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New post 21 May 2015, 17:23
Admitted to both Booth and Stern - please help me choose.
No money at either school.

I am from NYC and plan to recruit for positions in NYC and come back to NYC after B-school. I am interested in consulting and tech careers.

I also have a boyfriend in NYC. It does not make sense for him to leave his job and move with me just to have to move again in less than 2 years. If i go to Booth I would be in a long distance relationship during the next 2 years. On the other hand, leaving NYC for a bit would be exciting, while staying here is very convenient as obviously I have a place to live and know the city well.
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New post 22 May 2015, 06:31
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Admitted to both Booth and Stern - please help me choose.
No money at either school.

I am from NYC and plan to recruit for positions in NYC and come back to NYC after B-school. I am interested in consulting and tech careers.

I also have a boyfriend in NYC. It does not make sense for him to leave his job and move with me just to have to move again in less than 2 years. If i go to Booth I would be in a long distance relationship during the next 2 years. On the other hand, leaving NYC for a bit would be exciting, while staying here is very convenient as obviously I have a place to live and know the city well.


I voted for Booth. Maybe if you were looking at investment banking then it might have been a harder call. But if you want consulting or tech, go to Booth. It'll be tough being away from your life for 2 years, but that will add to your immersion in your MBA. Booth places excellently into MBB and 2nd tier consulting, and it is a tier above Stern. If you visit Booth and enjoy it, I think it will be a mistake not to go. I know its a tough decision - I'm also leaving a significant other for 2 years in a different city. Good luck!
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anna126m wrote:
I am from NYC and plan to recruit for positions in NYC and come back to NYC after B-school. I am interested in consulting and tech careers.

I also have a boyfriend in NYC. It does not make sense for him to leave his job and move with me just to have to move again in less than 2 years. If i go to Booth I would be in a long distance relationship during the next 2 years. On the other hand, leaving NYC for a bit would be exciting, while staying here is very convenient as obviously I have a place to live and know the city well.


As you probably know, Booth is MUCH better for consulting.

Regarding tech in NYC, there are only a few "big tech" companies that hire on a similar timeline with other MBA on-campus opportunities (Amazon, Google, eBay, etc.). For jobs at these firms, I think Booth is better. From what I've heard, recruiting for other tech opportunities comes late and it's immensely valuable for networking purposes to be located in the area you want the job. So, I think NYU is better if you want to work for GrubHub/Sailthru/Venmo/Birchbox/etc. (well not sure about Birchbox since they really like to hire from HBS but you get my point..).

That being said, I've heard lots of break-up stories associated with business school and long-distance makes it especially hard. However, if you got into these schools I'm sure you have what it takes to make it work if it's a priority for you. Does he?

If I were in your shoes, I would take Booth and put my career first. If I were in your shoes and married (which I happen to be), I would take NYU.

As it turns out, I faced a similar dilemma. I'm also in NYC and was admitted into a local MBA program. My spouse and I will relocate because the other school is a better fit for my career and because my spouse is just finishing school and at a good point for a transition. However, if my spouse had a great career opportunity here in NYC, I would probably stay here for my MBA. If we were dating without a "life-long commitment" (marriage, 6+ yrs relationship, whatever you want to call it), I would probably relocate to the better MBA program for me regardless of my partner's situation. For me, it's one of those life decisions in which the specifics of and the commitment to the relationship can make a big difference in your decision-making. Optimize for one or two? Prioritize career or relationship? I made it a group decision and am lucky to have gotten the support I was looking for from my partner.

A tough decision, but a good one to have. Either choice will be great. Congrats!
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That being said, I've heard lots of break-up stories associated with business school and long-distance makes it especially hard. However, if you got into these schools I'm sure you have what it takes to make it work if it's a priority for you. Does he?

If I were in your shoes, I would take Booth and put my career first. If I were in your shoes and married (which I happen to be), I would take NYU.

As it turns out, I faced a similar dilemma. I'm also in NYC and was admitted into a local MBA program. My spouse and I will relocate because the other school is a better fit for my career and because my spouse is just finishing school and at a good point for a transition. However, if my spouse had a great career opportunity here in NYC, I would probably stay here for my MBA. If we were dating without a "life-long commitment" (marriage, 6+ yrs relationship, whatever you want to call it), I would probably relocate to the better MBA program for me regardless of my partner's situation. For me, it's one of those life decisions in which the specifics of and the commitment to the relationship can make a big difference in your decision-making. Optimize for one or two? Prioritize career or relationship? I made it a group decision and am lucky to have gotten the support I was looking for from my partner.

A tough decision, but a good one to have. Either choice will be great. Congrats!


Thanks for that! A very tough choice indeed. A first world problem. :-)

Partner and I have been together for 2 years, live together for 1 year, so pretty committed. He is incredibly supportive, too: "go to Booth!" mostly probably because he does not want to be the one to tell me not to go to a dream school. However, he would be ecstatic if i stayed. He is at the point in his career when moving should be done carefully, only to better positions, so he cannot follow me for 2 years.
I am aware and concerned about the relationship splits reputation of MBA programs. Cannot decide though: the more committed the relationship, the more i should prioritize it and and stay here? Or the more committed the relationship the more secure it is and i should be free to go. MBA takes less than 2 years.

I do want to come home and see him every night. But maybe I'll be too busy in the the next two years anyway?

