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New post 19 Dec 2017, 09:07
Hey everyone,
Just wanted to hear some opinions. I was admitted into Ross with no money and Wisconsin on a full-ride (I also got into Mendoza with around a 67% scholarship but just have a gut feeling that it wouldn't be a good fit for me).

Anyways, I volunteered internationally for a few years after undergrad and have been working in marketing for a financial services company since then. I'm looking to switch into brand management with the goal of ending up at a large CPG company (P&G, Unilever, etc.) after graduation.

Any advise or insights would be appreciated. Thanks!

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sharkdd wrote:
Hey everyone,
Just wanted to hear some opinions. I was admitted into Ross with no money and Wisconsin on a full-ride (I also got into Mendoza with around a 67% scholarship but just have a gut feeling that it wouldn't be a good fit for me).

Anyways, I volunteered internationally for a few years after undergrad and have been working in marketing for a financial services company since then. I'm looking to switch into brand management with the goal of ending up at a large CPG company (P&G, Unilever, etc.) after graduation.

Any advise or insights would be appreciated. Thanks!


Exact same goal as you and also into Ross without $. Once the money component comes into it you start to realise how much you actually care about that haha but with CPG brand management the goal I think this isn't even a choice. Definitely go Ross, the ROI in salary and recruiting will makeup for the tuition difference (in my opinion and why I'm going).
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sharkdd wrote:
Hey everyone,
Just wanted to hear some opinions. I was admitted into Ross with no money and Wisconsin on a full-ride (I also got into Mendoza with around a 67% scholarship but just have a gut feeling that it wouldn't be a good fit for me).

Anyways, I volunteered internationally for a few years after undergrad and have been working in marketing for a financial services company since then. I'm looking to switch into brand management with the goal of ending up at a large CPG company (P&G, Unilever, etc.) after graduation.

Any advise or insights would be appreciated. Thanks!


Normally, the money could be a differentiation factor. But I'm not confidence is compared to Wisconsin in CPG. Also, I lost my trust in Wisconsin team since its decision to cancel its mba program and withdrew the decision. I feel that they won't give attention. Again, this is me. Yu can negotiate some money with Ross. Also, try to consider Mendoza again and talk with current students.

Good luck

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New post 19 Dec 2017, 15:25
Definitely Ross -- Wisconsin is on its last legs.

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Congratulations, in part this will depend if you can justify the investment and have some money saved up or this will be a fully financed thing with $200K in debt :-)

Also, if you are a woman, you have more thinking to do since you may have a break in your work and at some point may not even return to work full time or at all - this could of course be completely irrelevant.

Ross is arguably a top 10 school (I would argue it is or will get there at some point soon). Madison is a 100-person class that will require a lot more leg work to find a job/internship and likely longer time until you can get employed, fewer resources, lower caliber classmates, etc. Ross is a much more global school with alums all over US and world. CPG's tend to be global and likely have a lot of Ross people embedded in them in management positions.

I can see the safety of a scholarship vs. the alure of prospects of a flashier degree and career opportunities. A lot of is a personal choice/comfort level. Consider though that you are taking 2 years off your life and will lose probably 100-150K in just opportunity costs alone. Then you have 50K of living expenses. The difference between Madison and Ross is $200K vs. $300K at the end of the day - which one do you pick?
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Don't need to think too much. Go for Ross. Quality of classmates, recruiting, alumni network... everything will be significantly better.
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New post 20 Dec 2017, 07:27
Appreciate all the responses! After volunteering and making no money for a few years and then following that up with not the best paying of jobs, $200k of debt is a number I can't really comprehend at this point. However, once I wrap my head around it (which hearing responses on here definitely helps) I think it's an easy choice.

Just going to have to come up with some creative financing!

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