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Kellogg vs Ross ($) - Decision Paralysis!

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Hello,

I was just admitted off the waitlist at Kellogg. Fantastic news, but I'm now deep in deliberation. I've already accepted and paid the deposit at Ross (previously decided between Ross and Anderson).

Post MBA, I'm most interested in renewable energy or sustainability. I'm currently living in San Francisco and have long-term aspirations on the West Coast. I'm in a serious relationship with my girlfriend who is living (and will stay) in SoCal. Here are what I see as key differences/questions for each school:

Ross
- Huge opportunity with the Erb Institute offering a dual degree in Environmental Science which aligns with my career interests (not set on this yet though)
- Great culture, I would fit in well here
- I love MAP!
- I've been offered a $10K/year scholarship

Kellogg
- I love the culture of the program and it's been my top choice since I first began researching schools
- The location is better for seeing family and also my girlfriend (cheaper flights, less of a timezone difference)
- Kellogg is higher ranked and better known than Ross, this could be a key factor as I'll be trying to enter an industry I don't yet have experience in
- After crunching the numbers, it nets out at ~$40K more over the two years due to higher tuition cost, lack of scholarship etc.

One of the key things I'm trying to figure out is whether I'll be able to reasonably recruit for alternative energy types of roles at Kellogg. I know I can make it happen, but that's only after talking to 10+ current students and alumni. I just haven't had a chance to do this at Kellogg. The dual degree opportunity at Ross is significant though, I don't think there's anything like it at Kellogg.

What do you all think?

Thank you for your time!
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Hello,

I was just admitted off the waitlist at Kellogg. Fantastic news, but I'm now deep in deliberation. I've already accepted and paid the deposit at Ross (previously decided between Ross and Anderson).

Post MBA, I'm most interested in renewable energy or sustainability. I'm currently living in San Francisco and have long-term aspirations on the West Coast. I'm in a serious relationship with my girlfriend who is living (and will stay) in SoCal. Here are what I see as key differences/questions for each school:

Ross
- Huge opportunity with the Erb Institute offering a dual degree in Environmental Science which aligns with my career interests (not set on this yet though)
- Great culture, I would fit in well here
- I love MAP!
- I've been offered a $10K/year scholarship

Kellogg
- I love the culture of the program and it's been my top choice since I first began researching schools
- The location is better for seeing family and also my girlfriend (cheaper flights, less of a timezone difference)
- Kellogg is higher ranked and better known than Ross, this could be a key factor as I'll be trying to enter an industry I don't yet have experience in
- After crunching the numbers, it nets out at ~$40K more over the two years due to higher tuition cost, lack of scholarship etc.

One of the key things I'm trying to figure out is whether I'll be able to reasonably recruit for alternative energy types of roles at Kellogg. I know I can make it happen, but that's only after talking to 10+ current students and alumni. I just haven't had a chance to do this at Kellogg. The dual degree opportunity at Ross is significant though, I don't think there's anything like it at Kellogg.

What do you all think?

Thank you for your time!


Hey man.

Congratulations on getting into 3 fabulous schools.You cannot go wrong with any of them.
Personally if I were in your shoes -> I would have jumped at the Kellogg's offer.
More specifically because the cost/ scholarship offered at Ross isn't that much to challenge the Unparalleled brand of Kellogg.

Kellogg for me.


P.S -> With that Kellogg's new Technology Hub going up in some time, the program is destined to gain strength.
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New post 12 Jun 2017, 11:23
Wow! The story continues. Congrats! What made you pick Ross over Anderson eventually?

I am not familiar with Ross's Environmental degree option - you will have to weigh it separately and see what it's worth for you. I would definitely figure out how important Sustainability track is to you before you accept. Kellogg is a better generalist degree while Ross is a better specific one (so it seems).

Kellogg is a stronger overall brand and program. Perhaps not as strong as the Michigan Football spirit but meaningfully more competitive. Average GMAT is 728 vs 708 at Ross and acceptance rate is 20% vs 26% at Ross. Both programs will give you an opportunity to network and recruit almost anywhere in the country, though with sustainability and a more of a niche field, you will have to rely on networking, alums, etc rather than recruiting events or career services to find your next job. If you are still figuring out sustainability, it may be worth a quick check/search for companies you would aspire to intern at and eventually work at to check if indeed they bring in any folks from Ross or maybe Kellogg. One challenge with sustainability is that there maybe 1-2 jobs in many companies but not really a single "Sustainability firm" per se.
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Stevaineer wrote:
I was just admitted off the waitlist at Kellogg. Fantastic news, but I'm now deep in deliberation. I've already accepted and paid the deposit at Ross (previously decided between Ross and Anderson).


Congrats! Late to the party but very curious about your decision! This is very similar to the choice I will be making over the next month.
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New post 17 Dec 2017, 14:16
kellogg easy call here
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New post 03 Jan 2018, 01:53
Kellogg has pretty good placement stats for West Coast. I'll recommend Kellogg over Ross, mainly because most people change their mind about what jobs to take during MBA, and Kellogg will give you a wider range of options. Your current scholarship at Ross is fairly small, not enough to swing the decision IMO.
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It's safe to say that you should ignore the money and think long-term here: an MBA is something that will benefit you for MANY years down the road.
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