UVA Darden / Duke Fuqua / Stern

Any alumni from these schools that can share their experiences?

Ultimately my goal is to go MBB, all 3 firms recruit from these schools. I know NYU is more of a banking school though. Darden seems to have a great consulting group to join.

Just wanted some insight into the programs from an insider's perspective if anybody out there has something to add.

I haven't actually applied yet, likely applying "Early action" or first round 2022 for 2023 school year, full time.


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Jul 23, 2021 - 12:14pm

I am applying for Darden/Duke in 2022 as well for Early Action. Aiming for Consulting/Tech. Currently studying for the GMAT. I am leaning towards Darden because of my low GPA in undergrad, and as they are a friendly school for veterans. Darden also has a high ROI compared to some of the top programs, given their low cost. 

Good article from couple of days ago from P&Q on top employers. Darden is on page 4.


I will let the alumni share their perspective on the program. Interested as well.

Jul 23, 2021 - 12:44pm

First off, thanks for your service brother.

And yeah I'm actually leaning towards Darden as my number one pick rn, (I also am lacking on the gpa side I have a 3.21 undergrad)

Not sure what your profile or gpa actually are but I'm figuring I have to clear at least 730 on the gmat for Darden given my gpa and have a less traditional background.

Check out their consulting program focus it looks awesome.

They also seem to be the most conservative of the 3 schools and have a good culture where I'd fit in well.

Jul 23, 2021 - 11:05pm

Thanks for the support mate!

I am close to your GPA. 3.16 - non-target terrible school, went for finance. 

1 year in Ops think of (think: MS/GS/JPM).

2 years in Finance in aerospace/defense (think: Lockheed/Raytheon/Northrop/Boeing)

and about to transition to tier 2 consulting. 

6 years in Army Guard. Will be 26 when I apply. 

Hoping to get 700-710 at a minimum to go for EA. 730 for Round 1. Since I have heard that EAs have higher chance of being accepted, lower chance of scholarship as the school knows they are your top choice. Duke would be my second choice as they are also lenient on GPA.

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