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# Booth (WL-->accepted w $$) vs Ross (with$$$)  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message Intern Joined: 21 Jan 2010 Posts: 10 Schools: Stanford (R1--dinged), Berkeley (R1--dinged), Booth (R2--int), Columbia (R2--dinged), Ross (R2--admit w/$)
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Booth (WL-->accepted w $$) vs Ross (with$$$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 24 Mar 2010, 23:38 1 This post received KUDOS Hello gmat clubbers! You've sustained me through the last six months of torture--I would love some of your advice on this last stretch. Here's what it boils down to: I'm admitted to Ross with a full scholarship, and have been waitlisted by Booth. Do I try to pull all the stops in an effort to get off the waitlist? Booth was my top choice, and Ross was my last. I've visited both schools. Ross seems to have an incredibly friendly, warm culture, but three students independently told me that the one critique they would have for Ross is that it's not a very academically focused school. (I'd welcome other viewpoints from Ross students!) I'm trying to do a career switch into quantitative marketing, so academic rigor is key for me. Booth seemed to have a much more staid culture, but I left with no doubt I'd get the training I'm after, and the name carries more prestige than Ross'. Is the training and brand name worth +$100K more than Ross', and not to mention, the stress of waiting and strategizing for several more weeks?

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25 Mar 2010, 05:13
3underscore wrote:
To be honest, an MBA itself isn't really academically focused. As in, if you are looking for academia, it is the wrong place to go.

ha that's pretty funny but really true
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25 Mar 2010, 11:03
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britguy wrote:
Rhyme are you trying to tell me that my preferred morning smoothie is actually detrimental to my health?

Toilet water is so refreshing over ice.

No, in your case it's just fine as you are in Britain. Everything there is made of candy and lollipops and everyone wears tophats and belongs to the Ministry Of Silly Walks, so its cool.
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01 Apr 2010, 08:07

My opinion is biased due to my background.

In Economics circles (and political circles) Chicago has a well known brand. It may have lost value during the last financial crisis, but it still is well known. Better infamous than unknown.

Chicago, not Booth.
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01 Apr 2010, 09:06
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People, let me address a few key points.

Academic rigor- you've gotta be kidding me. Shiny26, if you really want academic rigor, you should go for a PhD in physics, chemical engineering or math. All top Mba programs will display similar academic rigor. Both Ross & Booth happen to be great programs.

Recruiting - you've already decided that you want to go into quant marketing and not finance. I would acknowledge that for finance, booth kicks ass, but for the rest of fields, both schools are the same.

International recognition - beyond h/s/w/Columbia, most business schools go unrecognized past the business circles. On the other hand, since you're in at Ross, you should look up some of the alumni. Ross has a pretty big & influential network in Asia and relatively strong in Europe.

Feel- I've visited both schools & I'll second the fact that Ross gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. I've talked to several MBAs from h/s/w/c/k/Ch/etc. and every single one of them emphasizes that warm fuzziness was probably one of the most important factor in their decision for their choice of school. So, go where you feel more welcome than a place by which you're just enamored.

Money - this is a no brainer buddy. Getting 100k for going to school- can't get any better than this. People would kill to be in your shoes, I know I would.

In the spirit of full disclosure, booth was my top choice too, unfortunately or fortunately, I was turned down. I got into Ross and will be there starting this fall. I too was skeptical about Ross, but that was before I met some of the future classmates. Now, I can easily see having a good time next year while learning a lot too. Add to that, from what I hear about Saturdays at the Big House can't be compared to anything at any other school. Graduating without debt in this economy ( with so much uncertainty with jobs) is the key & what I percieve as an easy choice.

Good luck with your decision. (hope to see you at Ann Arbor this fall!)

cheers,

Cheme

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30 Apr 2010, 01:04
sniperssk lol man rofl, i cant stop laughing. It should have been a commercial

This F word sounds a little french to me.
Mouth what mouth

lol. I didnt know people in MBA were actually capable of making fun. You got a point buddy.

Even i was unaware of all the schools except H/S/Lsb/Yale/Berkley.

shiny i dont think you need to worry really, most of the schools like Ross, Chicago are well known in MBA circles in INDIA, Booth carries more reputation but i wouldnt say that having a scholarship to go to Ross would put you at any disadvantage.

I referred to some pretty lofty MBA alumni and they said that Ross, Dartmouth, Berkley are all pretty well known in Asia MBA circles.

So dont sweat too much. Just make some enquiries with any Marketing acquantainces in Asia just to confirm.
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12 May 2010, 17:51
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Hi all,

The unimaginable has happened and I was accepted off Booth's R2 waitlist, with a scholarship. I'm thrilled, and befuddled. Since posting earlier, I'd gone ahead and started building my future at Ross, since I thought there was almost no chance Booth would offer admission plus money. I would be very interested to get your gut reaction here.

Booth PROS:
- Strong and rising name brand
- In Chicago

CONS:
- Not as comfortable a culture as Ross, for me personally
- Smaller scholarship

Ross PROS:
- Full scholarship
- Lots of roots already set (housing, roommate, friends, summer travel, etc.)
- Comfortable culture

CONS:
- Less prestigious brand
- In Ann Arbor (?) Not necessarily a con.

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Re: Booth (WL-->accepted w $$) vs Ross (with$$$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 May 2010, 18:07 How much more money in the two years does Ross offer you? _________________ Please kudos if my post helps. Re: Booth (WL-->accepted w $$) vs Ross (with$$$)   [#permalink] 12 May 2010, 18:07

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