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16 Nov 2010, 13:15
deechi wrote:
Avernusaur wrote:
vincev84 wrote:
When I was trying to decide on schools, one of the things I did was look through GMAT Club member profiles and see where they had applied, been accepted, and which they chose. I think it's important to realize that students "vote with their feet". For example, even though Booth is #1 in BW above HBS, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone accepting Booth over HBS.

I have. I think you guys are putting way too much emphasis on a what amounts to a statistically insignificant difference between the program. The fact of the matter is each school is generally frequented by the "top companies". As such, how successful you are is still a function of what you bring to the table and what you make of your opportunities. I think someone would be doing themselves an extreme disservice if they didn't look at the problems holistically to determine where they would fit in the most and where they would be able to maximize their opportunities.

I would pick Booth over HBS anyday--for reasons I won't get into on a forum. I'm dead serious.
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16 Nov 2010, 13:20
I would pick Booth over HBS anyday--for reasons I won't get into on a forum. I'm dead serious.

The rankings/groupings are only a hypothesis of what the average of many responses would look like. I certainly wouldn't expect everyone to have the same list or recommend that anyone blindly assume that one school is better than the other.

I don't think you're alone in the group of people that would choose Booth (or some other school) over HBS
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17 Nov 2010, 11:37
Avernusaur wrote:
I'd expect the groupings for the top 15 to look like this (on average)
Group 1. Harvard/Stanford
Group 2. Wharton
Group 3. Booth/Kellogg/Sloan
Group 4. Columbia
Group 5. Haas/Tuck
Group 6. Anderson/Darden/Fuqua/Ross/Stern/Yale

Now, we have plenty of GMAT Club members who have proven that this grouping isn't true in all cases, but I think it's close enough for a generalization. Each school has it's own specialization, so in some cases it actually makes sense to attend a school from a lower grouping (i.e. Haas over Kellogg). There's also the factor of location, teaching methods, and school culture. For sake of this grouping, you should assume that cost of attendance is the same at each of the schools, but we know that's another factor that often influences peoples decisions in the real world.

What do you guys think? Would you arrange these schools differently?

I would generally agree with the above as well, but would make couple of minor changes:

Group 1. Harvard/Stanford
Group 2. Wharton
Group 3. Booth/Kellogg/Sloan
Group 4. Columbia/Haas
Group 5. Anderson/Darden/Fuqua/Ross/Stern/Tuck/Yale

Or
Group 1. Harvard/Stanford
Group 2. Wharton
Group 3. Booth/Columbia/Kellogg/Sloan
Group 4. Haas/Tuck
Group 5. Anderson/Darden/Fuqua/Ross/Stern/Yale

Obviously there are a bunch of wiggle room when it comes to the groups 3 to 6 (or to 5 in my case). I'm sure others will have slightly different groups as well.

This is how I group them:

1a: Harvard/Stanford/Wharton
1b: Booth/Kellogg/Sloan/Columbia/Tuck/Berkeley/Yale
2a: Fuqua/Michigan/Darden/Stern
2b: Anderson/CMU/Texas/UNC

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28 Nov 2010, 15:14
Interesting piece of information on the #12 school in the US according to BW:

A full third of this year’s graduating class at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business were without jobs three months later. That’s even worse than the 27% jobless number of a year-earlier, despite a fall of \$6,000 a year in median starting salaries to \$81,000 this year from \$87,000 in 2009. It was the worst performance of any school in BusinessWeek’s top 30 list. The magazine said that a spokesman for Cox attributed the continual decline to turnover in its career services office.

Yet somehow, the school is ranked higher than Stern, Tuck and Johnson!
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29 Nov 2010, 06:27
There was an article on Poets and Quants in which a ranking of the rankings was conducted... I thought it was informative. You should be able to Google "Poets and Quants ranking the rankings" to find it.

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