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So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 22:28
As the title says, which would you choose? USD has an awesome campus in a great location, their school is practicaly a country club (I know this is irrelevant in terms of job finding), Pepperdine is isolated yet possibly ranked higher? Can anyone offer any practical advice on choosing between the two?

I wouldn't mind staying in California, also, what would these degrees offer overseas?
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 22:48
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I don't know that I see a clear winner.

When you are saying would not mind staying in CA, do you mean for work after graduation?

I think Pepperdine may have a better network of alums overseas (mostly because of the undergrad - it is ranked much higher than the BSchool).

On the other hand, Pepperdine is a massive machine when it gets to the BSchool (many alums/grads) but their quality is sometimes questionable and the sheer quantity is making the value of the network not so high.

I think you could do well with either school. Keep in mind that if you are looking to get into Finance and move to the East Coast, many MBA's there think that West Coast Schools (Stanford Excluded) are a joke and country clubs or at least that was my impression talking to a few.

Have you considered approaching both schools about scholarships?
Both may offer some money if you can get your gmat over 700. That may be the deciding factor.
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 23:03
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I don't know that I see a clear winner.

When you are saying would not mind staying in CA, do you mean for work after graduation?

I think Pepperdine may have a better network of alums overseas (mostly because of the undergrad - it is ranked much higher than the BSchool).

On the other hand, Pepperdine is a massive machine when it gets to the BSchool (many alums/grads) but their quality is sometimes questionable and the sheer quantity is making the value of the network not so high.

I think you could do well with either school. Keep in mind that if you are looking to get into Finance and move to the East Coast, many MBA's there think that West Coast Schools (Stanford Excluded) are a joke and country clubs or at least that was my impression talking to a few.

Have you considered approaching both schools about scholarships?
Both may offer some money if you can get your gmat over 700. That may be the deciding factor.


I have done undergrad and grad work in Socal so my network is already pretty good in the area. I just don't want to be stuck in SD, I feel like that may happen with USD. Is that a reasonable concern, or am I thinking too much?

I really have no desire to ever work on the east coast and prefer to work overseas in another country all together, think 'emerging markets'. I know both schools accept foreign nationals from where I want to work. I think I've been pretty good at networking and don't necessarily intend to have to rely on my alum connection for a job though.

USD's undergrad business program is ranked 40th nationwide by business week but has an unranked mba. Pepperdine has a better rank for their mba program. Is there really going to be a material difference between the two? I'm looking to remain in the investment sector.

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Have you considered approaching both schools about scholarships?
Both may offer some money if you can get your gmat over 700. That may be the deciding factor.


If I had a 700 I would not be going to either of these schools! :-D
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2012, 09:25
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ug. you don't have any other options?


thank you for your substantive contribution :no
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 13:40
Unless you have a compelling reason to go to either one, which it seems like you don't, I would go to the one that's less expensive. Pepperdine is ranked #81 in US News, and USD is outside of the top 101 (unranked). So maybe on that basis Pepperdine is a better choice. I believe they do have a pretty decent network in Southern California as well.

If you're looking to move up the rankings a little but don't have stellar stats, maybe consider applying to UC Irvine?
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 14:06
If those are the only two schools you are considering, I feel that Pepperdine is better choice. Pepperdine is ranked 65 by Poets and Quants, and USD is outside of the top 100. They both have really nice campuses; so that's kind of a draw. If you can get over 700 on the GMAT, it might be worthwhile to look at UCLA and USC. They are both generally considered much better programs than Pepperdine and USD and are in SoCal. UCLA's campus is really nice too.
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2012, 17:07
If those are your only two choices, I would go with Pepperdine. Their Malibu campus is gorgeous, lol.
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Re: So-Cal people: Pepperdine or U of San Diego? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2012, 15:03
After listening to the dean of USD (former asst dean of Tuck SOB) I feel they have an advantage. I found there full time program is fairly new and has only been eligible for rankings for one year. He mentioned how they have acquired some top faculty, whom have Wharton phds, and I feel they have a good chance at making a name for themselves in the future. I also thought the USD campus was beautiful!
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