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Vanderbilt (Owen) $$ vs Duke (Fuqua)

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New post 13 Mar 2015, 12:43
Hi everyone,
I'm 25 years old with 3 years of work experience in technology consulting. I studied computer science undergrad, so I want to get into more product management at a high-tech company - think Google or Microsoft, but maybe a start-up too. I have been admitted to Fuqua and Owen (full tuition paid at Owen). I'm leaning Owen because of the money, but I know Duke has an amazing reputation.

Any advice on which school to choose from a high-tech industry perspective?

thank you!
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New post 14 Mar 2015, 02:05
Congrats. You're in a great position. Do you have a geographic preference? Hard to turn down a full-ride but Fuqua is starting to really develop a nice reputation for sending grads into the Tech industry broadly speaking. Last year, they went from 10% of their class going into tech to 20% going into tech Having said that, you have a CS background which certainly will help in the recruiting process regardless of where you go.


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Hi everyone,
I'm 25 years old with 3 years of work experience in technology consulting. I studied computer science undergrad, so I want to get into more product management at a high-tech company - think Google or Microsoft, but maybe a start-up too. I have been admitted to Fuqua and Owen (full tuition paid at Owen). I'm leaning Owen because of the money, but I know Duke has an amazing reputation.

Any advice on which school to choose from a high-tech industry perspective?

thank you!

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New post 15 Mar 2015, 11:34
At a quick glance, I think Fuqua has a better reputation in the tech world and might be the better choice.

I have a very similar situation. Full tuition scholarship at Owen and a smaller scholarship at Fuqua. 26 years old and working in investment management. Does anyone have any views specific to this field?
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New post 16 Mar 2015, 21:46
Fuqua is getting better and better at high tech in the Valley.Check out Fuqua's High Tech club. Fuqua sent 12 students to Google last year, compared with none for Owen.

Product Management is a hard area to break into without prior experience as PM (a chicken and the egg problem). Your CS degree will give you an advantage, but I think you would need to leverage a strong hi-tech network as well. For a PM role in the Valley, you will be competing against top MBA students (with tech background), and startup founders. I think the Fuqua brand will allow you to more effectively compete in this arena.
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Re: Vanderbilt (Owen) $$ vs Duke (Fuqua)   [#permalink] 16 Mar 2015, 21:46
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