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When should you trade off 'fit' for 'practicality?'

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New post 19 Nov 2017, 16:10
Hey all-- I have a question about how you view fitting in with a school you like vs going to a school that is 'good for you?' (e.g. could be better ranked, or closer to home, etc.)

My specific question (hypothetical, no decisions yet) is Haas vs Sloan.

I want to go into social impact work (either consulting or a new social enterprise) and both schools have a reputation for this. But I'm from the east coast and plan to eventually work on the east coast, and I have a non-traditional background (nonprofit).

I really like Haas; seems like an awesome place i'd enjoy, but I've had people tell me to definitely accept Sloan if I get in for 2 reasons: 1) better ranked which matters more for me because I'm a nontraditional business guy breaking into business and 2) it's on the east coast and has regional advantages.

How reliable is that info?

When do you think it's worth trading off on a school you want to go to in order to attend a better ranked program or program closer to home?
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New post 19 Nov 2017, 16:43
As strange as this may sound, you can only answer that question after you get in. Its sort of like debating whether to date Naomi Campbell or Heidi Klum. Do either of them want you?

First get into both schools, see if you get any financial aid from either. THEN think about tradeoffs.
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New post 24 Nov 2017, 23:36
Assuming admission into both schools...everything seems to be pointing you towards Sloan. Even with the top programs like Sloan and Haas proximity does matter. Also, Boston is a great city for non-profit work with close access to the biggest east coast market of NYC and also DC. I would follow the logic here and choose Sloan
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