Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 30 Sep 2014, 10:30


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Undergrad School ----> Effect on App!

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 19 Jun 2007
Posts: 96
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

Undergrad School ----> Effect on App! [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 19:58
I am just wondering... I went to a good state school with some pretty strong programs (The University of Iowa). But, looking at USNWR's list of best schools I see that they are ranked 64th overall. Of course, this isn't so bad, but looking at B-School websites (HBS, IMD, INSEAD) it seems that a lot of top schools like the applicants from more prestigious programs. Since this seems to be the truth, how big of a detriment would my undergrad institution be when applying to TOP schools?

Additionally, I had actually considered transferring schools during undergrad. Would any of the schools listed below, given similar stats at all of them including Iowa, make a whole lot of difference when it came to applying at schools like HBS and IMD?

Here is the list of schools I had considered:
Carnegie Mellon (21st)
USC (27th)
New York U. (34th)
Georgia Tech (38th)
U. of Washington (42nd)
Joined: 17 Jul 2004
Posts: 3281
Followers: 21

Kudos [?]: 433 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 23:30
It is important to remember that students are not randomly assigned to their undergraduate institutions. To the extent that the stronger students attend the higher prestige undergrad schools, we would expect the higher prestige alumni to be overrepresented in the high prestige MBA programs.

I think it is fair to say that the Univ. of Iowa is seen in a generally positive light but not on the same level of the Ivy, Little Ivy, Public Elite, and Tycoon U schools. Nonetheless, the gain in difference in perception from moving from Iowa to one of the schools you mention would almost certainly be swamped by the other factors involved in the move. So if you have a very strong reason independent reason to move you might want to do so but I would hardly base a transfer decision on it. That said, you have some strong school on the list, such as CMU that are worth investigating more closely.

In addition, don't forget that where students attended college is another aspect of class diversity. Having a student from a school like Iowa would probably be more appealing in this sense to (say) Columbia than having another undergrad from NYU.
  [#permalink] 13 Jul 2007, 23:30
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Undergrad School ----> Effect on App!

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.