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Tuck vs Cornell ($$)

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Which will have a better long term value?

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New post 31 Dec 2017, 18:06
I have fortunately received admits for Cornell one-year MBA (with a little Forte Fellowship) and Tuck MBA (no scholarship).
I'm a 31 yr old Indian female, currently working as a healthcare consultant in the US.
Post MBA goal: Corporate Strategy/ Product Manager in Healthcare or CPG

I visited both Cornell-Johnson and Tuck and, loved them both. Both schools offer a tight-knit community experience.

Cornell
Cornell did seem more accessible (in terms of location) as compared to Tuck.
Considering the opportunity cost of 1 year vs 2 year program, Cornell will enable me to get back into the workforce quicker.
Johnson Forte Fellow title should have some additional benefits. (Looking for some insights here!)

Tuck
Tuck has the better-known MBA program.
Tuck has a strong focus on healthcare through its Healthcare Initiative.

My constraints:
Funds: Arranging funds is a major challenge. I also don't want to spend the next decade struggling to pay off debt.
Long-term brand value in the international market: Given the current H1B visa situation in US, I'm open to the option of moving out of US, and I want to ensure that the school's brand is internationally well-known.

Please advise on which option to choose.
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New post 31 Dec 2017, 19:07
In general I would have strongly recommended Tuck, but given financial+visa situation it might be better to go for Cornell.

You'll probably have to take much more of a personal initiative in getting the roles you want from Cornell, while from Tuck it would be much easier...

In my opinion, the difference in terms of international brand recognition for Tuck vs Cornell MBA will be much less than the difference they have in the US. Within US, Tuck >> Cornell.. but outside its probably Tuck >= Cornell..
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New post 01 Jan 2018, 02:39
^ Same. Normally I'd say Tuck but as a prospective international student, I feel your pain particularly on the H1B. I'd go with Cornell.

Outside the US, both will be thought of as "Ivy League". If anything, Cornell might have a slight edge because it's a larger university and the wider university is slightly better known than Dartmouth.

Curious that you found Ithaca to be more accessible. I was under the impression it was fairly remote
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New post 04 Jan 2018, 11:51
Thanks everyone! It is a bit disappointing to realize how money shapes the world!

Does anyone know about the real details about the placements for Cornell's one-year MBA? On Linkedin, I see most of the recent grads (since past 3 yrs) ending up in the technology domain. Most have ended up at companies like Cognizant, Accenture, TCS, etc. with jobs which were very similar to their pre-MBA jobs. I would greatly appreciate if someone can shed some light on the recent placements for international candidates.
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New post 04 Jan 2018, 19:39
Why don't you contact Tuck/Cornell and ask them to link you with recent alumni (preferably from international background)? Then you can ask them about all this stuff.
I've talked to a guy who finished Cornell MBA 2 years ago, he said recruiting as an international is tough, some companies may offer you positions overseas though.
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