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Chicago Booth vs. London Business School

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I will be commencing a Full Time MBA this fall and am considering my options: Booth, Kellogg, Columbia, London Business School, and a couple of other slightly lower ranked schools. I am a finance candidate, but not from a traditional banking/PE/HF background. I will be returning to finance afterwards, although I am not sure exactly in what capacity, and I am open to the off chance that something else (outside finance) appeals to me as I go through B School. I will be an international candidate at any of these schools (I'm keeping this whole thing vague for the sake of anonymity).


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