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Decision: Emory Goizueta vs UNC Kenan Flagler

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Thank you to everyone on this website that has helped with GMAT advice, school help, and more! GMATClub was the first site I used when I began my research back in February and am fortunate to now be in this situation.

I am deciding between Emory and UNC, and am seeking additional insight and opinions to help with my decision.

Background: originally from the SE and desire to stay - Emory strong in Atlanta, UNC strong in Charlotte. I am indifferent to the regionality of each program.

Goals: Consulting - stats will likely make MBB difficult (at least K) but OK with T2/B4

I know Goizueta places a higher percentage in consulting, with higher median salaries, but UNC does have MBB firms OCR - definitely higher McK placements over the years than Emory but lower on others.

Does anyone have insight regarding the percentage of either class that recruits for consulting and ultimately converts? Curious if KF's lower consulting numbers are due to lack of interest or lack of T2/B4 connections. Also interested to know if >70% of Emory recruits for consulting while also leaving many out of luck.

I am aware these schools are in relatively the same tier and that I should choose based on fit as well. As someone who attended a large state school in UG I am not needing to recreate that atmosphere (seen a lot of admits excited for the college town aspect of CH). Having visited both, neither stands out as a better fit - Chapel Hill is arguably an easier place to live (traffic, slower paced), while Atlanta may be easier to network at MBB/T2/B4 (KF takes career treks to Atlanta..). Any insight here also appreciated.

The most important factor to me is maximizing my odds of landing a top consulting job, without sacrificing plan B options in Marketing CPG or other. UNC places OK but I am concerned the drop off after McK is severe as opposed to Goizueta's long standing reputation in consulting. That being said, the fact that KF's brand is probably better nationwide, has made this a tough decision.
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Congratulations!

Pinging ankurgupta03 and abhimahna for an input.

As to MBB - i feel it is likely due to the student body composition. Some years they have strong MBB candidates and other years, not as much. MBB is highly highly competitive. Only about 5-10% of the class gets through and you have to outmaneuver 95% of your class to get in. Not an easy job. Unless you are part of the 5%, you have to take plan B with the other consulting companies, which also recruit 20-30% of the class, so you have to be in the top 25% in terms of your speaking skills, your presentation, your "value" and networking skills. I hope you will be part of the 5% or the 25%.

Congratulations. Hope you can hear from Ankur or Abhimahna
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Hey bosshog ,

Congratulations for the two great admits. I completely agree with bb mentioned and looks like you have also done great research for the two schools.

I know alot many people from UNC who are struggling more than what people at Emory are. The reverse is also true. Having said that, we(Emory) do have access to more consulting firms locally. BCG, McKinsey and others do call students for office hours and other events locally. This has been helpful for many. Emory is the core school for EY - TAS/OTS/PI-PM/PI-Digital and Deloitte - S&O and Tech. They recruit alot many students from Emory every year. If you are domestic student, you will have ample of opportunities.

Getting into MBB is very hard but not impossible and we have good access to those positions.

I would make a choice between the two based on:

1. Money
2. Fit
3. My Gut feeling
4. City vs Town.

Good luck and keep us posted. :-)
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Hey bosshog, Congrats on getting admits from these schools! It's indeed a tough choice to make. I'll try to be as objective as possible.

Abhi has talked about Emory. Let me give you some numbers on UNC.
McKinsey has a good placement record at UNC and has constantly increased the number of students they take. 1 - 4 - 7 in the last 3 years. Deloitte has similar trends and has increased the numbers too. BCG and Bain are choosy and typically take in 1 student. Apart from this, EY, PWC, AT Kearny, Cognizant, TCS are other firms that recruit from campus and typically take anywhere between 3 - 5 students. I would say these are strong numbers for consulting.

Regarding the consulting club, there are treks to Charlotte, Atlanta and DC. And you get ample number of opportunities to meet with the people from these firms in the form of on campus presentations, office hours, lunches, office visits to Atlanta, DC and Charlotte, dinners etc. Deloitte has something called as Early connection that happens in September and sets you up for the recruiting season. Plus there is a Deloitte Case completion that guarantees you an offer in case you win or an interview if you are in the semis (not sure on this)

I would also agree to what BB has said that getting into consulting is difficult but if you network effectively and are focussed, prepare well for the casing rounds, it should not be a problem. It all boils down to how much a person is prepared in the interview and that has a high correlation with your preparation.

A small UNC plug here - You will fall in love with Chapel Hill (especially during the basketball season)
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Hey bosshog ,

Congratulations for the two great admits. I completely agree with bb mentioned and looks like you have also done great research for the two schools.

I know alot many people from UNC who are struggling more than what people at Emory are. The reverse is also true. Having said that, we(Emory) do have access to more consulting firms locally. BCG, McKinsey and others do call students for office hours and other events locally. This has been helpful for many. Emory is the core school for EY - TAS/OTS/PI-PM/PI-Digital and Deloitte - S&O and Tech. They recruit alot many students from Emory every year. If you are domestic student, you will have ample of opportunities.

Getting into MBB is very hard but not impossible and we have good access to those positions.

I would make a choice between the two based on:

1. Money
2. Fit
3. My Gut feeling
4. City vs Town.

Good luck and keep us posted. :-)


abhimahna thank you so much for the quick reply and detailed feedback. You are an incredible ambassador for the school!

I am going to PM you a few additional questions if you don't mind!
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