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# Vanderbilt - Owen or Boston College - Carroll ???

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09 Jun 2013, 08:15
Hey Guys,

I have been accepted in Vanderbilt Owen and BC Carroll with good scholarships. I am really confused about which school to go for. Cost wise, both should end up costing me almost same, but that is anyways secondary. I am an International student interested in Consulting/Strategy roles in North-East and West coast areas. I am not sure about my preferences for a job in South, but Vandy's reputation is probably unmatched by BC. But BC does have a strong location advantage.

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14 Jun 2013, 10:29
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I think you basically hit on the crux of the matter: Vanderbilt is better ranked, but BC has a location advantage (for you at least).

So this is what I think you need to ask yourself: what's more important to you in an MBA program, location or strategy consulting?

As someone who looked into BC and who lives in Boston, my impression of the BC program is that it's good, but not extremely strong. It's certainly well-recognized in the area, but the recruiting is largely self-motivated (as is typical for schools outside the top 30 or so). Vanderbilt, on the other hand, is a solid top 25 program, which places the largest portion of its class in consulting. Couldn't tell for sure if MBB goes there, but it looks to have Deloitte as a major recruiter, for instance.

However, the consulting firms who recruit are likely to be from southern offices. That said, there is a chance that you might be able to network your way into a northeast/west coast office (3 of the top 6 cities for grads looked to be LA, SF, and NYC). Just saying, there's a good chance you may have to "compromise" on a southern office for a few years.

Still, if I were you, I'd probably pick Vandy. You're probably not going to have the opportunity to even interview at top consulting firms at BC (though you could get lucky), and you certainly have the possibility of networking to get to one of your desired areas at Vanderbilt.
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14 Jun 2013, 10:41

I see that BC has BCG among its top employers, but I would be very cautious about taking those numbers to mean that consulting firms recruit on campus. There is no BC page on the BCG site, so either a couple of students did some very fancy footwork with networking to get interviews, work in an non-consulting role (i.e. sales, recruiting, or corporate finance), or were sponsored for the program.
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lb2015 wrote:
I think you basically hit on the crux of the matter: Vanderbilt is better ranked, but BC has a location advantage (for you at least).

So this is what I think you need to ask yourself: what's more important to you in an MBA program, location or strategy consulting?

As someone who looked into BC and who lives in Boston, my impression of the BC program is that it's good, but not extremely strong. It's certainly well-recognized in the area, but the recruiting is largely self-motivated (as is typical for schools outside the top 30 or so). Vanderbilt, on the other hand, is a solid top 25 program, which places the largest portion of its class in consulting. Couldn't tell for sure if MBB goes there, but it looks to have Deloitte as a major recruiter, for instance.

However, the consulting firms who recruit are likely to be from southern offices. That said, there is a chance that you might be able to network your way into a northeast/west coast office (3 of the top 6 cities for grads looked to be LA, SF, and NYC). Just saying, there's a good chance you may have to "compromise" on a southern office for a few years.

Still, if I were you, I'd probably pick Vandy. You're probably not going to have the opportunity to even interview at top consulting firms at BC (though you could get lucky), and you certainly have the possibility of networking to get to one of your desired areas at Vanderbilt.

Thanks a lot for the detailed analysis. It really helped! I am probably going for Vandy, a decision which was in no small measure assisted by your post.
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17 Jun 2013, 07:41
dj27007 wrote:
lb2015 wrote:
I think you basically hit on the crux of the matter: Vanderbilt is better ranked, but BC has a location advantage (for you at least).

So this is what I think you need to ask yourself: what's more important to you in an MBA program, location or strategy consulting?

As someone who looked into BC and who lives in Boston, my impression of the BC program is that it's good, but not extremely strong. It's certainly well-recognized in the area, but the recruiting is largely self-motivated (as is typical for schools outside the top 30 or so). Vanderbilt, on the other hand, is a solid top 25 program, which places the largest portion of its class in consulting. Couldn't tell for sure if MBB goes there, but it looks to have Deloitte as a major recruiter, for instance.

However, the consulting firms who recruit are likely to be from southern offices. That said, there is a chance that you might be able to network your way into a northeast/west coast office (3 of the top 6 cities for grads looked to be LA, SF, and NYC). Just saying, there's a good chance you may have to "compromise" on a southern office for a few years.

Still, if I were you, I'd probably pick Vandy. You're probably not going to have the opportunity to even interview at top consulting firms at BC (though you could get lucky), and you certainly have the possibility of networking to get to one of your desired areas at Vanderbilt.

Thanks a lot for the detailed analysis. It really helped! I am probably going for Vandy, a decision which was in no small measure assisted by your post.

Great, I'm glad I could help! And thank you for posting your decision. Have an amazing time in Nashville!
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