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Hi All,

I am an applicant from India and was fortunate enough to get 3 great decisions, however now am in a dilemma as to what to choose. I am a career switcher aspiring to get into management consulting post MBA. This preference is more a result of a lack of clarity w.r.t. my future plans rather than an extremely strong inclination for consulting. Hence while it is my first preference, I am not closed out to IB/ finance roles and business roles in tech firms.

Ross:
+ I enjoyed interacting with their alums and current students as much as Kellogg's
+ Strong and consistent placements into consulting and tech
+ Good support system for candidates interested in consulting
+ Very strong community vibe (strongest by a decent margin among the schools I am considering)
+ Strong alumni base in India/ across the world (alums are extremely supportive and helpful as well I have heard)
+ Has been a school on the upswing for many years now, and it's showing in all rankings
- Not as selective as Stern or Kellogg (I could be wrong here - but going by acceptance rates and the relative caliber of people who seem to break into these schools)
- The Michigan brand is not as strong as NYU or Kellogg (outside the US)
[?] If Ross increases their aid basis the Stern offer, would it be worth considering? (I read somewhere that they have a policy wherein they do not change $$ decisions, but I am tempted to try)

Stern:
+ Full ride hard to pass-up, NYC location
+ Since I am not 100% certain on post MBA plans, NYC might offer more options to explore (too much exploring can be counterproductive though)
+ Is generally placed in the tier above Ross when it comes to selectivity and perception (the Tuck/ Yale tier)
+ Strong brand, slightly more recognizable than Michigan
+ As a dean's scholar, might have en edge with companies visiting the campus
+ This might be a function of me not having researched Kellogg/ Ross professors well, but Stern has a some very well known names: Sundararajan, Dolly Chugh, and legends like Galloway and Damodaran
- My interactions with the Stern community (which is strong in its own right) have been the least appealing among the 3 schools
- Historically a weak school when it comes to consulting placements, although things seem to be changing (latest placement report mentions ~30 MBB placements, not far behind Ross as %age of total batch size). Counter-intuitive thought, but with lesser number of people gunning for consulting, it might be a level playing field vis-a-vis Ross
- Alumni network not as strong as Ross/ Kellogg's in India, but in Europe/ SEA - probably matches or betters Ross' - especially in finance and tech jobs
- Probably not a valid concern, but in rankings etc, their performance seems to be consistent/ going slightly down

Kellogg:
+ Don't need to list the positives perhaps
- No money. Don't think the increment in brand is worth $150K or $70K (comparing with Stern and Ross aid)

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Hey there! First of all, congratulations on the offers. A full-ride to NYU Stern is no mean feat, you should be proud!

If I were you, I'd lean towards Stern. A full-ride is an opportunity for you to set aside worries about being in debt and focus on exploring career paths for the next two years. This holds true even considering the high cost of living in NYC. Although, from what I hear, MBB positions are tougher to come by at Stern as compared to Kellogg. I was seriously considering Stern until a few conversations with current students/ alumni. While every person I spoke with knew OF someone who'd been hired by McKinsey, Bain etc., either as a full-time employee or summer intern, most people interested in Consulting seemed to have ended up with a Tier 2/ 3 (/4?) firm. For what its worth, I also spoke to some international students who knew of other non-US citizens who'd received MBB offers. But on the whole, plum/ elite gigs seemed few and far between. The people I spoke to seemed to stress the culture and fit more than anything else during our conversations. To me, personally, that's always a bad sign. It usually indicates that career outcomes aren't up to par. But hey, at least everyone's "nice"!

Kellogg is an amazing school. The career office is widely known to be one of the best in the business. But I know of a few international students in my circle who ended up not being able to get an offer to work in the US and subsequently ended up in **** gigs in other parts of the worlds. That would be my biggest risk if I were to consider picking Kellogg. It has very little brand value outside the US and maybe certain parts of Asia. Should you have to return to India for some reason because of visa issues, you'd basically be competing with grads from Tier 2 (think anything outside HSW, IIM-A/-B and quite possibly even LBS and Insead) business schools for Consulting and Investment Banking jobs. The situation is even worse if you want to transition from Banking to PE eventually. Bottom line being this: Kellogg is a fantastic school. M7, great career office, culture etc. But given visa issues, the downside risk for an international student with a full-ride to Stern as an option is definitely not worth it.

