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# Chicago GSB VS. Kellogg

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11 Aug 2004, 16:45
Just want to share to everyone about my family friend who got accepted to both part time programs of U of Chicago and Kellogg.

Gmat--640
Work Experience--5 years top fortune company
Essays--reviewed by 3 editors

I am happy to announce that he chose Kellogg over U of Chicago. Well, it was a tough choice but I actually think that he made the right choice. I hope that I will also have the same results for my application. I will be taking the GMAT this September and hopefully do well. The GMAT is the only thing that is keeping me out at this point.

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13 Aug 2004, 08:32
Hi,

The Chicago metro area "suffers" from an embarrassment of riches when it comes to PT programs attached to ultra elite schools. These are both great schools with similar reputations worldwide. For every extreme strength of one school such as finance there is a counterveiling strength at the other such as marketing. One nice aspect of the U of C program is the large offering of weekend classes.

Since we do not know your friend we cannot really comment on whether this was the "right" choice for him. However, either one of these schools would be an easily defensible choice for most students.

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14 Aug 2004, 05:42
Kath,Hjort......I'm just curious to know whether the GMAT score makes a difference if u r applying to a part time or full time program?? Interesting to note is the fact that a friend (distant) of mine was accepted at Carnegie Mellon ,but later on she got into Chicago GSB, which was quite a jump, considering the rankings of these schools........am a lil baffled by such instances
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14 Aug 2004, 19:38
Was she accepted to the PT program at each school or the FT program?

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15 Aug 2004, 04:05
Good question Hjort..............I would say it is FT (95% sure).........!!
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15 Aug 2004, 16:31
I'm still a little confused by the chronology- was she accepted to Chicago in a later round in the same year or in a later year?

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15 Aug 2004, 16:45
Hjort, here's the stats........Got accepted to CMU (decision reached around April-May) to start for fall 2004 and then got accepted to Chicago to start Fall 2004......it is quite possible Chicago was applied to in a later round, cos the decision was made around june or july.........
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16 Aug 2004, 07:25
Hmm . . . if she had really strong admissions characteristics I would not be surprised if she had been accepted by both the "higher" school and the "lower" school. Now if she had been rejected by a regional school and accepted by the ultra elite school that would be more interesting.

I am also not that surprised because Carnegie is in a cluster of schools right on the border of being an elite school. To the extent one finds rankings useful, I think in 1990 it was ranked #9 in the BW Survey and placed number #13 or #14 four times. Perhaps some observers typecast CMU as a "tech" school and thus overlook its general strengths. It is not on the ultra elite level of say Chicago, Northwestern, or Stanford in terms of general rep but it quite close to a number of the other elite schools. Further, note that its GMAT distribution is similar to those of Virginia and Cornell and the mean is within about one SEM of the value of the mean for most elite schools.

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16 Aug 2004, 16:34
cbrf3 wrote:
Kath,Hjort......I'm just curious to know whether the GMAT score makes a difference if u r applying to a part time or full time program?? Interesting to note is the fact that a friend (distant) of mine was accepted at Carnegie Mellon ,but later on she got into Chicago GSB, which was quite a jump, considering the rankings of these schools........am a lil baffled by such instances

It's not surprising to me at all.

A GMAT score makes a difference in both full-time or part-time programs. It plays less of a role in EMBA admissions.

REgarding your friend, the fact that CMU admitted your friend does not imply that your friend is not a good candidate for Chicago. Chicago is not looking at the app and saying, "This candidate was accepted at CMU and therefore is not for us." IT probably didn't know that your friend had been accepted. to CMU. It looks at each application holistically and compares it to other applications while considering the desired make-up of a class.

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