Mandelbaum believes that the best, and arguably most valuable, part of business school is the people you meet. She recommends working before going into business school to provide some experience that can be shared among classmates. Though the business school material can be learned just about anywhere, the experience, because of the networking possibilities, is invaluable, she adds.
One of the world's leading universities, Stanford was founded in 1885 in what is now Stanford, California. It is comprised of seven schools, four of which are devoted exclusively to graduate education. Stanford's most renowned programs include the Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. Notable alumni include author John Steinbeck, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.