Books were published, articles posted, consultants all around the world are willing to advise.
Like any choice you take there are objective and subjective parameters to consider.
- School rankings. Several are available: Business Week, US News, FT. I think that the most famous is BW’s
- School’s enrollment data such as avarage GMAT, grades, years of experience
- After graduation data – how many students found jobs, which industries, how long it took
- What is it like to international stuudent – do they find jobs, which are the origin countries. The more divrse the school is the more rich the discussion will be
- What size is the class (student body) – it’s easier to be noticed in among 200 students than among 800.
- School’s location – A city like NY or a village like Ithaca
- How famous is the school back in your country. Harvard and Stanford are well known in Israel. Emory was less heard of – for now.
- Weather – Windy Chicago or sunny LA
- Size of the Israeli/ Jewish community, or do i know anyone around
I made an initial list, built an Excel and started the process. My parameters were:
- A top 20 school. Emory was there according to BW 04 rank. Now it’s temporarily not.
- A small student body
- City located school. Coming from Tel Aviv I asked for a big city but not hectic and expensive NY
- A school that my personal profile will be acceptable in. Sorry Stanford, not me
Two schools achieved the first round
Cornell – Not really a big city, to say the least, but highly ranked
I added Maryland since I have family in Westminster and I wanted to meet a friend there (Hi Sandy).
I also paid a visit to Ithaca, were Tal and Inbal explained how interesting it is to do this MBA with a supportive spouse.
I got back to Israel. Two days passed and I got the “Goizueta Congradulations” e-mail – I’m going to Emory!
Cornell, in case you wondered said no. But it was freezing anyway