Ross, on the other hand, is an option you should consider carefully. It places really well in tech, which means its a lot easier for an international student looking for an employer who'll sponsor their H-1b. The culture is also very unique. I also recall being told that some larger American corporations, especially the old guard of corporate midwest, recruit exclusively at Ross. Yes, you'd be paying 50% of the total tuition out of pocket, but lower cost of living could offset much of that.

There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to picking schools in the same, or even adjacent, tiers. All factors considered, including the potential risk of not being able to work in the States post-MBA, its up to you to decide where you'd be happiest spending the next two years. I spent a lot of time thinking about what alumni community I was most interested in being part of for the next 4-5 decades when it came to picking a school. Perhaps its something you'd want to spend time thinking about as well. Wish you best!
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Hey there! First of all, congratulations on the offers. A full-ride to NYU Stern is no mean feat, you should be proud!

If I were you, I'd lean towards Stern. A full-ride is an opportunity for you to set aside worries about being in debt and focus on exploring career paths for the next two years. This holds true even considering the high cost of living in NYC. Although, from what I hear, MBB positions are tougher to come by at Stern as compared to Kellogg. I was seriously considering Stern until a few conversations with current students/ alumni. While every person I spoke with knew OF someone who'd been hired by McKinsey, Bain etc., either as a full-time employee or summer intern, most people interested in Consulting seemed to have ended up with a Tier 2/ 3 (/4?) firm. For what its worth, I also spoke to some international students who knew of other non-US citizens who'd received MBB offers. But on the whole, plum/ elite gigs seemed few and far between. The people I spoke to seemed to stress the culture and fit more than anything else during our conversations. To me, personally, that's always a bad sign. It usually indicates that career outcomes aren't up to par. But hey, at least everyone's "nice"!

Kellogg is an amazing school. The career office is widely known to be one of the best in the business. But I know of a few international students in my circle who ended up not being able to get an offer to work in the US and subsequently ended up in **** gigs in other parts of the worlds. That would be my biggest risk if I were to consider picking Kellogg. It has very little brand value outside the US and maybe certain parts of Asia. Should you have to return to India for some reason because of visa issues, you'd basically be competing with grads from Tier 2 (think anything outside HSW, IIM-A/-B and quite possibly even LBS and Insead) business schools for Consulting and Investment Banking jobs. The situation is even worse if you want to transition from Banking to PE eventually. Bottom line being this: Kellogg is a fantastic school. M7, great career office, culture etc. But given visa issues, the downside risk for an international student with a full-ride to Stern as an option is definitely not worth it.

Ross, on the other hand, is an option you should consider carefully. It places really well in tech, which means its a lot easier for an international student looking for an employer who'll sponsor their H-1b. The culture is also very unique. I also recall being told that some larger American corporations, especially the old guard of corporate midwest, recruit exclusively at Ross. Yes, you'd be paying 50% of the total tuition out of pocket, but lower cost of living could offset much of that.

There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to picking schools in the same, or even adjacent, tiers. All factors considered, including the potential risk of not being able to work in the States post-MBA, its up to you to decide where you'd be happiest spending the next two years. I spent a lot of time thinking about what alumni community I was most interested in being part of for the next 4-5 decades when it came to picking a school. Perhaps its something you'd want to spend time thinking about as well. Wish you best!



Thank you! Great insights and my own research tallies in with what you have mentioned about Kellogg and Stern. One question though: what about Ross vs Stern for MBB placements? Factoring in for the cost of living, I'll be shelling out $50-55k more at Ross as compared to Stern, but are their consulting placements good enough to justify that additional cost and have a slightly inferior brand on the CV (as compared to Stern back here in India and EU/ Asia).

