As the title states, curious how people came up with their lists to apply for and perhaps what they'd recommend in my situation. I'm currently a private equity fuccboi associate looking to make the transition out of finance into a corp strategy / operations role. I had previously been focused on PE recruiting at MBA programs but given my situation doesn't require that, think it opens up the list of schools I should be considering.
Given I have limited time and bandwidth for applications, curious how people came up with lists of school to apply for and how you'd narrow it down if you were me. I'm currently thinking of throwing in round 2 apps for hbs / stanford / wharton for sure and deciding between some combination of kellogg / booth / sloan as well (no interest in columbia). Any thoughts on how to narrow this list to something manageable?