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Advise Please [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2004, 20:06
What are your opinions about Kenan Flagler of UNC and Robert H. Smith of Maryland? Is Kenan Flagler in top 20? What about Smith? Top 25? Which has stronger brand? Thanks.
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We think that they're both good schools. It's not easy to say whether a school is "top 20" or "top 25," but we profiled 30 of the highest-ranked schools in Your MBA Game Plan, and Smith and Kenan-Flagler are both in there.

Based on my own experiences, I would say that whether Smith of K-F has a stronger brand depends on where you are in the country and what field you're talking about. Smith is well regarded around DC, and has a good reputation in technology, especially. K-F is better known that Smith if you're in the Southeast, and it's probably better known for marketing. But they're both very good schools.

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I think that UNC is generally considered a transelite level school (just below the elite schools) or roughly in the "Top 20" of the US. MD would be considered high near elite school, roughly in the "Top 25" of the US. UNC is in the second highest cluster of schools in the South, placed just below the first "cluster" (really just Duke).

As stated above, they are both well regarded institutions with similar employment rates and similar yield rates. UNC appears to be more successful in placing students in management consulting positions and appears to be stronger in general with corporate recruiters.

If one is considering transelite or high near elite institutions in the South, one should probably consider Emory as well.

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Dilemma [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2004, 21:05
Well, I've got fortunate in getting accepted to both UMD Smith part-time and UNC KF EMBA and now face tough dilemma on the choice. I enjoy my current position within my firm and hope to climb the corporate ladder. But in the long term, I hope to move from IT to operations/logistics/general management and leverage my MBA for assignment in Asia Pacific with my current firm or other MNC. Which program would better allow me to accomplish this? In terms of brand recognition in international arena, which is better recognized? Thank you for your advices.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 14:32
Congrats on your acceptances!

My "gut reaction" is that UNC has the stronger institutional general brand recognition but I am open to other interpretations.

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That's great! I agree that UNC probably is better well known, although probably not by an overwhelming margin. Congrats on having a good choice to make.

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Thanks Scott and HJort! It looks like, I'll be heading to UNC KFBS. This site has helped me a lot in GMAT and application process. Good luck to fellow MBA applicants.
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