That means that I'll need to make a decision before I hear from HBS and Stanford at the end of March. So, assuming that I don't get into those schools, I have to decide between Kellogg and Tuck within the next few days.
After Tuck offered me a full scholarship, I was pretty sure that's the program I would be choosing. However, Kellogg recently increased my scholarship offer, which is amazing, but also makes the decision harder. I was using money as the tie-breaker, but now I'm not so sure.
- Scholarship for 50% of tuition
- Hands-down a marketing powerhouse, plus a surprisingly strong social enterprise program.
- Although I would prefer to be on the east coast, I think Evanston is really cute and the proximity to Chicago is nice
- Slightly higher-ranked b-school, but parent university has less brand recognition to layman
- A large, strong network, but fear of getting "lost in the crowd" in a larger program
- Need to submit a $2,000 deposit before I hear from HBS and Stanford
- Full scholarship, which would allow me to take full advantage of the MBA experience without worrying as much about money.
- Smaller program where I would get more intimate attention. This is especially helpful since I may be choosing a more niche career field.
- East coast, which I prefer
- Top 10 program, with a highly-regarded parent university
- Deposit due after I would hear from HBS and Stanford