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02 Mar 2012, 22:28
At the end of the day it is your decision.

However, I feel that business school is a financial matter as well as a professional aspiration. Given that UVA gave you a full tuition scholarship, that should be motivation for you to go there and consider it. It is a top rated program like Duke and Kellogg.

In regards to student culture, I don't think there is that drastic of a difference between one place and another. The guys you bump into in a class visit may or may not be your type but you want to at least observe some guys elsewhere and see how they interact, etc., which is what I did in my visits.

In regards to employer choice, if you are dead set on mgmt consulting, then maybe you should consider Kellogg if you feel that going there will open that door much wider for you. However, at the end of the day, all these employers are going to go to Chicago, Durham, and C-Ville, and if you kick butt in the on-campus interviews, then you will ultimately get an offer. All three schools are elite, though yes Kellogg is the best of the three. However, the full tuition scholarship at UVA is something you just can't turn down easily.

(For whatever reason, I just can't call UVA Darden like it's second nature. It's easier for me to say UVA.)
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05 Mar 2012, 01:54
A full-scholarship to Darden would be really tough to turn down...although it seems like Fuqua provides a good compromise (less debt than Kellogg, better fit than Darden).
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07 Mar 2012, 13:21
Congrats!

100K is nothing down the road... I would NOT turn down Kellogg (better school than two, also in different league if you tier Top 3, M7, A8, and etc....). I would just pay up at Kellogg and never look back. Don't get too caught up in \$, you'll eventually pay things off fairly soon. MBA is a lifelong investment so why not get the best possible one that you could get?

Kellogg, Fuqua, and Darden are all good schools but not equal. Kellogg is top 5 in the nation vs. the other two top 15.

Good luck!
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08 Mar 2012, 11:16
Go to Darden.

Going to Kellogg will not guarantee an offer from MBB. They have a higher yield at those firms simply because higher quality students (who want to go into MC) attend that school. If you are qualified enough to go into MC then the reputation between Kellogg / Darden won't have that much of an impact. Even if it does have an impact the salary differential wouldn't be substantial. (ex: 120k starting vs 110k starting). Paying back that 100k + interest is going to take a really long time and is not worth it. IMHO
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08 Mar 2012, 14:41
wow, had I formatted my last response properly it could have given me some good practice for the discussion essay
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09 Mar 2012, 07:39
If your main goal is to get into M/B/B then I think Darden makes sense. I'm a current FY, if you PM me I can give you some details about M/B/B recruiting this year. The short story is that a ton of people get interviews.

However, lots of people pay full price to go to Bschool and Kellogg is a great school if you can't imagine yourself somewhere else. Also if you want to be in Chicago long-term obviously the Kellogg network would be a huge asset throughout your career. FWIW I know classmates who chose Darden over Sloan/Kellogg without any scholarships because it was the best fit and they have done very well in consulting recruiting.
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12 Mar 2012, 19:13
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don't listen to stuff from people who say Kellogg is better ranked than Darden and all that crap. they are both top business schools in the world, period.

as mentioned earlier, if it was between a top school and a 2nd tier school with full ride, you may have had some hesitation in deciding between the two offers.

between darden and kellogg what matters is YOU!! its up to you what you make of your time in business school.

either way, the decision is yours and I am sure you will make the right decision wherever you choose to pursue your dreams.

congratulations and cheers
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21 Mar 2012, 06:57
I voted Darden too! I could see an argument for Kellogg, but I don't understand any of the votes for Fuqua in this situation.
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29 Mar 2012, 12:28
Congratulations on these offers! I would choose Kellogg because I believe the MBA is an important personal investment that will pay dividends over one's entire career. While the short-term monetary incentives may look enticing now, I would take a longer-term perspective. For the most part, Kellogg has the better brand, better networks, location, alumni relations, education etc.
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21 Oct 2012, 07:19
fs007, what a nice problem to have. Congrats. So which school did you end up deciding to attend?