Similar Programs Culturally
MIT (Sloan). Chicago Booth and Sloan aren’t only similar academically: Not only do both schools take pride in the intellectual nature of their students, but they’re also located in urban areas where students tend to scatter throughout the city rather than live exclusively on campus or within walking distance. MIT Sloan tends to be seen as one of the friendliest MBA environments, which may come as a surprise to those who know its parent institution only for its strength in engineering and sciences.
Yale. Yale School of Management (SOM) students and alumni consider one another family, similar to Booth’s Midwestern, friendly vibe. However, Yale SOM’s class is about half the size of Booth’s, so students tend to know pretty much everyone in their class incredibly well. Both schools put a premium on attracting extremely intelligent and curious applicants, so its admitted students tend to share these characteristics.
Duke (Fuqua). Like the Midwest, the South is known for its friendly people and warm hospitality. Fuqua is no exception here; the program is known for its active, social, and friendly student body. However, we’ve heard from some applicants and students that there can be a little bit of an atmosphere of exclusivity. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke has a much more “college town” feel than the urban University of Chicago campus.
Virginia (Darden). Darden students are also known for their “work hard, play hard” determination. Like Booth, Darden sees itself first and foremost as a strong academic institution, and this permeates the school’s culture. Both universities have long and storied histories, although this sense of prestige may be felt even more strongly at Darden.