## Higher rank or scholarship?

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### Higher rank or scholarship?

by mqt001 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:42 am
Hello all,

I have a bit of a dilemma. I am currently torn between two programs: Vanderbilt (Owen) FTMBA and OSU (Fisher) FTMBA. Vanderbilt seems to be a better fit in regards to my desired career path, which is consulting (approximately 25% of Owen graduates end up in consulting per the official school stats). Vanderbilt offered me no scholarship money, whereas OSU has offered $30K. Vanderbilt is ranked higher than OSU in every poll I have seen. I suppose my question is: is it worth it to pay$30k extra to attend the school with the higher ranking (albeit the two are not far apart in the polls), or should I take the money and go with OSU? I should add that without the money, the cost would be about the same since I would pay out of state tuition for OSU.

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by EduSimplified » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:16 pm
Hi mqt001,
It seems that you may have answered you question. When you mention that Vanderbilt fits better to your career goals, I would seldom recommend you to join any other school. Having said that I am a bearer of student loan and can tell you first hand that finances are not to be ignored.
The rush of getting into your dream school can overtake the rationale of financial reality. Which will only dawn once you graduate and trust me thats a big blow. To keep the post short I will advise you to look at your finances and if you are able to manage $30K with reasonable ease, go with your dream school Vanderbilt. Good Luck! Deep A. Chief Counselling Officer EduSimplified.com ### GMAT/MBA Expert Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Posts: 344 Joined: 01 May 2015 Location: Brooklyn, NY Thanked: 44 times Followed by:8 members by MargaretStrother » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:12 am I have to agree -- go with Vanderbilt. The difference in price would evaporate very quickly after your first year of employment, but the difference in brand and quality would last forever. By the way, don't forget to let Vanderbilt admissions know (tactfully!) that you have this dilemma. It doesn't always work, but sometimes they can scratch together a bit of$$if that's the only factor preventing you from joining their community. Good luck! Margaret Strother Margaret Strother Senior Consultant Stacy Blackman Consulting Learn more about me Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Posts: 10 Joined: 22 Mar 2017 Followed by:1 members by AlexBarret » Sun May 14, 2017 8:54 am mqt001 wrote:Hello all, I have a bit of a dilemma. I am currently torn between two programs: Vanderbilt (Owen) FTMBA and OSU (Fisher) FTMBA. Vanderbilt seems to be a better fit in regards to my desired career path, which is consulting (approximately 25% of Owen graduates end up in consulting per the official school stats). Vanderbilt offered me no scholarship money, whereas OSU has offered$30K. Vanderbilt is ranked higher than OSU in every poll I have seen. I suppose my question is: is it worth it to pay $30k extra to attend the school with the higher ranking (albeit the two are not far apart in the polls), or should I take the money and go with OSU? I should add that without the money, the cost would be about the same since I would pay out of state tuition for OSU. Thanks! First of all, you need to listen to your heart because there is an intuition in it. Secondly, I think it doesnt matter the ranking of the Ñ�ollege but your desire to study and to reach all your goals. And what about money, I think its a big advantage to get the scholarship money. Good luck for you! ### GMAT/MBA Expert Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Posts: 298 Joined: 20 Jun 2016 Thanked: 26 times Followed by:11 members by [email protected] » Mon May 15, 2017 8:47 am mqt001 wrote:Hello all, I have a bit of a dilemma. I am currently torn between two programs: Vanderbilt (Owen) FTMBA and OSU (Fisher) FTMBA. Vanderbilt seems to be a better fit in regards to my desired career path, which is consulting (approximately 25% of Owen graduates end up in consulting per the official school stats). Vanderbilt offered me no scholarship money, whereas OSU has offered$30K. Vanderbilt is ranked higher than OSU in every poll I have seen. I suppose my question is: is it worth it to pay \$30k extra to attend the school with the higher ranking (albeit the two are not far apart in the polls), or should I take the money and go with OSU? I should add that without the money, the cost would be about the same since I would pay out of state tuition for OSU.

Thanks!
I would go to Vanderbilt because I think your chances of seeing more consulting firms are better there. And especially if it is the same out of pocket cost to you- I would go to Owen.
But honestly only you can answer this question since only you know all the variables- but if you are crowd sourcing here to see what the "market" says... count me as one for Owen! Good luck!

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by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal » Tue May 23, 2017 9:59 am
There are tactful ways to approach Vanderbilt for some merit scholarship money. They will likely not match the 30K but I have worked with clients to communicate in these types of situations with schools and often there is some positive movement.

Good Luck!
Alex
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Harvard MBA, 1998