Similar Programs Culturally
Dartmouth (Tuck). We’ve listed Tuck as a similar program to SOM academically, professionally, and culturally, and for good reason! Both programs belong to Ivy League institutions located away from major metropolitan areas, although Tuck’s location in Hanover, New Hampshire, is far more remote than New Haven. The programs are roughly the same size, with a familial atmosphere among students and their partners.
Cornell (Johnson). Of all the programs we list here, Johnson may be the most similar culturally. The facilities at Johnson are beautiful, and its two-year MBA class is just slightly smaller, which gives the entire program a family feel. Cornell is located in Ithaca, New York, which is more isolated than New Haven. It is about four-and-a-half hours by shuttle bus from New York City, which is likely a major reason why candidates may leave the school off their shortlists. However, it has one of the best career-services teams in the country and the S.C. Johnson family has often offered recruiters use of its private jet, so students have plenty of access to top employers.
Berkeley (Haas). Although Haas has a decidedly more “West Coast” vibe than SOM, the two schools share a number of similarities. Haas students are often described as nice, warm and friendly, and the student body is quite small. It also belongs to a well-respected and prestigious university; UC Berkeley is commonly referred to as a “Public Ivy.”
MIT (Sloan). Because of MIT’s reputation in engineering and technology, there tend to be more students with engineering backgrounds at MIT Sloan than at Yale SOM. However, Sloan is known for having an extremely friendly student body, which may be unexpected to some applicants. Sloanies are often surprised when they have parties with students from Harvard Business School, which is just a couple of subway stops away, that the Harvard students often do not know one another. Its intellectual yet friendly vibe is similar to SOM’s.