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Any Value of Attending Top Business School??

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Any Value of Attending Top Business School?? [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 18:05
Lately I have been browsing the sites of the Top MBA Schools. There seems to be a lot people going after these programs. I have a few questions for everyone.

Some of these schools have around 1000+ students.

The question I would like to pose is it really worth it?

If a person does end up going to these schools will the recieve individual attention from professors?

The one thing I have learned is that attention and working with professors one on one is the most important thing. I learned the most when I sat down with professors and asked questions and recieved one on one feedback.

Are you guaranteed a job when you graduate from one the big schools?

I have heard about all the pay packages and etc and I am not sure how much of it is true. Doesn't a person have to do their own networking in order to secure a job anyway.

Do companies only care about what school you graduate from?

In my opinion a school is a great indicator, but what does prestige mean in this post-2008 economy.

Wouldnt Programs with a 1000+ people have less money to give out then programs with only around 100 people?

Smaller schools even though they are not presitigious have smaller classes and are willing to give larger endowments.



In the end whats the point of going to these larger programs if a person will come out with a similar knowledge if not better because of 1on1 interaction with professors and overall less debt by attending a less known program?

In my opinion if a company only cares about prestige and fails to consider academic achievement or ability why work for such a company anyways?


Please note I am a firm believer in the GMAT I have learned some esstential skills that I feel will use for the rest of life. The Verbal Section has taught me so much I cannot complain.

Please share your opinion?
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Re: Any Value of Attending Top Business School?? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 20:15
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Re: Any Value of Attending Top Business School?? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 20:29
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Lately I have been browsing the sites of the Top MBA Schools. There seems to be a lot people going after these programs. I have a few questions for everyone.

Some of these schools have around 1000+ students.

The question I would like to pose is it really worth it?

If a person does end up going to these schools will the recieve individual attention from professors?

The one thing I have learned is that attention and working with professors one on one is the most important thing. I learned the most when I sat down with professors and asked questions and recieved one on one feedback.

Are you guaranteed a job when you graduate from one the big schools?

I have heard about all the pay packages and etc and I am not sure how much of it is true. Doesn't a person have to do their own networking in order to secure a job anyway.

Do companies only care about what school you graduate from?

In my opinion a school is a great indicator, but what does prestige mean in this post-2008 economy.

Wouldnt Programs with a 1000+ people have less money to give out then programs with only around 100 people?

Smaller schools even though they are not presitigious have smaller classes and are willing to give larger endowments.



In the end whats the point of going to these larger programs if a person will come out with a similar knowledge if not better because of 1on1 interaction with professors and overall less debt by attending a less known program?

In my opinion if a company only cares about prestige and fails to consider academic achievement or ability why work for such a company anyways?


Please note I am a firm believer in the GMAT I have learned some esstential skills that I feel will use for the rest of life. The Verbal Section has taught me so much I cannot complain.

Please share your opinion?
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I really look forward to your replies.


The question I would like to pose is it really worth it?
In short, Yes.

If a person does end up going to these schools will the recieve individual attention from professors?
Not sure, maybe a current student can answer this better. I don't doubt the level of teaching, though.

Are you guaranteed a job when you graduate from one the big schools?
Nothing is ever guaranteed. However, if you look at the placement reports from the top 10 schools...its VERY good. they place 85%+ within 3 months of graduation. While its not 100%, consider these grads are looking for high-paying, high-prestige jobs for the most part..so that is a VERY impressive number. As far as doing your own search, sure your network helps, but pretty much every top 1 -20 school has awesome career services people that want to place you. Literally, it is their job to place you.

Do companies only care about what school you graduate from?

To a certain extent. a HBS on the resume looks a lot better than a Thunderbird for example. Look at the difference in companies that recruit at schools. You'll see a lot more bb banks and MBB at the top 10 than the rest of the MBA programs.


Wouldnt Programs with a 1000+ people have less money to give out then programs with only around 100 people?

not a lot take in 1k+ classes. however those that do often have GREAT alumni networks and plenty of money to give for need and merit based aid.

Its not the same amount for each program, regardless of if they have 10, 100 or 1000 people.

In the end whats the point of going to these larger programs if a person will come out with a similar knowledge if not better because of 1on1 interaction with professors and overall less debt by attending a less known program?

See above responses, but I believe the instruction is better. That and the recruiting easily trumps a less known program, thus jump-starting your career.

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Re: Any Value of Attending Top Business School?? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 20:33
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gmatpunjabi wrote:
Lately I have been browsing the sites of the Top MBA Schools. There seems to be a lot people going after these programs. I have a few questions for everyone.

Some of these schools have around 1000+ students.

The question I would like to pose is it really worth it?

1000+ students doesnt really mean that you are shoved in one class & 1 prof teaches. Analyse the student-teacher ratio & then compare if its worth it

If a person does end up going to these schools will the recieve individual attention from professors?

The one thing I have learned is that attention and working with professors one on one is the most important thing. I learned the most when I sat down with professors and asked questions and recieved one on one feedback.

You need to be proactive in B School, Spoon feeding was in your school days. B school is for future CEO & Corporate Honchos not little babies. You need something you ask proactively

Are you guaranteed a job when you graduate from one the big schools?

I have heard about all the pay packages and etc and I am not sure how much of it is true. Doesn't a person have to do their own networking in order to secure a job anyway.

How do you get a job? Job sites, peers, networks..... Again you expect a B school to say " Hi gmatpunjabi heres a job" then you need to re-look everything. You network, leverage that with your MBA & networks you built in school to get that job. Yes there will be campus interviews but again you have to prove to the company why choosing you is the best thing they'll do

Do companies only care about what school you graduate from?

In my opinion a school is a great indicator, but what does prestige mean in this post-2008 economy.

The school you attend is a leverage, after that its all you. Your chances are better if you go to an ivy school all other things remaining constant

Wouldnt Programs with a 1000+ people have less money to give out then programs with only around 100 people?

Smaller schools even though they are not presitigious have smaller classes and are willing to give larger endowments.

NO, Depends from school to school & in the end you. What is it you have to offer to the school ?

In the end whats the point of going to these larger programs if a person will come out with a similar knowledge if not better because of 1on1 interaction with professors and overall less debt by attending a less known program?

In my opinion if a company only cares about prestige and fails to consider academic achievement or ability why work for such a company anyways?

Which company does this? Seriously !!! Your resume is scanned first where almost everything that you have done professionally is captured including certificates & grades

Please note I am a firm believer in the GMAT I have learned some esstential skills that I feel will use for the rest of life. The Verbal Section has taught me so much I cannot complain.

Please share your opinion?
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I really look forward to your replies.


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I really think this is more of a personal choice rather than a ' one glove fit all solution'. My opinions are written in red
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Re: Any Value of Attending Top Business School?? [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2012, 20:07
Average starting salaries/career earnings are highly influenced by where one gets his/her MBA. A good friend and I were likely admits to what was 2 years ago a (barely) top 30 business school in U.S. News Rankings, which has since fallen, but neither of us really considered going to this school. This school required no work experience which was a huge plus, but after much research and deliberation, both my friend and I decided that neither of us would want to go to a business school if we could not get into a top 20 program, top 15 preferably. I typically hate elitist attitudes, but after seeing how hard it is to break into the world of finance doing the type of work I want to do, I guess that this is one time where it will probably pay to be highly selective.
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Re: Any Value of Attending Top Business School?? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 09:12
Thanks for being honest and sharing your opinions. I totally agree with what you are all saying. Its definitely tough to get a job from a 2nd Tier program. Elitism is terrible, but I guess we have to accept that it exists.
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