Just been browsing through a few applicants' blogs.
The gestation period, from the initial seed of a stray thought 'hey, how about doing an MBA' to being ready to apply, appears to be atleast 2 years.
I've barely begun to entertain the notion of doing an MBA and don't really know enough about the whole darn business. BUT...
Here are my choices and highly uninformed opinions.
*ignoring the nasty little 'you-ain't-good-enough' bugger in my head snorting*
uppers: ze name, those quaint brick buildings, the whole 'leadership' spiel.
downers: notorious hbs arrogance, fear of being an armchair-generalist.
uppers: the place one'd learn the most, quant-ness over touchy-feely.
downers: narrow emphasis - engineering and innovation.
uppers: top5 school, weather, strong hi-tech proximity.
downers: move across the country.
uppers: older crowd, top 5 ranking.