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Intern
Joined: 04 Aug 2012
Posts: 38
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Real Estate
Schools: Wharton - Class of 2015
GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 14

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14 Jan 2013, 18:53
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Gosh, I hardly want to vote. I hate to sound trite, but I think in this case it makes sense to go to both admit weekends and see which program you like more. On one hand, since you want to keep every door open, it makes sense to go to the "better" program: Wharton. On the other hand, having oppressive debt could close some doors to you (mentally), so you may want to go with (perhaps) the better value: Columbia.

You certainly have a tough decision, but it's a good one to have!

Edit: For the record, I personally voted for Wharton because (1) you sound like you like the program more and (2) Columbia just dinged me today.
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Joined: 14 Jul 2010
Posts: 129
Concentration: Healthcare
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 30 [2] , given: 0

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14 Jan 2013, 19:37
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Sounds like you prefer Wharton, if you think you'll regret passing up Wharton every day while you're at Columbia then I wouldn't let the money change your mind. However, I don't think you can really go wrong here. Edit: another thought is you will spend much more money at Columbia living in NYC than you will in Philly.

On a selfish note, I just got into CBS on Friday... did they tell you about the fellowship when they called you? Or did you find out about it later on? They didn't mention any money so just trying to make sure that's it for me. My online status hasn't been updated yet..
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Joined: 23 Oct 2012
Posts: 787
Location: United States
Schools: Johnson (Cornell) - Class of 2015
WE: Military Officer (Military & Defense)
Followers: 17

Kudos [?]: 317 [2] , given: 175

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15 Jan 2013, 08:32
ThreeWes wrote:
Sounds like you prefer Wharton, if you think you'll regret passing up Wharton every day while you're at Columbia then I wouldn't let the money change your mind. However, I don't think you can really go wrong here. Edit: another thought is you will spend much more money at Columbia living in NYC than you will in Philly.

On a selfish note, I just got into CBS on Friday... did they tell you about the fellowship when they called you? Or did you find out about it later on? They didn't mention any money so just trying to make sure that's it for me. My online status hasn't been updated yet..

ThreeWes - They told me about the fellowship when they called. I don't know if it's necessarily "it" if you don't get the fellowship designation right away. For whatever reason, I'd assume that smaller fellowships/scholarships would be decided later on. But I could be very wrong. Can any previous admits chime in on this?
Intern
Joined: 04 Aug 2012
Posts: 38
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Real Estate
Schools: Wharton - Class of 2015
GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 14

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15 Jan 2013, 08:47
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From my perspective, if money were no issue, the only reasons I would expect someone to matriculate at Columbia over Wharton are: fit, a need/desire to live in NYC, and Columbia's value investing program, which I hear has a fantastic reputation. Otherwise, I think Wharton's strengths mirror those of Columbia and Wharton is (generally) regarded more highly among people in the know and the general populace.
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Joined: 05 Nov 2012
Posts: 108
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 680 Q43 V40
GMAT 2: 720 Q48 V41
GPA: 3.52
WE: Investment Banking (Investment Banking)
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 33 [1] , given: 20

