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NYU Stern ($$$) vs. Yale (no $)

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New post 27 Dec 2016, 14:10
Hey all,

I was recently accepted to Stern with a full tuition scholarship and Yale w/o scholarship. Awesome problem to have, I know, but I'm having a tough time deciding. I had really wanted to go to Yale throughout the application process because I got just such an amazing feel from their campus and interview experience, but I'm not sure that's worth forgoing a full ride (and a cool opportunity to spend a few years in the heart of NYC). Yale has this amazing brand name, but Stern with tuition covered sounds like an amazing experience (even with the high cost of living in NYC).

Context: I want to go into general management afterwards, planning to work in the northeast for the short & long term.

Any opinions?
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New post 27 Dec 2016, 14:21
Congratulations! Neither program is the wrong choice.
Sometimes a school is like a marriage - you are not marrying someone because of how much money they make or have (hopefully) but rather because you love them. At the same time, it is a 2-year marriage that you will be sharing with many other applicants and while you may not truly have had a love from first sight with Stern, going there will allow you to graduate debt free potentially or take a year off work and travel all over the place.

P.S. It is hard to recommend anything however, as I have no attachment you described to Yale, so it is a fairly clear choice to a completely non-invested party.
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New post 27 Dec 2016, 14:56
The money is tough to turn down but I would pick Yale. By far the best community of any campus I've visited. Plus, the team at Yale SOM aren't playing around and really making moves to cement itself as a top business school. By the time you graduate, I wouldn't be surprised if it passes schools like Tuck, Haas and CBS in the rankings.
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New post 27 Dec 2016, 15:17
This comes to how you perceive short term vs long term benefits. You may choose Yale for its culture but you will graduate with hid debt. You may choose this option if you do not have burdens that you are carrying over from undergraduate stage. It is obvious that you may earn a privilege of debt free after graduation. I personally saw people choose the debt, while others chose debt free life. Both schools will lead you to your goals and in same geographic domain.

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New post 27 Dec 2016, 15:44
Have you tried negotiating? Can't hurt...maybe SOM will throw you a bone. That is *a lot* of money to leave on the table if you leave Stern to pay sticker elsewhere. You're in a great spot though! Congrats.
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I agree with teleste in asking if scholarship money is available for you given the situation. I am a current student at SOM and was presented with a similar situation where another school was offering me a scholarship and Yale was not. Yale ended up matching my offer which was great! I would have chosen Yale regardless but the money never hurts! If you'd like to discuss further, please let me know! Best of luck in your decision.


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Yeah I haven't negotiated, I guess I could try since there's no downside - I just don't see a scenario where they go from zero to full. That's a lot of money. I dunno, even with partial, it seems like a lot of people consider Yale and NYU Stern peers (even if Yale is on the upswing). What's the worst case scenario if I turn down Yale? They establish consistently top 7-10 in the rankings in the next few years? Is that worth giving up the scholarship and living in NYC?
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New post 29 Dec 2016, 13:17
To echo other commenters, I really think you should call SOM and negotiate. Just tell them that NYU gave you a 100% scholarship. They may not match 100%, but even if you get a 25 or 50% scholarship out of negotiating, then that really does change your situation. FWIW, i'm at SOM now and I love it, great atmosphere and really high quality people.
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