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Uni of Maryland vs Georgia tech [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 09:44
Hi Linda/Paul,

I am an Indian and I have got admits from two univesities namely University of Maryland - Smith and Georgia Institute of Technology - Dupree. In Dupree, I have full tuition waiver plus 5000$ stipend which I can use for my living expenses. In Smith, I have only a partial tuition waiver, after which the remaining fees is $10,000 and living expenses is on me. Dupree' s offer is more lucrative but Smith is ranked higher and is a more reputed university. Is Smiths's reputation worthy enough that extra bit of investment?

Also, post MBA, I want to be in IT consulting or consulting in Financial Services domain. Location not important. Which of the above schools would offer me a better chance in finding such a job?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Uni of Maryland vs Georgia tech [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2006, 03:34
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Hi Linda/Paul,

I am an Indian and I have got admits from two univesities namely University of Maryland - Smith and Georgia Institute of Technology - Dupree. In Dupree, I have full tuition waiver plus 5000$ stipend which I can use for my living expenses. In Smith, I have only a partial tuition waiver, after which the remaining fees is $10,000 and living expenses is on me. Dupree' s offer is more lucrative but Smith is ranked higher and is a more reputed university. Is Smiths's reputation worthy enough that extra bit of investment?

Also, post MBA, I want to be in IT consulting or consulting in Financial Services domain. Location not important. Which of the above schools would offer me a better chance in finding such a job?

Thanks for your help.


Terry1980,

Some data points:

1. Rankings: Maryland is BW's #28, USNews #27, and WSJ's #15 best regional school; GaTech is outside BW's top 30, is USNews #32, and is WSJ's #45. (Slight) Advantage: Smith

2. Percentage of grads who find employment in consulting: Maryland, 34%; GaTech 34%. Advantage: N/A

3. Consulting companies among top 10 employers of schools' grads: Maryland--Deloitte and PwC (10 hires total); GaTech--IBM, PwC, Deloitte, E&Y (13 hires). (Slight) Advantage: GaTech?

4. Average Salary: Maryland--$78,869; GaTech--$74,675 (Slight) Advantage: Smith

Bottom Line: These are basically comparable programs. Though you say location doesn't matter to you, location is the one place where these schools can differentiate themselves. 74% of GaTech's grads work in the South, while only 51% of Smith's work in the Mid-Atlantic. This suggests Smith's grads have more mobility, i.e., its reputation is a bit broader based, which may matter to you if you ever seek a job outside the South. Your call.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2006, 13:19
Spot on analysis. I too gathered that Maryland had only a slight advantage in terms of no of recruiters, mobility in the north-east and higher rank. However, specifically considering IT consulting, Gatech turns the tables. After establishing this, now I feel more favourable towards Gatech primarily due to the better scholarship I have received.

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Spot on analysis. I too gathered that Maryland had only a slight advantage in terms of no of recruiters, mobility in the north-east and higher rank. However, specifically considering IT consulting, Gatech turns the tables. After establishing this, now I feel more favourable towards Gatech primarily due to the better scholarship I have received.

Thanks again for your help.


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