November 30, 2015

Joined: May 20, 2013

Posts: 601

Kudos: 309

Self-reported Score:
750 Q49 V44



This review is for Kellogg

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2016

Experience during the program

*Got a top tier consulting internship, and ultimately full-time offer, without any prior consulting experience.

* Amazing student body. Everyone is super friendly and helpful. Very collaborative, instead of competitive. Welcome change from my undergrad days at NYU Stern, in which everyone was competitive and cold.

* Great school culture. Multiple Kellogg school events per week and lots of school spirit. Very diverse groups of people, and everyone will find a place to fit in. Definitely the most fun business school in the M7. When we have Kellogg versus Booth school events, literally 4 times Kellogg students attend than Booth students.

* Ton of options with classes, and you can choose to take anywhere between 3 and 5 credits per semester. So you can be lazy and take 3, and put your attention elsewhere (e.g. socially, extracurriculars, start-ups), or 5 every quarter if you value academics

* Have made countless close friends who I expect to still be close to a decade from now.

* Location is great. 30 minutes away from the city, so people tend to hang out with each other and develop strong bonds...but city is close enough that if you get bored it's easy to uber/train out there for cheap.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Great assortment of classes. If you go to a smaller school, you might miss some cool electives. For example, I'm interested in strategy and healthcare, and there's a ton of options.

About job placement process

Everyone recruits from this school. Whereas not everyone will get MBB, Google, GS (although a ton do), everyone can find a join that pays $120k base + quity + signing. People who take less money, or people who aren't employed at graduation have specific job goals (that either pay less, or do just-in-time hiring). If you're worried about finding a job, don't worry. Literally everyone who wants to be employed with a high paying job, is.

Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity
Career opportunities provided by school

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking

Can be improved:


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August 05, 2013

Joined: May 20, 2013

Posts: 601

Kudos: 309

Self-reported Score:
750 Q49 V44

750 GMAT (49Q,44V)

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I highly recommend Manhattan GMAT, and it helped me get to my target score. The professor was awesome, and it's certainly the best product out there.

A few areas I think it could improve:

1) Advanced courses - The one frustrating thing about the course is that you are with people at all different levels of quant and verbal proficiency. Therefore, even if you are ready to move on, the instructor would be stuck explaining concepts for a long time to someone else. It would be great if they added advanced courses (perhaps requiring 650 or so on a CAT to sign-up), that went at a faster pace and spent more time on 700+ questions.

2) Area of Focus. For whatever reason, I was naturally very good at Verbal, and wanted to focus on Math. The classes in general seemed to be tilted slightly towards Verbal. It would've been cool if I could've had a class that tilted a little more towards Math. I feel like, for the upper level math questions, I had to learn a lot of the tricks on my own through their advanced quant guide.

Overall the course was great though. I got a 680 when I took it 4 years ago, so I'm pretty happy with a 70-point jump (especially since my math skills had degraded since then). I guess it's really hard to tell how much the course helped on its merits, versus how much it just forced me to study a lot - but who cares, I got the score I wanted, and I probably would've studied less if not forced to do HW and Classes.

Definitely recommend taking Eric Caballero. He is really funny, smart, and explains concepts very well.

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