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Foster ($10K) Vs. Simon (Full Scholarship)

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New post 29 Dec 2017, 08:10
Hi everyone. Happy New Year! I'd like to ask your opinions on this hard choice for me. Please kindly see below context.

Background: Chinese, 10-year marketing in tech industry.
Target: Marketing or Product Management in tech companies in US
Offer: Foster with $10K scholarship vs. Simon Rochester with full scholarship

Struggle: I like Foster better for its location (despite the long rain season), close tie with tech industry and high job placement. I visited the campus a while ago and it's beautiful too. However, finance is a real challenge for me: I have a wife and a kid that I plan to take with me for MBA experience, so that means with just 10K scholarship, I'll need to prepare at least another $160K for Foster. Simon is a decent school, and with strong reputation on Finance, but my focus will be marketing. Also, Simon's location is not as ideal as Seattle. However, the full scholarship is really enticing to me - it will help reduce the cost of MBA to $45K, which I can cover with far less pressure.

Set aside finance, my heart goes to Foster. However, taking ROI into consideration, which school do you think is a better choice for me?

Thanks so much for your help in advance.

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Hello NoRepeat

With the current political climate of the US, I would recommend you to go for the full scholarship.
Though Simon is not as highly ranked as Foster, it will give you the much needed cover in case
you have to return to your home country post MBA, if you are unable to convert the H1B.

This is my opinion and I maybe totally wrong about it, but if I were in your shoes, I would have
taken the full scholarship at Simon.

Hope that helps you!
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New post 30 Dec 2017, 03:46
That’s a tough decision! But I believe I would go with Simon, for the same reason already mentioned by @pushpitkc.

I visited Simon and it’s a great school, and the Dean’s mission is to make the Full-Time MBA program a top 25 by 2020.


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New post 30 Dec 2017, 06:19
pushpitkc wrote:

With the current political climate of the US, I would recommend you to go for the full scholarship.
Though Simon is not as highly ranked as Foster, it will give you the much needed cover in case
you have to return to your home country post MBA, if you are unable to convert the H1B.

This is my opinion and I maybe totally wrong about it, but if I were in your shoes, I would have
taken the full scholarship at Simon.

Hope that helps you!


Hi Pushpitkc, thanks so much for offering your thoughts. Yes visa is a big issue given the tightening policy, otherwise I would've just chosen Foster already :lol:

Thanks again for your vote!

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New post 30 Dec 2017, 06:24
mbaclass2020 wrote:
That’s a tough decision! But I believe I would go with Simon, for the same reason already mentioned by @pushpitkc.

I visited Simon and it’s a great school, and the Dean’s mission is to make the Full-Time MBA program a top 25 by 2020.


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Hi mbaclass2020, thanks for your note. Top 25 seems ambitious, but Simon was there before if I recall correctly. Hope that day can come earlier :grin:

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