Vanderbilt MBA ($) vs IU Kelley MBA ($$) vs Georgetown MBA (Waitlisted)

Hello all,

I'm in a bit of a predicament and would really value the community's thoughts here. I've seen several posts comparing these schools and feel that I've gained a decent handle on each of their strengths/weaknesses. Nonetheless would still appreciate specific guidance.

I'm from a somewhat unrelated background with a non-target undergrad in finance planning on utilizing the MBA to transition into banking, ideally in the northeast.

Overview of admissions:

IU Kelley - admitted in early rounds. As I got to understand the program a bit better I've learned that, while there are some successful banking recruits, it'll an uphill battle. Making this transition is challenging enough so I feel I owe it to myself stack the little odds in my favor.

Vanderbilt - applied last minute. Literally past the final round. Was admitted. Definitely has a slightly better brand than Kelley and some on-campus recruiting. While challenging it seems a like a viable option.

Georgetown - applied on the final round and was waitlisted. I truly believe had I applied round one I would've had significantly better odds. I think for IB in the northeast Georgetown seems to be the most aligned. At this point, I'm continuing to do everything humanly possible to get off the waitlist.

My question(s):

-At this point with each program starting soon, would I be better off going through another admissions round? Seems like I'd be in an infinitely better position re-applying to both Vandy and Georgetown in round one.

-Beyond continuing to build relationships with faculty, visiting in person, retaking standardized tests, what advice do you have for someone who's been waitlisted?

Comments (5)

Jun 25, 2022 - 5:15pm
TASguy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Looking in to MBAs myself and Vanderbilt is your best option here clearly. As far as trying for the next cycle how much do you value a year of delay and do you think you could maybe even get into a Cornell for example in R1. Also sounds like you really do want Georgetown so if you just have to go there then it might be worth a year of delay.

  • Retired in RE - Other
Jun 25, 2022 - 5:26pm

Definitely an exciting aspect to waiting (submitting stretch apps)

Am definitely willing to wait a year if needed.

Also, I've been considering that this looming recession may = more applications/competition. Obviously can't time these things but it's definitely on my mind.

Jun 25, 2022 - 5:32pm
TASguy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah we'll see what happens with this supposed recession. It sucks because it seems apparently like people thought this past application cycle was easy to get in and of course right when I think about applying a recession seems possible haha.

  • Retired in RE - Other
Jun 25, 2022 - 5:34pm

Haha, such is life. Definitely counter-cyclical.

I will say, I want to strive to do better but also don't want to take my current options for granted.

Jun 25, 2022 - 5:50pm
TASguy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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