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Mendoza vs Owen vs Scheller : all with full scholarship

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I am a female Indian applicant with 3.5 years of experience in a Big4 consulting firm and a GMAT score of 710. My Post-MBA goal is to continue with consulting(preferably in the US) and if that doesn't work out, plan b is tech, since my work experience has allowed me exposure to both the fields. I applied to a few programs out of which I have been accepted in 3 so far.
I am currently facing a dilemma of which bschool to enroll in out of Notre Dame Mendoza, Georgia Tech Scheller(Deposit deadline on 20th December!!), and Vanderbilt Owen. I have been fortunate enough to get a full scholarship in all three. While I really wanted to get an admit in CMU Tepper, much to my dismay I have been waitlisted there (with interview).
I am also having thoughts of applying to more schools (outside the US) in R2, and even of retaking the GMAT to target a 750+ and improving my profile in another year so that I can apply to better colleges for 2021 intake.
Considering facts like college rankings, location, no STEM for my intended concentration in either of these colleges and employment opportunities for International applicants, what would you suggest?
Also, if someone can talk to me about their work VISA experience as an International non-STEM MBA student in US, please PM me.

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I am a female Indian applicant with 3.5 years of experience in a Big4 consulting firm and a GMAT score of 710. My Post-MBA goal is to continue with consulting(preferably in the US) and if that doesn't work out, plan b is tech, since my work experience has allowed me exposure to both the fields.


FWIW, I think you (and most international students) would like either Atlanta or Nashville more than South Bend. Both are big(ger) cities, more cosmopolitan, with much better climates than the frozen tundra of Northern Indiana.

Owen and Scheller's employment reports are very similar. Both can get you into Big 4 consulting roles:
VU: https://business.vanderbilt.edu/mba/van ... -outcomes/
GT: https://www.scheller.gatech.edu/degree- ... pment.html

Vanderbilt as a brand is more highly regarded than Tech. And in my not-so-humble-opinion, Nashville is way more fun than Atlanta. (Unless you just LOVE traffic jams...)

tldr; Go to Vanderbilt. Anchor Down!

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Considering facts like college rankings, location, no STEM for my intended concentration in either of these colleges and employment opportunities for International applicants, what would you suggest?
Also, if someone can talk to me about their work VISA experience as an International non-STEM MBA student in US, please PM me.


AFAIK, there isn't really a "consulting" concentration at either school. Consulting is a career you can pursue from a number of different concentrations (strategy, ops, finance, human capital, etc.) At Owen, you can choose to do the STEM-eligible finance concentration and get that upside as well. (Link: https://business.vanderbilt.edu/news/20 ... certified/) I am not sure if Scheller offers the same, but it is worth looking into. I think Mendoza does as well.

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Why urgent? If I am asked to comment urgently on a Sunday, I require an urgent explanation.

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learner311 wrote:
I am a female Indian applicant with 3.5 years of experience in a Big4 consulting firm and a GMAT score of 710. My Post-MBA goal is to continue with consulting(preferably in the US) and if that doesn't work out, plan b is tech, since my work experience has allowed me exposure to both the fields.


FWIW, I think you (and most international students) would like either Atlanta or Nashville more than South Bend. Both are big(ger) cities, more cosmopolitan, with much better climates than the frozen tundra of Northern Indiana.

Owen and Scheller's employment reports are very similar. Both can get you into Big 4 consulting roles:
VU: https://business.vanderbilt.edu/mba/van ... -outcomes/
GT: https://www.scheller.gatech.edu/degree- ... pment.html

Vanderbilt as a brand is more highly regarded than Tech. And in my not-so-humble-opinion, Nashville is way more fun than Atlanta. (Unless you just LOVE traffic jams...)

tldr; Go to Vanderbilt. Anchor Down!

learner311 wrote:
Considering facts like college rankings, location, no STEM for my intended concentration in either of these colleges and employment opportunities for International applicants, what would you suggest?
Also, if someone can talk to me about their work VISA experience as an International non-STEM MBA student in US, please PM me.


AFAIK, there isn't really a "consulting" concentration at either school. Consulting is a career you can pursue from a number of different concentrations (strategy, ops, finance, human capital, etc.) At Owen, you can choose to do the STEM-eligible finance concentration and get that upside as well. (Link: https://business.vanderbilt.edu/news/20 ... certified/) I am not sure if Scheller offers the same, but it is worth looking into. I think Mendoza does as well.

Full Disclosure: I'm a happy Owen alum


Thank you so much for replying! Got some strong points to add to my analysis.

And yes, no "consulting" concentration per se, but I meant I was planning for the strategy focused concentrations, which aren't STEM at any of these colleges. But I will try to know more about the STEM angle from people who've BTDT (referring to the last statement of my original post). If you get any info on the possibility of Owen becoming a STEM MBA program, please let me know.

Thanks again for your reply!

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Why urgent? If I am asked to comment urgently on a Sunday, I require an urgent explanation.

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Haha! I forgot to mention (as a noticeable statement in my post) that the deadline to submit initial deposit for Scheller is 20th December.

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the possibility of Owen becoming a STEM MBA program, please let me know.


I am still a bit confused here. If you complete the finance concentration, an MBA at Vanderbilt *is* STEM accredited. One can (easily) finish 2 or even 3 concentrations at Owen within 2 years without piling on extra credits. You could do Finance + Strategy and/or Ops, for example, which would be a great combo for consulting, and allow you to do the STEM Opt path. You're already going to be required to take several finance classes anyway, since, you know, it is a Master of Business Administration. :tongue_opt2
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learner311 wrote:
the possibility of Owen becoming a STEM MBA program, please let me know.


I am still a bit confused here. If you complete the finance concentration, an MBA at Vanderbilt *is* STEM accredited. One can (easily) finish 2 or even 3 concentrations at Owen within 2 years without piling on extra credits. You could do Finance + Strategy and/or Ops, for example, which would be a great combo for consulting, and allow you to do the STEM Opt path. You're already going to be required to take several finance classes anyway, since, you know, it is a Master of Business Administration. :tongue_opt2


Sure! I can do that. I didn't think about taking more than 2 concentrations.
Thanks for clarifying. :)

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