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Anderson ($$$) vs Owen ($$$) vs Ross

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Hey All,

I'm looking for opinions on Anderson/Owen (generous scholarship) vs. Ross (no money). I'm leaning towards pursuing human resources which is definitely a possibility at any of these programs, but has more of a focus at Owen and Ross. I'm probably interested in being on the East Coast (Boston area) long term after graduation but am not opposed to being on the west coast for the right opportunity (although I'm trying to avoid the Bay Area). Appreciate any insights!
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anon1947 wrote:
I'm looking for opinions on Anderson/Owen (generous scholarship) vs. Ross (no money).


How generous are the schollies? What is your total cost of attendance for each option?

anon1947 wrote:
I'm leaning towards pursuing human resources which is definitely a possibility at any of these programs, but has more of a focus at Owen and Ross.


How certain are you that you want to do HOP/HR?

anon1947 wrote:
I'm probably interested in being on the East Coast (Boston area) long term after graduation but am not opposed to being on the west coast for the right opportunity


Are you committed to the coasts? Or would you also consider the middle of the country?
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New post 15 Mar 2019, 20:22
Hey teleste!

-2/3 tuition at Anderson & Owen.
-Not 100% committed to HOP/HR but leaning towards it. If I don't go that route I would probably want to do tech product/program management.
-Definitely committed to either the coasts (I've lived in Chicago before and ruled out the Midwest afterwards) or the South (Nashville area) long term since I have family there.
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anon1947 wrote:
Hey teleste!

-2/3 tuition at Anderson & Owen.
-Not 100% committed to HOP/HR but leaning towards it. If I don't go that route I would probably want to do tech product/program management.
-Definitely committed to either the coasts (I've lived in Chicago before and ruled out the Midwest afterwards) or the South (Nashville area) long term since I have family there.


According to their websites, that means Ross will run you $93k/year all in, and Anderson $58k/year.

Ross: https://michiganross.umich.edu/graduate ... ancial-aid
Anderson: https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/f ... /financing

With all this in mind, if I were you, I would try to squeeze some money out of Ross. If they wouldn't budge, I'd probably go to Anderson. (And I say that reluctantly as a happy Owen grad.) If you were sure you wanted to do HR, and you were willing to live anywhere, I would say negotiate for more money at Owen, get (close to) a full ride, and go there. However, since you're not dead-set on HR, and you really want to be on the coasts, the other two options are better in your situation. Ann Arbor and LA will be very different MBA experiences. I can imagine great upsides to either option. (I particularly love the MAP program at Ross--but I wouldn't pay $70k more for it, as you potentially would over two years to go to UMich.) I'd ultimately lean towards Anderson if I were in your shoes, to avoid taking on $70k additional debt and to be located on the West Coast, but this will be a tough call.

Good luck with the decision!
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Thank you teleste!

I don't know too much about the negotiation process - any advice on how to approach it?
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anon1947 wrote:
Thank you teleste!

I don't know too much about the negotiation process - any advice on how to approach it?


There is no blueprint. A few people on the forum were successful but the other 80% or so seem to get a negative answer. The ones that do succeed often have to sign a non-disclosure. Schools don't love negotiating and turning admissions process into an auction house with you at the center.

It has to be sincere and personal. It works in those cases but I feel the folks who shake trees to see what falls out are the ones who usually get turned away. (meaning, you are not one of them, so your chances should be better). I can see approaching your adcom member (hopefully you befriended one) and checking if there may be any fellowship opportunities and explain that since you will not be heading to consulting or another high-pay area, you are quite sensitive to this type of thing and while Ross is #1 in your book, it is a lot harder to justify it rather than taking a full scholarship.

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New post 19 Mar 2019, 08:49
I think Ross is stronger than Anderson. I would call Ross and try to negotiate a scholarship. If successful, i would go to Ross, if not then Anderson.
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