Urgent Help!!! Stanford or Chicago Summer Business Program?

Hi everyone,

I need help! It's very urgent! The response deadline is next Monday. I'm accepted to Stanford GSB, Chicago GSB and Dartmouth Tuck Bridge summer business programs. I want to apply for Harvard 2+2 program. So, which summer business program shall I choose? My preferences are Stanford and Chicago, coz the Tuck program is too finance-oriented, while Stanford and Chicago programs will teach more, e.g., marketing, corporate strategies.

Any one has any suggestions or insights? Thanks a lot!!!


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Mar 18, 2009 - 7:14pm

He got into the summer programs, not the actual schools. Summer in the city will probably be more fun than summer in the middle of the woods; I don't think it makes that much a difference where you go, especially since it's for less than a month.

Mar 18, 2009 - 7:19pm

HypeCycle - They're not the actual business schools. They're summer programs after junior year introducing people to business concepts.

There's an admissions process, but it's not terribly selective.

JZ, do you have any offers from normal internship programs? The Tuck program is good if you want to move towards finance -Stanford brings in recruiters from startups, Google, and similar places. I don't know much about Chicago, I imagine it's similar to Tuck's.

Theyre only month long programs, right in the middle of summer. You can't work during them, and it's hard to get an internship outside. If you have any good offers, I'd take them instead.

That said, if you're set on it, I'd go Dartmouth if you're considering finance at all -the program is more established than the other two schools'. I'd choose Stanford next.

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Mar 19, 2009 - 12:40am

Actually doing any of those will hurt your status for 2+2. This is what 2+2 for:
Minority students (preferably women) who are NOT interested working in finance and otherwise would do graduate school/med/law/etc. The better your Finance background, the less your chances are of getting into 2+2 (you do need to send resume). Finance/Accounting/Business degrees get automatic 'ding' from 2+2, students with solid Finance internships (especially investment banking) get auto 'ding'. Econ is 'high alert' major for 2+2 (some econ majors do it for fun, while others are very interested in Finance).

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Apr 9, 2009 - 8:46pm

Does anybody know if there is validity to PussinBoots's claim. I'm thinking about applying to HBS 2+2. I'm a double major (math & econ), but the problem is I have previous IB experience. Would it be better for me to just wait and apply to the general MBA program at HBS next year during my senior year?

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