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I'm in a predicament: I've been admitted to both UCLA and Darden, live on the West Coast, and want to end up after school in California. So it sounds like it would be a no-brainer--UCLA, right? Well, Darden offered me a full-ride (tuition), whereas Anderson offered nothing. My girlfriend would likely come with me and I know that C-ville isn't exactly a hot-spot for employment. I'm really torn because I do have family near Darden and have the chance to go to school for free, but on the other hand, I'm going to be in California afterward and want to make sure my gf can be gainfully employed.

For what it's worth, I'm interested in consulting/corporate strategy, specifically for firms that recruit at both campuses.

Am I crazy for rejecting a full scholarship to take on what could amount to ~70k extra debt so that I can remain on the West Coast?

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 15:22
I dont really have time to think this through and write out my opinion......BUTTTTT, I definitely want to congratulate you on the full ride to Darden! THATS AWESOME!!!!!!!! 8-)
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New post 07 Apr 2009, 15:39
I really think you should take the full-ride. Darden is a great school. As of your gf, I think two years of long distance is hard, but I think each one of you have to be happy to make the relationship good. You should make the decision what's best for you. She should make the decision what's best for her. (As you are not ONE yet) If you both are happy and committed, two years will pass soon enough. You will return to Cali happy, no regret, not in debt. If you two get married, your gf should be happy about you are both not ~70k in debt and she has a good career.

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 15:48
i would take darden in a heartbeat... better overall reputation, and it should help recruit nationally, so going back west coast shouldn't be that big a problem.

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 16:06
I would go where the money is. Why going into debt when u have offers from 2 equally good schools. Not a hard decision to me.
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New post 07 Apr 2009, 16:18
Wow thats quite an accomplishment. I presume you asked UCLA to match, they didn't budge?

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 16:32
If you haven't asked UCLA to match, definitely do it! The worst they can say is no. I met a guy who had the same issue last year, only it was full-ride Darden v. nothing at Haas, and he was able to get some $$$ (not a full ride, but like $10-$15k or so) from Haas and ended up attending Haas because of it.

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 17:46
First, congrats on both your admits as well as your schollie offers! :-D

Given that the amount in question is a full ride, I would say go to Darden. Like you mentioned, the companies you want to work at recruit there so that aspect should work. I think you would also be able to mention it during recruiting, and it could help you stand out from your peers.

From the perspective of your relationship - that's really up to you/her. I would ask her what she thinks. Is she willing to move with you? Or do the long distance thing? I think best case is that she realizes it's only for two years, that the cost of you guys visiting each other regularly will be less than the tuition you'd pay at Anderson, and if you do the long-term thing, eventually you share your wealth and your debt so financially this could be the better option :)

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 19:05
buddy go to darden...the other stuff will work itself out.

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 20:41
Full ride for a school with a great rep vs nothing from another equal school....hmm do you seriously have to ask the question? Go to Darden.
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New post 07 Apr 2009, 21:54
I would pick full ride. In case you don't, can I go there for you? :P

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 22:15
wow congrats on having this 'problem'.
I'd go for Darden...easy.
GF can start to find employment from now (hoping for the best)...or..just do the long distance thing...it's 2 years. I know it sucks, but at least you know your endpoint and you know you will be back in Cali after that.
Sometimes knowing that you'll be back can help you survive that long distance thing.

wow..Darden and UCLA is about the same level.. and yet one offers nothing and the other full scholarship.. crazy admin people/process.

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New post 07 Apr 2009, 23:43
wow, first of all congrats, I'm definitely having penis envy.
second of all, ask UCLA for more money, else go to Darden.

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New post 08 Apr 2009, 09:17
Hey guys,

Thanks for the feedback. I figured if I posted anything remotely close to this on BW, I would have been hanged and quartered, e.g. I shouldn't even enroll in b-school for bringing this up. I want to let folks know that I am really humbled (and, quite frankly, shocked) that Darden even considered me for any money, so I appreciate your support. People might look differently at MBAs if they were to take a peek at this board.

Anyway enough of the sappy stuff, I did call UCLA to see whether they'd be able to do anything to help with my finances, but they informed me they've made their decisions already with respect to scholarships...BUT that as recipients reject their offer of admission, that money is made available to other admits--so I figure I wouldn't really know until Haas' notification date (which I think is in a couple of weeks). The real kick in the teeth is that UCLA offers need-based aid, but the amount isn't made known to you until after you have sent in your deposit. (I'm trying to get that info earlier: how can people make an informed decision when they knowingly hold back pertinent info?)

To be perfectly honest, I know what decision is the right one and am very excited about it, but I think I won't make it final until I have to (Darden's deposit deadline).

All the best,

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New post 08 Apr 2009, 09:34
Need based aid is almost always just loans...UCLA is a public school so they are gonna have the endowment to give out lots of need based scholarships like the top private schools.
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New post 08 Apr 2009, 10:45
Charlottesville rocks! Go to Darden!

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New post 08 Apr 2009, 13:08
I'd say go to darden, if your GF starts looking for a job now, and then waits til she finds something before moving instead of moving first then finding a job she'll be able to stay employed the whole time and still limit the long distance time to under two years.

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New post 08 Apr 2009, 19:45
DD = Definitely Darden! :-D

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New post 08 Apr 2009, 20:52
First congrats! I would go to Darden. Their recruiting seems strong enough to place their students nationally. I am not sure if pehilu is active on the site, but he attend/ed Darden and went out to Los Angeles to intern. Seacrh some of his post on Darden, a lot of threads should come up.

Again, congrats!

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New post 12 Apr 2009, 17:39
I would point out one thing that others haven't yet mentioned. Given that the two schools you are contemplating are fairly similar in the eyes of recruiters, a full scholarship can be a differentiating factor in recruiting. I can tell you for certain that a merit-based full scholarship is something that will make you stand out when recruiters select their candidates, and if it is a named scholarship it can also be a terrific discussion point during interviews. For example, my scholarship was given through the institute for entrepreneurship and that item on the resume was a great jumping off point for a variety of topics.

As 89nk mentioned, I had no trouble landing an internship with the LA office of a top firm. I also know that quite a few spouses have been able to find employment with Darden and the broader University. You might consider checking with Darden to see if they know of opportunities that might be suitable for your girlfriend (don't know if GF employment is as readily available as spouse...)

Finally, the most obvious question is, if you're admitted with a full scholarship and still don't want to go, why did you apply in the first place? I actually had a similar decision a few years ago (UCLA undergrad, LA is my hometown, admitted to Anderson). I understand that despite the popular opinion in this thread this isn't an easy decision, however I've been extremely pleased with my experience. I made the decision that I wanted a full business school experience, rather than just hanging out with my college buddies around LA. The money is definitely nice - and in fact I probably won't fully recognize how nice it is until I start working and think about the chunk of change that others must allocate to loans each month. For the time being it takes a lot of pressure of the job search and really gives the sense that I can be flexible if I want to, and with the economy as it is, that's definitely pretty nice.

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