January 26, 2016

Joined: Jun 05, 2014

Posts: 39

Kudos: 18

Self-reported Score:
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This review is for Owen

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2017

Experience during the program

Part of what drew me to Owen initially was the Vanderbilt brand and the school's recent climb in the rankings. Since then, the rankings have been less favorable to the school, but that hasn't hurt my career search. I was able to obtain an investment banking internship for the summer over several UVA, Fuqua, and UNC candidates. In this way, Owen met my needs, but it is VERY important that you take hold of your career search. While the CMC advisors are nice, they will not push you beyond asking to review your resume.

My expectations were somewhat muted coming into school. I had visited twice, and I knew that it would be a challenge to deal with the facilities. Since then, I've had some issues with the flexibility of the curriculum and the strategic direction of the school. I'd highly suggest reading the recently developed Strategic Plan. Additionally, I'd make sure that applicants visit for themselves. The culture is unique, driven by the very small size of the program, and I like almost all of my classmates. However, if the point of business school is to get a great job and to be proud of the direction of the school, you need to drive the process yourself if you choose Owen.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The core curriculum needs refreshed. Additionally, the heavy course load in the first Mod is absurd for students busy with networking and applications.

Overall BSchool experience (2.0)
Schools contribution (2.0)
Classmates rating (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Culture & Student Support
Admissions Team

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking
Healthcare, Human Resources

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Alumni Network
Career opportunities provided by school

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