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Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$)

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Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2014, 20:39
Hi guys, I have received (almost) all the offers from my applied programs:

- Offers:
Darden: admitted (financial aid package will come next week, hopefully with $)
Fisher: Full tuition + stipend
Carlson: full tuition
Rice: full tuition

- Background:
International student form Vietnam,
5 years experience in audit + corporate finance + investment management (more of general management than investment)

- Goal:
1st: Management consulting of second-tier companies (Deloitte strategy and operation)
2nd: Corporate finance.

I know that Darden is the best of the batch but the cost difference is quite substantial.
Regarding to the other 3 (same ranking), my thoughts:
- Carlson has and edge in exposure to F500 companies but I hate the cold weather.
- Houston is wonderful and Rice seems to be popular regionally, but I do not have any energy experience. I do not know if I could compete with Indian students there. It also seems that the only choice I have at Rice is corporate finance at an energy company.
- Fisher offers me the best financial package (bascially free) and seems to be best all-rounded choice among the 3.

I have talked with some of my friends in the US but I still dont have enough information for a confident decision. the MBA program is a starting point of a career path to me so it is very important to make it right.

Any opinion and information would help here on the options that I have (Darden vs other 3 and among the 3), especially with the possible career chances after graduation.

Thank you so much for your support.
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 08:31
Hope that you guys are busy preparing for the start by now.

Still need help here.
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 08:52
The easiest answer would be look at the employment placement statistics for each school. If you think you can get where you want with Fisher, etc. I would do it. you have a goal of a high paying career so the loans may not mean a ton for Darden


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Hi guys, I have received (almost) all the offers from my applied programs:

- Offers:
Darden: admitted (financial aid package will come next week, hopefully with $)
Fisher: Full tuition + stipend
Carlson: full tuition
Rice: full tuition

- Background:
International student form Vietnam,
5 years experience in audit + corporate finance + investment management (more of general management than investment)

- Goal:
1st: Management consulting of second-tier companies (Deloitte strategy and operation)
2nd: Corporate finance.

I know that Darden is the best of the batch but the cost difference is quite substantial.
Regarding to the other 3 (same ranking), my thoughts:
- Carlson has and edge in exposure to F500 companies but I hate the cold weather.
- Houston is wonderful and Rice seems to be popular regionally, but I do not have any energy experience. I do not know if I could compete with Indian students there. It also seems that the only choice I have at Rice is corporate finance at an energy company.
- Fisher offers me the best financial package (bascially free) and seems to be best all-rounded choice among the 3.

I have talked with some of my friends in the US but I still dont have enough information for a confident decision. the MBA program is a starting point of a career path to me so it is very important to make it right.

Any opinion and information would help here on the options that I have (Darden vs other 3 and among the 3), especially with the possible career chances after graduation.

Thank you so much for your support.
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 09:40
I'm not incredibly well-versed in the different corporate finance exit opportunities at the schools. However, I would imagine that if you really want to do consulting then you should likely choose the Darden route; however, if you're lukewarm on consulting and want to end up in a corporate finance position, the other schools should (with a bit more risk) be able to get you there.
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 10:08
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Easy choice Darden, it's the only place that will get you where you want to go.
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 12:39
MBA is only once, so for sure go with Darden. The loan will not be so bad after graduation. Moreover, you might as well get 50%-100% scholarship from Darden??!!
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2014, 19:40
Thank you guys. I appreciate your opinion.

- For sure Darden is the best choice, but I think $70-100k could not be ignored.

- As an international student, the MC route is extremely tough. Thus, ironically, I have the thought that if I could make it at Darden, I could make it at other schools as well, if I couldn't, neither of them will get me there. I just couldnt conclude on the cost/possibility analysis.

Anybody with experience or insight from the schools?
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2014, 19:04
Anybody have employment placement breakdown of the schools?
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2014, 19:30
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Employment reports for...

Fisher
http://fisher.osu.edu/mag/2013/careerre ... eflip.html

Carlson
http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/mba/fu ... Report.pdf

Rice
https://business.rice.edu/uploadedFiles ... Report.pdf

In terms of ranking, hiring, everything really... Darden wins. I currently work in a group with 15 Darden alumni as management consultants, and they are all very well trained by the school. From a career path perspective, Darden will provide a great education and strong recruiting. However, my colleagues talk about the expenses of b-school from time-to-time, and it does take a toll, especially for international students.

If you want more thoughts feel free to PM me.
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Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$) [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2014, 22:38
Psyched wrote:
Employment reports for...

Fisher
http://fisher.osu.edu/mag/2013/careerre ... eflip.html

Carlson
http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu/mba/fu ... Report.pdf

Rice
https://business.rice.edu/uploadedFiles ... Report.pdf

In terms of ranking, hiring, everything really... Darden wins. I currently work in a group with 15 Darden alumni as management consultants, and they are all very well trained by the school. From a career path perspective, Darden will provide a great education and strong recruiting. However, my colleagues talk about the expenses of b-school from time-to-time, and it does take a toll, especially for international students.

If you want more thoughts feel free to PM me.


Thank you for your information. Very helpful. I went through those reports months ago, however, only Rice's provided useable information.

Anw, no scholarship from Darden so its Fisher for me.

Thank you guys. The next battle now begins. :)
Re: Need help: Darden vs Fisher, Carlson, Rice ($$$)   [#permalink] 30 Mar 2014, 22:38
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