Comments (10)

Oct 28, 2017

I'd say it's close to 50/50 for people I know. Obviously a lot more people get into Harvard and not into Stanford but for the people that get into both there isn't a clear trend either way. At that level there really isn't a right answer and it comes down to personal preference.

Oct 28, 2017

Thanks for the comment! I also probably should have clarified that I'm mainly interested in people who want to return to PE post business school. Trying to find out if it's ever logical to choose Stanford in this situation.

Oct 28, 2017

PE recruiting is basically identical between them. I guess there are more HBS alumni out there than GSB mostly because of the class sizes but per capita GSB does just as well.

Oct 28, 2017

Yep i know a couple from megafund backgrounds who choose GSB, mostly due to west coast location as opposed to a meaningful leg up in terms of PE recruiting.

Oct 29, 2017

I don't know many megafunds in intimate detail, the one global fund I'm fairly well acquainted with has gone from 50/50 HBS and Stanford to 100% Stanford in the last 3-4 years, partly because I hear HBS has rejected some of their finest in previous years despite a track record of acceptions, and another reason is due to some really bad HBS new recruits leaving a bad impression. Again, this is pure hearsay, and limited to one particular East Asia office of a particular MF, but in that anecdotal case, almost everyone in that office has chosen Stanford the last few years (2-3 per year).

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Oct 31, 2017

Almost everyone I know who got into both chose GSB. While I admit that my sample size is somewhat limited (say less than 20), I think there's a growing perception that GSB, with its much smaller (and therefore exclusive) class size, better location / weather and tech / entrepreneurship connection is pulling ahead of of HBS in terms of prestige. From personal experience, I can say that I have met quite a few idiots who went to HBS and wondered how they got in, but have only good things to say about GSB grads.

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Oct 31, 2017

Bumping to follow - interested in GSB

Nov 6, 2017

Bump for more opinions -- curious what people are seeing.

Dec 6, 2017