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# Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message TAGS: Intern Joined: 17 Dec 2012 Posts: 22 GMAT 1: 690 Q46 V39 GMAT 2: 710 Q42 V45 GPA: 2.8 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [1] , given: 1 Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 13 Mar 2013, 08:07 1 This post received KUDOS Hi All: I am pleased to have been admitted off the waitlist today (presumably no $$)! I definitely felt a great fit when visiting late last year and feel very lucky about my acceptance. I also felt the same about Kelley, and they offered me a nearly full-tuition scholarship. My post-MBA goal is brand management in CPG -- and both schools have great connections in this respect. Is Ross worth the significant financial premium? Obviously it may afford me additional opportunities in other industries (e.g., mgmt consulting), but... Director Status: Can't wait for August! Joined: 13 Sep 2011 Posts: 988 Location: United States (MA) Concentration: Marketing, Strategy GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V37 GMAT 2: 680 Q45 V38 GMAT 3: 710 Q45 V42 GPA: 3.32 WE: Information Technology (Retail) Followers: 25 Kudos [?]: 348 [0], given: 109 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$$) -- for marketing [#permalink]  13 Mar 2013, 08:20
Are you 100% sure you'll want to pursue brand management in the midwest? If consulting or even working on the east or west coast is at all a possibility for you, Ross is the easier road. If you are set on Marketing in the Midwest, a case could be made for either.
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Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 13 Mar 2013, 12:17 I've met a few students at Kelley who turned down Ross/Fuqua/Darden, but all of them were studying brand management. If you're sure you want to do brand management, I'd take the money at Kelley but if you might want to go into consulting or finance I'd go to Ross. Current Student Status: Too close for missiles, switching to guns. Joined: 23 Oct 2012 Posts: 788 Location: United States Schools: Johnson (Cornell) - Class of 2015 WE: Military Officer (Military & Defense) Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 315 [1] , given: 175 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 13 Mar 2013, 19:00 1 This post received KUDOS Manager Joined: 18 Jun 2012 Posts: 81 Concentration: Entrepreneurship, General Management Schools: Babson '14 (M) GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V34 GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V42 GPA: 3 WE: Marketing (Computer Software) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 40 [0], given: 11 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 18 Mar 2013, 05:30 ParkLane wrote: Hi All: I am pleased to have been admitted off the waitlist today (presumably no$$)! I definitely felt a great fit when visiting late last year and feel very lucky about my acceptance. I also felt the same about Kelley, and they offered me a nearly full-tuition scholarship. My post-MBA goal is brand management in CPG -- and both schools have great connections in this respect. Is Ross worth the significant financial premium? Obviously it may afford me additional opportunities in other industries (e.g., mgmt consulting), but... In my opinion, you should definitely go to Kelley (assuming you don't get any scholarship money from Ross). You can find my reasoning in this post: rank-and-school-selection-149225.html Good luck! Intern Joined: 17 Dec 2012 Posts: 22 GMAT 1: 690 Q46 V39 GMAT 2: 710 Q42 V45 GPA: 2.8 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 1 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 18 Mar 2013, 07:05 Hey, thanks for the link! Looks very thorough -- will check it out now! Senior Manager Status: Yale! (whipped and bound) Joined: 02 May 2012 Posts: 406 Location: United States (CA) Concentration: Nonprofit GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42 GPA: 3.41 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 135 [1] , given: 78 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$$) -- for marketing [#permalink]  18 Mar 2013, 10:56
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Jon, the owner of Admissionado, generally gives good advice (I did a free consultation with him) and I highly recommend talking to him. The one area of disagreement is with his name brand obsession. It's a bit much for me--and no, it's obviously not only him. His motto is basically this: everyone should apply to Harvard and if you get in you should go. His opinion relies on one huge assumption: everyone has the same goals in attending business school--money and prestige. For me, the primary goal is getting the perfect job, and I am hearing that you might have the same goal. If Kelley can do that for you, then take the money and don't turn back. The idea that you're "too good for a school" is silly. There are tons of people who will be amazing at all these schools, whether they "chose a lower-ranked school" because of location, money, or fit.

