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Smeal ($$$) v. Kelley ($) v. Ross (waitlist pending)

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I have a consulting background. I am interested in doing CPG/retail brand management post-graduation. I have no geographical preference for MBA or post-graduation. Long-term, I would like to pursue international retail/luxury brand management.

I received a Smeal Fellow scholarship which is a full-ride plus a monthly stipend for two years. IU Kelley is 1/2 tuition Forte Fellow. Waitlisted without interview at Michigan Ross. Pending interview in early January at UNC (final decision release at the end of January).

I feel pretty certain that I was waitlisted at Ross because of my low GRE/GMAT score (below their 80% range) and I also did not visit campus/Ann Arbor. I was waitlisted without an interview in R1. Would it be worth it to continue studying for the GRE with hopes of doing better on it in February so I can submit the updated scores for consideration to get off the waitlist during R2 decisions? In addition, what are the odds of getting off the waitlist? And even if I do get accepted, what are the chances that I would receive any merit-based scholarships? If not, would it be worth it attend Ross at sticker price versus attending a 'lower ranked school' which is offering me a significant amount of merit-based scholarships?
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I have a consulting background. I am interested in doing CPG/retail brand management post-graduation. I have no geographical preference for MBA or post-graduation. Long-term, I would like to pursue international retail/luxury brand management.

I received a Smeal Fellow scholarship which is a full-ride plus a monthly stipend for two years. IU Kelley is 1/2 tuition Forte Fellow. Waitlisted without interview at Michigan Ross. Pending interview in early January at UNC (final decision release at the end of January).

I feel pretty certain that I was waitlisted at Ross because of my low GRE/GMAT score (below their 80% range) and I also did not visit campus/Ann Arbor. I was waitlisted without an interview in R1. Would it be worth it to continue studying for the GRE with hopes of doing better on it in February so I can submit the updated scores for consideration to get off the waitlist during R2 decisions? In addition, what are the odds of getting off the waitlist? And even if I do get accepted, what are the chances that I would receive any merit-based scholarships? If not, would it be worth it attend Ross at sticker price versus attending a 'lower ranked school' which is offering me a significant amount of merit-based scholarships?



You can give the GMAT a try before the decision. Many schools accept updated score after submitting the score. You can check also with Ross directly. Meanwhile, I advocate taking Kelley offer as better ranking school with ample opportunity in CPG in Midwest with half the tuition is better. The marketing academy is a plus with a lot of supported electives.
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You can be happy in the lower ranked MBA program as long as you are ok to do your own job hunting and less of a brand recognition, pride, etc. there are issues in both high and low ranked schools, just more of them in lower ranked programs but you are getting paid $100k for dealing with a number of bumps.

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URspiders13 wrote:
I have a consulting background. I am interested in doing CPG/retail brand management post-graduation. I have no geographical preference for MBA or post-graduation. Long-term, I would like to pursue international retail/luxury brand management.

I received a Smeal Fellow scholarship which is a full-ride plus a monthly stipend for two years. IU Kelley is 1/2 tuition Forte Fellow. Waitlisted without interview at Michigan Ross. Pending interview in early January at UNC (final decision release at the end of January).

I feel pretty certain that I was waitlisted at Ross because of my low GRE/GMAT score (below their 80% range) and I also did not visit campus/Ann Arbor. I was waitlisted without an interview in R1. Would it be worth it to continue studying for the GRE with hopes of doing better on it in February so I can submit the updated scores for consideration to get off the waitlist during R2 decisions? In addition, what are the odds of getting off the waitlist? And even if I do get accepted, what are the chances that I would receive any merit-based scholarships? If not, would it be worth it attend Ross at sticker price versus attending a 'lower ranked school' which is offering me a significant amount of merit-based scholarships?



Congrats for your great results. Does Smeal mention any amount about the monthly stipend?
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