Kellogg v LBS v Tuck

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In the fortunate position of having a tough decision to make. I've got admits to Kellogg, LBS, and McCombs and am waiting to hear back from Tuck (Feb 10). I fall into the non-traditional/career changer bucket - was a singer-songwriter and independent consultant in the music industry. Post-MBA I'm leaning toward consulting but would like to leave my options open and look into energy and/or finance (broad strokes I know). I was initially really attracted to LBS because of the international factor and opportunities to work abroad but am somewhat worried about the brand recognition stateside (where my wife and I would like to end up eventually). Any suggestions?

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Dec 28, 2011

tuuuuuck...they stick together and will go to bat for any other alum

Dec 29, 2011
professionalmonkey:

tuuuuuck...they stick together and will go to bat for any other alum

Agreed.

Dec 28, 2011

oh oh oh oh oh...and it's ivy

Dec 28, 2011

LBS. Hands down.

Dec 29, 2011
seedy underbelly:

LBS. Hands down.

I would probably choose LBS, but he's an American. Why LBS and not Kellogg?

Dec 29, 2011

Tuck or Kellogg. If you want consulting and US-brand name recognition, Kellogg's consulting numbers are extremely impressive and it's a decidedly American school. Tuck just has the most loyal network in the world, end of story. LBS is close to the other two in quality, but still a slight notch lower (a shade behind Columbia), and although all the big consulting firms go there to recruit, it's still finance-centric (like Columbia).

The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.

Dec 29, 2011

How can you make a decision if you don't know about Tuck yet? Between the ones you have offers for, LBS is probably the best.

Dec 29, 2011
sufjansteves:

How can you make a decision if you don't know about Tuck yet? Between the ones you have offers for, LBS is probably the best.

Just trying to be prepared. There are a lot of factors that will be going into any kind of move, especially one overseas, so I want to be ready to make a quick decision either way. If I lean towards Tuck and don't get in, I can always just move down the list. No harm.

Dec 29, 2011

LBS over kellogg makes no sense unless the OP wants to work in finance in europe afterwards. LBS has very little presence here in the U.S., and its consulting placement is ok but not impressive. Given the op's interest in consulting and a desire to live permanently in the U.S., I think kellogg is the obvious choice .

Jan 7, 2012

When choosing a B school, go for brand foremost. Kellogg is a Top 3/4 school and that is undebatable. Tuck is not a Top 7 (although I'd listen to a good argument for them over Columbia). If you're trying to decide between a 3 v 4 or a 4 v 5 v 6 then maybe the whole "major" play comes into focus, but any of the six or so schools will feed a heavy % of their grads into consulting and have an international brand.

Jan 7, 2012
GVegasHeel:

When choosing a B school, go for brand foremost. Kellogg is a Top 3/4 school and that is undebatable. Tuck is not a Top 7 (although I'd listen to a good argument for them over Columbia). If you're trying to decide between a 3 v 4 or a 4 v 5 v 6 then maybe the whole "major" play comes into focus, but any of the six or so schools will feed a heavy % of their grads into consulting and have an international brand.

I, too, will cast my vote for Kellogg if you're looking to do consulting in the U.S. Tuck would be my second choice. LBS is an absolutely amazing school, but sadly very few Americans have an international awareness when it comes to b-school and will instantly discount LBS for no reason other than they aren't familiar with it.

Between Tuck and Kellogg it is more of a toss up. If you truly feel you fit in at one more than the other, let that guide you. In general, Kellogg has a stronger reputation, more alumni presence, and isn't in the middle of nowhere, which can make a difference if you're looking to interview in remote geographies. That said, none of them is a poor choice.

Jan 7, 2012

Withdraw from tuck to help me get in thx

Jan 7, 2012

I attended the Tuck Bridge Program and I hated Hanover. There's nothing to do and you don't get cell phone reception anywhere in the buildings.

Those reasons alone would make me pick Kellogg over Tuck/LBS.

Jan 7, 2012

I had a friend from the US who went to LBS. He struggled to find any opportunities within London after graduation due to the issues with work visas now. As so many have said, it would ultimately depend upon where you want to work after graduation. My friend headed back home and didnt really try within Europe so make of that what you will.

Besides the above point, I would argue Kellogg has a better brand then LBS primarily because it has more recognition on both sides of the Atlantic - put it this way, I've seen more Kellogg alums in Europe then LBS alums in North America. But you wouldnt really go wrong with any of your choices, all will provide you a terrific education and a great alumni base. If you'd like, I can perhaps get you in touch with my friend who graduated from LBS. PM me.

Jan 9, 2012

If you try to decide on a 4 or between 3 V4 V 5 V6, then perhaps the "big" play to become the focus of attention, but the six or so schools will be included in a heavy% of its graduates and consulting with an international brand.

Jan 10, 2012
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