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New post 18 Dec 2017, 04:04
I'm down to a triple threat to determine where I'm heading next fall. Would appreciate some input!

I've been offered a free ride by Olin, $100K by Mendoza and $95K by KF. Also have offers from Kelley ($60K), Marshall ($50K) and Tepper (nothing), but I've more or less ruled them out as I don't think they offer enough to make up for the extra cost versus my top three.

I have a background in finance and am leaning towards targeting consulting after graduating, though I'm open to exploring other options too. Would definitely want to stay in the US if I can help it.

My own views on the advantages posed by each school:

Kenan-Flagler:
- Established top 20 school, probably the best brand out of my top three (I'd say it's neck and neck with CMU overall). I'm not sure it's as well-known outside America as the likes of Cornell, UCLA or NYU, but again, should still be ahead of the rest
- On-campus recruitment seems stronger than either of the other two, especially Mendoza. Having access to the bigger companies would be an advantage as an international student needing an H1B

Olin:
- Free ride means I save roughly $30K in tuition compared to KF
- In terms of pure numbers, seems to do a great job in placement: 97% of this year's graduating class employed by September, with plenty of big names on the list of employers

Mendoza:
- Again, cheaper tuition and the slight fellowship bump means I'm spending around $20K less than I would at Kenan-Flagler
- I have the option to choose their dual MBA/MSBA option, which has the benefit of an OPT STEM extension that could make life easier in terms of working in America
- Strong alumni network, which may make up in part for the relatively weaker recruiting

I'm leaning towards Kenan-Flagler here. Seems like a higher-caliber school that could afford the kinds of opportunities that would be worth the extra money in the long run. What do you guys think?
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I'm down to a triple threat to determine where I'm heading next fall. Would appreciate some input!

I've been offered a free ride by Olin, $100K by Mendoza and $95K by KF. Also have offers from Kelley ($60K), Marshall ($50K) and Tepper (nothing), but I've more or less ruled them out as I don't think they offer enough to make up for the extra cost versus my top three.

I have a background in finance and am leaning towards targeting consulting after graduating, though I'm open to exploring other options too. Would definitely want to stay in the US if I can help it.

My own views on the advantages posed by each school:

Kenan-Flagler:
- Established top 20 school, probably the best brand out of my top three (I'd say it's neck and neck with CMU overall). I'm not sure it's as well-known outside America as the likes of Cornell, UCLA or NYU, but again, should still be ahead of the rest
- On-campus recruitment seems stronger than either of the other two, especially Mendoza. Having access to the bigger companies would be an advantage as an international student needing an H1B

Olin:
- Free ride means I save roughly $30K in tuition compared to KF
- In terms of pure numbers, seems to do a great job in placement: 97% of this year's graduating class employed by September, with plenty of big names on the list of employers

Mendoza:
- Again, cheaper tuition and the slight fellowship bump means I'm spending around $20K less than I would at Kenan-Flagler
- I have the option to choose their dual MBA/MSBA option, which has the benefit of an OPT STEM extension that could make life easier in terms of working in America
- Strong alumni network, which may make up in part for the relatively weaker recruiting

I'm leaning towards Kenan-Flagler here. Seems like a higher-caliber school that could afford the kinds of opportunities that would be worth the extra money in the long run. What do you guys think?


Congratulation :-)

Both Olin and KF are in same category. It turns down to preferences. I once visited chapel hill and loved the vibe of the town and school. KF has office for MBB inside campus so it is good for networking and show yourself. I' not aware of the same offices in Olin. If money is not an issue, then you can pick KF.

You will benefit from Mendoza for STEM program only but no one knows how the H1b visa rules will develop.

Any school will work for ever, it is about short term. In long term, your capabilities and experience will make the difference.
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Congratulations! Great Job!

Being international you should focus the most on your employment prospects and financials - either a full scholarship or STEM. It is a defensive and conservative approach.

If you are OK with a bit more risk, UNC has a strong name but frankly so does Notre Dame in the US but ND is in the middle of nowhere and on campus recruiting will suck compared to others. I do have to say you will probably salivate for undergrad recruiters who come on campus at either school.

PS. I feel I am an Olin fan boy by just recommending it to someone else a few mins ago but I really don’t know a whole lot about the program besides what adcom wants me to think. Check bachool reviews and read between the lines: https://gmatclub.com/reviews/business_schools?fl=menu

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