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First of all, many many congrats! I hope, one day, to duplicate your success. Kellogg is my dream school now having said that, I would have to recommend Darden because of the full ride and and here's why:

1) You are attending a top tier school for free. The Ranking difference between Darden and Kellogg is trivial IMHO. The important point is that they belong to the same tier of the top 10-15 schools. Had the choice been between a full ride at a tier 2 school vs no money at a tier 1 school I would have recommended the tier 1 school. Moreover, the big guns come and recruit in both places. Darden has smaller classes therefore you have a better chance at standing out amongst your classmates. So what really matters is the b school debt and that difference can be pretty big. Remember 100k invested well in your early 30s will go much further than the investment you do later. Also, who knows you might find a more rewarding career that does not pay as much but is something you want to pursue. If that is the case then graduating with no debt will be a big big factor. Furthermore, I don't know if you are married but if your significant other finds a job in a town where you make slightly less vs a town where you make more but he or she does not get his or her dream job, Then you always have the option to shift since you wont be worried about the debt. I say this because I have seen this happen to more than one set of people.

2) The quality of professors is marginally better at Darden than Kellogg

3) I spent 4 years at Michigan and am well versed with the winters of the midwest. Chicago is as bad if not worse than Ann Arbor. The winters arent pretty and can make you miserable. Besides if you end up working for an M/B/B then you will more likely than not wind up in a big city like Boston, NYC, CHI etc.

Ofcourse these are from my point of view. You may be a polar bear or an eskimo who is not deterred by the winters and want the big city life of Chicago (which is a fantastic city when the temperature is above freezing) which will be markedly different than the life in the more rural C-ville. I hope this helps and once again many congrats!
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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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04 Mar 2012, 01:24
Congrats on your achievements! It's a problem that most people (including me) would love to have !

Anyway, all 3 schools place equally well in mgtmt consulting. They have equally prestigious programs and you can't go wrong with any of the three. However, you ought to consider where you eventually would want to end up post-MBA and the lifestyle you want to lead post-MBA. With no financial support from Kellogg, you would be mired in debt post-MBA and less so if you were to opt for either Duke or Darden. Of course, Darden is known for having one of the most rigorous MBA programs in the country with the amount of preparation required to succeed in its case method-only classes. Are you prepared/able to put in the effort required? While I have no doubts in your ability to succeed, you should also bear this in mind as you make your final decision on which school to go for. Ultimately, you have to be happy with your own choice. Since most of us are going to b-school only once in our lifetime, you definitely should go for one which you think will best meet for what you are looking for in a b-school. One way is to re-read your app essays. I am sure when you first applied to those schools, there were some that appealed more to you. And if you go with that option (i.e. your top choice program), you will have a fulfilling time in the program and find passion and success in what you do.

I may be wrong but I get the sense that you like Kellogg more than the other two, which have complicated matters with their generosity ! Yes, staring down at a six-figure debt is definitely not the most pleasant parting gift at the end of your b-school career, but you shld also put things in perspective and take a longer term view and your earning potential in 10 or 20 years' time. That amount may no longer matter that much, if you are soaring high and sailing fast in your career !
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06 Mar 2012, 23:47
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fs007, congratulations on the admits to all 3 schools.
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07 Mar 2012, 13:49
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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! Darden, hands down. That's a great offer, Congrats! _________________ It's better to be lucky than to be good. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Intern Joined: 27 Jun 2011 Posts: 35 Location: United States Concentration: General Management, Strategy Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2014 GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44 GPA: 3.61 WE: Consulting (Consulting) Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 4 Re: HELP: Kellogg (no $$) vs Fuqua (half$$) vs Darden (full $$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Mar 2012, 11:16 Go to Darden. Going to Kellogg will not guarantee an offer from MBB. They have a higher yield at those firms simply because higher quality students (who want to go into MC) attend that school. If you are qualified enough to go into MC then the reputation between Kellogg / Darden won't have that much of an impact. Even if it does have an impact the salary differential wouldn't be substantial. (ex: 120k starting vs 110k starting). Paying back that 100k + interest is going to take a really long time and is not worth it. IMHO Intern Status: Who Dares Wins -SAS Joined: 17 May 2010 Posts: 31 Schools: NYU, Ross, GSB Chicago, Darden, Tuck Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 16 Re: HELP: Kellogg (no$$) vs Fuqua (half $$) vs Darden (full$$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 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 _________________ Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. Intern Joined: 17 Jun 2010 Posts: 22 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 27 Re: HELP: Kellogg (no $$) vs Fuqua (half$$) vs Darden (full $$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Mar 2012, 14:53 Congrats on all 3 admits! How to decide: 1. Fit - I always hear "two years is a short time to be happy, but also a long time to be miserable". Determine which schools you feel has the better culture and overall fit. You want to enjoy your two year experience. These relationships you develop in business school will be ones you want to keep long term. 2. Ranking - Any school within the Top 15 will be a good choice. At the end of the day, the education you receive will be the same. Rankings change every 5 to 10 years and at that point, school rankings won't matter because you'll have the experience. 3. What you want - Location? Network? Culture? etc. You should definitely write down all the things you want to take from your mba experience. Me personally, if im going to be out in the middle of nowhere I need to have something to enjoy like a sport(Duke basketball). Debt is not fun...at all. BW Rankings Kellogg(4) and Duke(6) - essentially the same but in different locations. So take time to yourself and think about what YOU, no one else, really want from your experience. 2 years is a short time to be happy, but a long time to be miserable. Intern Joined: 17 Jun 2010 Posts: 16 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0 Re: HELP: Kellogg (no$$) vs Fuqua (half $$) vs Darden (full$$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 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. Intern Joined: 16 Jul 2011 Posts: 29 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 1 Re: HELP: Kellogg (no $$) vs Fuqua (half$$) vs Darden (full $$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Mar 2012, 11:19 Wow, full-ride!? Remember that you'll have to make at least 24k MORE every year for 10yrs after Kellogg than after Darden just to pay off Kellogg. Not to mention the stress of even having significant debt, and the denial of some other loans/credit because of it (in case you want to purchase a house or for a business loan). Additionally, if you go to Darden, you'll stand-out more, so it may be easier for you in interviews, classes, etc. Plus you can always say that you got in Kellogg but then rejected them because you decided to save 100k (+ interest) and take the full-ride you got to Darden! I'm facing a similar decision right now with different schools. Full ride is a full ride. Intern Joined: 14 Mar 2012 Posts: 5 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 1 Re: HELP: Kellogg (no$$) vs Fuqua (half $$) vs Darden (full$$) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Mar 2012, 22:16 it sounds like you want to work for M/B/B, is that right? If so, than Kellogg is best of the three. That's practically unarguable. However,$100,000 is probably better tradeoff and you can still end up at one of those but they just don't back up the truck like they do at Kellogg. You are blessed. I'd say Darden. It's amazing school and the gen. mgmt education is top in world.
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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?