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Columbia vs Booth

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New post 07 Apr 2019, 03:12
Hey guys

I have been admitted to both Columbia (65K scolarship) and Chicago Booth (50k scholarship).

About my backround:
- I'm international student from Russia
- I work in investment banking industry, M&A (Moscow, Russia)
- I want to change the current industry to strategy consulting. My post-MBA goal is to work in MBB in foreign countries for couple years and in Russia after that

About my thoughts:
    [+ for Columbia] I really like the opportunity to live in New York for 2 years
      [+ for Columbia] The scholarship in Columbia is a little bit higher than in Booth
        [No preferences] From open data, I realized that employment in consulting is quite similar in both programs. That's why this factor cannot be crucial in my decision
          [+ for Chicago] Chicago Booth is more prestigious as MBA program according to the majority of rankings
            [No preferences] Many people say about fit with culture of schools. Unfortunately, I don't have an opportunity to visit US before the deadline due to several reasons. From my experience with interviewers I liked very much the experience with Columbia's interviewer, but I understand that this conversation with one alumni is not representative

            Considering this, I am leaning towards Columbia, but I am not 100% sure.

            I would love to have your input.
            Appreciate everyone's help and insights!! Thanks
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            New post 07 Apr 2019, 19:20
            Given cost of living differences, it will cost a similar amount to go to either school despite the slightly bigger scholarship from CBS. I would try to connect with several alumni from each school to get a better sense of the culture/unique aspects of each school to aid in your ultimate decision.
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            New post 09 Apr 2019, 14:56
            This is no brainer - go to Columbia!!! The international prestige and network is way better for Columbia, specially in Europe. That really makes the difference here. Rankings doesn't matter here, both are M7 schools other than H/S/W, so no difference on that

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