Foster School of Business | Mr. Corporate Strategy In Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.32
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)
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
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
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
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
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9

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Factors to Consider in Evaluating B-School Acceptances

Well, you did it. You got the word. And that word was ”yes.”All those hours you spent on practicing for the GMAT or honing your essay…They were so worth it! Now, you can relax, right?

Well, not so much.

You see, it gets real now. Once the euphoria passes, you’re going to ask yourself some questions. Am I comfortable taking out a $150,000 loan? Do I really want to move to Boston? Is this the right time – or should I push it back a year?

It’s a big decision, life-changing really. Once you’re accepted, business school isn’t an aspiration. It’s a reality. Whether you’re hesitant or itching to reply with a hearty “yes” yourself, it’s wise to step back, consider your options, and confirm this particular school is your best option.

That’s the advice of Stacy Blackman, the founder and managing director of Stacy Blackman Consulting, in her latest U.S. News & World Report column. A Kellogg MBA herself, Blackman understands that your first instinct may not be the right one. Before you make the big decision, she cautions her clients to consider three factors.

First, you should factor in financial incentives. And that doesn’t necessarily mean immediately accepting an offer if you land a scholarship. Instead, Blackman encourages readers to look at the long-term.

“More money from a lesser-ranked school may mean you graduate with little or no debt,” she writes, “but the choice could cost you down the line when it comes to the quality of your network. Within the first few years out of business school, the salary bump that accompanies an MBA with a strong brand will compensate for that initial financial advantage.”

Alternatively, those who don’t receive a scholarship should be coy and play the field, so to speak. “Reach out to the admissions office,” Blackman writes, “reiterate your sincere interest in attending their program, and then ask if it’s possible to be considered for a higher scholarship amount – or any scholarship amount – because you now have another offer of acceptance and financial incentive on the table. If you handle this tactfully, and without mentioning the other school by name, you have nothing to lose.”

A second factor? Career goals. Sure, you probably included specialization in your analysis. But if you get accepted into more than one program, it pays to put them side-by-side, writes Blackman. “Learn what student clubs and resources exist that support your career interests. Find out which companies recruit heavily at the school, and take a good look at the strength of the career services center and alumni. network.” Blackman also considers recruiters to be an invaluable resource. “…call up recruiters and companies you’re interested in to see what they think of the schools you’re choosing between.”

Finally, go with your gut, especially when it comes to culture and fit. And you won’t get that sense from a website or employment report. You need to reach out to the school community with campus visits or conversations with students and alumni – and reflect on these experiences.

“Think about if you feel intimidated or uncomfortable, or welcomed and completely at ease,” she points out. “When you reach out to alumni or students, note if they are eager and quick to answer your questions, or if you have to wait days for a follow-up email or call.”

After that, the call is yours. Fact is, you made it in – and that’s always the hardest part. Now, it’s just deciding what you want – and which school is the best option for helping you achieve your career goals.

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Source: U.S. News & World Report