Which school is significantly better?

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For my safety school, I was thinking either OSU or IU Kelley. Is one significantly better? Here's some pros and cons for me…
OSU pros:personally like Columbus…-more spread out majors-isn't just a business heavy school-Bain recruits there -consulting clubs show pretty good success-cheap because of aid-way more majors that could be applicable to consulting-better ranks overall-EY and PwC get quite a few kids from there, and T2 is not the end of the world and would still make me very happy

cons:not really a target, but that goes for IU too-bigger class sizes overall-BCG does not recruit there

IUPROS:-BCG and Bain recruit there- Kelley is better known (would not go to Kelley for MBA tho)- more "business"-y ?- smaller classes (not by much)- consulting workshop shows good success (faculty selected)- nice campus ig

cons:- don't really like Indiana- 1/4 of the school has the same major…- way more competitive for the few spots a semi target has-farther in the Midwest than I'd like…- heard about the way workshop selection works don't like it at allI'm not sure.. anyone know more about IU?

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Dec 27, 2021 - 9:14pm

There is no "significantly better" here. Choose the school you feel you'd enjoy rooting for on a Saturday afternoon 15 years from now… you will likely land at the exact same spot career-wise either way given your interest(s); your detailed pros / cons above appear to be fairly spot on. Kelley is viewed more favorably in finance circles, but Fisher holds it own as well -- more broadly (for a B1G). Ohio State has the larger network and is arguably a better institution overall. Tomāto / Tomáto. Cheers.

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Dec 28, 2021 - 6:18pm

Frankly, I think you need to focus on getting a life and having fun your first few years. I guess it's not necessarily a bad thing to get started early, but it's mad weird that you're in high school and know which firms particular schools place at. In my experience, all the "hardos" that were hardcore networking first semester freshman year ended up much worse off because they lacked personality and didn't do anything interesting (i.e. they were simps for investment club, Wall St club, etc.).

In short, don't be an intolerable finance hardo, go to whatever school is the best fit, get a good group of friends, and enjoy yourself (while working hard) then you'll be fine.

  • Business School in Consulting
Dec 28, 2021 - 10:53pm

I swear this isn't the only thing I do in life lmfaoooo, most of my hobbies and interests lie in the exact opposite of finance or anything on this platform. I know I sound like all I do is snort WSO, but I just like getting things in order. I'm really indecisive and I like to set things straight so I have a path I can reasonably follow and be content with. I just don't want to feel like I made a mistake or anything just because I picked wrong, you know? I never ever plan anything usually and it annoys the shit out of me that I procrastinate everything as a result, so I wanted to at least pin down what I want early. Yeah I probably should loosen up.

But also I feel scared because this platform makes me feel like I can't do anything in business unless I'm at a target. If I wanted to do premed or pre law I would just focus on not getting into debt, but this..idk

  • Prospect in Consulting
Dec 29, 2021 - 6:20pm

Can comment on Kelley culture as someone who goes here.

I've loved my time at Kelley so far. Be sure to get involved with consulting orgs like 180DC. The best and brightest minds in consulting at the school are here and there is lots of overlap between the CW. I would echo other posters to make sure you pick the school that you would like better as ultimately, you will thrive more and that is better overall, even considering your career. 

You'll find many finance hardos at this school but there is a whole sector of people who are sharp but also like to have fun. But reading your post, "don't really like Indiana" should be a sign that maybe OSU is the choice for you. 

Best of Luck

  • Business School in Consulting
Dec 29, 2021 - 6:29pm

Thanks! Yeah I probably should just go with OSU because of where I want to live when I'm older. IU is cool I just don't know if I could do well with all that competition haha

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Dec 30, 2021 - 6:03pm

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