ForumWatch: Comparing Business Schools

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 1, 2011

Often, when participants of the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum have to decide between graduate business schools, they turn to their online friends for help. Visitors to the forums will often see subject headings pitting one school against another. Recently, vsjn1982 described the dilemma of having to choose between enrolling in the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (Darden Full-Time MBA Profile) and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua Full-Time MBA Profile). For some, the decision can be grueling.

Online friends offer suggestions about considering location, the kinds of recruiters and jobs that will come one’s way at one school versus the other, financial aid, and the placement of each program on various rankings. Sometimes these discussion threads spark vigorous debates among forum participants. Those who are fiercely loyal to one program over all others can be quite passionate in voicing their opinion about which school to choose.

Ultimately, vsjn1982 and all others asking these kinds of questions will have to make their own decisions on the business school that is the best fit for them. Having the opinions of others might open their minds to things they hadn’t considered. If you’re interested in sharing your opinion, you can do so at the “Choosing between Darden and Fuqua” discussion thread.

—by Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools Forum, where prospective B-school applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.

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