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I am hoping to work at a top 3 consulting firm and then transition to a corporate strategy role. I would like to be based in Boston after school, but I may want to move to the West Coast and I want to feel comfortable with my options there as well.
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The culture and locations are very different. Do you have a preference for either?

Regarding general career placement, I think the programs are relatively equal. Tuck, of course, will be more convenient for Boston recruiting.

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New post 28 Dec 2014, 19:14
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I am hoping to work at a top 3 consulting firm and then transition to a corporate strategy role. I would like to be based in Boston after school, but I may want to move to the West Coast and I want to feel comfortable with my options there as well.


I don't know enough about Booth, but based on your requirements, Tuck is the place to be. It placed north of 20% of its entire class at MBB, which I believe is a percentage no school can match. As DG noted, Boston is a Tuck hotbed. When I visited the school, I was also interested in working on the best coast since I've never been to California; the students said it can often be "easier" to place out there bc most Tuck students aim for the north east.
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Looking at the number of students who got an offer from MBB is misleading. It doesn't tell you how many students applied to MBB and how easy or hard it would be for you..

A better question: of the people who recruited for consulting how many got offers from MBB? We don't know how many people applied to MBB but we can use the number of students who ended up with a consulting job as a proxy. And it turns out that the proportion of students who landed in consulting with an MBB job is the same at Tuck and Booth: 57%!

So it's difficult to make a case that Tuck (or Kellogg, or INSEAD, or any school for that matter) has an edge when it comes to consulting. And while Tuck has better access to the Boston offices at MBB, I would argue that those same Boston offices are less competitive at Booth because everybody is busy recruiting for Chicago, NY, or the West Coast.

Really it's difficult to separate the two schools along this dimension. Instead it would be a lot easier to differentiate them based on reputation, culture, program..
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Looking at the number of students who got an offer from MBB is misleading. It doesn't tell you how many students applied to MBB and how easy or hard it would be for you..

A better question: of the people who recruited for consulting how many got offers from MBB? We don't know how many people applied to MBB but we can use the number of students who ended up with a consulting job as a proxy. And it turns out that the proportion of students who landed in consulting with an MBB job is the same at Tuck and Booth: 57%!

So it's difficult to make a case that Tuck (or Kellogg, or INSEAD, or any school for that matter) has an edge when it comes to consulting. And while Tuck has better access to the Boston offices at MBB, I would argue that those same Boston offices are less competitive at Booth because everybody is busy recruiting for Chicago, NY, or the West Coast.

Really it's difficult to separate the two schools along this dimension. Instead it would be a lot easier to differentiate them based on reputation, culture, program..


I totally agree with EuroEng. I am a current Tuckie so happy to pass on any info that will help you make a decision one way or another.

Both schools are core schools for MBB so frankly there is little difference between them. You will get access either way. Boston definitely has a big contingent of Tuckies because of its proximity to Tuck. So if that is the place you are aiming for, there will be no shortage of alumni willing to help. As for West Coast, we mainly have alumni in tech out there. There is a growing interest in the tech space at Tuck and we already had two trips out there this year to meet with firms.

I think overall the two schools will get you where you want to go. However having applied to (and interviewed with) both schools, I find them to be enormously different. The culture is very different and the type of people they attract are also very different. There is no right or wrong or good or bad. It is just what suits you best. Think about your interactions with alums, students, etc and I would suggest you go for the place where you feel most comfortable.
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EuroEng wrote:
Looking at the number of students who got an offer from MBB is misleading. It doesn't tell you how many students applied to MBB and how easy or hard it would be for you..

A better question: of the people who recruited for consulting how many got offers from MBB? We don't know how many people applied to MBB but we can use the number of students who ended up with a consulting job as a proxy. And it turns out that the proportion of students who landed in consulting with an MBB job is the same at Tuck and Booth: 57%!

So it's difficult to make a case that Tuck (or Kellogg, or INSEAD, or any school for that matter) has an edge when it comes to consulting. And while Tuck has better access to the Boston offices at MBB, I would argue that those same Boston offices are less competitive at Booth because everybody is busy recruiting for Chicago, NY, or the West Coast.

Really it's difficult to separate the two schools along this dimension. Instead it would be a lot easier to differentiate them based on reputation, culture, program..


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I'm also choosing between these two options (admitted to both, and Kellogg and Stern) for 2017, but unlike OP here, I'm keen on NYC banking with a route eventually into PE. I am well aware that Chicago is the better school but the Tuck alum network is very strong and I'm slightly inclined towards Tuck. Thoughts anyone?
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