So here's my story:
Male, Age 26
Hospitality / Real Estate Industries
Interested in majoring in marketing, branding, and strategy
Interested in getting a general management rotational job upon graduation, preferably with a hotel or entertainment company, but intrigued by big brands as well
I've gotten into the following:
Emory w/ 60% scholarship
- great in real estate
- loved the atmosphere
USC w/ 25% scholarship- the company I most desire to work for is the #1 recruiter there
- LA is great
Kellogg w/ nothing
Whatever non-scholarship money is needed, I am taking out in loans, as I have no savings to speak of.
My question is this--- Is Kellogg THAT much a better name that going there is worth the extra $80,000 or so in debt?
I'm excited about all these programs, but feel so lost !
Thanks for all your thoughts in advance!
I bolded what I felt was the only really important fact here. You have a company you're interested in, and you're accepted (with money) to a school where it recruits heavily. Go for USC! This is not a competition on who can get the best brand name, this is about going for a degree that will get you where you want. It sounds like USC can do it - and cheaper.
Now, my only concern would be is if you are not sure what you want. In the future, across a broader spectrum of companies and jobs, the Kellogg name is stronger. Much stronger. If I was you, being somewhat unsure of what I want, I would go for Kellogg. But I'm not you.
However, the hotel/hospitality/entertainment fields, from my experience, are not as familiar with the MBA rankings as other industries (I am from this field, too). So, that could be another reason to shy away from the debt of Kellogg. When I was applying to business schools, my bosses did not know Kellogg as an elite name. They knew the Ivies, but after that, it was all the same. I wonder if you've had a similar experience?