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Kelley ($$) vs. Kenan-Flagler

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Kelley (50% scholarship) vs. Kenan-Flagler (no scholarship)

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Kelley ($$) vs. Kenan-Flagler [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2014, 08:45
This is my first post after lurking here for the past year during my GMAT prep and applications. Now I have a decision to make. First, a bit about me and my analysis of the two programs.

I have worked in healthcare for the past 8 years, but want to change careers. I see myself doing management/strategy consulting as it both interests me and is a great stepping stone to entrepreneurship. However, during my undergrad, I majored in finance and accounting, and finance especially interests me. However, with no investment management experience, I don't want to try to break into the financial services or IB industry. Thus, I would be interested in corporate/strategic finance, and/or business focused financial consulting.

My ultimate goal is to get into entrepreneurship and/or VC. I see either short-term career path (or some sort of mix) being ideal to my long term goal, and both MBA programs offer concentrations in corporate or strategic finance, entrepreneurship, and consulting. Both programs offer interesting experiential learning opportunities, and both programs are in similar cost of living environments.

With that said, I have a lot of successful family in the greater Chicago area (many of whom graduated from Indiana, although not MBAs), and I think that would be a big boost to my professional networking. I also think I would want to live/work in the Midwest (Chicago specifically) versus the southeast, as I am drawn to city life. I get the impression that both schools have excellent brand equity in their respective regions, but I am unclear as to their broader reputations other than what I see in rankings (which are very similar).

Lastly, I have been offered a 50% scholarship to Kelley, but no scholarship to UNC. Would UNC have any advantage, regarding the above points, that would warrant a $60k premium?

Thanks everyone!
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Re: Kelley ($$) vs. Kenan-Flagler [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2014, 00:14
Congratulations on getting admits from Kelley and Kenan-Flagler. You would be able to achieve your short term goals at either of the schools. You have a priority of living in Chicago post mba. There is a better chance of landing a job in Chicago at Kelley. Though Kenan-Flagler is higher ranked than Kelley(recent FT and US News rankings), the scholarship at Kelley is difficult to overlook. Try to visit both the schools and see which school you like more. If i were you, i would go to Kelley.

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