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28 Feb 2011, 14:14
inTuna wrote:
Hi All,

Firstly, I want to thank the GMAT Club Community for all its support and great information/opinions that members have shared to help me make decisions and learn about the program.

Secondly, I am happy to report that I have been admitted to Darden (with full ride) and also to Duke. However, I wanted to get some opinion before I make my final decision.

My short term career goal is to get in mananagement consulting M/B/B and long-term is to work for VC in tech space. I love both the programs and have visited both the schools. Here are my thoughts:

*Personally, I found both the programs a great fit and cannot give an edge to one over the other.
*Brand wise- I have realized that Fuqua (or Duke MBA) is more recognized than Darden.
*Location wise - I am comfortable with both. I lived in Charlotte, NC and have been in south for a while so don't mind Durham and wouldn't mind Charlottesville either. In other words: location doesn't really matter.
*Recruitment is pretty much the same in both the schools too.
*Rankings: They both hug each other in rankings but Duke has a very slight edge over Darden in rankings.
*Financial Aid: this is the biggest factor so far, as I am fortunate to get a full scholarship at Darden but nothing form Duke.

Wanted to seek opinion from students from these two schools about making the decision. Is it a crazy idea to even think of Fuqua when I have a full ride to Darden? My biggest concern is that Duke is more recognized and will help me get through areas (especially European markets and West Coast) that I may have hard time with Darden.

Once again, I cannot thank all the members for their support and guidance and would appreciate any inputs

If I were you, I would go with Darden. That is, if you don't mind their notoriously rigorous curriculum....
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02 Mar 2011, 14:40
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Congratulations! UVA is a great school and that's a heck of a lot of money. I'd take it.

I'd like to address 2 of your concerns though: (note: I did my grad work at UVA and loved it so I'm a little biased)

Rankings are what they are, but they're really pretty equal. They could flip in any given year.

Brand - Darden has a terrific brand. I would think it's stronger than Fuqua. But Fuqua has really come on so maybe it's the stronger brand. Probably too tough to call a clear winner.

If you do choose Darden, they have an amazing softball team. My (mostly) engineering team was good, but the B-School kids were pros. Uniforms, top gear...