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ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2012, 10:15
Considering most results are going to be out soon.. What do you guys think about the Tuck versus ISB option? If its say Kellogg vs ISB, Kellogg would definitely win...but ISB and Tuck are a tough call..

Considering one is equally inclined towards India and United States.. and has only enough money to finance the ISB edu..(would have to take a loan of about 60% amount of total expenses at Tuck)..what would be a logical decision and what should be the other factors in consideration?
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2012, 20:35
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Its certainly a tough call. ISB should be your first choice if you see yourself working in India. Kellogg and Tuck both are excellent programs but require 2 yrs to complete and hence are certainly more expensive. ISB gives you excellent ROI, but is a India centric school. I believe ISB will win hands down when it comes to networking and brand recognition in India.

If the financial burden is too much, then I will not hesitate to recommend ISB (even over Kellogg). Take a call considering the macroeconomic situation in North America/Europe vs India.

Best of luck!
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 08:58
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Ask yourself these two questions:
1. India or USA? Think long and hard about it. I'm positive it's not 50-50
2. 1 or 2 years? It's not just about the financial aspect. Think on the lines of internship, projects, learning, partying in addition to finances and ROI.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 11:49
It depends upon you: India Vs US?

Where do you feel you want to live? US is a great place to work and live. Though US economy is bit shaky since past few years, I believe it is getting back on track. Indian economy is growing at a tremendous pace. If you want to see very quick gains and without much risk, India would be the best option.

In the end, its all about you and your decision. I personally prefer IIMs better than ISB.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 13:16
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adm209 wrote:
Considering most results are going to be out soon.. What do you guys think about the Tuck versus ISB option? If its say Kellogg vs ISB, Kellogg would definitely win...but ISB and Tuck are a tough call..

Considering one is equally inclined towards India and United States.. and has only enough money to finance the ISB edu..(would have to take a loan of about 60% amount of total expenses at Tuck)..what would be a logical decision and what should be the other factors in consideration?


I don't think this should be too tough to decide. After all, you are not in the predicament of Columbia vs Chicago vs Harvard, Stanford vs Harvard or Kellogg vs Haas.
Even if it isn't too significant, there is some international recruitment at ISB. You may need to research what functions (say in banking) the ISB alumni working outside perform. What's the size of the alumni network outside India?

If working in India is part of your post-mba career goal, I will say go for ISB. The visiting faculties are from some of the best in world. The program sounds academically rigorous as well.

What you will get in Tuck (and not at ISB) is the diversity in classroom and access to Tuck alumni network.

Finally, if you are ok with working in US for few years, you shouldn't be worrying about the loan part of the financial situation.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2012, 13:19
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I personally prefer IIMs better than ISB.

Off topic - can you please elaborate why you will prefer the IIMs to ISB?
From what I have seen thus far, the IIMs have faculty with limited international exposure, the student body is mostly composed of students with little or no experience.

May be I am wrong.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 23:12
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someone79 wrote:
I personally prefer IIMs better than ISB.

Off topic - can you please elaborate why you will prefer the IIMs to ISB?
From what I have seen thus far, the IIMs have faculty with limited international exposure, the student body is mostly composed of students with little or no experience.

May be I am wrong.



I prefer IIM A's exec program better than ISB(both are 1 year duration). I know the type of people who go into these programs. Look up on linkedin to know more about the student body there.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2012, 06:25
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sanjuro9 wrote:
someone79 wrote:
I personally prefer IIMs better than ISB.

Off topic - can you please elaborate why you will prefer the IIMs to ISB?
From what I have seen thus far, the IIMs have faculty with limited international exposure, the student body is mostly composed of students with little or no experience.

May be I am wrong.

I prefer IIM A's exec program better than ISB(both are 1 year duration). I know the type of people who go into these programs. Look up on linkedin to know more about the student body there.


I am sincerely looking for some comparative analysis more than just your personal preference. Please elaborate why you prefer the 1 year program at IIM-Ahmeadabad more than Indian School of Business.

Thank you.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2012, 10:32
Sanj, When I said IIM, I meant IIMA and that too its exec program. IIMA's exec program placements are top notch. Average salary is much higher than ISB. Apart from that, if you are a 30+ candidate, you will find most of the students there of your age range. Three people I know passed out from IIMA PGPX and following is what they are doing after 3 years of passing out:

1. CEO of a hotel chain
2. VP of sales in US for an Indian firm
3. Head of Integration practice of a large Indian IT company.

These are just three people whom I know. As my friends are added to my linkedin account, I am able to see the employment history and placements of most of the guys who are from IIMs and who studied with my friends. They are all top shot execs and are currently at very senior positions.

ISB has a varied crowd. Some of the guys I know went to ISB after 2-3 years of exp. In the end, it's all your preference. My preference is IIMs.
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2012, 11:35
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adm209 wrote:
Considering most results are going to be out soon.. What do you guys think about the Tuck versus ISB option? If its say Kellogg vs ISB, Kellogg would definitely win...but ISB and Tuck are a tough call..

Considering one is equally inclined towards India and United States.. and has only enough money to finance the ISB edu..(would have to take a loan of about 60% amount of total expenses at Tuck)..what would be a logical decision and what should be the other factors in consideration?


I don't think this should be too tough to decide. After all, you are not in the predicament of Columbia vs Chicago vs Harvard, Stanford vs Harvard or Kellogg vs Haas.
Even if it isn't too significant, there is some international recruitment at ISB. You may need to research what functions (say in banking) the ISB alumni working outside perform. What's the size of the alumni network outside India?

If working in India is part of your post-mba career goal, I will say go for ISB. The visiting faculties are from some of the best in world. The program sounds academically rigorous as well.

What you will get in Tuck (and not at ISB) is the diversity in classroom and access to Tuck alumni network.

Finally, if you are ok with working in US for few years, you shouldn't be worrying about the loan part of the financial situation.


thanks for the inputs guys...i am actually not finicky about the financial aspect..that will get managed somehow..i may even get married in the US and funds maynot be a problem in that case...

the thing is i want to start up my own firm say 10 years down the line...in india..at least thats wht im thinking now..for which the isb network will be great..but getting the US exposure/network and capital before i do that will again be great..ive never been to the US as of now so its very difficult to say whether i would want to settle down there untill i actually see life for myslelf..

my apprehension is that Tuck is a little low on international mobility... people in India in general do not know about it..of course people in the fraternity do..so in terms of future employment possibilities...brand recognition in india..how does Tuck fare...im pretty inclined towards it as of now..very selective..collaborative..Ivy League..not too far from Boston/NY..but thts the only point of apprehension..what do u think?
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2012, 07:44
so what did you finally end up with?
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 10:13
After a lot of thinking and talking to people...i finally chose Tuck over ISB for a plethora of reasons- diversity, small class size, collaborative culture and of course employment opportunities and the Ivy League experience. Also, infrastructure wise, Tuck is really really good. I also got to know a couple of other people who made the same choice...if not convince...at least that helped me reinforce my decision
plus i got a 134k financial aid from Tuck..at 7-7.5%..so that helped the financial position
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 11:01
great choice!
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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 13:01
i wholeheartedly agree that you have made a great choice. I have visited Tuck and met with alumni. Its undoubtedly a special place. If I were only few years younger, I would have definitely made Tuck one of my top choices for business school.

Look for Prof King, Prof VG, Ron Adner, Sydney F and many others. Oh... I only know how hard it was for me to decide not to apply to Tuck.

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Re: ISB or TUCK [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 23:27
Both are good. I think it depends more on which country you want to work in. I am applying to both Tuck and ISB. but if i get both, I think i`ll take ISB. :)
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