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I am so confused....:( :) [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 17:12
I had made up my mind to attend Duke and was all set to accept their offer. Today, I found out that I got a significant two year fellowship from UCLA on top of in-state tuition. This brings down my tuition bill to less than 14K per year.

What would you do ? Should I write to Duke ?

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 17:15
Congrats !!!!!

I know many admits are jealous on you......!!!

14K per year......almost a free ride.....can any thing beat that ???

between why did you choose Duke over UCLA???
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 17:19
The people and the facilities ( I like the fact that it is private ) are top-notch. Cost of living is low..I can afford to buy a house there. Moreover, I have lived in California since 2001. It will be great to experience a different part of the country for a change.

Sorry about your Duke ding. I hate to say this but I think the GMAT threshold for Indian guys is higher these days. I know it sucks.

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Congrats !!!!!

I know many admits are jealous on you......!!!

14K per year......almost a free ride.....can any thing beat that ???

between why did you choose Duke over UCLA???
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 17:22
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The people and the facilities ( I like the fact that it is private ) are top-notch. Cost of living is low..I can afford to buy a house there. Moreover, I have lived in California since 2001. It will be great to experience a different part of the country for a change.

Sorry about your Duke ding. I hate to say this but I think the GMAT threshold for Indian guys is higher these days. I know it sucks.


Thats a great decision...kinda explore different things attitude ...good on you mate

Well...before i met people like Rhyme and pelihu, every TOM D and Harry kinda convinced me that Essays are the key ....

But now i realised that GMAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ANY Appln..

Just a glance at the INdian R2 admits shows it ........

http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/b-school- ... nd-12.html

nysa - 770
deba_s56 - 770
kunalbs - 760
gmattering- 760
gop1- 750
Susie Derkins - 740
kgkid - 740
manuiyer - 730
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 17:28
That's a good chunk of money. I faced a similar situation when deciding on law schools. In-state tuition at Berkeley, a scholarship from Michigan that made costs equal to Berkeley, and full-price at Columbia. Money no object, I probably would have gone with Columbia, but I took the cash from Michigan because I was really poor at the time (fresh out of undergrad). Things would probably be different now that I'm not so poor.

I guess it will depend on your individual situation. If you're planning to go into a high-paying field, you probably don't need to consider the money too much. If you're thinking non-profit or something that doesn't pay very much, then less debt will allow you to make that choice later on.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 17:31
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The people and the facilities ( I like the fact that it is private ) are top-notch. Cost of living is low..I can afford to buy a house there. Moreover, I have lived in California since 2001. It will be great to experience a different part of the country for a change.

Sorry about your Duke ding. I hate to say this but I think the GMAT threshold for Indian guys is higher these days. I know it sucks.


Thats a great decision...kinda explore different things attitude ...good on you mate

Well...before i met people like Rhyme and pelihu, every TOM D and Harry kinda convinced me that Essays are the key ....

But now i realised that GMAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ANY Appln..

Just a glance at the INdian R2 admits shows it ........

http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/b-school- ... nd-12.html

nysa - 770
deba_s56 - 770
kunalbs - 760
gmattering- 760
gop1- 750
Susie Derkins - 740
kgkid - 740
manuiyer - 730


That Indian demographic is a tough one. The underlying problem is that it is really hard to separate yourself from the crowd during the admissions process. You can't help but wonder how many others have similar profiles, but higher GMAT scores.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 19:19
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You can't help but wonder how many others have similar profiles, but higher GMAT scores.


True....GMAT is the only differentiator and i won't bother listening to the admission consultants crap about essays etc

I wish i knew this 6 months back, would have focused on my GMAT Score...
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Re: I am so confused....:( :) [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 19:36
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I had made up my mind to attend Duke and was all set to accept their offer. Today, I found out that I got a significant two year fellowship from UCLA on top of in-state tuition. This brings down my tuition bill to less than 14K per year.

What would you do ? Should I write to Duke ?


AWESOME!

This is a tough decision!
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 20:07
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You can't help but wonder how many others have similar profiles, but higher GMAT scores.


True....GMAT is the only differentiator and i won't bother listening to the admission consultants crap about essays etc

I wish i knew this 6 months back, would have focused on my GMAT Score...


I totally disagree...I was 23 when i applied I am indian I only have a 720 on the gmat and went to George washington university...the only distinguishing thing perse I am not an engineer and worked at an international organization... I know for a fact...I got in purely because of my essays, I met other people my age interviewing at the GSB and other schools, and a couple were even U of C undergrads.

The process is imperfect alot of luck, but u gotta appeal to people and hope for the best.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 20:21
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You can't help but wonder how many others have similar profiles, but higher GMAT scores.


True....GMAT is the only differentiator and i won't bother listening to the admission consultants crap about essays etc

I wish i knew this 6 months back, would have focused on my GMAT Score...