Kelley is a great program and people seem beyond happy there, but same is said about Ross. Talk to alumni and see if you can get where you want to be!
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Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 18 Mar 2013, 11:33 ParkLane wrote: Hi All: I am pleased to have been admitted off the waitlist today (presumably no$$)! I definitely felt a great fit when visiting late last year and feel very lucky about my acceptance.

I also felt the same about Kelley, and they offered me a nearly full-tuition scholarship.

My post-MBA goal is brand management in CPG -- and both schools have great connections in this respect.

Is Ross worth the significant financial premium? Obviously it may afford me additional opportunities in other industries (e.g., mgmt consulting), but...

When do you have to decide? A scientific way to figure this out would be to see which school advances further in the Men's NCAA tournament. Or which team has the hotter cheerleaders.
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Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 18 Mar 2013, 11:39 Expert's post CobraKai wrote: ParkLane wrote: Hi All: I am pleased to have been admitted off the waitlist today (presumably no$$)! I definitely felt a great fit when visiting late last year and feel very lucky about my acceptance.

I also felt the same about Kelley, and they offered me a nearly full-tuition scholarship.

My post-MBA goal is brand management in CPG -- and both schools have great connections in this respect.

Is Ross worth the significant financial premium? Obviously it may afford me additional opportunities in other industries (e.g., mgmt consulting), but...

When do you have to decide? A scientific way to figure this out would be to see which school advances further in the Men's NCAA tournament. Or which team has the hotter cheerleaders.

+1 to CobraKai for the best criteria ever! If Duke pulls out the win, I may have to back track on my decision...jk.....
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Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 18 Mar 2013, 11:48 Expert's post If you are set on CPG, you should take Kelley's money. P&G and other CPG heavy-weights recruit strongly at Kelley. With CPG, I don't think the brand difference between Ross and Kelley will provide Ross with any edge. If you think you might change your mind during the course of your MBA journey, Ross offers more flexibility. The value of the school falls significantly after your post-MBA job, so you should not factor that into account. Intern Joined: 17 Dec 2012 Posts: 22 GMAT 1: 690 Q46 V39 GMAT 2: 710 Q42 V45 GPA: 2.8 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 1 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 19 Mar 2013, 23:19 Thx again all. The reality is that while Ross is ranked better (although some would say it's slipping), the additional money I'd spend at Ross (~$50k * 2) is staggering when considering the added weight it would put on my student loans - and I'm not sure it would be justifiable. It seems many in the gmatclub forum have a fetish for saying money doesn't matter, but as *incremental* cost, $100k can't not matter assuming some semblance of work-life balance and quality of life is desired post-MBA. I am also waitlisted at Booth and have been considering it vs. Kelley (if I'm lucky enough to have that dilemma), but again, for my marketing goals, Kelley seems a wise choice. Not to mention the people really are fantastic, from the students to the staff. Of course, if anyone else has an opinion otherwise, I'm certainly all ears. I love these public debates! Posted from my mobile device Manager Joined: 29 Nov 2012 Posts: 123 Location: Canada Concentration: Marketing, Strategy Schools: Kelley (Indiana) - Class of 2015 GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40 GPA: 3.5 WE: Operations (Non-Profit and Government) Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 38 [0], given: 23 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$) -- for marketing [#permalink] 20 Mar 2013, 00:04 ParkLane wrote: Kelley (if I'm lucky enough to have that dilemma), but again, for my marketing goals, Kelley seems a wise choice. Not to mention the people really are fantastic, from the students to the staff. Of course, if anyone else has an opinion otherwise, I'm certainly all ears. I love these public debates! I don't think you'll have regrets for choosing Kelley. We'd be happy to have you in our class! Director Joined: 26 May 2010 Posts: 719 Location: United States (MA) Concentration: Strategy Schools: MIT Sloan - Class of 2015 WE: Consulting (Mutual Funds and Brokerage) Followers: 18 Kudos [?]: 204 [0], given: 642 Re: Ross (no money) vs. Kelley ($$$) -- for marketing [#permalink]  20 Mar 2013, 04:43
I think you're making a wise choice. I hear Kelley is fantastic for brand management in CPG!
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