Foster School of Business | Mr. Corporate Strategy In Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.32
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Big Four To IB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Bomb Squad To Business
GMAT 740, GPA 3.36
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2

An Acceptance From Kellogg Leads To Some Soul Searching

Diversity

Wow, a whole category on the fuzzy topic of difference and feelings. Kellogg has launched a new campaign to “Think Bravely” and they are really stressing the importance of getting lots of different in their doors to debate and learn from each other. Also, they outdo Yale in this category by the pure virtue of being a larger school. Not only does Kellogg bring more people to the table, they really stretch across the world and across industries to ensure that diverse backgrounds and experiences saturate classroom discussions.

I can’t give any school top marks here because there are such limited numbers of under-represented minorities and women at these schools. Not that all white dudes are the same, but it is a placeholder of sorts. The other consideration is that both schools are somewhat pigeon-holed in a discipline (Kellogg = Marketing and Yale = Non-profit). I know this not to be the case from my visits, but it might have some effect on who decides to apply and attend.

Although Yale does worse in this category, the upside is that if everyone’s similar but you LOVE them, you kind of stop caring. (Oh rationalization!)

Kellogg: 4

Yale: 3

Career

The fact that we’re taking two years “off” from our career to advance said career is something I would have found laughable two years ago. My old belief was that your career is something you do, not something you plan for. Spoken like a true liberal arts major…but now, well I think the skills, network, and experiences I’ll gain while in b-school will prove to be the most valuable investment in my career to date. So with that in mind, I am trying to attend a school whose graduates are thrilled with their jobs because they are exactly where they want to be.

On the Financial Times ranking, they actually have a category called “Aims Achieved” that measures the extent to which graduates fulfilled their goals. I love that Yale is 3rd and Kellogg is 6th in these categories (1st and 3rd respectively in the US!). It speaks volumes to the passion of graduates to achieve what they want AND to their ability to find work that falls in line with their wishes. I’m admittedly pretty unfamiliar (read: clueless) with the Career Resource Centers at these schools, but they must be doing something right! Obviously, having applied I’ve already bought into the idea that an MBA is the key to moving ahead in my career both in terms of field and position.

Kellogg: 5

Yale: 5

Results?

I feel so lucky and grateful to be in the position of choosing between two amazing schools. And as you can see, it’s neck and neck, with the final tally putting them both at 17.5 out of 20. I know when it comes down to it, the most important thing for me is to determine where I see myself thriving MORE? I know I would be happy at both schools, but I don’t think they’ll let me enroll in both…

So I were forced to make a decision today, it would undoubtedly be Yale, and a lot of it has to do with my visit. Although I complained about the “love at first sight” factor, I had an amazing visit to New Haven. The current students AND applicants I met were just incredible. Throw in the strong financial edge Yale has and I’m pretty sold.

In the next couple weeks I’ll see how I feel, obsessively reading the forums, checking the Facebook groups, and debating with my boyfriend. At the end of the day, he’s given me permission to make the decision, but I definitely need his opinion. Once he finds out where Connecticut is on a map, he may protest though!

Best of luck to everyone else and congrats to those of you who have gotten in!

Sassafras is a 29-year-old MBA applicant who works for a San Francisco-based non-profit organization with a primary focus on youth development and education. With a 730 GMAT and a 3.4 grade point average from a highly ranked liberal arts college, he currently blogs at MBA: My Break Away? His previous posts for Poets&Quants: