MBA Finance Kelley v. Georgetown. Really on fence

Here's my problem.

Kelley offered me a great financial aid package. Georgetown offered nothing. I don't want to make B-School about the money. My ultimate job is to work in real estate investment banking or CMBS origination.

I've heard mixed results from talking to alums. I know that IU is not a target school for any big banks. However, they do have a great alumni network and the program is very well run. With a little work, you can pretty much end up where you want to go.

I've heard that most bank's recruit at Georgetown. However, I wasn't really impressed when I visited the program or interacted with the faculty / staff. I think the program has been a little misguided for the last couple of years. However, I've heard that there are more G-town alums on the street than any other school....which i'm sure is an exaggeration.

When I talk to alums on the street, both IU and G-town alums act like they never run into the other schools graduates.


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Comments (4)

May 19, 2008 - 8:41am

The responses to your original post are going to eventually degenerate into a typical "I'm great, no I'm better" brawl.

So let me give you some good advice before all that starts.

Both schools will supply the education/reputation/network, along with your personal effort, to get you where you want. So I would take the great financial package and not start my career owing a lot of money.

May 19, 2008 - 10:35am

I just finished my first year at Georgetown and have been quite happy with my experience. First off, just because a bank recruits at a school does not necessarily mean that they will offer you a job. All of the banks that recruited at Gtown (with the exception of Wachovia) made a maximum of three offers to Georgetown students. Thus, only a small portion of the students who actually wanted jobs on the street got them through campus recruiting. The rest were all through networking. The other and probably more important thing to take into consideration is how you plan to get to New York every Friday next fall to conduct informational interviews. You will have to do this regardless of whether the bank recruits at the school. Phone interviews can only take you so far. From mid-October through the end of January, you should plan to be in NYC pretty much every week.

I know nothing about Indiana, but if their alumni network on the street is as good as you say it is, I'd take the money. Hope this helps and good luck.

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