Meet The Chicago Booth MBA Class of 2017

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Jonathan Coffey

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

 Hometown: Lincolnshire, IL

Undergraduate School and Major: Georgetown University, Finance and Accounting

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Nasdaq (Lead/Director, Corporate Strategy); Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking Division)

Recalling your own experience, what advice do you have for applicants who are preparing for either the GMAT or the GRE? If you’re very disciplined, you can do a self-study program. If you are an adult with a full time job, a prep course can be helpful to snap yourself into a studying-mindset.

Based on your own selection process, what advice do you have for applicants who are trying to draw up a list of target schools to which to apply? The best insights I got were from people who already had MBAs. What did they like/dislike about their programs? What were their impressions of graduates from other programs? I think it’s important to find the right cultural fit.

What advice do you have for applicants in actually applying to a school, writing essays, doing admission interviews, and getting recommenders to write letters on your behalf? Be true to your story and ambitions, not what you think anybody wants to hear. If you can be honest about your motivations, first-and-foremost to yourself, the essays, interviews and recommendations all fall into place.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? I really like the flexibility of the curriculum and the opportunities offered by the lab courses, but I was really swayed by the Boothies I’ve met over the course of my career.

What would you ultimately like to achieve before you graduate? I want to get hands-on in product development by participating in the New Venture Challenge, and embed myself in the local VC/Angel community.

  • FStratford

    Why are none of them hot? No one is even 5 on a 10 point scale of hotness. Is hotness frowned upon at Booth?


  • Hi

    Yes, if youare looking for an extension of your senior year of college than Kellogg is for you. Also organizing conferences is fun. If you want to be at a school where the profs WROTE the book instead of those that just READ the book then Booth, Stanford and Harvard are better choice. Except for Rob Wolcott. He is awesome.

  • fuquaguy

    lol …while i agree with you on your point..i hate when people use cheesey sarcasm like you just did. “we belieeeevvvvve you”

    its just sad, how losers like this just troll internet boards.

  • statistics

    we just happen to have the only 2 people at SOM who picked it over superior schools (with scholarships, no less 🙂 !), right here in this comment section less than 10 people. what are the odds of that ?! 🙂

  • Auden

    um yeah, we belieeeeevvvve you, because you said it in an anonymous online internet forum!

    here’s my two cents, I chose Emory over HBS

  • BM

    You’re the one who needs to do the spinning as to why you chose Yale over Booth…

  • Wow

    Best. Business. School. Ever.

  • Siddhartha Kundu

    Chichago is a nice city with great history! I have been there at American Cancer congress in May-June 2013! A great city for students! I am in love with Chichago

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  • Missing Booth

    It’s a very tight-knit group with a phenomenal culture. Not spending time together in HP doesn’t mean we don’t spend a ton of time together in the city. 70% of us live in a 3 block radius, and we don’t view hanging out outside of the Harper Center and having access to bars and restaurants downtown, or commuting the 15 minutes to HP as a negative. But to each his own, interested to hear your thoughts after two straight years of “bangers and lace”.

  • Kellogger

    booth is a great school.

    just not for me. I was shocked that 90% of students live in downtown chicago which is 25 minutes from campus. It felt like a commuter school with no culture. If you want to go into banking in the midwest deff. a great program.

  • YaleSomer1010

    I got into Booth and choose Yale SOM instead…now lets hear you spin this. But thats the truth.

  • Bulldog87

    Not sure what your issue is against SOM but I am a 2017 class member that was non-ivy undergrad and was accepted to two “M7” programs with scholarships. I have met numerous class members who are in the same boat. While we certainly have our fair share of ivy league grads (like every other ivy bschool I would add) it certainly isn’t representative of the entire class

  • Palabras

    Very refreshing to see a group of people who came from really impressive backgrounds and only one was an ivy leaguer. Take note Yale – just because you accepted the scraps of the ivy league who got dinged at the M7 schools, it wont make you a stronger program. Take notes from other successful programs who accept people on their potential and not by alma mater and 720 gpa.