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If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2009, 22:36
...between the full-time mba programs at Washington University in St. Louis (Olin) and Indiana University (Kelley), where would you attend?

Their rankings are typically comparable, right around #20, with Indiana often a few spots higher. I'm still undecided on my particular concentration and specific post-mba career goals, and I think the quality of education will be comparable at both schools. GMAT scores and undergrad GPA's are a bit higher at Washington, although their acceptance rate is actually a bit higher than Indiana's...so I suppose admissions standards are fairly comparable. The costs are nearly identical. So it's primarily deciding between a small elite private school in a big city versus a huge state school in a small college town. Washington U has a great reputation in St. Louis, but IDK whether the school even really has name recognition outside of the midwest. Indiana's Kelley School of Business has a great reputation, but the university, as a whole, isn't really prestigious.

Please lend me some opinions here, even if you haven't considered either school. I would really appreciate it!
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I would try to find out which school is better for your intended post-mba goals, but all things being equal... You have a huge Big 10 public school vs. a relatively small private school. I'd probably go with Olin since I went to a large Big 10 school for undergrad and would like to try something different, but if you went to a smaller school and don't have access to a gigantic alumni base, I'd probably go with Indiana.
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 11:05
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IU Kelly has a strong reputation and good ties, but almost exclusively in the mid-west. They really are almost incomparable without an idea of your intended locale or career, and their relative importance.
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 11:48
Thanks for the replies, guys. To address your comments...I don't have an intended locale. I'm from the Midwest, and I'm really open to living in virtually any region in the states. I had a corporate finance job in the manufacturing industry (which I didn't especially enjoy, but it was entry level), and I've thought about trying to break into management consulting, largely because it would probably give me exposure to a number industries and job functions. That said, it seems like Indiana (Kelley) might hold a few more opportunities to find a job in consulting than Washington (Olin)...but again, their employment stats seem fairly comparable. I'm hoping to set up some job-shadows to get a feel for a few different post-MBA careers firsthand.
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Kelley vs Olin [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 08:11
Hello Everyone,

I got in at Kelley and at Olin. Not sure which is a better program...

Any suggestions? Current students? interview/job placement experiences? etc?
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 09:34
Bump!

Kelley (IU) vs Olin (WashU): Any opinions?? Anyone?
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 21:49
adude wrote:
I would try to find out which school is better for your intended post-mba goals, but all things being equal... You have a huge Big 10 public school vs. a relatively small private school. I'd probably go with Olin since I went to a large Big 10 school for undergrad and would like to try something different, but if you went to a smaller school and don't have access to a gigantic alumni base, I'd probably go with Indiana.


General management: Healthcare/Biotech. Any suggestions as to how the programs compare...?
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 11:21
Have you checked out the threads dedicated to the 2 schools mentioned above?

Perhaps fellow applicants applying to the same school might have information and insight that you are looking for.

Washington university in St Louis (Olin)
calling-all-fall-2010-washington-u-olin-applicants-88170.html

Indiana University - Kelley
calling-all-indiana-kelley-fall-2010-applicants-89228.html
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 11:41
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Have you checked out the threads dedicated to the 2 schools mentioned above?

Perhaps fellow applicants applying to the same school might have information and insight that you are looking for.

Washington university in St Louis (Olin)
calling-all-fall-2010-washington-u-olin-applicants-88170.html

Indiana University - Kelley
calling-all-indiana-kelley-fall-2010-applicants-89228.html


nink, thnxz a ton!

I have and will continue to keep an eye out. It appears most of the posters on those threads are familiar with one or the other program. I am in touch with one person who is in a similar situation and we are trying to get more ideas/insights....
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Re: If you had to choose... [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2010, 20:03
on paper, the schools look as close to equal as you can put them:

http://www.olin.wustl.edu/docs/WCC/EmploymentMBA.pdf
http://kelley.iu.edu/mba/careers/careerStats.cfm

class size about the same, about 58% of grads stay in the midwest, similar consulting placement #'s (around 10%). i'd echo adude's opinion earlier in the thread - although the class sizes are the same, one's location is part of a much larger university (kelley), whereas olin is much smaller - so potentially fit could be a deciding factor. other than that, i'd apply to both and see where i got the most money.
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