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Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 09:39
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 09:47
I think they both have about the a great reputation as being strong general management programs.

Duke may have a slight edge in general perception just due to it's outstanding undergrad, but I'm not positive about this.

Duke has a very strong team culture (Team Fuqua). Not sure of the culture at Darden, but I am sure students like Pelihu may be able to provide better insight.

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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 10:26
I am only capable of providing an answer #2
I'd say Darden has, relatively speaking, a much stronger "finance" program. I'm basing this on finance classes available, placement in IM and IB, and the 4 student-run portfolios.

To answer #3, you really need to do some homework on this. Talk to students and alumni. People's perceptions and experiences can vary. For instance, kidderek liked NYU much more so than Columbia. I have the exact opposite experience.
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 11:35
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 11:40
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To answer #3, you really need to do some homework on this. Talk to students and alumni. People's perceptions and experiences can vary. For instance, kidderek liked NYU much more so than Columbia. I have the exact opposite experience.


Yes and no. I didn't necessarily dislike CBS. I never visited, so I guess it's unfair for me to compare. But I did/do love Stern a lot.

Since Darden & Fuqua are at about the same level, it really has more to do with how you fit with the program. And in that case, only you can answer that question.
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 16:07
What does the case method per se have to do with the school culture? Both Charlottesville and Durham are very different college towns - one might appeal more to you than the other. Think about where you'd be happier - you will spend two years of your life there.

"Reputation" wise both schools are very similar, and have equally strong placements in finance. Surely those can't be the only reasons you're interested in either school however?
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 17:51
Compare their programs offerings:

Fuqua's got more options -- check this list:

http://www.topgradprograms.com/gradscho ... ss-89.html

compare that to Darden, which is rated more highly

http://www.topgradprograms.com/gradscho ... ss-90.html

"The school is known for its particular strength in General Management, and it is regularly ranked by Business Week, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Forbes, US News and World Report and other sources as a top business school in the world."
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 18:52
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2008, 19:46
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For all intents and purposes, they are identical in terms of reputation. Depending on who you talk to, you might find someone who leans one way or the other, but it's just as likely to go one way as it is the other.

In terms of finance placement, I believe that Darden has better connections to the Street. It's just something that has developed over time. I don't know if there is a material difference between the schools during recruiting; I do know that every major firm recruits on-campus at Darden for investment banking and that is not the case al many of the other elites. Not sure about Duke, but many of the major firms only recruit for private banking or other functions at many schools and not for investment banking. That said, fewer firms recruit on-campus at Darden for Sales and Trading, though probably still more than at Duke. For investment management, Darden Capital Management is one of the best known (probably the best known) of the student run investment funds. It's certainly one of the best funded, with close to $8mm managed by students now, and allows for the most autonomy (student make decisions without review from any faculty or professionals).

Regarding culture, Duke is known for it's team Fuqua. Unfortunately, that's about all I know about that. Darden is known to have one of the strongest campus communities among all the top business schools. The rate of giving is second only to Tuck (no doubt their frozen isolation contributes to their closeness :-D), and the sense of community transcends the years. If you come to Darden, you'll definitely hear that alumni will almost always respond to your emails and requests - and I can personally confirm that this is 100% true. I don't know how it compares with Duke's, but Darden's community is unquestionably strong.

Honestly, the two schools are extremely similar in many ways. Your job prospects will be virtually the same across virtually all industries. Compared with other top schools, the environments are more similar than not. I think, between these two schools, it can truly be a decision based on where you feel more comfortable. I love it at Darden. I've made a lot of great friends, landed my top choice job, and am involved in activites that really excite me. I think I would have had a similar experience at Fuqua, because in the end, the biggest factor that will not change, no matter where you go, is you.
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Re: Fuqua vs. Darden [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2008, 07:46
How about the placement for the two schools in MC?
I feel that Darden has a stronger reputation, anyone can comment on this?
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