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New post 27 Apr 2018, 05:28
Hi all,

I am an international student and currently torn between two options as below

1. USC: $70k scholarship. Total cost of attendance (COA), after subtracting scholarship amount, is $138k
2. Kelley: $20k scholarship + $35k Graduate Assistant. Total COA, after subtracting financial aids, is $98k (not taken into account networking trips to Chicago). If taken those trips into account, the COA would be approx. $110k (visits Chicago every two week during the season of recruitment)

Immediate post-MBA goal: Want to do either Corporate Finance/IB or Consulting.
Long-term goal: Coming back to South East Asia, working in financial services industry

Both programs have pros and cons, putting me in such a big dilemma. While USC has a better location along with the famous Trojan Family and hence, networking opportunities, Kelley also has an extremely collaborative community. I have interacted with many of my futures classmates and first year students at Kelley and found out that they are incredibly friendly and supportive.

Any feedback is highly appreciated

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Hey emeraldweapon ,

Congratulations for two great admits :)

I would prefer USC here for the following reasons:

1. USC has a better brand name than Kelley.This will further help you return easily and your MBA would be better recognized.
2. USC's location will help you do networking way better than you can do so in Kelley because of Kelley's location.
3. You did mention about money involved in travelling to Chicago but you didn't consider the extra time you would need to spend travelling. This time can be better utilized at USC and you can actually do more networking/fun activities in this time.

All the best :)
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New post 30 Apr 2018, 08:16
abhimahna wrote:
Hey emeraldweapon ,

Congratulations for two great admits :)

I would prefer USC here for the following reasons:

1. USC has a better brand name than Kelley.This will further help you return easily and your MBA would be better recognized.
2. USC's location will help you do networking way better than you can do so in Kelley because of Kelley's location.
3. You did mention about money involved in travelling to Chicago but you didn't consider the extra time you would need to spend travelling. This time can be better utilized at USC and you can actually do more networking/fun activities in this time.

All the best :)


Thanks abhimahna. Out of curiosity, how do you know USC has a better brand than Kelley? :)
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Hey emeraldweapon ,

As per my experience interacting with so many people, people do know a lot about USC (probably because of their great MS and MBA programs) while the same isn’t much true for Kelley.

Moreover, USC’s location does also help in making a positive impression. :)
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USC - better school and they gave you more money
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Thanks for all inputs guys. After much consideration, I will attend USC next Fall. Looks like they also have a solid alumni network in Asia
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Thanks for all inputs guys. After much consideration, I will attend USC next Fall. Looks like they also have a solid alumni network in Asia



Thank you for the update and all the best :)
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