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Schools below US News 60! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2014, 02:33
Hi guys,

I am an average student who have been admitted into 6 poor and average (lets face it) Bschools. My condition is somehow complicated. If I do not attend this year, I will miss the chance for next 2 or three years to study MBA in US, OR maybe forever.

Overall, my condition is GMAT 590 - TOEFL 104 - Graduate GPA 3.8 - Undergrad GPA 3.2 - No noticeable WE.

I have admission from

University of Cincinnati
Clarkson University
Clark University
Illinois Institute of Tech.
University of New Orleans
Arkansas State university

I have some minor scholarships from #2&3. First of all please honestly tell me, is any of these schools worth 1-1.5 year of time and about 50k+? Do anyone see a bright future for any of these schools (UC is the only ranked school among them (#61)) ? What I am looking for is to find a job after graduation with a fair salary between 50k-70k(Do not get me wrong, I am not aiming for a high salary in first years). As my financing, I have to fund my education not on my own but on my brother's shoulder which is not good for me, myslef. Although he has no problem providing me, but that is lots of money and I want to get a position to pay my debts after graduation to my brother. I am Iranian and all in all studying in US can be a good opportunity for me (way better than the poor working (in regards to salary) condition in my own country). Honestly, I, myself, did not reach a solid decision yet and really need to hear from you guys and anyone with related experience and any comment. I really appreciate any comment and guidance and ready to discuss my condition further.

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Re: Schools below US News 60! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2014, 03:33
By no noticeable WE, do you mean to say that you've just finished or about to finish your undergrad?
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Re: Schools below US News 60! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2014, 04:31
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By no noticeable WE, do you mean to say that you've just finished or about to finish your undergrad?


Nope, I have another MBA from my country and I have about 1-2 years WE in my country too.
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In general, I'd say don't do it....but this seems like a nice back-door way into permanent US residency, so in you're case might be worth it. You should be able to find a job ~$50k-60k even at really shitty business schools. Do check the employment reports though.
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Re: Schools below US News 60! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2014, 23:02
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In general, I'd say don't do it....but this seems like a nice back-door way into permanent US residency, so in you're case might be worth it. You should be able to find a job ~$50k-60k even at really shitty business schools. Do check the employment reports though.



Thanks alot. You are right, in addition to education opportunity, residency is another chance, if I get a job. So I did check the placement stats in U.S news for UC and found they had a good placement in 2013. My own favorite choice is also UC. I will appreciate further comments and advices.
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Re: Schools below US News 60! [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2014, 20:31
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Another option since all schools are somewhat unfamiliar to me and perhaps a wash, is to consider geo-location and if something jumps out at you and other "quantifiable factors" such as local businesses hiring a person of your background, etc.

Do you have any friends or family anywhere close to these schools? That will be a big factor. I probably would not seek out locations with nearby Iranian communities since that may be a shot in the foot (makes it harder to assimilate and become "American")

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Re: Schools below US News 60! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2014, 05:21
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Another option since all schools are somewhat unfamiliar to me and perhaps a wash, is to consider geo-location and if something jumps out at you and other "quantifiable factors" such as local businesses hiring a person of your background, etc.

Do you have any friends or family anywhere close to these schools? That will be a big factor. I probably would not seek out locations with nearby Iranian communities since that may be a shot in the foot (makes it harder to assimilate and become "American")

Good Luck!



Thnx bb,

I used to learn from you in other sections of the forum, but your insight here is helpful as before. I have; my brother is in LA (not so close though) and some other relatives but none of them in OH. According to US news ranking and other factors the UC is the better option for me. I do not know about hiring of my background but I did a search about the hiring stats for the UC and it is good and acceptable.

It is somehow weird no one heard of one of these schools, even UC! Everyone goes to top 20???? so what about these schools, they do not have any value? BTW, I have to choose wisely among one of them in regards to my condition.

I appreciate your help bb.
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