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# getting into top school - donation plays a factor?

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27 Nov 2006, 11:16
Do you guys think the admission chances also depend on who your dad is and how much donation he is willing to make.. i have always wondered.. btw his daughter got a 4.0 at wharton... amazing !!!

i know quite a few indian business tycoons who went to stanford etc for Mba.. and i wondered if donation got anything to do with it?

Anyway anyone applyiong to trump university? haha a joke..
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27 Nov 2006, 11:28
Yes... Contrary to what some would like to believe about egalitarianism and so on these things definately do matter... There are candidates who are admitted to top schools because their parents are being groomed for donations. I had a gf in college whose dad has an institute or something at HBS named after him. When his daughter applied to Harvard undergrad it was a no questions asked instant admit.
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27 Nov 2006, 11:35
is that fair?
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27 Nov 2006, 11:38
Maybe not... but life isn't always fair unfortunately.
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27 Nov 2006, 11:41
Life itself isn't fair...schools aren't any different. Only a handful of people are able to overcome odds and rise to the top despite their backgrounds.

I consider myself priviledged that I don't have to work as a miner in Bolivia or scrounge for diamonds in sub-saharan Africa.

willget800 wrote:
is that fair?
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27 Nov 2006, 11:43
My father is fond of saying Universities are businesses first and educators second, especially here in the US where the government provides a small portion of most operating budgets.
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27 Nov 2006, 11:43
I would assume such a perspective helps keep one optimistic at all times.

"My wife just left me... Oh well, at least I am not begging on the streets."
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27 Nov 2006, 11:54
Either one can compain about the "system" and its fairness or work within the system to rise above it...the choice is personal.

Mark4124 wrote:
I would assume such a perspective helps keep one optimistic at all times.

"My wife just left me... Oh well, at least I am not begging on the streets."
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27 Nov 2006, 12:03
I think this is fair. Because of these donations, we poor people get thousands in scholarships.
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27 Nov 2006, 12:17
Good thinking! ^^
27 Nov 2006, 12:17
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