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Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 06:43
I just got off the waitlist at Tuck and need to weigh it against a full-tuition scholarship at Darden. I view the two schools as extremely similar, and I don't want make a decision based on money. I feel like I already have the Tuck network, so going to Darden would expand my network more. Darden's the up-and-comer in the northeast, while Tuck's has a well established network.

My background: White, male, northeast US, ivy undergrad, working in finance/consulting currently
Career goal: move into non-profit endowment management or strategy consulting

My opinions on both:

Darden: (1) most engaged students; (2) strong alumni that get back to you instantly; (3) great quality of life; (4) on the upswing
Tuck: (1) stronger reputation in the northeast; (2) more alumni in strategy consulting; (3) students come from more brand name companies (4) "old boys club" networks
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Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 09:34
This is a tough call because Tuck is my #1 and I'm hoping calls for the WL continue next week.

That said, I don't know if the gap between Tuck and Darden is big enough to justify shelling out $115K-$120K to go to Tuck.

You'll get a lot of financial freedom by going to a top MBA for only the cost of living expenses.
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Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 09:52
Have you visited both schools? I assume you've been to Tuck to interview, but what about Darden?

I tend to agree with cobrakai that both schools are pretty similar, and its really had to pass up the 150k or whatever it turns out to be. That said, if you feel really attached to Tuck, certainly that is an excellent choice as well.
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Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 14:54
hkl201 wrote:
I just got off the waitlist at Tuck and need to weigh it against a full-tuition scholarship at Darden. I view the two schools as extremely similar, and I don't want make a decision based on money. I feel like I already have the Tuck network, so going to Darden would expand my network more. Darden's the up-and-comer in the northeast, while Tuck's has a well established network.

My background: White, male, northeast US, ivy undergrad, working in finance/consulting currently
Career goal: move into non-profit endowment management or strategy consulting

My opinions on both:

Darden: (1) most engaged students; (2) strong alumni that get back to you instantly; (3) great quality of life; (4) on the upswing
Tuck: (1) stronger reputation in the northeast; (2) more alumni in strategy consulting; (3) students come from more brand name companies (4) "old boys club" networks

If I were in your shoes, I would choose Darden. Given your comment about the Tuck network, it sounds like you went to Dartmouth, so you're already familiar with what it would be like up there. Darden places really well in consulting (too), you sound more excited about going to Darden, and you're looking at a full-tuition scholarship. Not a bad spot to be in if you ask me! :)
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Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 18:14
hkl201 wrote:
I just got off the waitlist at Tuck and need to weigh it against a full-tuition scholarship at Darden. I view the two schools as extremely similar, and I don't want make a decision based on money. I feel like I already have the Tuck network, so going to Darden would expand my network more. Darden's the up-and-comer in the northeast, while Tuck's has a well established network.

My background: White, male, northeast US, ivy undergrad, working in finance/consulting currently
Career goal: move into non-profit endowment management or strategy consulting

My opinions on both:

Darden: (1) most engaged students; (2) strong alumni that get back to you instantly; (3) great quality of life; (4) on the upswing
Tuck: (1) stronger reputation in the northeast; (2) more alumni in strategy consulting; (3) students come from more brand name companies (4) "old boys club" networks


So which school won out?
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Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 09:20
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Take the money and run! While Tuck is a slightly better brand, Darden/ UVA will get you just as far.

Although I chose Kellogg, I still muse about life in Charlottesville. Darden is such an unbelievable atmosphere and there is a real energy about the place that really is unmatched - even by Tuck, in my opinion (and this is coming from a major Tuck fanboy). Good luck.
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Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $ [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 09:27
Happy to see some love for Darden :)

But I totally second what the above poster said!
Re: Tuck v Darden w/ $   [#permalink] 14 May 2013, 09:27
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