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Hi all,

I received the good news this week that I got into HBS and GSB. I just wanted to get others thoughts on why they would pick one over the other, I'm leaning more towards HBS due to the Socratic method and the fact it is almost 4 hours closer to home. Career wise they both have their pros, I work in retail and plan to stay in the industry - Stanford is great because of the tech innovation aspect, at Harvard I am more likely to find more people who are also involved in my retail niche.

Appreciate it is a nice problem to have, but want to gather as many thoughts as possible before having to make the decision in the new year.

Thanks for the help :)
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Congratulations!

It is not that uncommon of a problem..... we have a few previous discussions. This is one of my favorites: https://gmatclub.com/forum/hbs-full-tui ... 98844.html

HBS is about 2 times larger as a program so you definitely have more diversity/numbers on their side. I feel that GSB only beats HBS in case of VC and perhaps Tech due to recruiting proximity but otherwise, if everything else is equal, HBS is sort of a gold standard, despite some of the rankings craziness. It is the classical education of one of the oldest US institutions (nothing for a European to be impressed with though).

P.S. I feel that HBS has a much better name internationally. Not that Stanford is unknown but I feel Harvard is a stronger brand and has more alumni chapters if you are planning to move back home.


P.P.S. You are not going to wait for the Wharton decision? :shocked
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Congratulations strawberryjelly!

Unless you are an extremely big homie, I would not bother about distance of the schools from your home country. If you have not lived outside of your home country, it is possible that you might feel a bit homesick early on. However, b-schools are known to have lots of activities besides study that will likely occupy 200% of your schedule, so I doubt that you will have lots of free time to think about home :)

I have changed continents in the past (several times), so feel free to PM me if you want to chat about this in more detail.

My advice is to look at other, more important things that can drive your decision making.

Good luck!
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This past weekend I was with a few GSB grads and it looks like they have a lot of small to medium size companies hiring. Small being startups that pay well, but.... they’re startups.

You need to look at their employment reports before you decided what kind of job you’d like after graduating.

HBS does not have as many startups or VCs hiring.

Rest all they’re the same.

I have worked in consulting, startups and finance... each industry is different, you have to choose wisely before you take your a job, chose an industry to work in. That essentially means that you must decide your school based on the industry you’ll work in.

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Just saw that the GSB released their employment report: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/newsroom/s ... job-market
(The announcement/report is written differently from what I usually see Business Schools publish.... and is interesting....)

Quote:
Stanford MBA students and graduates were hired by a record 447 organizations for both summer internships and full-time positions. A signal of the sheer breadth of Stanford GSB employers and students' wide-ranging interests, 93% were able to hire just 1 or 2 students.
- pretty interesting that very few people landed at the same company!
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Congratulations strawberryjelly!

Unless you are an extremely big homie, I would not bother about distance of the schools from your home country. If you have not lived outside of your home country, it is possible that you might feel a bit homesick early on. However, b-schools are known to have lots of activities besides study that will likely occupy 200% of your schedule, so I doubt that you will have lots of free time to think about home :)

I have changed continents in the past (several times), so feel free to PM me if you want to chat about this in more detail.

My advice is to look at other, more important things that can drive your decision making.

Good luck!


Thanks, distance is more of a consideration as certain members of my family absolutely hate flying so an additional 4 hours on a plane to visit has to absolutely be worth it from my view to put them through the extra suffering.

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I see you’re waiting for Wharton too, I think Wharton would be a good option to have too.
If you want to be in finance, Wharton is the clear winner.

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This past weekend I was with a few GSB grads and it looks like they have a lot of small to medium size companies hiring. Small being startups that pay well, but.... they’re startups.

You need to look at their employment reports before you decided what kind of job you’d like after graduating.

HBS does not have as many startups or VCs hiring.

Rest all they’re the same.

I have worked in consulting, startups and finance... each industry is different, you have to choose wisely before you take your a job, chose an industry to work in. That essentially means that you must decide your school based on the industry you’ll work in.

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This is something I think about a lot. HBS publishes the list of employers that recruit at their school, but GSB does not. Do you know where to find this? As I am listed in large cap PE recruiting this is invaluable to me.
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I would definitely recommend Harvard. Stanford is a phenomenal program but I feel the US News rankings were a little...wacky this year. HBS should in no way be #6.

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I would definitely recommend Harvard. Stanford is a phenomenal program but I feel the US News rankings were a little...wacky this year. HBS should in no way be #6.

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Thanks! FinanceMan - I agree with your opinion and looks like OP also picked that route.
I have seen people pick GSB for a number of reasons and being successful with that... I also feel that I am not sure I am qualified advising a person who got into both GSB and HBS as to where they should be going. :lol:
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I would definitely recommend Harvard. Stanford is a phenomenal program but I feel the US News rankings were a little...wacky this year. HBS should in no way be #6.

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Thanks! FinanceMan - I agree with your opinion and looks like OP also picked that route.
I have seen people pick GSB for a number of reasons and being successful with that... I also feel that I am not sure I am qualified advising a person who got into both GSB and HBS as to where they should be going. :lol:


Hi bb - thanks for your reply. When you say "I have seen people pick GSB for a number of reasons" do you have any insight into what reasons someone would pick GSB over HBS? What about HBS over GSB? Thanks!
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One person in particular was going for VC/Startup and it seems always had her sights on the GSB program. I don't think HBS was her safety but she applied into the Top 5 and I think got in everywhere (number of years ago). However, more often than not, those who are admitted to both, I see picking HBS. Though it seems to be not a quick decision and most dual admits take their time to make. Some of the things that play against Stanford is perception of the California culture and people wearing flip flops everywhere.... palm trees and west coast can be off-putting to someone who is comparing it with the America's oldest higher education institution. I prefer West Coast personally.

P.S. I also think all Yale undergrad alums pick GSB... i believe they have to or their diploma gets shredded :lol:
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One person in particular was going for VC/Startup and it seems always had her sights on the GSB program. I don't think HBS was her safety but she applied into the Top 5 and I think got in everywhere (number of years ago). However, more often than not, those who are admitted to both, I see picking HBS. Though it seems to be not a quick decision and most dual admits take their time to make. Some of the things that play against Stanford is perception of the California culture and people wearing flip flops everywhere.... palm trees and west coast can be off-putting to someone who is comparing it with the America's oldest higher education institution. I prefer West Coast personally.

P.S. I also think all Yale undergrad alums pick GSB... i believe they have to or their diploma gets shredded :lol:


Sorry forgot to follow up that I chose Harvard in the end! Main factors were the case method, larger class size, closer and cheaper to get home to see my family. I also felt at home there, didn't really gel with the laid back nature of Stanford. In my dual group (mostly Europeans, all living in the UK), 8/10 chose Harvard over Stanford, and those who did choose Stanford got the KH so understandable why they chose a free MBA.

Also, 100% my grandparents already told everyone I was going to Harvard and didn't quite understand when I told them I was trying to choose between Harvard and Stanford why I would even consider Stanford :lol:
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