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How important is school choice regarding location

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New post 20 May 2007, 08:50
So I live in the bay area and am applying to schools all over. I want to go to the best school I can. I was wonderig if I want to end up back in the bay, is this a good idea?
I don't have the numbers to get into haas/stanford, but I'm looking at schools ranked in the 30-45 range.

If I want to end up back in the bay, is it worth it to go to a school on say the east coast compared to somewhere like USF, davis, irvine?
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It's definitely easier to conduct a job search in your backyard than across country. Coming out of HBS, there was a large contingent of my class that wanted to come out to the Bay and for standard jobs with standard companies in the area (think Gap, Well Fargo, etc.), it wasn't an issue but to find opportunities with smaller companies was. Within the last few years more and more people from my class have moved to the Bay, because they weren't able to conduct a proper job search when we first graduated.

I say all that to say, that it should definitely be a consideration. Not your only consideration, but you should probably apply to at least one bay-area school and then if you decide to go elsewhere, be prepared to make the investment to make the cross-country job search. Being from the area already will help a bit, but it can definitely be tougher to do.
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so, the maindraw back is the difficulty in job searching? that makes sense of course. Only other drawback I can see is lack of alumni/connections.

I'm just curious why a lot of people think it's not worth it to go outside of the area they want to stay in, unless it's a top 10 school they are going to, other than the reasons discussed.

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Unless you can get into Berkeley or Stanford, you really don't have much of a choice but to look elsewhere. USF, SFSU, SJSU, SCU, etc are not even ranked in the top 50.

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New post 21 May 2007, 18:34
I'd expand that rule of thumb to about the top 25. The main reason does have to do with recruiting -- after all why are you going to school? Even Wall Street Journal reports on "Regional MBAs". After the top 20, the vast majrority of recruiting happens regionally.

Lack of alumni / connections is pretty much just an adjunct to the recruiting thing.
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