HBS vs. Stanford: How A Dual Admit Candidate Weighed The Pros & Cons

Stanford Graduate School of BusinessSteven Pearson’s SmackDown:Harvard Shield

HBS vs. Stanford

 

Criteria Importance Stanford Harvard Weighted Score Weighted Score
ACADEMICS STANFORD HARVARD
Teaching Style 8 8 6 64 48
Cross-Discinplinary Opportunity 8 9 6 72 48
Grading 7 9 4 63 28
Curriculum Flexibility 9 8 5 72 45
Broadness — Go In Any Direction 8 6 8 48 64
Education Strength 7 8 6 56 42
PROFESSIONAL
Recruiting Strength 9 7 9 63 81
Alumni Network 7 7 9 49 63
International Opportunities 7 7 9 49 63
LIFESTYLE
Student/Professor Culture 9 8 6 72 54
Weather 5 9 5 45 25
Outdoors/Fun Activities Nearby 5 9 4 45 20
Newness of Location 5 2 9 10 45
Dating Opportunities 9 6 8 54 72
Nearness to Family 6 8 4 48 24
COMMUNITY
LDS Community 9 4 9 36 81
Student Community 6 4 6 24 36
BRAND
Overall Brand 9 8 10 72 90
International Brand 8 5 9 40 72
Snob Factor 4 6 3 24 12
FINANCIAL
Total Cost 4 7 8 28 32
TOTAL 1,034 1,045

Source: Courtesy of Steven Pearson

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