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Duke Fuqua vs. Yale SOM for a social impact person

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I there. I'm currently stuck deciding between admissions offers from Duke Fuqua and Yale SOM. Both are great schools and a great fit for what I want to do in the social impact measurement space. Yale SOM is probably better suited to my career goals, but Fuqua also has a strong center for Social Entrepreneurship (although the student body is less bent toward social sector jobs).

A bit about me...
-Pre-MBA: 4.5 years working for social enterprises in supply chain management roles
-Post-MBA: social impact measurement role for impact investing fund or social impact consulting

After my visit to both Yale really stood out to me in terms of student body, course offerings, and connections for future jobs. However, SOM & Fuqua are relatively comparable in rankings, and Duke offered me a 1/2 tuition scholarship, which I find hard to turn down!

I'm having a hard time quantifying the ROI down the road in either case...

Duke Fuqua:
Pros:
- $$ scholarship (approx 60k)
- CASE center for social entrepreneurship, strong faculty though fewer course offerings
- tight knit/collaborative community
- weather is better and Durham seems cool!
- Fuqua has a strong brand
- loan forgiveness (only non-profit work) ($8k x 8yrs)
Cons:
- less people coming from/going to social impact jobs
- less long-term brand power?

Yale SOM
Pros:
- brand new facility
- large social impact community
- known for non-profit management, do-gooders
- prestigious institution
- more class offerings in social impact/data measurement
- take classes from any Yale school
- loan forgiveness (non-prof, b-corp, or LC3) ($10k x 10yr)
- better academics (?)
Cons:
- No scholarships, therefore higher pressure post b-school for higher paying job
- smaller alumni base

Any insight greatly appreciated!

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I would go Fuqua here, the schools are fairly comparable and with the money I lean Fuqua. What I would say though if you are feeling a better fit at Yale you don't want to ignore that. Also, look into if Yale has any loan forgiveness programs for students entering social enterprise
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VeritasPrepDozie - an update, Yale met me 1/2 way with the scholarship, and their loan forgiveness is better on the back end so at this point I'm leaning Yale. Really appreciate your feedback, though!

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socialimpactguru11 wrote:
VeritasPrepDozie - an update, Yale met me 1/2 way with the scholarship, and their loan forgiveness is better on the back end so at this point I'm leaning Yale. Really appreciate your feedback, though!



Congratulations! That's super nice that they have been able to help out. Any tips in particular what you would suggest others that may be in a scholarship vs. no scholarship situation, how to approach it and get the no-scholarship school improve their offer?
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New post 10 May 2017, 12:27
Very happy for you! I have found that when my clients let the "other" school know what their situation is- in your case money from Duke but not Yale- sometimes- and especially if you are informing and not demanding and can be very polite about it-
you can in fact get some money from the other school. I had a client this year who got more money from an M7 program even after she accepted. Sometimes it is a matter if more money becomes available and they know of your situation you can sometimes get more.
But always keep in mind that it is a bonus and you need to express to the school that you are excited to attend and not just shopping around like for a used car trying to get the best deal! Congrats on Yale- I think you had 2 great choices- but it sounds like you got the best option for you and I'm very happy for you! Congrats and now go and make the world a better place... and quick! We need it!
socialimpactguru11 wrote:
I there. I'm currently stuck deciding between admissions offers from Duke Fuqua and Yale SOM. Both are great schools and a great fit for what I want to do in the social impact measurement space. Yale SOM is probably better suited to my career goals, but Fuqua also has a strong center for Social Entrepreneurship (although the student body is less bent toward social sector jobs).

A bit about me...
-Pre-MBA: 4.5 years working for social enterprises in supply chain management roles
-Post-MBA: social impact measurement role for impact investing fund or social impact consulting

After my visit to both Yale really stood out to me in terms of student body, course offerings, and connections for future jobs. However, SOM & Fuqua are relatively comparable in rankings, and Duke offered me a 1/2 tuition scholarship, which I find hard to turn down!

I'm having a hard time quantifying the ROI down the road in either case...

Duke Fuqua:
Pros:
- $$ scholarship (approx 60k)
- CASE center for social entrepreneurship, strong faculty though fewer course offerings
- tight knit/collaborative community
- weather is better and Durham seems cool!
- Fuqua has a strong brand
- loan forgiveness (only non-profit work) ($8k x 8yrs)
Cons:
- less people coming from/going to social impact jobs
- less long-term brand power?

Yale SOM
Pros:
- brand new facility
- large social impact community
- known for non-profit management, do-gooders
- prestigious institution
- more class offerings in social impact/data measurement
- take classes from any Yale school
- loan forgiveness (non-prof, b-corp, or LC3) ($10k x 10yr)
- better academics (?)
Cons:
- No scholarships, therefore higher pressure post b-school for higher paying job
- smaller alumni base

Any insight greatly appreciated!

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socialimpactguru, I just sent you a PM. Your pre-MBA role is actually one I'm researching as my post-MBA career goal. :o

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socialimpactguru11 wrote:
VeritasPrepDozie - an update, Yale met me 1/2 way with the scholarship, and their loan forgiveness is better on the back end so at this point I'm leaning Yale. Really appreciate your feedback, though!



Congratulations! That's super nice that they have been able to help out. Any tips in particular what you would suggest others that may be in a scholarship vs. no scholarship situation, how to approach it and get the no-scholarship school improve their offer?


I was just direct and polite, like the other commenter mentioned. I told them that I really wanted to go there, but this is the other offer I had on the table, hence the dilemma. Technically, the dilemma isn't over as I still haven't 100% committed, but I need to make a choice and move on because August is coming up quickly!

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 11:02
HANDS DOWN FUQUA BETWEEN THE 2. But I would go to Stanford over Fuqua if I was in your place.

After Stanford may be Fuqua/MIT


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