The Best & Worst Things MBAs Say About Their Schools

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INSEAD

 

up“This has been, hands down, the best experience of my life. While INSEAD advertises its international diversity, it is the diversity of professionals that has been equally, if not more, valuable. The admissions department also does a great job of bringing together people that, while diverse, enjoy being around other people. The students make this experience what it is. I have not heard students at other schools speak about their classmates the way I feel about mine here at INSEAD.”

 

down“Despite the advantages of a condensed program, 10 months is short and there is considerable restriction on which electives you are able to take given time constraints.”

“Career services program does not have sufficient bench strength to effectively support the number of students throughout the MBA. I would say at best we had an adequate Career Services team.”

Berkeley's Haas School of Business

Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business

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“The best thing about my MBA program is the strong sense of culture at Haas, which is driven by its four principles (confidence without attitude, students always, beyond yourself, question the status quo). Haas has done a great job at selecting a diverse group of classmates. As a result, Haas has a much more down-to-earth and genuine community than I expected from an MBA program. The program also ties these principles into the academic and career realms of the program to prepare us to be innovative leaders.”

 

“The facilities at my program can be difficult to deal with at times. We share space with other downprograms so it feels crowded and can be challenging to find meeting space. The new building should address these issues substantially.”

“Some firms like East Coast banks or CPG companies won’t recruit on-campus because they are afraid people will do internships with them and then try to find full-time positions on the West Coast.”

 

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

University of Michigan Ross School of Business

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“The community at Ross — whether current students or alumni — have been the best thing about my MBA program. My peers helped me gained my confidence, and put a lot of time and effort to prepare me for my interviews. Almost all the alumni I’ve contacted so far responded to my e-mails, were candid about their work experiences and provided valuable information.”

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“The location was not ideal. The winter was hard and the area feels like it caters to and is overrun with immature undergraduates.”

“There is a wide range of ability and experience in the students at Ross. At times I felt that certain students did not belong in the same program as I did; they did not add to the classroom experience.”

 

Cornell

Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management

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“Johnson is a hugely collaborative community and my experiences here have been essential to my development as a leader and achieving both my dream internship and full-time position. The support here through faculty, students, alumni and the career management center is shockingly good.”

 

down“It would have been nice if we were encouraged a little more to leverage the academics of the entire university and the expertise of the student body, as opposed to spending so much time in our building.”

“The location can sometimes be a challenge when travel for interviews, conferences or case competitions is required. It’s great to be in this vibrant, unique college town, but there are times when it can also be challenging.”

About the Author...

John A. Byrne

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.