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Kellogg PT Vs Booth PT with $$

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I am in a very confused situation! I have been admitted to Kellogg and Booth part-time weekend MBA program. Both traditional pace.



I know both schools are great and I can't go wrong with either one academically or faculty wise! Also, my career goals is to move from hard-core engineering to business development/corporate strategy in the tech industry or potentially strategy consulting (a long shot).

The point of confusion comes here:
1. Booth has offered me a scholarship for 5 courses but nothing from Kellogg (~40k). BUT,
2. My interaction with both schools has resulted in different experiences - it was expected but wasn't expecting to be this stark.

At Kellogg, I found a more supportive atmosphere, a warm feeling, a willingness to connect organically, down-to-earth nature of everyone I connected with, and a feeling that those people will be there for me.

At Booth, it was a little cold. In general, students are very nice, supportive, and willing to help/discuss/and give the best information that they can provide, but it was all in a 'professional capacity' (if you know what I mean). Even among the students themselves, I just felt there weren't those warm commandries or organic bondings. It was more strategic bonding. I was almost leaning Booth despite all that - assuming this might just be a small sample set, but then I spoke with career services over the phone, and man - that was a super cold conversation that I couldn't continue beyond 15 min. I got nervous during the conversation.

Not I am confused as to should I take the money and accept the fact that not everyone will be that amicable/cordial at Boot, and I will just need to find my type of people and work with them, OR go with Kellogg where I will kinda feel 'SAFE'!!

Any input will be very helpful in making my decision.
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Congratulations on your admits! Fantastic job!

Hard choice. However I would give Booth a other shot. There are great and bad people at both schools and while the first impression is important, it is only one touch point. The programs are very big and very diverse. I think you will be able to connect at both.

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Congratulations on your admits! Fantastic job!

Hard choice. However, I would give Booth the other shot. There are great and bad people at both schools and while the first impression is important, it is only one touch point. The programs are very big and very diverse. I think you will be able to connect with both.

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Thanks for your reply bb. Is Kellogg far less rigorous academically compared to Booth? I am OK to give up some rigor for the social aspect, but I just won't enjoy the class that is all qualitative/soft. I attended classes at both schools and found them pretty similar. Maybe Booth a little better than Kellogg. But, this might just be a very small sample size.

Again, it is academics vs social aspect.

For a slight career transition from engineering in tech to strategy/BD in tech and probably like the social aspect to building a deeper connection, is Kellogg worth $40k? I know both schools talk about group work and teamwork, but often times the team members can be either collaborative or competitive. Given Kellogg's culture, I would assume the team dynamics are more collaborative.

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I would pick Booth hands down over Kellogg, similar in many regards but the caliber of students and academics is dramatically different. Booth's pitch about having Nobel laureates on faculty is just their way of saying that their level of rigor/thinking/academics tops any other B-School.

Kellogg likely does a better job marketing itself. Booth has a tendency to be more understated (as in, they don't go out of their way to impress or attract candidates). That said, Kellogg wins if you are looking to have a career in Marketing.
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New post 25 Jul 2018, 09:09
One other item to add - Kellogg is pretty friendly to their PT students.
Most of the programs (or rather all except Kellogg) exclude or discourage their PT students from participating in their Recruiting events. Thus as a PT student at Booth, you will not be informed, invited, or encouraged to show up for the on campus recruiting, job fairs, etc since you are a PT student who is employed. Kellogg is pretty transparent and allows everyone to participate.

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I would pick Booth hands down over Kellogg, similar in many regards but the caliber of students and academics is dramatically different. Booth's pitch about having Nobel laureates on faculty is just their way of saying that their level of rigor/thinking/academics tops any other B-School.

Kellogg likely does a better job marketing itself. Booth has a tendency to be more understated (as in, they don't go out of their way to impress or attract candidates). That said, Kellogg wins if you are looking to have a career in Marketing.


This last bit here is what really amazes me that people quote completely unfounded/incomplete statements or things that would have been true 10 years ago.

bb one additional thing for Kellogg PT: you can take all the courses offered to FT students and at either of the 2 locations (Evanston or Chicago). This is crucial as you will need to network if you are looking to pivot into a new industry/function post MBA and I had a lot of PT folks present at the company networking events over the OCR recruiting season last year.
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New post 27 Jul 2018, 11:32
I don't really have a firm opinion on this matter, but I will say 40k is a fair bit of money
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