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# Difficulty of school based on rep...

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Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink]  28 May 2009, 07:24
Have people heard of some bschools being unusually difficult or easy, specifically in comparison with their respective rankings. Darden for example, is supposed to be notoriously hard, especially for not being a top 5 school. I've heard similar things about Tepper. On the flip side, do people know of schools that are supposed to be more relaxed or slightly less work?
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Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink]  01 Jun 2009, 11:37
I'm not sure what you mean by "less-relaxing," but aside from Darden and those schools with notorious curves, I'd imagine it would be fairly easy to cruise through b-school if you really wanted to. Just take easy classes like intro to marketing...etc, find out which professors are easy, and voila you're done.
Of course, you ARE paying for your b-school education, so I don't think that would be a good idea.
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Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink]  01 Jun 2009, 13:49
I am going to throw it out there that Darden isn't probably all that hard. It is a good reputation to keep though, isn't it? The hard school.
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Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink]  01 Jun 2009, 13:57
Is this advice / post based upon experience in an actual b-school? Can you tell me how easy is law school, medical school, and dental school?

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I'm not sure what you mean by "less-relaxing," but aside from Darden and those schools with notorious curves, I'd imagine it would be fairly easy to cruise through b-school if you really wanted to. Just take easy classes like intro to marketing...etc, find out which professors are easy, and voila you're done.
Of course, you ARE paying for your b-school education, so I don't think that would be a good idea.

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**I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Senior Manager Joined: 10 Dec 2008 Posts: 483 Location: United States GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44 GPA: 3.9 Followers: 34 Kudos [?]: 148 [0], given: 12 Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink] 01 Jun 2009, 14:02 Unfortunately I have yet to attend B-school so of course this is coming with a grain of salt. However I did attend an M7 undergrad and took several core business classes at the business school, and also have many classmates in the b-school with whom I've discussed their experiences. I don't know you are bringing up law school, which in my opinion is a lot more academically rigorous. Not only is the grading more strict but the level of knowledge and preparation for exams is on an entirely different level. Just the idea of making hundred-page outlines would be enough to scare many business school candidates away. SVP Joined: 30 Apr 2008 Posts: 1889 Location: Oklahoma City Schools: Hard Knocks Followers: 36 Kudos [?]: 485 [1] , given: 32 Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink] 01 Jun 2009, 14:06 1 This post received KUDOS I bring up law school, medical school, dental school, etc because if your advice about b-school is not based upon experience, then you might as well comment on the others since you've not attended those either. As for law school, once a person gets through the first year, they're good to go. It's still not easy, but the learning curve is hit the first year and once you figure out HOW to learn the law, then learning it is very easy. bipolarbear wrote: Unfortunately I have yet to attend B-school so of course this is coming with a grain of salt. However I did attend an M7 undergrad and took several core business classes at the business school, and also have many classmates in the b-school with whom I've discussed their experiences. I don't know you are bringing up law school, which in my opinion is a lot more academically rigorous. Not only is the grading more strict but the level of knowledge and preparation for exams is on an entirely different level. Just the idea of making hundred-page outlines would be enough to scare many business school candidates away. _________________ ------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

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Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink]  01 Jun 2009, 14:14
I'm actually quite familiar with law school and the importance of 1L grades, the lack of motivation for upper years once they have secured their biglaw jobs, clerkships...etc.

Despite not having attended business school yet, I don't think it's a stretch to say that the primary determinant of the difficulty of your business school career is the courseload you choose and the difficulty of the specific professors. I don't think it's entirely different from undergrad, where the same person can get a 3.6 while taking graduate level classes or a 4.0 cruising through introductory humanities classes. All I'm saying is that the difficulty is what you make of it.
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Re: Difficulty of school based on rep... [#permalink]  01 Jun 2009, 14:28
bipolarbear - check your private messages

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I'm actually quite familiar with law school and the importance of 1L grades, the lack of motivation for upper years once they have secured their biglaw jobs, clerkships...etc.

Despite not having attended business school yet, I don't think it's a stretch to say that the primary determinant of the difficulty of your business school career is the courseload you choose and the difficulty of the specific professors. I don't think it's entirely different from undergrad, where the same person can get a 3.6 while taking graduate level classes or a 4.0 cruising through introductory humanities classes. All I'm saying is that the difficulty is what you make of it.

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