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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 11:30
Go to GT. At the end of the day where you get your MBA does not matter that much. Just look at your undergrad, do ppl really care where you went to school. Where you go to school will help for your first job and then after that it will be more about experience. Also don't let ppl tell you that the name matter because only people who went to good schools say that.

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I applied to USC in Round 3 and interviewed a few weeks back. I understand that decisions are released on May 15th but I also have a full GRA from Georgia Tech. I went to GT for my undergraduate and master programs but a full ride to GT for MBA is kind of difficult to turn down. My deadline to accept at GT is May 15th and I dont know what to do. After the 15th they will not be able to hold my funding for me. Can anyone share light on how they decided between GT and USC. I plan on going into entertainment so USC seems better but financially GT makes more sense.

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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 12:04
pkaran wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I applied to USC in Round 3 and interviewed a few weeks back. I understand that decisions are released on May 15th but I also have a full GRA from Georgia Tech. I went to GT for my undergraduate and master programs but a full ride to GT for MBA is kind of difficult to turn down. My deadline to accept at GT is May 15th and I dont know what to do. After the 15th they will not be able to hold my funding for me. Can anyone share light on how they decided between GT and USC. I plan on going into entertainment so USC seems better but financially GT makes more sense.

Thanks!

I don't know anything about Georgia Tech's MBA program but if you want to work in entertainment, especially in Southern California, USC is the way to go. In terms of holding onto your spot at GT - I wouldn't hesitate to either try and negotiate a few extra days or go ahead and put down the $$$. In the grand scheme of things, it isn't that much. Respectfully disagree with another poster that where you go to business school doesn't matter. Obviously recruiting is a key element of why people choose the school that they do. After your first job out of b-school, then yes, i agree it's less important, but this isn't an academic profession where all you need is a degree, it's about your connections.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 12:39
If you are going to succeed in life it doesn't make a difference where you go to school. If you have the passion and the drive to do well then you will do well. Vision and passion is more important than a school name. It is because you have the drive to succeed that brought you to b-school and that same drive will make you successful in life. Yes connections help and school name helps but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't make a big difference. Read the book Outliers, people succeed because they want to.

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Hi Everyone,
I applied to USC in Round 3 and interviewed a few weeks back. I understand that decisions are released on May 15th but I also have a full GRA from Georgia Tech. I went to GT for my undergraduate and master programs but a full ride to GT for MBA is kind of difficult to turn down. My deadline to accept at GT is May 15th and I dont know what to do. After the 15th they will not be able to hold my funding for me. Can anyone share light on how they decided between GT and USC. I plan on going into entertainment so USC seems better but financially GT makes more sense.

Thanks!

I don't know anything about Georgia Tech's MBA program but if you want to work in entertainment, especially in Southern California, USC is the way to go. In terms of holding onto your spot at GT - I wouldn't hesitate to either try and negotiate a few extra days or go ahead and put down the $$$. In the grand scheme of things, it isn't that much. Respectfully disagree with another poster that where you go to business school doesn't matter. Obviously recruiting is a key element of why people choose the school that they do. After your first job out of b-school, then yes, i agree it's less important, but this isn't an academic profession where all you need is a degree, it's about your connections.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 14:01
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If you are going to succeed in life it doesn't make a difference where you go to school. If you have the passion and the drive to do well then you will do well. Vision and passion is more important than a school name. It is because you have the drive to succeed that brought you to b-school and that same drive will make you successful in life. Yes connections help and school name helps but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't make a big difference. Read the book Outliers, people succeed because they want to.

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Hi Everyone,
I applied to USC in Round 3 and interviewed a few weeks back. I understand that decisions are released on May 15th but I also have a full GRA from Georgia Tech. I went to GT for my undergraduate and master programs but a full ride to GT for MBA is kind of difficult to turn down. My deadline to accept at GT is May 15th and I dont know what to do. After the 15th they will not be able to hold my funding for me. Can anyone share light on how they decided between GT and USC. I plan on going into entertainment so USC seems better but financially GT makes more sense.

Thanks!

I don't know anything about Georgia Tech's MBA program but if you want to work in entertainment, especially in Southern California, USC is the way to go. In terms of holding onto your spot at GT - I wouldn't hesitate to either try and negotiate a few extra days or go ahead and put down the $$$. In the grand scheme of things, it isn't that much. Respectfully disagree with another poster that where you go to business school doesn't matter. Obviously recruiting is a key element of why people choose the school that they do. After your first job out of b-school, then yes, i agree it's less important, but this isn't an academic profession where all you need is a degree, it's about your connections.


I agree with Java although I do recongnize some valid points about the "it's who you know" concept. I do think the bottom line is- USC's MBA program is probably not worth 100K more than GT. Because that is essentially what you are looking at in loans for tuition and cost of living expenses. Avg. starting salary post grad is 85K for GT and 93K for USC...so although you will earn approx. 10K more per year starting out from USC, you will also be 100K in debt, so that is a huge consideration too. I think you should just focus on getting an entertainment industry internship in LA over the summer between your first and second year. Then you can make good business contacts and still get a free MBA. Plus most job opportunies separate qualifications between undergrad and graduate degrees. I have seen plenty of postings that specify MBA degree preferred. I have seen none that say MBA degree from top 25 school preferred. I would go to GT on a free ride if I were the one choosing, but that's me.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 15:59
I've just been accepted to Marshall's PM program and UCI FEMBA. I've loved my experience at UCI so far but am conflicted now that I've gotten into Marshall which I wasn't expecting. Any suggestions/advice about making a decision?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 16:16
You just got the call today? Congrats. I would go with your heart. If you like UCI then go to UCI. Just because marshall is a better name doesn't mean you should go. UCI is a smaller program and you can probably get closer with fellow students.

