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# The toughest decision of my life... HBS vs Booth (full-ride)

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03 Feb 2011, 15:19
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Given that you're done with apps and probably find yourself with a bit more time. It might be interesting for you to read "Ahead of the Curve" before making that decision. To be honest I just started reading it myself, so I can only repeat others' praise for it, and not my own (yet). It's a relatively short read. Just an idea.

I actually read it a few weeks ago and I'm currently reading "Year One" as well. "Ahead of the Curve" was interesting but really as far as the author's negative experience, you get what you put into it. For completely valid reasons, his priority was his wife and child and for whatever reason, it doesn't seem like they really wanted to become engaged with the HBS community or partners club. I like knowing the good and bad aspects of the schools I'm considering so it was a valuable read in that respect.
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03 Feb 2011, 15:42
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dalillama wrote:
Given that you're done with apps and probably find yourself with a bit more time. It might be interesting for you to read "Ahead of the Curve" before making that decision. To be honest I just started reading it myself, so I can only repeat others' praise for it, and not my own (yet). It's a relatively short read. Just an idea.

I actually read it a few weeks ago and I'm currently reading "Year One" as well. "Ahead of the Curve" was interesting but really as far as the author's negative experience, you get what you put into it. For completely valid reasons, his priority was his wife and child and for whatever reason, it doesn't seem like they really wanted to become engaged with the HBS community or partners club. I like knowing the good and bad aspects of the schools I'm considering so it was a valuable read in that respect.

Good point. I'll keep that in mind as I read through it. Now if I could only find you the equivalent book for Booth...
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03 Feb 2011, 19:00
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I actually read it a few weeks ago and I'm currently reading "Year One" as well.

Much better book than "Ahead of Curve" in my opinion but most of the facts/experience from that book is now outdated. After all, the guy in that book was a former Bain consultant who chose to attend HBS in 1990(ish ~) only because: 1) He was tired of working in Czech and its brutal winter, 2) his alma mater Stanford rejected him...

It's a great read if you want to find out about HBS back in those days but a lot of stuff mentioned in that book (coming to class 4AM in the morning to reserve a seat on very first day of class because that will be the permanent seat for the rest of the term; ridiculous computer/printer issues; etc) no longer applies anymore.

But still, awesome book if you have time to read it (and also, if you are lucky enough to find a copy of that book since it's been out of print for years)
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03 Feb 2011, 21:29
looks like HBS is pulling away in both the poll and debate!
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03 Feb 2011, 21:46
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looks like HBS is pulling away in both the poll and debate!

Well I think that's because I clarified that it really isn't a full-ride anymore and the price difference will probably be fairly small. In a heads up face-off with any school on these types of forums, HBS tends to come out on top simply due to the strength of its name.
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03 Feb 2011, 22:14
Think of it this way. If you are successful, the brand name of Booth or HBS will not matter in long term. Either decision you made you will think was the right decision and you will not think about it. If things do not go well, HBS brand name can bail you out more than a Booth brand name. Booth has really catapulted in ranking due to the flexible program, which even Wharton and HBS is adopting starting from 2012. Otherwise Booth is a very old fashioned finance school. If you want to go to Tech. Wharton and Stanford has a better brand name. Even Kellogg has a good presence in tech consulting.
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04 Feb 2011, 00:02
you are a business guy, will study business, will be prepared for business, by other words, will be prepared to gain money..so you should be very sensitive of money...so, go for Booth..believe me..the recruiter will NOT hire Booth or HBS, they will hire you..so whatever the school you attend..the key is within you NOT with the schools..simply because all of them are just GREAT schools..just go for the profitable option..
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04 Feb 2011, 22:33
I would look at the long term pay-offs, rather than the immediate salary vs. the extra investment I need to make if I were to go to Harvard.
Apart from intangibles like recognition, brand image and grand-parents feeling happier, purely looking at the financial/ career aspect, I would examine, would going to Harvard give me any advantage over the long-term, let us say over the next 20-25 years? Would that advantage be worth the additional investment of $100K? I remember reading an article in BW regarding the cumulative salary after MBA for 20 years, for MBA graduates from different schools. I think Harvard had the highest cumulative salary. I think the difference between Harvard and Chicago is more than$500K; of course you can also do discounting. While that is average, this may not apply to you!
The tricky question is would there be any long-term differences in the career progression and net-working effects and would these differences be worth $100K! eskimoroll wrote: NZOMNIAC wrote: HBS reason : top of the pecking order just to pose question differently if you had full scholarship from HBS - what would you do I am guessing u will take HBS so if you remove money from the equation then u will take HBS Sorry I am not as enlightened as others to think abt the subtle differences between Booth and HBS Well it's both money ($100K) and the unique opportunity that comes with the specific program at Booth. But to be fair, yes, if I got a full ride to HBS, I'd choose HBS. \$100K is a lot of money when I make about that amount now and will make about that amount when I graduate. The ROI seems pretty rough although the upside can be pretty good depending on how my career progresses.
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06 Feb 2011, 23:17
I'm of the belief that if you were to choose between schools without considering money, where would you want to go? If HBS was your dream school before Booth offered money, you should go to your dream and not double guess years down the road (although unlikely given Booth) what if you went to HBS and paid everything out of pocket.
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07 Feb 2011, 01:08
I would go with what the poster above said. Forget the money (and that's rich coming from a broke college kid). Go to the school that appeals to you more.