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ks2305 I am not sure, tbh. But for what its worth, people I know who went to Ross ended up at companies like Ford (their leadership dev program), Walmart, Intel and Google. I don't know of anyone who's done MBB coming out of there. It makes me think MBB recruitment at Stern is better?
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If Ross doesn't offer more money I would choose Stern. As an International I would worry most about minimizing my downside should work visa plans not pan out. Ross and Stern will be very comparable, especially considering you have a full tuition scholarship and are a Dean scholar at Stern. That being said, Ross was previous #1 choice. I loved Ross. Reach out to consulting students at each school and ask if they can get the consulting clubs placement data.

Also, while Stern may look worse on paper for consulting placements, I've heard time and time again that MBB chances at all T15 target schools are practically the same as it's all up to you and your case/interviewing skills after you secure the first round interview. With a full tuition scholarship and a 760 GMAT, you have as good of a chance as anyone to get that first round interview at Stern.

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If Ross doesn't offer more money I would choose Stern. As an International I would worry most about minimizing my downside should work visa plans not pan out. Ross and Stern will be very comparable, especially considering you have a full tuition scholarship and are a Dean scholar at Stern. That being said, Ross was previous #1 choice. I loved Ross. Reach out to consulting students at each school and ask if they can get the consulting clubs placement data.

Also, while Stern may look worse on paper for consulting placements, I've heard time and time again that MBB chances at all T15 target schools are practically the same as it's all up to you and your case/interviewing skills after you secure the first round interview. With a full tuition scholarship and a 760 GMAT, you have as good of a chance as anyone to get that first round interview at Stern.

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ks2305 wrote:
Hi All,

I am an applicant from India and was fortunate enough to get 3 great decisions, however now am in a dilemma as to what to choose. I am a career switcher aspiring to get into management consulting post MBA. This preference is more a result of a lack of clarity w.r.t. my future plans rather than an extremely strong inclination for consulting. Hence while it is my first preference, I am not closed out to IB/ finance roles and business roles in tech firms.

Ross:
+ I enjoyed interacting with their alums and current students as much as Kellogg's
+ Strong and consistent placements into consulting and tech
+ Good support system for candidates interested in consulting
+ Very strong community vibe (strongest by a decent margin among the schools I am considering)
+ Strong alumni base in India/ across the world (alums are extremely supportive and helpful as well I have heard)
+ Has been a school on the upswing for many years now, and it's showing in all rankings
- Not as selective as Stern or Kellogg (I could be wrong here - but going by acceptance rates and the relative caliber of people who seem to break into these schools)
- The Michigan brand is not as strong as NYU or Kellogg (outside the US)
[?] If Ross increases their aid basis the Stern offer, would it be worth considering? (I read somewhere that they have a policy wherein they do not change $$ decisions, but I am tempted to try)

Stern:
+ Full ride hard to pass-up, NYC location
+ Since I am not 100% certain on post MBA plans, NYC might offer more options to explore (too much exploring can be counterproductive though)
+ Is generally placed in the tier above Ross when it comes to selectivity and perception (the Tuck/ Yale tier)
+ Strong brand, slightly more recognizable than Michigan
+ As a dean's scholar, might have en edge with companies visiting the campus
+ This might be a function of me not having researched Kellogg/ Ross professors well, but Stern has a some very well known names: Sundararajan, Dolly Chugh, and legends like Galloway and Damodaran
- My interactions with the Stern community (which is strong in its own right) have been the least appealing among the 3 schools
- Historically a weak school when it comes to consulting placements, although things seem to be changing (latest placement report mentions ~30 MBB placements, not far behind Ross as %age of total batch size). Counter-intuitive thought, but with lesser number of people gunning for consulting, it might be a level playing field vis-a-vis Ross
- Alumni network not as strong as Ross/ Kellogg's in India, but in Europe/ SEA - probably matches or betters Ross' - especially in finance and tech jobs
- Probably not a valid concern, but in rankings etc, their performance seems to be consistent/ going slightly down

Kellogg:
+ Don't need to list the positives perhaps
- No money. Don't think the increment in brand is worth $150K or $70K (comparing with Stern and Ross aid)

Thoughts?



Hello ks2305

Yes you were fortunate enough to get 3 offers from 3 great schools, congrats on that :thumbup:

Yes Damodaran is at Stern, I would certainly take his class :cool:

Yes Stern is very strong in Finance, I would agree with all pros you mention and disagree with your notion of importance of your perceived interaction with Stern community.

