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Carlson (no $) vs. Simon (40% scholarship + Forte Fellowship)

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Carlson Vs. Simon

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New post 31 Mar 2018, 02:21
Hi All,

I'm equally passionate about both these schools that I got admits into. Really need urgent help on which to matriculate at.

My Post-MBA goals- Product Management or Consulting.
Target firms- Deloitte, Amazon, Sears, Nike, Digital practice at other consulting firms.

OPTIONS with Pros and Cons

1. Carlson

- No Scholarship and very expensive tuition + living costs ($160k for 2 years)
- Competitive for leadership positions at clubs
- Strong IT concentration
- Strong alum base
- Strong recruitment stats
- Higher starting salary
- Higher Ranking and brand name
- Real-life projects throughout the study

2. Simon

- Scholarship worth 40% of tuition + 60% ISLP paid by college (so cost to me is ~$100k for 2 years)
- Forte fellowship => more access to networking opportunities and exclusive job postings for women, easier leadership opportunities in clubs
- Strong Finance/ Analytics concentration
- Strong alum base
- Average recruitment stats (in terms of companies and positions graduates go on to work in)
- Lower starting salary
- Lower Ranking and brand name
- Mixed reviews from current students and alums

I don't prefer one over other as my target companies seem to recruit from both schools, but I'm also an international student.

Please help out me as my enrollment deadline for Simon is 4th April.
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New post 31 Mar 2018, 08:37
Hey, congrats on the admission offers! :-)

I don't know much about Carlson, but I know that Simon has a great and very collaborative community! Simon also has one of the highest percentage of international students among the top 40 schools. Moreover, the school has a target to become a top 25 school within the next few years, and, as someone who has applied to Simon, I could see that the school is really working hard to achieve this goal.

Have you made your choice?
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New post 31 Mar 2018, 12:23
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Hey, congrats on the admission offers! :-)

I don't know much about Carlson, but I know that Simon has a great and very collaborative community! Simon also has one of the highest percentage of international students among the top 40 schools. Moreover, the school has a target to become a top 25 school within the next few years, and, as someone who has applied to Simon, I could see that the school is really working hard to achieve this goal.

Have you made your choice?


Hey!
Thanks for your input!

I'm thinking of visiting the schools and deciding. Maybe the scholarship is going to be the deciding factor after all.
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New post 31 Mar 2018, 14:09
I personally prefer Carlson over Simon. I advise you to negotiate with Carlson to get some fund. If you failed, then tahe Simon's money and move one. I know how money is a pressure for internationals .

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New post 31 Mar 2018, 18:55
Thanks stonecold and Mo2men ! Even I had the same thoughts. I am visiting the school soon and hope to negotiate there, as well as sending them an email right away! I don't have high hopes, but let us see.
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