On the other hand I did not go to a prestige undergrad, and i did not major in business, so I want to maximize my MBA.
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Thanks for that! A very tough choice indeed. A first world problem. :-)

Partner and I have been together for 2 years, live together for 1 year, so pretty committed. He is incredibly supportive, too: "go to Booth!" mostly probably because he does not want to be the one to tell me not to go to a dream school. However, he would be ecstatic if i stayed. He is at the point in his career when moving should be done carefully, only to better positions, so he cannot follow me for 2 years.
I am aware and concerned about the relationship splits reputation of MBA programs. Cannot decide though: the more committed the relationship, the more i should prioritize it and and stay here? Or the more committed the relationship the more secure it is and i should be free to go. MBA takes less than 2 years.

I do want to come home and see him every night. But maybe I'll be too busy in the the next two years anyway?

On the other hand I did not go to a prestige undergrad, and i did not major in business, so I want to maximize my MBA.


It sounds like you want Booth and if he is supporting you in the decision, I say go for it! I have the same questions about how exactly an MBA will impact our relationship. We both know it will be stressful on the relationship at times, but at the same time I feel that having a healthy loving relationship will make us stronger ceteris paribus. Also, a silver lining is that we can skip the whole b school hookup scene that I'm sure is a drain of time and emotions (albeit well worthwhile investment for single students, I'm sure).
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New post 22 May 2015, 18:01
It really comes down to whether you believe that the opportunities that Booth will offer are significantly better than Stern, to the point that it's worth the potential strain on your relationship. I think most people will agree that Booth is the better school but I wouldn't overlook the value of being able to network and recruit in NYC, particularly given the fact that it's ultimately where you want to be. I don't think prestige is worth worrying about, Booth is firmly a top 5 program but no one will look down on a Stern MBA--both are fantastic programs. If it were apples to apples, I would say Booth. However, given your commitment to your relationship coupled with your desire to be in NYC post-grad, I think the balance clearly shifts in favor of Stern. Best of luck!
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It really comes down to whether you believe that the opportunities that Booth will offer are significantly better than Stern, to the point that it's worth the potential strain on your relationship.


Academically i know Booth is slightly better, with many faculty members winning awards (though does this really mean I will learn more in my "Accounting I" class?)
I am not sure whether the opportunities for recruiting are better at Booth. I can see that McKinsey recruits a lot of grads from Booth, but i suspect this might be simply because booth students choose to recruit for positions in Cleveland and other less desirable places more often than Sternies. How would i go about determining whether Stern or Booth offer better recruiting opportunities?
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anna126m wrote:
Tex03 wrote:
It really comes down to whether you believe that the opportunities that Booth will offer are significantly better than Stern, to the point that it's worth the potential strain on your relationship.


Academically i know Booth is slightly better, with many faculty members winning awards (though does this really mean I will learn more in my "Accounting I" class?)
I am not sure whether the opportunities for recruiting are better at Booth. I can see that McKinsey recruits a lot of grads from Booth, but i suspect this might be simply because booth students choose to recruit for positions in Cleveland and other less desirable places more often than Sternies. How would i go about determining whether Stern or Booth offer better recruiting opportunities?


The Booth employment report breaks full-time hires down by geography. Booth sends 30.5% of its class to Chicago, 18.4% to New York, 11.9% to the Bay Area. The most it could send to Cleveland is 3%.

Booth is getting more kids into MBB because it is a much stronger school for consulting. Not because of its location. If your goal is MBB, Booth wins hands down.
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anna126m wrote:
Tex03 wrote:
It really comes down to whether you believe that the opportunities that Booth will offer are significantly better than Stern, to the point that it's worth the potential strain on your relationship.


Academically i know Booth is slightly better, with many faculty members winning awards (though does this really mean I will learn more in my "Accounting I" class?)
I am not sure whether the opportunities for recruiting are better at Booth. I can see that McKinsey recruits a lot of grads from Booth, but i suspect this might be simply because booth students choose to recruit for positions in Cleveland and other less desirable places more often than Sternies. How would i go about determining whether Stern or Booth offer better recruiting opportunities?


If you are dead set on MBB, Booth is the better choice. Regarding Stern, I read that roughly 30% of students recruiting for consulting got MBB offers (not sure how this compares to other programs). When it comes to tech, it entirely depends on what exactly you are looking for, Booth is underrated in tech and I'm sure would place quite well. However, living in NYC would make recruiting quite a bit easier and potentially more successful for local companies, as the previous post mentioned. Again, while I think most agree that Booth is a higher rated program, your personal situation likely dictates that Stern is a better fit and you'd probably enjoy the next two years quite a bit more than you would in trying to nurture a long distance relationship.
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Thanks a lot for everyone's input. I chose Booth.
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New post 11 Jun 2015, 10:29
I turned down a free ride from NYU to go to Booth so clearly I'm biased but on all objective measures Booth is a much better school. It stinks that you didn't get much money but you can definitely negotiate with the Admissions department (that does for every school) for more money. If you're going into IB, while NYU has the location edge, every bank has a large presence at Booth and any student who wanted a banking internship got one. From friends at other M7 schools, banks reached out to candidates that were going into different fields such as Consulting or Tech to see if they were interested in a Banking career. I don't think that happened at NYU but I might be wrong.

If you're going into Tech or Consulting, it's fairly easy to get into those friends as well if you take the required steps. Over 30% of the student body is going into consulting and a sizable chuck (15-20%) are going into Tech.
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