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Stern (Full Ride) Vs. Kellogg

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An engineer with Non-TargeT UG/Masters program degrees
UG GPA: 3.31
GMAT: 720 (Q49 V40)
Post-MBA: Consulting (MBB)
W/E: 4 years
Current Sector: Telecommunications - Technical Role

I am happy to have gotten into Stern & Kellogg but I am really stuck with this decision.

NYU Pros over Kellogg?:
- I do not have formal business WE so being able to do a Fall/Spring internship while taking classes will be beneficial. I am not sure if I will be able to do this at Kellogg
- Strong Media/Entertainment presence: I believe a Spring Internship in a Media/Entertainment Company + My Telecomms background may make me a stronger candidate because then I may fall in the TMT bucket. Is this the right assumption?
- Being in NY may make networking somewhat easier but with a little caveat I touch on later
- Full Scholarship

Kellogg Pros Over Stern?:
- Kellogg is a Consulting powerhouse for MBB. On the other hand, they barely recruit from Stern
- Stronger brand
- Without a "Strong" Consulting background, I believe Kellogg may give me that edge I need to break into Consulting, especially MBB

Also, which of these 2 have a stronger brand outside the US since I plan to relocate eventually?

Thank you guys for your help with this!

Originally posted by thekojoway on 23 Mar 2019, 18:04.
Last edited by thekojoway on 25 Mar 2019, 06:42, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 25 Mar 2019, 03:35
Awesome spot you're in! I'll be going to Stern on full ride this Fall, so might be slightly biased.
I'd say you can't go wrong either way, but choose based on your financial comfort level. Sure, Kellogg sends many more people to MBB and you have a higher chance there. However, you still have a decent shot at MBB/other consulting from Stern and will not have $140K (it's really 200K+ before tax amount) of debt. Plus, consulting recruiting seems like once you're in the interview, it's about you but not the school you went to.

I am super debt averse because I have seen what debt can do to people (lawyer friends who went to top 10 law school on 200K debt, hate big law but can't get out because of loans, living misery and feeling suicidal for the past 2 years). Like I said, I think it's really down to how you feel about the 140K(really 200K) debt.
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New post 31 Mar 2019, 01:46
Agree with other post. Its hard to pass up full ride for marginal difference. That full ride gives you degrees of freedom that you would not have paying full price (e.g. going traditional job to amortize debt)

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New post 01 Apr 2019, 15:09
Congrats! While I agree that you can't go super wrong here...I would have to disagree with the posters above. Given your goal, and how competitive it is, Kellogg should be the front-runner here. As I'm sure you know, they are a consulting powerhouse and more generally a tier above stern. If your goal were in finance I would say take the money, but this is a situation where you probably want to give yourself the best shot, and even if you miss out on MBB you will have a fantastic shot at tier 2 consulting. Even for schools in a similar "tier" (Darden/Duke/Ross) NYU falls a little shy on the consulting front. Any reasons those weren't on your list?

It's a good problem to have, but it's hard to look past Kellogg given your goals.
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New post 02 Apr 2019, 11:20
A full ride is obviously very attractive. But your post-MBA goal is MBB consulting, which is extremely competitive. If you are serious about it, i think Kellogg will give you the advantage that Stern couldn't in MBB recruiting. But if you are open to tier 2 consulting, take the money at Stern.
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