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Kellogg vs. Columbia vs. Haas (Finance)

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Kellogg vs. Columbia vs. Haas (Finance) [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 08:57
Hi Guys,

I am deciding between Kellogg, Columbia, and Haas. Every school has pros/cons, and I wanted to get your input. I want to go into Finance (Sales and Trading, but currently do not have a Finance background). No $ from any school.

Columbia: I know it's the obvious choice for finance. However, I am sick of NY (have lived here for 4 years) and I am concerned I would be competing with so many other students like me w/out a Finance background and trying to break into the field. Or people who have Finance backgrounds already!

Kellogg: I think Kellogg is a better cultural fit, and I've heard many of the same banks recruit at both Kellogg and Columbia. But it seems that many Kellogg students end up in the Midwest for their FT jobs or internships, even if that's not necessarily where they wanted to be (one Kellogg student I know had to fly himself to NY to find a S&T job on his own). I've also heard Kellogg is not well-regarded in Finance (considered a "fluff marketing school" in the words of current friends in Finance). To current Kellogg students: do you think it's a fair assumption that there is less competition for Finance jobs because of the school's marketing/consulting strengths?

Haas: The main pro here is that it's based near SF, where I ultimately want to relocate. I actually don't like the smaller class size as it means your alumni network is smaller. I know Haas is a great school, but it's brand doesn't seem as strong as Kellogg and Columbia. Haas lists the big banks as having recruited there in the past, but I can imagine the job opportunities would be more limited than at Kellogg and Columbia due to location.

Phew, long post....Thanks in advance!
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Re: Kellogg vs. Columbia vs. Haas (Finance) [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 19:33
Congrats on getting into such great schools, I wish I had your problem!

I would rank it Columbia, Haas, Kellogg. It would be easier/cheaper to go interview from Columbia, and their finance alum network is phenomenal. I work with a Columbia 2nd year MBA student, and he is one of the best co-workers I've had.

If you are set on finance, I would definitely pick Columbia. I see less Kellogg MBA in finance, maybe that's just me, they seem to be more in industry or marketing.

How can you be sick of NYC, it's the greatest city in the world!

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