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I've just been accepted to Marshall's PM program and UCI FEMBA. I've loved my experience at UCI so far but am conflicted now that I've gotten into Marshall which I wasn't expecting. Any suggestions/advice about making a decision?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 18:42
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I've just been accepted to Marshall's PM program and UCI FEMBA. I've loved my experience at UCI so far but am conflicted now that I've gotten into Marshall which I wasn't expecting. Any suggestions/advice about making a decision?


Congrats. No matter how difficult the decision its nice to have the options.

If you don't mind me asking when did you get your application in?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 18:45
Thanks! Got my application in for R3 (think I submitted on March 30). Submitted the video on May 6th and got the phone call today. It's a great problem to have but it's such a tough choice for me!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 18:52
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Thanks! Got my application in for R3 (think I submitted on March 30). Submitted the video on May 6th and got the phone call today. It's a great problem to have but it's such a tough choice for me!


Cool thanks. And congrats again
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 19:25
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If you are going to succeed in life it doesn't make a difference where you go to school. If you have the passion and the drive to do well then you will do well. Vision and passion is more important than a school name. It is because you have the drive to succeed that brought you to b-school and that same drive will make you successful in life. Yes connections help and school name helps but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't make a big difference. Read the book Outliers, people succeed because they want to.
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Hi Everyone,
I applied to USC in Round 3 and interviewed a few weeks back. I understand that decisions are released on May 15th but I also have a full GRA from Georgia Tech. I went to GT for my undergraduate and master programs but a full ride to GT for MBA is kind of difficult to turn down. My deadline to accept at GT is May 15th and I dont know what to do. After the 15th they will not be able to hold my funding for me. Can anyone share light on how they decided between GT and USC. I plan on going into entertainment so USC seems better but financially GT makes more sense.

Thanks!

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I agree with Java although I do recongnize some valid points about the "it's who you know" concept. I do think the bottom line is- USC's MBA program is probably not worth 100K more than GT. Because that is essentially what you are looking at in loans for tuition and cost of living expenses. Avg. starting salary post grad is 85K for GT and 93K for USC...so although you will earn approx. 10K more per year starting out from USC, you will also be 100K in debt, so that is a huge consideration too. I think you should just focus on getting an entertainment industry internship in LA over the summer between your first and second year. Then you can make good business contacts and still get a free MBA. Plus most job opportunies separate qualifications between undergrad and graduate degrees. I have seen plenty of postings that specify MBA degree preferred. I have seen none that say MBA degree from top 25 school preferred. I would go to GT on a free ride if I were the one choosing, but that's me.


We are talking about Georgia Tech and not Georgetown, right? I just think that if you're looking to get into an industry that is so concentrated in one city, going to school across the country, without specific ties to that industry, puts you at such a disadvantage. Also, entertainment in particular is an industry where who you know and connections matter much more than others (consulting and banking being ones where school name is huge). I went to USC for undergrad and I have former classmates who've told me that a lot of jobs in entertainment are never posted online and are instead filled through a network of contacts. I'm obviously not saying school name is everything, clearly an individual's personal traits and drive will play a huge role throughout your career, but the drawbacks are enough to make you really think carefully. And, I have seen job postings that specify top MBA programs - besides, even if they don't specify, what makes you think people don't take that into consideration?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 06:11
Thank you everyone for replying. I just got a call from USC yesterday letting me know about my acceptance. I called the office to find out funding but it looks like most of that is taken up so late in the process. So now my dilemma is if USC is worth the $160K debt that I will incur in the course of 2 years vs a close to nothing since I do have a full tuition scholarship. I feel lucky that I have options but its a really tough decisions.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 08:43
Congrats undecidedoc! I am still waiting for a decision, applied round 3 MBA.PM.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 09:36
Just got the phone call, accepted for MBA.PM, R3! I applied in March.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 09:40
i guess they're now calling the admitted students... knowing that makes me check my phone every second. Just one question, USC vs. Pepperdine with full scholoarship, what would you do?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 09:52
Just got the call an hour ago...admitted to the full time program!!

This has been a roller coaster of a day - first dinged by McCombs then an hour later USC saves the day.
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 10:44
Yayyy, congrats fellow MBA 2013 Trojan!


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Just got the call an hour ago...admitted to the full time program!!

This has been a roller coaster of a day - first dinged by McCombs then an hour later USC saves the day.


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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 15:53
BMR21 wrote:
Just got the call an hour ago...admitted to the full time program!!

This has been a roller coaster of a day - first dinged by McCombs then an hour later USC saves the day.


Hello BMR21, Do you mind sharing your profile, please?
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 17:10
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Just got the call an hour ago...admitted to the full time program!!

This has been a roller coaster of a day - first dinged by McCombs then an hour later USC saves the day.


Hello BMR21, Do you mind sharing your profile, please?



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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 07:56
Got the call yesterday morning that I was accepted into the PM program!

I also got into Pepperdine and got a partial scholarship, but I'm leaning heavily towards USC.

Good luck to everyone!
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Re: Calling All Fall 2011 USC Marshall Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 08:22
R3 applicant. R3 Ding.
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