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Goizueta ($) vs Anderson

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All finished with R1 and I am fortunate enough to now have to make the decision between attending Goizueta ($20k per year for tuition) or Anderson. I am little unsure of my post-MBA goals; I either want to go into banking, internal strategy, or a general management rotational program. My background is in equity research and investment management. I have been trying to measure the value of Anderson's intangibles (bigger alumni network, more prestigious brand, LA > Atlanta (maybe... some would argue differently), better overall MBA experience) to see if they outweigh $40k over two years plus the increased living costs of LA compared to Atlanta. Regardless, I'll have to take out some loans to complete either program, but do you think the extra debt for Anderson is worth it? I am leaning towards Anderson in my head.

Any insight into this decision would be greatly appreciated.
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Anderson is a nice program but it has things you probably need to be aware of - none of them are it’s fault by the way.

First, the west coast programs are smaller and attract fewer employers for career fair weekends. I believe Anderson is one of the largest ones compared to Haas, Stanford and Foster.

Second, LA is a tougher place for mba employment - CA is not super friendly towards businesses (taxes) so most businesses in LA metro are small. There are regional offices for BCG and Accenture and the other consulting companies but not sure if they hire on Anderson campus. Something to check.

if you want to be on west coast, definitely go to Anderson. It is good to leverage schools regional strengths. Both Emory and UCLA are regional schools so think where you want to be and live.

In terms of money, $40k is a decent amount and took me a while to pay off. Depending on the rate and term you get it is $400 extra per month for 10 years. Of course if you borrow 120k then it may not be that meaningful of a difference.

If you are going to stay in CA (esp SoCal) then definitely Anderson but I would not go if you are planning to head back east. (Though few are able to leave the nice climate)

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Re: Goizueta ($) vs Anderson   [#permalink] 18 Dec 2017, 12:33
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