Personally, I'd take HBS hands down. No questions asked. The brand and resources are unparalleled. The money will not be so hard to come by if you have that resume stamp. Ask yourself if you'll regret either decision.

But. Congrats. This is an amazing problem to have.

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07 Feb 2011, 13:09
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I'm of the belief that if you were to choose between schools without considering money, where would you want to go? If HBS was your dream school before Booth offered money, you should go to your dream and not double guess years down the road (although unlikely given Booth) what if you went to HBS and paid everything out of pocket.

Both schools are dream schools to me. Before I started researching MBA programs and going through the application process, I considered getting my MBA at local state school programs part-time. As a graduate of a state school, these "ultra-elite" schools never seemed to be a realistic place that I could attend. I felt that I was reaching when I applied to 5 top programs in round 1 and I hoped that I would be fortunate enough to get into one program. The fact that I would be accepted into three dream schools is a situation that I didn't even dare consider during the application process.

If money wasn't a factor I'd pick HBS because of the name/network/prestige/etc.

If name/network/prestige wasn't a factor, I'd choose Booth because of fit/demographic/campus/etc.

With that said, money IS a factor, name/network/prestige IS a factor, and fit IS a factor! I can't discount those things and say that one is more important to me than the other. I know I'll have an amazing time at both schools but I know my experience would be drastically different.

ASW will hopefully clear things up for me. I'm looking forward to meeting my potential classmates and trying to envision where I can see myself for the next two years.

The voting is now up to 87 votes and HBS seems to be pulling away! Thanks everyone for adding to this dialog and for voting.
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07 Feb 2011, 13:29
eskimoroll,

flip a coin.
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07 Feb 2011, 23:15
The one voice you haven't heard chime in on this thread yet is an HBS alum. It'd be interesting to hear what they'd do, based on their experiences with the brand name.

We had a member a few years back that actually went to HBS for CPG Marketing. I'll PM him and see if he's still hanging around.
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08 Feb 2011, 14:19
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The one voice you haven't heard chime in on this thread yet is an HBS alum. It'd be interesting to hear what they'd do, based on their experiences with the brand name.

We had a member a few years back that actually went to HBS for CPG Marketing. I'll PM him and see if he's still hanging around.

That definitely would be good to hear. I actually work at a CPG company where a large portion of our marketers are HBS grads. I think HBS has a bigger presence here than even Kellogg. All of them (several who are good friends of mine) think that it's a no brainer that you go to HBS and sort of take it for granted that I'm actually pretty undecided. They assume it's an inevitability.
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08 Feb 2011, 15:20
Analytical Hierarchy Process. Draw a prioritization matrix. Engineering Design FTW
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Analytical Hierarchy Process. Draw a prioritization matrix. Engineering Design FTW

I have no idea what you just wrote.
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08 Feb 2011, 16:30
so out of curiosity, have you decided?
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09 Feb 2011, 20:32
eskimoroll wrote:
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Analytical Hierarchy Process. Draw a prioritization matrix. Engineering Design FTW

I have no idea what you just wrote.

Haha. It's a process that allocates numerical weights to each solution (school) based on a preference scale established for certain prerequisite criteria. Then you can get a final number if you normalize the matrices for each factor and voila, a numerical answer.
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09 Feb 2011, 22:30
Makes sense. Good luck and keep us posted
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21 Feb 2011, 08:49
Oh the suspence!!! Congrats again, dude.
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