I hope you are just saying this because you are angry right now. It hurts me a bit to hear you say that, because I know I'm one of the ones who told you the essays were key. I stick by that - I really do - just look at admission411 - clearly GMAT is not sufficient to get you in.

I hope you dont feel like I led you astray. If you do, I'm truly sorry. I only ever wanted to the best for you and for everyone else here.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 21:48
I guess what Oz meant wasn't exactly that GMAT is the only differentiator. But if you are from a over represented group, you need to execute perfectly and that means a comparable GMAT score ( which is high for Indians ).

Rupstar, are you a full time student ? You are not typical. First of all, you are probably a US citizen. You did your undergrad in the US and don't work in Hi-tech. Moreover, your GMAT score is not low. Also, you applied last year. This year it seems crazier by all counts.
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Re: I am so confused....:( :) [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 22:19
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I had made up my mind to attend Duke and was all set to accept their offer. Today, I found out that I got a significant two year fellowship from UCLA on top of in-state tuition. This brings down my tuition bill to less than 14K per year.

What would you do ? Should I write to Duke ?


If you made up your mind that Duke is where you want to be, call them up and tell them the financial situiation you were offered at UCLA and see if they will cut a deal with you. Let them know you really want to go there but you dont want to give up such a good tuition offer.

Its BUSINESS school...if they want you they will cut a deal, thats what business is about.
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Re: I am so confused....:( :) [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 22:54
lhotseface wrote:
I had made up my mind to attend Duke and was all set to accept their offer. Today, I found out that I got a significant two year fellowship from UCLA on top of in-state tuition. This brings down my tuition bill to less than 14K per year.

What would you do ? Should I write to Duke ?

If you write to Duke and they give you some money, great!
If they don't, going to UCLA won't be a bad idea. The two schools are comparable and not having a huge loan would give you a lot of independence post-MBA. Just my 2 cents. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2007, 23:52
It definetly is a tough decision.

Both schools are ranked identical but one is offering scholarship on top of In-State and the other one is not.

I would say talk to Duke. This is one time when we have the control and not at mercy of the ADCOM. If they comply to your demands then well and good other wise I would prefer having a lower debt when I am getting out of college.
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I hope you are just saying this because you are angry right now. It hurts me a bit to hear you say that, because I know I'm one of the ones who told you the essays were key. I stick by that - I really do - just look at admission411 - clearly GMAT is not sufficient to get you in.

I hope you dont feel like I led you astray. If you do, I'm truly sorry. I only ever wanted to the best for you and for everyone else here.


Rhyme -- This is no way directed towards you..and ..I am referring to the GMAT for the INDIAN Male Pool...( Just look at the Duke R2 Admit scores --average is alone 730 :twisted:

The admission consultants i am referring to are , mbamission.com and clearadmit.com where i blowed a 3 grand for stupid essay editing..where as the only one who really gave a critical comments on my essays is "Rhyme".......i owe that to you .....
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Re: I am so confused....:( :) [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2007, 05:28
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I had made up my mind to attend Duke and was all set to accept their offer. Today, I found out that I got a significant two year fellowship from UCLA on top of in-state tuition. This brings down my tuition bill to less than 14K per year.

What would you do ? Should I write to Duke ?


Did you factor the cost of your spouse earnings and career progression, if you make a move to Durham? RT has loads of companies but it takes time and effort and one may not get the same kind of designation etc..(just a guess )..

You have loads of guts to throw away that kind of money , if you accept Duke...
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Re: I am so confused....:( :) [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2007, 08:15
Let me make this more complicated and confusing than before...
My wife got a kick ass offer from one of the top companies in RTP nrar Duke. She will be making a California Hi-tech salary in North Carolina. Options suck. We never thought we will think about having a long distance relationship while I attend school. Now, we don't know what to do.

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lhotseface wrote:
I had made up my mind to attend Duke and was all set to accept their offer. Today, I found out that I got a significant two year fellowship from UCLA on top of in-state tuition. This brings down my tuition bill to less than 14K per year.

What would you do ? Should I write to Duke ?


Did you factor the cost of your spouse earnings and career progression, if you make a move to Durham? RT has loads of companies but it takes time and effort and one may not get the same kind of designation etc..(just a guess )..

You have loads of guts to throw away that kind of money , if you accept Duke...
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Let me make this more complicated and confusing than before...
My wife got a kick ass offer from one of the top companies in RTP nrar Duke. She will be making a California Hi-tech salary in North Carolina. Options suck. We never thought we will think about having a long distance relationship while I attend school. Now, we don't know what to do.


I rarely rarely feel Jealous about any one... :twisted: :twisted: ..But I cant help myself now....I am jealous now... :roll: :roll: :roll:

I think your heart says Duke but the bean counters are making your life miserable...Go for the Blues man! :beer
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2007, 08:47
I wish I could hand you the other admit. We both applied to similar schools that we like.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2007, 08:49
Defn talk to Duke and see what they say. You have nothing to lose! (Especially given that their yield is quite low)
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