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Application advice [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2005, 21:32
Hi guys
I was wondering if i could get your opinion on a couple of things.

I am applying to 4 schools

The schools are(in order of prefference based on my research of the programs)
University of Penn. (Wharton)
Amazing Finance program, new learning modules are better developed and organized than what most schools have.
But i dont like the fact that the class is so large. I feel smaller classes provide better chances to all since you have a better chance of developing close ties with faculty, other students and career alumni.

Stanford
Class size is ideal to give everyone a chance to stand out, amazing entreprenuership opportunities
Fundamentally balanced in terms of Case methodology and theory. The opportunities for private equity and venture capital (which is what i want to get into)

Chicago
Amazing flexibility and class choices. Finance dept is excellent, and Chicago in general is known as the most "think outside the box" school. Would be great in helping me look beyond the horizon in some ways.
Cons: everyone says it is too nerdy and people do not come out truly business savy

Harvard
I know most people would think i am crazy to put harvard as only my 4th choice in a list of 4 but here are my reasons.
Case methodology works for marketing, and entrepreneurship but for finance it only makes things unnecessarily burdensome. I am more of a quant guy, and like the old school- theory and then practice routine. Also from what i have seen of prospective students choosing harvard as a top choice, and those that have graduated, they seem to focus on marketing themselves so much that it gets overwhelming. To some it up, i come away from talking to a harvard alumni feeling like WOW he is smart as hell, but wait he didnt answer my question did he?
I want to apply there cause of their name and i feel it might be my best shot because they seem to be emphsizing on finding younger candidates even more this year.

It is very possible i am just simply wrong on alot of counts and if so please do tell me why, i would greatly appreciate it.

To sum things up, here are my credentials:
GMAT-720: Q49 V39 AWA6.0
B.S. Economics; Minor-Statistics and Finance (GPA 3.69)
Work Exp. currently 1.5 years @ a big economic company
Position: Research Assistant.
But i have done alot of work for independent development project
Age: 23
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2005, 12:03
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I think your impressions are generally correct, but I'll offer a couple of alternate viewpoints:

* Class size: Don't get too hung up on this. At pretty much all top schools there is a section format, in which you take all of your first-year (or first-term) classes with the same group of students. You don't get to know all of the people in your entire class, but you get to know your section-mates very well. This was my experience at Kellogg.

* Chicago: I think there may have been some slight truth to this, but not really anymore. I think that, overall, Chicago GSB students are more well-rounded than some people think.

* I know what you mean about that stereotype of HBS students/alumni, but I know a lot of HBS people who don't fit the stereotype.

Basically, some people will disagree with me, but I actually think that the people at the top programs are more similar than the stereotypes suggest. Every school has some great people, some annoying people, some brilliant people, some not-so-smart people, etc.!

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2005, 03:20
I completely agree with Scott that graduates of top programs are much more similar than they are different. I'd really recommend that you do some campus visits and try to get a feel for the different cultures. I'm a big believer that once you visit, see and touch that you can answer the question: "can I see myself here".

One other thing I've learned, is that older alumni don't necessarily reflect younger alumni. So a Wharton alum from 1978 is probably somewhat different than a Wharton alum circa 2004. Conclusion: visiting and hanging out with students is probably the best representation.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2005, 06:40
But I have noticed a personality type that is more prevalent at certain schools. For example when I went to the Columbia info session several of the people seemed very much like they were a "type-A" personality. A prospective asked a question about NYU versus Columbia and in most of these info sessions people tend to shy away from comparisons, the Columbia students basically responded "Why would you go to the second best school in a region".

In contrast when I went to the UCLA info session I noticed that many of the students who were there seemed more down to earth. This obviously is a very small sampling of the whole student body but the image that schools project through current students and alumni at these info sessions count a lot to me.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2005, 11:47
Your absolutely right, which is I recommend visiting schools to see where you feel like you fit in. Some may feel Columbia is type A, others don't. At the end of the day it's personal preference.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2005, 06:42
I agree with both the last two posts
I have seen the Type A personality amongst Columbia people also, BUT i know NYU people who are like that too. While eventually i will surely go to see the schools (BIG ASSUMPTION: I have a shot at gettin in) but right now i am still uncertain whether these 4 were the best for me to chose. Based on my research i think they are, but do please tell me if from my list of prospective schools you feel one or the other is less suitable or if there is some other school which would be more suitable.
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