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Harvard vs Stanford vs Wharton (2x$) vs Booth (3x$)

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I was recently ecstatic to learn that I was accepted to the following schools:

Harvard (should be eligible for need-based scholarship)
Stanford (should be eligible for need-based scholarship)
Wharton ($60k scholarship)
Chicago ($80k scholarship)

Post-MBA Goals: either (1) working for a mid-stage startup, (2) working in VC or Growth Equity (better chance of VC than PE due to background), or (3) entrepreneurship (although more of a medium-term goal). Ideally, I would like to live in the South (strange, I know) post-graduation.

My current thought process/questions I'm asking myself:

(1) Stanford's location is obviously a big factor due to my goals, but has HBS closed this gap over the past few years? Since they've put so much focus on the Rock Center/Innovation Lab/etc.
(2) Would it be worth talking to H or S regarding my decision and financial aid, or are these schools' need-based scholarships non-negotiable?
(3) Assuming I am eligible for at least 'some' ($ or $$) need-based aid from H or S, is there any scenario in which Wharton/Booth should prevail in this decision (i.e. if I can negotiate more money)?

I have never posted in this forum, but please do not mistake this as a "troll" post. Interested in any/all thoughts. Thanks very much!
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New post 20 Dec 2016, 12:21
Congratulations on your hard work and eventual success!

I would probably let some of the HBS folks comment on the startup/VC gap vs. Stanford.
Both Booth and Wharton have some entrepreneurship initiatives (e.g. Polsky center at Booth) but I think they are going to be unlikely competitors to Stanford being where it is located. In my experience VC and startups are so often dependent on the personal and chance encounters (networking) that being on the ground is going to be so much more important.
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I am facing a similar struggle right now, so wanted to know what decision you made at the end. Would you share your thought process?
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(1) Stanford's location is obviously a big factor due to my goals, but has HBS closed this gap over the past few years? Since they've put so much focus on the Rock Center/Innovation Lab/etc.
Can't comment here really, the perception is still the same with Stanford being the #1 entrepreneurial school, I would also consider the relative reputation of H and S in the south. My gut tells me Harvard travels better outside of the coastal cities.
(2) Would it be worth talking to H or S regarding my decision and financial aid, or are these schools' need-based scholarships non-negotiable?
Yes, they may not care but tend to listen when it comes to decisions related to each other so its worth a shot
(3) Assuming I am eligible for at least 'some' ($ or $$) need-based aid from H or S, is there any scenario in which Wharton/Booth should prevail in this decision (i.e. if I can negotiate more money)?
Not in my opinion
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