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Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2012, 20:36
Hey all,

I'm still relatively new to the whole B-school forum thing, and I was perusing some of the threads and noticed people listing schools then saying they felt like their personality would either fit there, or that they wouldn't be a fit etc. Can someone give me some sort of analysis of what exactly this would mean for each school? What type of personality thrives at each place, and what is each school looking for? What are the quirks beyond the rankings that make each school stand out and differentiates them all, other than simple location and ranking?

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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2012, 21:24
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Well I have to admit this question is almost impossible to answer... to really learn what is behind each school you have to visit the school, meet students, alumni, and teachers... and also meet prospective applicants. You have to also see what the schools are known for, what kind of jobs they place into, and even where they're located. Since you're new, I'm sure it seems overwhelming. But ultimately, you should try to narrow down your choices, visit your top choices, and apply to your top schools.

Here's a thread that might give you a little flavor: if-business-schools-were-car-brands-updated-110291-20.html relating cars to bschools
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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2012, 21:27
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Hey all,

I'm still relatively new to the whole B-school forum thing, and I was perusing some of the threads and noticed people listing schools then saying they felt like their personality would either fit there, or that they wouldn't be a fit etc. Can someone give me some sort of analysis of what exactly this would mean for each school? What type of personality thrives at each place, and what is each school looking for? What are the quirks beyond the rankings that make each school stand out and differentiates them all, other than simple location and ranking?

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ajs48,

Contrary to what you have said, B-schools are about diversity. They prefer to take in people with diverse backgrounds, reason being that much of your learning within and outside the classroom takes place by interacting with your peers. Diversity in backgrounds ensures that you become aware of different perspectives for the same situation.

However, b-schools also have their own 'personalities' and this is where applicants try to look for a fit. For instance HBS has very large class sizes, teaching is case study based, doesn't offer specializations in any particular area, core classes are mandatory and essentially has a finance focus. On the other hand, Wharton also has a finance focus, largely uses action based learning, curriculum is flexible and can be tailormade according to the students' individual requirements. This includes both the core and the electives component. And, you can take majors.

So once you start reading about the programs, you will begin to feel the difference between them. It is features like these which differentiate the programs and where an applicant would decide about what suits his/ her learning needs better.

If you look for these nuances in MBA programs, it will help you go beyond the stereotypes which are associated with them.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2013, 20:31
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Well I have to admit this question is almost impossible to answer... to really learn what is behind each school you have to visit the school, meet students, alumni, and teachers... and also meet prospective applicants. You have to also see what the schools are known for, what kind of jobs they place into, and even where they're located. Since you're new, I'm sure it seems overwhelming. But ultimately, you should try to narrow down your choices, visit your top choices, and apply to your top schools.

Here's a thread that might give you a little flavor: if-business-schools-were-car-brands-updated-110291-20.html relating cars to bschools


Hi GMATLA,
Interesting analogy between b schools and cars , but the link you posted doesn't work ?
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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 20:09
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I found the original article...enjoy :)
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I think this description of CBS is a little out of date. I don't know if it was the grade non-disclosure policy or what, but CBS is does not have people competing against each other. I'm currently a first year at CBS and was drawn here by the friendly current students that were very willing and eager to help with any questions I had while I was just an applicant. Other than getting the job I was pursuing, I wanted a school full of people that were going to make plenty of time during their 2 years to have as much fun as possible together and that's what I got.
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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2013, 14:38
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I went to visit the schools a few months ago and here are my thoughts on each school, in the order visited:

Berkeley: everyone was pretty down to earth, and I can definitely see myself being friends with the students.

Stanford: I felt that everyone was very chill yet super smart, which is I think is rare combo to find. The level of discussion in the classes were unpretentious and no one is trying to show off but you definitely can tell, just by the way folks spoke, that they were very educated and smart.

Wharton: another school where I felt the students were very smart but they were not as relaxed as the Stanford kids. Maybe it was the East Coast culture (I'm from West Coast), but I felt that the students were a little more cutthroat. I say this as a completely neutral comment; not a bad or good thing, but just what I felt. An interesting thing that I don't think I would've discovered unless I visited the school was the party culture. The student panel alluded to the social scene many times, and my friend who currently goes there say everyone just parties.

Columbia: I found that the student body was a good blend of laid-back students and gunners (aka alpha females/males). A lot of students talked about how they picked Columbia because they felt like they could make friends at the school. Combined with the awesome location of being in NY, I really liked Columbia.

HBS: very formal; when the instructor introduced us as the class visitors, the whole class gave us a standing ovation. So very well mannered students. Definite difference between HBS and GSB students, so you'll have to decide which one you like. I hear most folks only get into one and very rare get into both any lol.

MIT: first school to provide lunch to all visitors :). Then we got into small discussion groups for Q&A sessions with each student. By far, most participation by current students out of all of the schools we visited, which I appreciated that they'd give their time to prospective applicants like that. Their info sessions and what they told us was that MIT is very collaborative, and even though I didn't have enough time to see whether that was true or not, everything that happened on my visit day definitely made me feel like there's a environment there that would support such a claim.

That's all I got! Didn't go up to Tuck or visit the Chicago duo, so if anyone has any comments from their school visit, definitely chime in.
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I will add my experiences:
Tuck - Tuck has a family like atmosphere and students seemed to have strong bonds with each other. Also, since there is not much to do in Hanover, students are always hanging out with each other. Tuck has dorms for most of the 1st years, and the dorms are basically in the same building as your classes, so students don't really have to leave the building (helps during winter time).

Fuqua: Similar to Tuck, Fuqua also has a family like atmosphere, but the students seemed to be younger in nature and more inclined towards having a good time (lots of partying). Also, everyone is proud to be a Fuquan.
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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2013, 09:28
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I will add my experiences:
Tuck - Tuck has a family like atmosphere and students seemed to have strong bonds with each other. Also, since there is not much to do in Hanover, students are always hanging out with each other. Tuck has dorms for most of the 1st years, and the dorms are basically in the same building as your classes, so students don't really have to leave the building (helps during winter time).

Fuqua: Similar to Tuck, Fuqua also has a family like atmosphere, but the students seemed to be younger in nature and more inclined towards having a good time (lots of partying). Also, everyone is proud to be a Fuquan.


Heard Tuck parties too....did you get that sense when you visited?
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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 02:09
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Well I have to admit this question is almost impossible to answer... to really learn what is behind each school you have to visit the school, meet students, alumni, and teachers... and also meet prospective applicants. You have to also see what the schools are known for, what kind of jobs they place into, and even where they're located. Since you're new, I'm sure it seems overwhelming. But ultimately, you should try to narrow down your choices, visit your top choices, and apply to your top schools.

Here's a thread that might give you a little flavor: if-business-schools-were-car-brands-updated-110291-20.html relating cars to bschools


That link seemed interesting but it isn't valid.
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Re: Personalities of the Top Schools [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 17:28
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I will add my experiences:
Tuck - Tuck has a family like atmosphere and students seemed to have strong bonds with each other. Also, since there is not much to do in Hanover, students are always hanging out with each other. Tuck has dorms for most of the 1st years, and the dorms are basically in the same building as your classes, so students don't really have to leave the building (helps during winter time).

Fuqua: Similar to Tuck, Fuqua also has a family like atmosphere, but the students seemed to be younger in nature and more inclined towards having a good time (lots of partying). Also, everyone is proud to be a Fuquan.
ALL b-schools have lots of parties, even UVa.
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