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Minnesota vs. Washington Univ. (Olin) vs. Wisconsin-Madison

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Minnesota vs. Washington Univ. (Olin) vs. Wisconsin-Madison [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2007, 11:53
What do you think about these schools? I know the rankings but I wanted to know if anyone has any real experience with these schools and would recommend one over the overs. Thanks
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Re: Minnesota vs. Washington Univ. (Olin) vs. Wisconsin-Madi [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2007, 16:14
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What do you think about these schools? I know the rankings but I wanted to know if anyone has any real experience with these schools and would recommend one over the overs. Thanks


I guess olin is better than others but it still depends upon the candidate/student.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2007, 07:53
I've done a little bit of research on these schools, and here are some of my findings and thoughts:

Rankings:
- EIU & USNews rank all 3 schools between 25~30ish
- FT has the greatest discrepancy, ranking Carlson the highest @ 27th, Olin @ 43rd, and Wisconsin @ 57th

St. Louis (Olin):
- Situated in very large metropolitan city (perhaps offers the greatest of the three in terms of big-city living & networking?).
- Among the 3, has the highest rate of MBAs who go into Consulting Services (~12-18%) upon graduation.
- Strong for Investment Banking / Corp Fin job offers too -- among banks headquartered in South/Mid-West
- However, these aren't exactly placements by the Career Services center. Looking at the "source of job offers" section in their placement report, a significant no. of graduates found their own positions.
- Anecdoteal evidence suggests that its name has more strength in the Mid/SouthWest (i.e. Regional player & regional recruiting), even though its ranked in top 30 by USNEWS.

Wisconsin:
- Curriculum offers specializations based on students' career choice. In particular the Marketing Research concentration is something I have not seen in other programs.
- Networking opportunities, internship placements, and career guidance are provided based on a student's chosen specialization.
- It's not in a big city
- I see some Fortune 500 companies on their list of recruiters, but the scope of opportunities seems limited in Madison, WI.
- I would imagine that newly-minted MBAs from this school are considering travelling to other MidWest cities to find jobs (Milwaukee, Chicago etc.)

Carlson:
- Haven't done much research on this school except I know it has the lowest placements in Consulting among the three (~6%)
- Seem to have a long list of Fortune 500 recruiters.
- VERY cold, and you may not like being all the way up North.

Agree with the previous poster that it depends what you want.
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Not that I'm biased towards Wisconsin or anything but...

Madison was just ranked the #1 college sports town in the country. It's consistently listed as one of the top overall college towns and best places to live. It's absolutely gorgeous (I lived there for 8 years) if you can stand the cold winters. The business school is on the rise and just received a big $85M donation to NOT name the business school for another 20 years!

I think it's an all around good school, but it really depends on what you're after. I'm applying there for their Real Estate estate program, which is #3 in the country. Oh, and Wisconsin is always near the top of the list of schools for number of Fortune 500 CEOs produced. give it a serious look when you're deciding!
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Re: Minnesota vs. Washington Univ. (Olin) vs. Wisconsin-Madison [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2008, 10:40
I have done finance (mostly M&A) for the past 6 years. Recently been doing more Market Research (for about 1.5 years) and I like it. I think it suits me better. So I think I would like to focus more on strategy/marketing post MBA.

I was thinking about Wisconsin but I'm not sure if I'm ready to just focus on Market Research or just Brand Management or something else. I would like some flexibility to "refine" my decision.

Carlson, I like it's focus on healthcare but I'm afraid that I will be limited to the Twin Cities area post MBA.

Washington University, I actually have undergrad from this school, and am possibly thinking going there FT or PT. Any suggestions? My employer would not pay though.
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Re: Minnesota vs. Washington Univ. (Olin) vs. Wisconsin-Madison [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 01:03
I don't think Olin or Carlson have that kind of recognition when it comes to marketing. Olin is strong with the banks in the Southwest, and Carlson I have not heard much of throughout my research. Wisconsin yes, because of the market research curriculum. I believe AC Nielsen recruits on their Madison campus.

Have you considered Indiana (Kelley)? They have very strong marketing & brand management program and has shown strong placements with consumer products companies in the Mid-West. UNC-Chapel Hill & Ohio State are also strong in marketing. Limited Brands is in Columbus, OH and recruits actively on campus.

Then again, if you've done M&A work seems like you have a very strong profile to move into Management Consulting (Banks like former MCs and MCs like former bankers) - and perhaps you could do marketing as a consultant.... in which case check out the usual suspects (top 15) and also UNC, CMU, Emory, Georgetown, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UT-Austin, Notre Dame, and Rice.
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Re: Minnesota vs. Washington Univ. (Olin) vs. Wisconsin-Madison [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2010, 07:41
olin is best!
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