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Full-tuition scholarship Cornell vs. Fuqua (no $$)

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Hi Everyone - I've been admitted to Duke (no $$) and offered a full-tuition scholarship at Cornell and and want to get some more perspective before I make a decision. Currently in consulting (not MBB) and looking to switch careers. Not interested in finance or consulting track.

Post-MBA goals: internal strategy/corporate leadership development/general management (transportation/manufacturing)

Both programs have the obvious pros and cons, but Fuqua comes out slightly ahead for me (based on goals, culture, prestige, etc.)

Is the slightly higher ranking, Fuqua network, and greater on-campus access to my target companies worth the extra $130k??

Thanks for your input!
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Well, if you're not an international (US citizen/permanent resident) - then You should consider Fuqua - in the long term - that money will not matter.

If you are dependent on work sponsorship - definitely take the money. Cornell is a good school with strong bonding.

BTW, have you tried negotiating? Duke may offer you something considering a full ride. If they say no, that's no big deal,
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Thanks bb10. I'm a US citizen, so thankfully do not have to worry about sponsorship.

Originally posted by indecisiveadmit on 06 Apr 2017, 14:42.
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Cornell/Duke are in the same tier so I'd go with the money here
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Is the slightly higher ranking, Fuqua network, and greater on-campus access to my target companies worth the extra $130k??


No. Way.

I'm sure you'll be able to put a little extra effort into recruiting (if such is necessary) in order to compensate for whatever (small) advantages Duke may offer since, you know, you won't have an extra $130k+ tuition bill weighing on your mind or years of student loan payments ahead of you. Also, it's not like you'd be giving up Duke for some no-name out-of-the-way program...Cornell is a great school.

Get yourself a nice coat and some snow boots for Ithaca. Enjoy getting a tuition-free Ivy League MBA!
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I completely agree with the comment above. Duke and Cornell are broadly in the same league. Few rankings here and there shouldn't bother you much. Graduating without a loan burden is a huge relief. You can freely choose the career that you like without worrying about the EMIs. Cornell is an Ivy League too. Think of it this way. If you have an option to choose between 2 job offers post-MBA and if you have a loan to repay then you'll always follow the WPM(whichever pays more) policy. At Cornell, you can spend more time introspecting, try out various careers/industries and choose a career that suits your personality without worrying about how much they pay.

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Hi Everyone - I've been admitted to Duke (no $$) and offered a full-tuition scholarship at Cornell and and want to get some more perspective before I make a decision. Currently in consulting (not MBB) and looking to switch careers. Not interested in finance or consulting track.

Post-MBA goals: internal strategy/corporate leadership development/general management (transportation/manufacturing)

Both programs have the obvious pros and cons, but Fuqua comes out slightly ahead for me (based on goals, culture, prestige, etc.)

Is the slightly higher ranking, Fuqua network, and greater on-campus access to my target companies worth the extra $130k??

Thanks for your input!


Congrats on the admits!!

Both are great schools and you should be able to land up with a job of your choice from either of those schools. Take the money and enjoy the debt free MBA ride.
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indecisiveadmit wrote:
Hi Everyone - I've been admitted to Duke (no $$) and offered a full-tuition scholarship at Cornell and and want to get some more perspective before I make a decision. Currently in consulting (not MBB) and looking to switch careers. Not interested in finance or consulting track.

Post-MBA goals: internal strategy/corporate leadership development/general management (transportation/manufacturing)

Both programs have the obvious pros and cons, but Fuqua comes out slightly ahead for me (based on goals, culture, prestige, etc.)

Is the slightly higher ranking, Fuqua network, and greater on-campus access to my target companies worth the extra $130k??

Thanks for your input!



It is no-brainier to choose Cornell. You can't sacrifice the free ride for just name if Duke. I agree that you will work hard to get what you want in term of strategy. But in term of operations, Cornell wins . It has strong operations immersion that will allow you to explore industry and get hands-on experience. I would choose the school that gives me double opportunities which is Cornell in your case.

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I agree with the others. Go with Cornell
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I would take the money not enough of a difference in the schools to warrant passing up all of this money
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Agree with all the other posters. Definitely go with the money on this one. Another easy way to think of it is you're saving ~$130k in tuition. So if you spend even 10% of that on travel to help make sure you meet the right folks for recruiting you're still waaaaaaay ahead.

The only way I would potentially change my answer is if there is something other than slightly higher ranking that drew you to Fuqua. If there's some unique niche in the program or something, then you'd need to decide if it's worth the $130k. But it sounds like from your post that it's mostly about the slightly difference in rankings, so I'd say definitely go with the full ride.
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Thanks everyone for your opinions! oilMBA - the only other potentially significant advantage of Fuqua is the greater on-campus presence of my target companies. There is some overlap between the companies that recruit at both, but it seems like I would need to put in the extra work if I end up at Cornell (but like you and others said, even if I spent a fraction of $130k on travel, etc. I am still ahead).

It really comes down to how much of an advantage it is to have access to more on-campus recruiting (leadership dev rotations/internal strategy) vs. more legwork on my own. Also a bit concerned about geographical distribution (I am interested in locations outside of NE and Fuqua is much more distributed across the US)

Does this change the equation at all?
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indecisiveadmit wrote:
Thanks everyone for your opinions! oilMBA - the only other potentially significant advantage of Fuqua is the greater on-campus presence of my target companies. There is some overlap between the companies that recruit at both, but it seems like I would need to put in the extra work if I end up at Cornell (but like you and others said, even if I spent a fraction of $130k on travel, etc. I am still ahead).

It really comes down to how much of an advantage it is to have access to more on-campus recruiting (leadership dev rotations/internal strategy) vs. more legwork on my own. Also a bit concerned about geographical distribution (I am interested in locations outside of NE and Fuqua is much more distributed across the US)

Does this change the equation at all?


I think something that you may want to do is reach out to the Cornell career development office. They may be able to tell you how good (or bad) of a chance previous students have had at your target employer / type of job that doesn't recruit on campus. If the numbers are abysmal, then maybe you consider Fuqua, if they're decent / on par with everything else, I think your decision is made for you.

Another thing you might consider if you haven't already is reach out to Fuqua and explain the situation - i.e. Cornell has given you a full ride, but Fuqua is your first choice - and see if they'll offer some money to sweeten the pot?
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