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New post 24 Mar 2017, 06:04
Hey All,

I have been admitted to both UCLA Anderson (with 60k fellowship) and UVA Darden. I am coming from an engineering background and am looking to become a product manager. I am not too particular about industry but it seems like Tech is one industry that the product manager role is really embraced so that is the industry I wrote about in my applications and am leaning towards. I currently live on the east coast and do not mind moving to the west coast for a few years during and post MBA but ultimately want to move back east at some point. Another factor I have to consider is a long term girlfriend that will be closer to Darden though still a 7 hour drive. Without the girlfriend and aspirations to eventually move back east, I would pick Anderson no doubt due to alignment with my goals and fellowship. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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New post 26 Mar 2017, 19:40
Buddy,
You already know the answer. In my opinion UCLA makes more sense for your goals and given the $$$ you gonna save. I believe both are pretty close in terms of rankings/reputation but UCLA surely have an edge in tech. industry. The question you should be asking is HOW MUCH does your personal factors matter to you? If I were you, I would discuss my situation with my gf/family and get there opinion. I'm also not sure how much does 60k matter to you. If it's a considerable amount, UCLA gets an extra point...If it's not that big of a deal, Darden would be equally good.

btw, did you try negotiating with Darden?

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Hey All,

I have been admitted to both UCLA Anderson (with 60k fellowship) and UVA Darden. I am coming from an engineering background and am looking to become a product manager. I am not too particular about industry but it seems like Tech is one industry that the product manager role is really embraced so that is the industry I wrote about in my applications and am leaning towards. I currently live on the east coast and do not mind moving to the west coast for a few years during and post MBA but ultimately want to move back east at some point. Another factor I have to consider is a long term girlfriend that will be closer to Darden though still a 7 hour drive. Without the girlfriend and aspirations to eventually move back east, I would pick Anderson no doubt due to alignment with my goals and fellowship. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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murf312 wrote:
Hey All,

I have been admitted to both UCLA Anderson (with 60k fellowship) and UVA Darden. I am coming from an engineering background and am looking to become a product manager. I am not too particular about industry but it seems like Tech is one industry that the product manager role is really embraced so that is the industry I wrote about in my applications and am leaning towards. I currently live on the east coast and do not mind moving to the west coast for a few years during and post MBA but ultimately want to move back east at some point. Another factor I have to consider is a long term girlfriend that will be closer to Darden though still a 7 hour drive. Without the girlfriend and aspirations to eventually move back east, I would pick Anderson no doubt due to alignment with my goals and fellowship. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Congrats on the admits. Both the schools are wonderful , but UCLA probably has slight edge because it usually sends good % of folks in Product management roles in tech. 60K is a huge amount and make no mistake in ignoring it. You want to come out of the MBA experience with minimal financial burden . Also, the 60K saved could be put to use in the following ways :

1) Visit tech companies in the valley
2) Go for US wide career fairs etc
3) Impromptu company visits and meetups

With the $$ saved at UCLA , you could easily visit your gf once a month or so :-D :-D . Both UCLA and Darden are good schools, but cracking east coast jobs in Product Management would be a herculean task with either of these schools.

Good luck with your MBA journey!!
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