Michigan (Ross) (LA satellite campus) v USC (Marshall) EMBA programs

I've been accepted to the Michigan (Ross) Los Angeles satellite campus as well as USC Marshall. So far I am leaning towards accepting Ross as the LA campus (held at a top notch hotel), students, format (heavy experiential) and class visit were quite impressive.

USC on the other hand is a private school where the network tends to be die-hard loyal and they have connections in entertainment. In getting my degree I hope to open doors into areas like management consulting or into parts of tech where I have not yet worked.

Ross
Pros:
Top-ranked - impressive reputation (not quite M7 but in striking distance by some measures)
Top notch students
Team project - includes a 4-month project working on real-world business solutions
Once a month format - perfect for full-time
Location - the LA satellite is actually more well located than Marshall which is way dowtown (hell coming from the Westside)
Highly recruited by top tech like Google and Amazon

Cons:
Expensive
Satellite campus - you don't get the exact same experience, CA network might not be as strong as USC, some people might confuse this for an online MBA

Marshall
Pros:
Private school with highly dedicated alumni - this could be the most important thing in terms of future employment
Connections in industries such as entertainment (should I ever go that route)
Bi-weekly format - more facetime with class

Cons:
Not as a high a reputation
Campus visit (to part-time NOT exec program) felt like a lot of junior people with little (to zero) industry/leadership experience. Not a fair comparison but it confused me as to who they let in the program.
Bi-weekly format - it could be hard to get this much time off from work

What are your thoughts?

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Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37pm
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