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I'm coming from a non-traditional background and want to transition into consulting or investment management (not fully decided yet). I didn't get any scholarships at Tuck or Yale but got the full-tuition Park Fellowship at Johnson. I have a strong preference for Tuck or Yale mainly because of their reputation and network. I also prefer their locations to Ithaca because I'd like to be near Boston. But the full scholarship would save me a LOT of money... What should I be thinking about here?
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If I were you, I would go to Johnson. Johnson MBA is a top ranked program and would probably give similar career oportunities as Yale and Tuck, specially in Investment Banking.
However, if money isn't an issue, I would go for Tuck, which is the strongest in job placement and in Consulting.
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I'm coming from a non-traditional background and want to transition into consulting or investment management (not fully decided yet). I didn't get any scholarships at Tuck or Yale but got the full-tuition Park Fellowship at Johnson. I have a strong preference for Tuck or Yale mainly because of their reputation and network. I also prefer their locations to Ithaca because I'd like to be near Boston. But the full scholarship would save me a LOT of money... What should I be thinking about here?


If money is a real concern to you, so I advice you directly to consider Johnson. If not the case, both schools possess great culture. Tuck will place you in consulting and IB. Also, Yale will help you in same way but I'm not sure about IB. You should attend the admit weekends to know the difference and search for the 'fit'.

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Congratulations, your options are really good. For consulting I would say that Tuck is the best option. If the money is an issue then go to Cornell, because it is top ranked and you can get job opportunities in consulting and IM.

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Cap003 wrote:
I'm coming from a non-traditional background and want to transition into consulting or investment management (not fully decided yet). I didn't get any scholarships at Tuck or Yale but got the full-tuition Park Fellowship at Johnson. I have a strong preference for Tuck or Yale mainly because of their reputation and network. I also prefer their locations to Ithaca because I'd like to be near Boston. But the full scholarship would save me a LOT of money... What should I be thinking about here?

Congrats for all the admits. If money is not a constraint then you can choose between Yale and Tuck, based on your interactions with current students and alumni.
However, fellowship from Cornell will have way less debt ( may be 0), and that might help you choose better career options. Moreover, the career opportunities that you will have would be more or less same across all three schools.
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Tuition--
SOM: $64,200/yr (http://som.yale.edu/programs/mba/admiss ... ition-cost)
Tuck: $68,910/yr (http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/admission ... -and-costs)

SOM and Tuck are better programs than Johnson. BUT, I don't think either one is $128,400+ (before capitalized interest on student loans) better than Johnson.

My guess is that if you made a list of companies you want to target post-MBA, you'd find that most (if not all) recruit at all three schools. That being the case, it'll just be up to you to land the offer. Having a green "D" or a blue "Y" on your resume as opposed to a red "C" at that point won't be a deciding factor on whether or not you land the role.

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I think it's a pretty clear trade-off between money and job opportunities like others indicated too. Tuck is definitely a league about Johnson. Yale is rising up the rankings quickly. Personally, I feel like if you play your cards right coming out of Tuck/Yale you can pay off the debt in a reasonable amount of time. But if money is a major concern for you, hard to pass up the $$$ from Cornell.

If you're concerned about Ithaca, aren't they opening up a NYC location soon? For a semester or so?
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Cap003 wrote:
I'm coming from a non-traditional background and want to transition into consulting or investment management (not fully decided yet). I didn't get any scholarships at Tuck or Yale but got the full-tuition Park Fellowship at Johnson. I have a strong preference for Tuck or Yale mainly because of their reputation and network. I also prefer their locations to Ithaca because I'd like to be near Boston. But the full scholarship would save me a LOT of money... What should I be thinking about here?



For someone $100K may not be a serious consideration but this early in the career and perhaps with some student loans, it will be tough.
I feel the choice should be between Tuck and Johnson as the 2 extremes unless something really attracts you to Yale such as plans to work abroad and international reputation that's stronger than Tuck's.

It is a lot of money for most and I would lean towards Johnson. The salary and Employment stats for 2 schools are quite similar. The question is whether you can talk yourself into it as the right decision. Some people can't as they don't want to take anything but the best thing available, and they won't compromise even an inch. You should attend the Admit Weekend and try to be as un-biased as possible.

P.S. It is not going to likely work but it is worth a shot - drop a note to Tuck and mention that you were set to go there but now that this other highly ranked New York school provided you with a full scholarship you are having a really hard time deciding - can they help you with the decision perhaps? Who knows what that will spark..

Congratulations on your great work and the admits!
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New post 20 Mar 2017, 15:43
Thanks for the input, everyone! Would anyone be willing to weigh in on the thoughts below?

1) Coming from a non-traditional background, my current network is useless, and my work experience won't help me. Perhaps, more than most people, I need the Tuck or Yale brand and network to make a successful career change?

2) Does having a prestigious fellowship help compensate for choosing the lower-ranked school?
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