I am sure you will find there life long friends if you decide to attend.

For me Stern is clear win here and would take their offer without a doubt.

Stern and NY gives you much more opportunities and possible routes/specializations and Stern is also much more stronger and better known brand in Asia/Europe which seems to be very important to you.

You can try to leverage your position with Ross, however I personally would not choose Ross over Stern even with equal scholarship, but that's just me :cool:

Kellogg and Ross does not worth $150K/70k when you have full ride with Stern, in my book.


I would definitively put that dean's scholar accolade on my CV if I were you ;)



Good Luck with final decision :cool:
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ks2305 wrote:
Hi All,

I am an applicant from India and was fortunate enough to get 3 great decisions, however now am in a dilemma as to what to choose. I am a career switcher aspiring to get into management consulting post MBA. This preference is more a result of a lack of clarity w.r.t. my future plans rather than an extremely strong inclination for consulting. Hence while it is my first preference, I am not closed out to IB/ finance roles and business roles in tech firms.

Ross:
+ I enjoyed interacting with their alums and current students as much as Kellogg's
+ Strong and consistent placements into consulting and tech
+ Good support system for candidates interested in consulting
+ Very strong community vibe (strongest by a decent margin among the schools I am considering)
+ Strong alumni base in India/ across the world (alums are extremely supportive and helpful as well I have heard)
+ Has been a school on the upswing for many years now, and it's showing in all rankings
- Not as selective as Stern or Kellogg (I could be wrong here - but going by acceptance rates and the relative caliber of people who seem to break into these schools)
- The Michigan brand is not as strong as NYU or Kellogg (outside the US)
[?] If Ross increases their aid basis the Stern offer, would it be worth considering? (I read somewhere that they have a policy wherein they do not change $$ decisions, but I am tempted to try)

Stern:
+ Full ride hard to pass-up, NYC location
+ Since I am not 100% certain on post MBA plans, NYC might offer more options to explore (too much exploring can be counterproductive though)
+ Is generally placed in the tier above Ross when it comes to selectivity and perception (the Tuck/ Yale tier)
+ Strong brand, slightly more recognizable than Michigan
+ As a dean's scholar, might have en edge with companies visiting the campus
+ This might be a function of me not having researched Kellogg/ Ross professors well, but Stern has a some very well known names: Sundararajan, Dolly Chugh, and legends like Galloway and Damodaran
- My interactions with the Stern community (which is strong in its own right) have been the least appealing among the 3 schools
- Historically a weak school when it comes to consulting placements, although things seem to be changing (latest placement report mentions ~30 MBB placements, not far behind Ross as %age of total batch size). Counter-intuitive thought, but with lesser number of people gunning for consulting, it might be a level playing field vis-a-vis Ross
- Alumni network not as strong as Ross/ Kellogg's in India, but in Europe/ SEA - probably matches or betters Ross' - especially in finance and tech jobs
- Probably not a valid concern, but in rankings etc, their performance seems to be consistent/ going slightly down

Kellogg:
+ Don't need to list the positives perhaps
- No money. Don't think the increment in brand is worth $150K or $70K (comparing with Stern and Ross aid)

Thoughts?



Hello ks2305

Yes you were fortunate enough to get 3 offers from 3 great schools, congrats on that :thumbup:

Yes Damodaran is at Stern, I would certainly take his class :cool:

Yes Stern is very strong in Finance, I would agree with all pros you mention and disagree with your notion of importance of your perceived interaction with Stern community.

I am sure you will find there life long friends if you decide to attend.

For me Stern is clear win here and would take their offer without a doubt.

Stern and NY gives you much more opportunities and possible routes/specializations and Stern is also much more stronger and better known brand in Asia/Europe which seems to be very important to you.

You can try to leverage your position with Ross, however I personally would not choose Ross over Stern even with equal scholarship, but that's just me :cool:

Kellogg and Ross does not worth $150K/70k when you have full ride with Stern, in my book.


I would definitively put that dean's scholar accolade on my CV if I were you ;)



Good Luck with final decision :cool:



billionaire thank you so much for a decisive response. Leaning heavily towards Stern and this does solidify that decision!
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