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Fuqua ( $ ) vs Tepper ( $$ )

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New post 14 Jan 2020, 10:24
Hello Everyone,

During the R1 cycle, I have been fortunate enough to have admits from Fuqua ( ~20% scholarship ) and Tepper ( ~60% scholarship ) and am currently would like to have thoughts on which one to pick.

Post MBA Goals: Primary focus is to get into Product Management into one of the FAANG, but I am flexible would like to go the program with an open mind about other career choices.

My main question to everyone here would be to is it better to be big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond? I computed the cost of attendence for myself at both the colleges and Fuqua would be about $90k expensive compared to Tepper.

Fuqua
Great Alumni Network
Duke Brand Name ( "I studied from Duke" has a nice ring to it )
Great Placement for Tech and Consulting
Cost of living in Durham is high
Tuition costs are high

Tepper
CMU Brand Name
Great Placements for Tech
Not so great recruiting for Consulting
Pittsburgh is really cheap
Tuition is cheap ( ~10k cheaper than Fuqua )


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Would be happy to hear everyone's thoughts on if they would be in my shoes which way would they go ?
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New post 14 Jan 2020, 16:27
Congratulations on your admits and hard work paying off!

I think you would definitely have more opportunities and options with Fuqua, esp MBB but I feel for tech, Tepper does fairly well. I think this type of information can only come from the current students at Tepper. Perhaps jumsumtak has thoughts about Fuqua.

I am also trying to see if I can find someone from Tepper...
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New post 15 Jan 2020, 07:56
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Hey,

good job on the admits! congrats.

I will keep it as succinct as possible -

1.) fuqua - better brand + more opportunities in both consulting and tech

2) from my conversations with recent tepper grads - placements in consulting and tech are good, but not great. Also, supply<<demand for top roles/companies. I will let someone from Tepper to chime in with their experience as my knowledge is derived from only 2-3 data points.

3) IMO - big pond is better than small pond
Networking is a very teadious business. You will need all the help and resources. Simply put, at Fuqua you would have more opportunities with less leg work.


Final decision depends on your personal situation. Do you value 90k a lot? can’t make a decision for you as it is a subjective call - is 90k>better opportunities? Personally, I don’t think so. But, can understand if others think differently.

One no lose move you should definitely do - negotiate with fuqua for a higher scholarship.

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Congrats to anyone who is in the enviable position of not only getting admitted to multiple top schools, but also with scholarship! That's a huge validation of the value you bring to each school. But I recommend setting aside the money factor in choosing schools. I understand that the scholarship sums appear big right now as you prepare to take on the hefty tuition / living expenses, all the while you are forgoing two years worth of fulltime income. But once you get back into the workforce, this time on a much higher pay than what it was previous to obtaining your degree, you will realize that the scholarship sum is not as important as the experience and network you get from each school. The latter is what ultimately defines the value of your MBA education, and your earnings after school will take care of student loans and money problems. I recommend choosing whichever school you feel can help with your goals, regardless of the tuition or scholarship amounts.
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New post 23 Jan 2020, 20:38
I would go with Fuqua here.
Tepper is nice but Fuqua is a strong T15 school with great brand recognition / alumni network + strong recruiting. Duke University's overall reputation is also a plus.
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Would echo the above posters--Fuqua is the move given your goals. Also, have you asked at all for more $ from Duke? Might be uncomfortable but the worst case scenario is they say no.

The value of the brand and network are hard to put a price on, but Duke's will open more doors. Additionally, I'm not sold on the big fish/smaller pond debate here. The industry you are recruiting for is not going to have school slots so being atop the Tepper pack is less relevant.

Durham cost of living high vs. Pitt?
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New post 01 Feb 2020, 11:55
Hey! Welcome back mradamsmith!

Great to see you back and thanks for pitching in about Fuqua! What are your internship goals? Consulting? Tech? Something else?

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