt and talk to them. It's going to be done on a case by case basis, so just be friendly and direct about it (i.e. people want to help those they like). In other words, ask (don't demand).

As for both schools, it sounds like you know the differences between the schools more than I do; trust your judgment on this one. Whether you choose the money over what you feel is the better school is really a personal decision; if it's hard to decide, it's because it can go either way (and that you'll probably be fine either way). You just need to make a choice. Good luck
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