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Schools: Marshall (In with $$), Babson (In with$$), Simon (In with $- Declined), Kellogg (Ding), Ross (Ding), Fuqua (Ding), Darden (Ding), Tepper (Ding) WE 1: Oil Rig Manufacturing Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 your opinion please [#permalink] 05 Apr 2011, 18:23 Ok, so I am interested in running my business in the future (3 year post MBA perhaps). I currently have an offer from Babson and USC Marshall. Both have given some funding, USC's funding is about 15k USD less than Babson's for two years. Question is, which school to pick, they both have their strengths in entrepreneurship and big city location. But I am totally confused where to go. I want to work and settle in India after MBA (or 1-2 years after graduation, I want to return home). Please give your opinions on the two schools, I want to hear from you. Current Student Status: Current Student Joined: 12 Feb 2010 Posts: 441 Schools: USC Marshall School of Business WE 1: Software Consulting WE 2: Government / Healthcare Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 53 [0], given: 26 Re: your opinion please [#permalink] 05 Apr 2011, 18:40 I don't know much about Babson except they have a stellar entrepreneurship program. Everyone I have met from Babson MBA have been top notch and they know their stuff. But I haven't visited the school or researched them so that is the extent of my knowledge of it. I got into USC Marshall this year too. Also a top-notch entrepreneurship program, I know they have a lot of support for venture capitalism and entrepreneurship. Specifically to India, I think the PRIME program may give you a lot of advantages in that you'll be spending time in that region of the world studying the issues and learning about the pros & cons of businesses in that area. Furthermore, I know that USC has a strong alumni network in southern California and in Asia, so that may be an additional benefit for you. _________________ Something about Kudos or other... if you like then upvote away. Current Student Joined: 13 Feb 2009 Posts: 262 Concentration: Finance, General Management Schools: Michigan (Ross) - Class of 2013 WE: Other (Insurance) Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 45 Re: your opinion please [#permalink] 05 Apr 2011, 18:51 neoth3one wrote: Ok, so I am interested in running my business in the future (3 year post MBA perhaps). I currently have an offer from Babson and USC Marshall. Both have given some funding, USC's funding is about 15k USD less than Babson's for two years. Question is, which school to pick, they both have their strengths in entrepreneurship and big city location. But I am totally confused where to go. I want to work and settle in India after MBA (or 1-2 years after graduation, I want to return home). Please give your opinions on the two schools, I want to hear from you. People always say that Babson has a great entrepreneurship program. But if it were me, I would pick USC. Entrepreneurship at USC is still really strong, and (IMHO) the brand is significantly stronger than Babson. Plus, if you change your mind, you will have more options at USC than at Babson. Intern Joined: 18 May 2010 Posts: 15 Schools: Marshall (In with $$), Babson (In with$$), Simon (In with$ - Declined), Kellogg (Ding), Ross (Ding), Fuqua (Ding), Darden (Ding), Tepper (Ding)
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CyberC1 wrote:
I don't know much about Babson except they have a stellar entrepreneurship program. Everyone I have met from Babson MBA have been top notch and they know their stuff. But I haven't visited the school or researched them so that is the extent of my knowledge of it.

I got into USC Marshall this year too. Also a top-notch entrepreneurship program, I know they have a lot of support for venture capitalism and entrepreneurship. Specifically to India, I think the PRIME program may give you a lot of advantages in that you'll be spending time in that region of the world studying the issues and learning about the pros & cons of businesses in that area. Furthermore, I know that USC has a strong alumni network in southern California and in Asia, so that may be an additional benefit for you.

You know what, when I looked through the admit folder in the curriculum section, it lists out all the PRIME locations and I did not see India in it. Am I missing something here?

From my research it seems like USC's network is mostly in LA. Is there any reason why you say that USC has a strong network in Asia? From my understanding (and I could be totally wrong here), it seems like international students, especially from Asia who attend USC tend to go for jobs in the US and live in the US. Hence, as far as building an Indian network goes, I may be at a disadvantage with USC. Your thoughts on this?
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Schools: Marshall (In with $$), Babson (In with$$), Simon (In with \$ - Declined), Kellogg (Ding), Ross (Ding), Fuqua (Ding), Darden (Ding), Tepper (Ding)
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mreevit wrote:
neoth3one wrote:
Ok, so I am interested in running my business in the future (3 year post MBA perhaps).

I currently have an offer from Babson and USC Marshall. Both have given some funding, USC's funding is about 15k USD less than Babson's for two years.

Question is, which school to pick, they both have their strengths in entrepreneurship and big city location. But I am totally confused where to go. I want to work and settle in India after MBA (or 1-2 years after graduation, I want to return home).

Please give your opinions on the two schools, I want to hear from you.

People always say that Babson has a great entrepreneurship program. But if it were me, I would pick USC. Entrepreneurship at USC is still really strong, and (IMHO) the brand is significantly stronger than Babson. Plus, if you change your mind, you will have more options at USC than at Babson.

You are right that USC has a strong entrepreneurship program, which is one of the reasons I applied there. However, seems like entrepreneurship at USC may be more tech focused (i could be wrong here). I am looking to gain an MBA experience and an entrepreneurial mindset from which I can do a business in any field in the future.

Another question for you is, how much does brand really matter if I am not looking at the corporate path? The way I have been thinking recently is that I need to get the best educational experience and not worry about jobs. Is this a wrong way to think?
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I don't know specifically about their MBA program, but USC does have a good reputation in India/Asia. I am sure people easily recognize USC-Marshall than Babson (just comparing their reputation in that region, not the programs). But as the above post pointed out, brand becomes less significant if you choose entrepreneurship.

Just my two cents.
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