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Wisconsin ($$) vs Boston Questrom ($$$)

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Hi all,

Please help me out of the dilemma here. I was admitted to Boston Univ Questrom 1 month ago with a full tuition scholarship, and got waitlisted by Wisconsin. Suddenly, last Saturday, Wisconsin offer me admission, with a fellowship that covers the cost of 1st year tuition, and they say for 2nd year almost 100% receive a TA or GA to cover tuition + stipend (no promise). Now I really dont know what to choose:

BU Questrom:
- Pros: Guaranteed renewal of scholarship (stay above 3.0); dual degree MSDi that gives me STEM designation (better chance at finding job?); and of course, located in Boston, which beats Madison in any day.
- Cons: Expensive living cost; worse reputation (?); career center is not as good (from the reviews); too many better schools in town.

Wisconsin:
-Pros: Better reputation; Good career center (100% placement in Market Research, my specialization); much cheaper cost of living.
- Cons: No guarantee of next year (small chance I can't find a GA/TA position); no STEM.

What do you guys think? I have only a small time window for making decision, and I'm so divided right now. :cry:

Originally posted by phhung3108 on 17 Apr 2017, 09:05.
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Congrats! In my experience TA or GA does not cover the full tuition cost. Rather it pays $5k per year or semester to help offset some of the living expenses. Do you mean to say that you are almost 100% guaranteed the fellowship and a GA? I think you need to get that clarified.


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Congrats! In my experience TA or GA does not cover the full tuition cost. Rather it pays $5k per year or semester to help offset some of the living expenses. Do you mean to say that you are almost 100% guaranteed the fellowship and a GA? I think you need to get that clarified.


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Hi, thank you!

They said GA/TA means free tuition for that semester, and a small stipend ($5k like you said). From what I asked, in previous years almost all 2nd year students who applied for a GA/TA position got one.
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I would get that confirmed if I were you.


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I believe bb is correct. When you are offered a graduate assistantship, you work roughly 8-12 hours/week earning $700-$900 per month. This would definitely not cover your tuition for the entire second year. However, this assistantship can help you pay for your rent, utilities, and food during your second year. May be travel as well depending on how you utilize your money. Additionally, I see that the tuition at Wisconsin Madison isn't that high when compared to other schools in that range. So, you might want to consider Madison.

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Wisconsin Madison, reputation wise, commands a very high value when compared to the Boston University. So, chances of earning a FT job and an internship are much higher at Madison. In fact, Madison is a strong regional school and can get you easily placed in the mid west. The only pro that I see at BU is the STEM. However, with what is going around in the US, you cannot be sure if the STEM continues to be a 36 months time period. It might get reduced to 24 months or 15 months or remain same. So, pick the school on what your professional goals are (see each school's placement statistics for the last two years), and where would you like to work post MBA.
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Wisconsin is the choice here, Boston is a great city but you will have tons of competition from all the top programs in the city for jobs. The STEM designation is the main value add for you on the BU side and of course the money but Wisconsin is the better brand
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Wisconsin is the choice here, Boston is a great city but you will have tons of competition from all the top programs in the city for jobs. The STEM designation is the main value add for you on the BU side and of course the money but Wisconsin is the better brand

Thank you. I'm trying to ask Wisconsin if they can increase their merit package and I'll probably go there if they do.
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That's a great idea... let us know how things shake out
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That's a great idea... let us know how things shake out

They decided to increase the package to a guaranteed full tuition award for 2 years instead of one :lol: Guess I'm heading to Madison this Fall.
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Wow this is amazing. Never hurts to ask! So happy, enjoy your two years in Madison!
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