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15 Jan 2013, 11:42
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Okay I voted for Columbia so I will speak up. It is certainly true that Wharton is more highly regarded than CBS and for certain career fields that is very important. If you said you wanted a buyside role for a Private Equity firm or Hedge Fund then definitely there is a big difference in recruiting between Wharton and Columbia. Outside of those ultra-selective roles though I doubt there are too many doors that Wharton opens you up to that Columbia will not. The way I see it money = freedom or the inverse, debt limits your options. If it will cover your first year that is almost $60,000. That is a lot of money and means significantly less debt. I have no doubt that you can land a job to pay off your debt out of Wharton but it will effect how you evaluate your options. When you have close to six-figure debt hanging over your head needing repayment your salary and bonus will weigh much more heavily on your job choice than how much you actually love the job. Senior Manager Status: Yale! (whipped and bound) Joined: 02 May 2012 Posts: 406 Location: United States (CA) Concentration: Nonprofit GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42 GPA: 3.41 Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 139 [4] , given: 78 Re: Wharton w/no$ vs. Columbia + $$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Jan 2013, 14:31 4 This post received KUDOS Since Columbia's free, go to both. _________________ Blogging about the MBA application process. Because I need to do something with all this bschool energy. http://www.mybreakaway.com/ Recent post: September 20, "Transitions" Yale School of Management MBA Candidate, 2015. Intern Joined: 04 Aug 2012 Posts: 38 Location: United States Concentration: General Management, Real Estate Schools: Wharton - Class of 2015 GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 14 Re: Wharton w/no  vs. Columbia +$$$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2013, 07:38 Two MBAs at the same time does sound like a terrific plan. haha. The point about the higher cost of living in NYC is certainly valid, though I've realized that, in my mind, I'd like to spend about the same amount of money for an apartment in Philly. The big difference is size and space - I'd certainly get more bang for the buck in Philly. Transportation and general living expenses will likely be a bit less expensive. More thinking to do. Thanks for your thoughts. Director Joined: 26 May 2010 Posts: 719 Location: United States (MA) Concentration: Strategy Schools: MIT Sloan - Class of 2015 WE: Consulting (Mutual Funds and Brokerage) Followers: 18 Kudos [?]: 206 [1] , given: 642 Re: Wharton w/no$ vs. Columbia + $$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2013, 09:51 1 This post received KUDOS I think I'm a little unusual among GCers in that I love these "vs." threads. I mention that because typically someone already has his/her mind made up and just wants a sanity check. So, I just wanted to let you know that I think it's perfectly sane to pick Wharton over Columbia with money, especially when you have much more affinity for Wharton's program, geography, and people. Go with your gut (which, fortuitously, is also in line with all major rankings)! Intern Joined: 04 Aug 2012 Posts: 38 Location: United States Concentration: General Management, Real Estate Schools: Wharton - Class of 2015 GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 14 Re: Wharton w/no  vs. Columbia +$$$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2013, 14:05 kingfalcon wrote: I think I'm a little unusual among GCers in that I love these "vs." threads. I mention that because typically someone already has his/her mind made up and just wants a sanity check. So, I just wanted to let you know that I think it's perfectly sane to pick Wharton over Columbia with money, especially when you have much more affinity for Wharton's program, geography, and people. Go with your gut (which, fortuitously, is also in line with all major rankings)! While I wouldn't say I've made up my mind, I certainly am leaning toward Wharton. A week ago, it was a no-brainer for me, but the fellowship certainly made it mre necessary for me to ask more questions. I agree that going with my gut and not playing the what-if game is likely going to be a lot more satisfying in the long-run. Current Student Status: Too close for missiles, switching to guns. Joined: 23 Oct 2012 Posts: 787 Location: United States Schools: Johnson (Cornell) - Class of 2015 WE: Military Officer (Military & Defense) Followers: 17 Kudos [?]: 317 [0], given: 175 Re: Wharton w/no$ vs. Columbia + $$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2013, 14:57 jwcardinal11 wrote: While I wouldn't say I've made up my mind, I certainly am leaning toward Wharton. A week ago, it was a no-brainer for me, but the fellowship certainly made it mre necessary for me to ask more questions. I agree that going with my gut and not playing the what-if game is likely going to be a lot more satisfying in the long-run. Another reason you should go with Wharton is because this guy says a third-rate school like Columbia isn't worth it: http://qz.com/42233/if-you-cant-get-into-a-top-five-mba-program-dont-even-bother/ _________________ Manager Joined: 20 Dec 2010 Posts: 183 Location: India Concentration: Strategy, General Management GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42 WE: Information Technology (Computer Software) Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 80 [0], given: 118 Re: Wharton w/no  vs. Columbia +$$$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Jan 2013, 04:52 CobraKai wrote: jwcardinal11 wrote: While I wouldn't say I've made up my mind, I certainly am leaning toward Wharton. A week ago, it was a no-brainer for me, but the fellowship certainly made it mre necessary for me to ask more questions. I agree that going with my gut and not playing the what-if game is likely going to be a lot more satisfying in the long-run. Another reason you should go with Wharton is because this guy says a third-rate school like Columbia isn't worth it: http://qz.com/42233/if-you-cant-get-into-a-top-five-mba-program-dont-even-bother/ Seriously?..... Current Student Status: Too close for missiles, switching to guns. Joined: 23 Oct 2012 Posts: 787 Location: United States Schools: Johnson (Cornell) - Class of 2015 WE: Military Officer (Military & Defense) Followers: 17 Kudos [?]: 317 [3] , given: 175 Re: Wharton w/no$ vs. Columbia + $$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Jan 2013, 05:06 3 This post received KUDOS nikhilsrl wrote: CobraKai wrote: jwcardinal11 wrote: While I wouldn't say I've made up my mind, I certainly am leaning toward Wharton. A week ago, it was a no-brainer for me, but the fellowship certainly made it mre necessary for me to ask more questions. I agree that going with my gut and not playing the what-if game is likely going to be a lot more satisfying in the long-run. Another reason you should go with Wharton is because this guy says a third-rate school like Columbia isn't worth it: http://qz.com/42233/if-you-cant-get-into-a-top-five-mba-program-dont-even-bother/ Seriously?..... Not seriously. There's another thread going around on that topic and I was kidding around. _________________ VP Status: Current Student Joined: 24 Aug 2010 Posts: 1345 Location: United States GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40 WE: Sales (Consumer Products) Followers: 111 Kudos [?]: 422 [1] , given: 73 Re: Wharton w/no  vs. Columbia +$$$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Jan 2013, 08:28 1 This post received KUDOS jwcardinal11 wrote: kingfalcon wrote: I think I'm a little unusual among GCers in that I love these "vs." threads. I mention that because typically someone already has his/her mind made up and just wants a sanity check. So, I just wanted to let you know that I think it's perfectly sane to pick Wharton over Columbia with money, especially when you have much more affinity for Wharton's program, geography, and people. Go with your gut (which, fortuitously, is also in line with all major rankings)! While I wouldn't say I've made up my mind, I certainly am leaning toward Wharton. A week ago, it was a no-brainer for me, but the fellowship certainly made it mre necessary for me to ask more questions. I agree that going with my gut and not playing the what-if game is likely going to be a lot more satisfying in the long-run. I've also seen people regret not taking the money. Mappleby has a point about the options that come from more financial freedom. Heck, you might get to school, get involved with a really cool startup team, and want to continue working it after graduation. That's much more feasible with significantly less debt. I think you're doing the right thing by asking questions and going to admit weekends. However, the majority of people who are answering you in this poll don't have the experience with either school to give you a definititve answer. Speaking to current students and alums will give you a much clearer picture than the random preferences of other b-school applicants (no offense intended guys!). _________________ The Brain Dump - From Low GPA to Top MBA (Updated September 1, 2013) - A Few of My Favorite Things--> http://cheetarah1980.blogspot.com Intern Joined: 05 Apr 2012 Posts: 39 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 6 Re: Wharton w/no$ vs. Columbia + $$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jan 2013, 07:20 Certain industries (like MC) offer tuition reimbursement as part of the full-time offer package to some people. According to one person I talked to, those reimbursements are not too exceedingly rare, so that's also something to keep in mind. Intern Joined: 31 Jul 2009 Posts: 29 Location: Washington, D.C. Schools: Columbia (accepted), Sloan (waitlisted), Yale (R2, interview), Booth (R2, interview), Kellogg (R2) WE 1: 2 years public accounting/consulting WE 2: 2 years nonprofit Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 1 [1] , given: 5 Re: Wharton w/no  vs. Columbia +$$$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Feb 2013, 13:29 1 This post received KUDOS I'm a current CBS student. Definitely talk to students and visit both places. I absolutely love my experience here and I believe that the advantages of going to school in New York are substantial, particularly if you are a career changer or don't know what you want to do. Whatever you choose, I don't think you'll regret it. Anyone who goes to a top school, once they make friends, begin recruiting, join clubs, etc., there is really no looking back. Re: Wharton w/no$ vs. Columbia + $$[#permalink] 08 Feb 2013, 13:29 Go to page 1 2 Next [ 25 posts ] Similar topics Replies Last post Similar Topics: 4 Columbia () vs. NYU Stern ($$$$) vs. Wharton () 8 26 Feb 2015, 09:51 12 Columbia with Full tuition vs. Wharton 19 11 Apr 2013, 20:03 1 Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds 6 05 Dec 2013, 19:35 6 Columbia vs. MIT Sloan 14 20 Mar 2013, 14:16 4 West Coast (California) Recruiting - Wharton vs. Columbia 6 07 Jan 2013, 10:35 Display posts from previous: Sort by # Wharton w/no  vs. Columbia +$$\$

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