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13 Apr 2013, 13:20
I was leaning towards Marshall, but Boston University offered me a 70% scholarship. Now there is a big question mark in my head. I want to follow an entrepreneurial career in the long-term and maybe land a job in tech start-up companies right after the MBA if the things don't work out as early as I planned. I favored USC for its higher rank, student network and its location, as California houses practically the majority of tech start-ups in the US. Weather is LA is a bonus. What would you guys choose given these goals? Your opinions are welcome.
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16 Apr 2013, 12:51
lb2015 wrote:
Both USC and BU are apt to be very regionally focused in their recruiting. Do you have a preference of where you'd like to live?

Boston also has a pretty strong start-up scene, so that's something to consider. This article puts it right above LA!

As a born-and-bred Bostonian, I would agree about the weather...it can sure be brutal here!

I would much rather live in LA, mainly for the weather and proximity to the Silicon Valley. I am aware of Boston's reputation as a hub for startups, some would even place it above NYC. That was one of the reasons I applied to BU. Although LA has a similarly sized startup scene, so I can't break the tie regarding this criteria. The real doubt lies in whether the huge cost difference is worth the better tuition, school brand, student network, location, etc. I am not sure how big is the gap between those schools.

Thanks for the feedback!
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22 Apr 2013, 18:56
Thanks everyone that voted. Despite the poll results, I am facing some financial difficulties that make Marshall an impossible choice without a loan. As loans through the school are not available to international students and I could not find any other private institution that do not require an american co-signor, I will stick with BU.