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Indiana Kelley ($$$$) vs Darden ($)

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Hello everyone,

I have been fortunate enough to gain admission to several different business schools. While there are others out there, it has really come down to these two schools. I have been offered the Dean's Fellowship at Kelley which includes full tuition and health insurance. I have also been offered 50% tuition at UVA Darden. The cost difference over the entirety of the MBA program would be roughly $72,000 more if I attended Darden.

My post-MBA goal is management consulting. Obviously, I would try to get into an MBB firm. I know that placement at these firms are far better at Darden, but that by no means guarantees a position at one of those firms if I attend UVA. Back-up goal is with a Deloitte/Accenture/PwC firm or a leadership development program at an industrial company.

I enjoyed both schools. For me, Bloomington and and Charlottesville would both be great places to spend two years. I was more attracted to Darden during my campus visits based on classroom environment, faculty, and caliber of student body.

Short-term post-MBA, location does not matter; I wouldn't mind some warmer weather. Long-term (~10 years out) I would like to be in the Midwest at an industrial company in a marketing/business development/strategy role.

Do you think the Dean's Fellowship at Kelley (both the tuition and the intangibles) outweigh the 50% scholarship at Darden given my career goals? Looking forward to hearing your opinions.
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Kelley will be a better choice given the $72k and your goals.
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One other aspect is Darren’s case method similar to HBS. Some love it and think it is the best whiny while others can get a bit tired of that. Keep that in mind.

Darden is pretty well known for its IB placements.

PS. You would be paying 10k per ranking spot if you went to Darden. That’s not terrible. Though it is more of a logarithmic rather than a linear scale.

PS. If you are an international applicant, I would pick Kelley. If you are a domestic Applicant, a bit debatable I feel.

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Hello everyone,

I have been fortunate enough to gain admission to several different business schools. While there are others out there, it has really come down to these two schools. I have been offered the Dean's Fellowship at Kelley which includes full tuition and health insurance. I have also been offered 50% tuition at UVA Darden. The cost difference over the entirety of the MBA program would be roughly $72,000 more if I attended Darden.

My post-MBA goal is management consulting. Obviously, I would try to get into an MBB firm. I know that placement at these firms are far better at Darden, but that by no means guarantees a position at one of those firms if I attend UVA. Back-up goal is with a Deloitte/Accenture/PwC firm or a leadership development program at an industrial company.

I enjoyed both schools. For me, Bloomington and and Charlottesville would both be great places to spend two years. I was more attracted to Darden during my campus visits based on classroom environment, faculty, and caliber of student body.

Short-term post-MBA, location does not matter; I wouldn't mind some warmer weather. Long-term (~10 years out) I would like to be in the Midwest at an industrial company in a marketing/business development/strategy role.

Do you think the Dean's Fellowship at Kelley (both the tuition and the intangibles) outweigh the 50% scholarship at Darden given my career goals? Looking forward to hearing your opinions.


Are you international or domestic student? Have you found the 100% case method in Darden interesting to you? Both will give you opportunity in general. But Kelley does not have same MBB recruitment as Darden does. Kelley send students to Deloitte/Accenture/PwC or to 2nd tier firms, as director of consulting academy told me. If you target special industrial companies, it might be slightly different depending on the region. For example, Danaher recruits from Darden which runs some projects inside it. But it does recruit internationals.

I believe you won't go wrong either way. I totally agree with bb on his last comment.
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To add a little more detail to the scenario:

I am a domestic applicant. There will be no debt with either option. It’s a matter of $72,000 dollars, which for me is not chump change, and career goals.
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To add a little more detail to the scenario:

I am a domestic applicant. There will be no debt with either option. It’s a matter of $72,000 dollars, which for me is not chump change, and career goals.


Because money would not be an issue and you lean to Darden, then I think that Darden would be great choice. I think the opportunities for consulting are higher than Kelley's and level of industrial firms are higher (Draden can actually will help in some of Kelley's region such as Cummins). This is valid if you are comfortable with 100% case method in Darden.
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I would prefer Darden for sure. It has its brand name and the other advantages over Kelley. Moreover, I think 72k investment can really end up with great returns.
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If you want to do consulting and you're targeting MBB, rankings matter - a lot. Consulting firms are among the most MBA ranking sensitive employers out there, and Darden is a fantastic consulting school.

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Had you been an international candidate, I would have asked you to pick Darden - the better brand and opportunities would ensure you have a reasonable chance towards your goals. Since you are a domestic candidate, that levels the field to a good extent. Given your goals, if you are not dead set on MBB, and are open to PWC and Accenture, you could actually follow the better scholarship. Kelley opens a lot of doors for domestic candidates in the Midwest in companies such as Cummins and Ecolab.

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Thanks to everyone for the responses.
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