which one to opt for?TAMPA OR AKRON


i got admission in the following college:
university of TAMPA,
university of AKRON,
Planning to mba finance, which one should i opt for taking into consideration job prospects and curriculum benefits
thanks.

i got admission in the following college:
university of TAMPA,
university of AKRON,
Planning to mba finance, which one should i opt for taking into consideration job prospects and curriculum benefits
thanks.
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Duncan

Tampa seems much better. Akron is a great university, but they have a part-time MBA programme aimed at people already in work. Full-time students just join their evening classes. There seems to be no real careers service there. Tampa has a much wider range of employers in the region, and a better set-up.

Tampa seems much better. Akron is a great university, but they have a part-time MBA programme aimed at people already in work. Full-time students just join their evening classes. There seems to be no real careers service there. Tampa has a much wider range of employers in the region, and a better set-up.
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thanks for the reply..recently i have one more colleges to which i got selected:
univ. of akron
univ of tampa
univ of michigan-dearborn (need to take up additional subject statistics)
univ. of california- long beach (awaiting results)

for mba finance which one wins it in all aspects for my score.
my gmat score :600
my toefl score :109 and academics :8.58/10.0
is there any better college i should have applied for with regards to my scores (in that case i could wait for spring 2011)

thanks for the reply..recently i have one more colleges to which i got selected:
univ. of akron
univ of tampa
univ of michigan-dearborn (need to take up additional subject statistics)
univ. of california- long beach (awaiting results)

for mba finance which one wins it in all aspects for my score.
my gmat score :600
my toefl score :109 and academics :8.58/10.0
is there any better college i should have applied for with regards to my scores (in that case i could wait for spring 2011)
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Duncan

What is your work experience like? Where are you? If there's something interesting or unusual about you, then you might be able to get into a better known programme.

Lonb Beach is, sadly, not in the University of California but in the less well known California State University. It seems like a good school with a good understanding of how to develop the MBA. However, you are over the average GMAT for that school, and think you should hunt for schools where the average student is at least as well qualified as you - that way you will learn more.

I think you might also want to think about career services. University of Michigan-Dearborn Is mainly a part-time school, so it will not have serious careers services. My guess is that Long Beach is better for jobs than Dearborn.

Maybe look at some of the school in the bottom of this list:
http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-in-usa.html

By the way, do you want to get your US MBA and then leave the country? Maybe that's why you are looking at accelerated MBAs with no internships or careers services? There are lots of places outside the USA where you can get a US MBA inexpensively, and some are high quality, like the MBA-GBS program offered by UNC Charlotte and ITESM or GISMA's programme with Purdue.

PS From your list, I would choose Tampa.

What is your work experience like? Where are you? If there's something interesting or unusual about you, then you might be able to get into a better known programme.

Lonb Beach is, sadly, not in the University of California but in the less well known California State University. It seems like a good school with a good understanding of how to develop the MBA. However, you are over the average GMAT for that school, and think you should hunt for schools where the average student is at least as well qualified as you - that way you will learn more.

I think you might also want to think about career services. University of Michigan-Dearborn Is mainly a part-time school, so it will not have serious careers services. My guess is that Long Beach is better for jobs than Dearborn.

Maybe look at some of the school in the bottom of this list:
http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-in-usa.html

By the way, do you want to get your US MBA and then leave the country? Maybe that's why you are looking at accelerated MBAs with no internships or careers services? There are lots of places outside the USA where you can get a US MBA inexpensively, and some are high quality, like the MBA-GBS program offered by UNC Charlotte and ITESM or GISMA's programme with Purdue.

PS From your list, I would choose Tampa.
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Thanks for such a detailed answer.. it was very helpful. i forgot to add my experience.. i am a marine engineer, worked for 3.5 years. i am from India and looking for MBA program in u.s. Looking to get into management sector as marine no longer has the same charm (money-wise) as the same salaries is obtained on land.
As i had little time for applying for colleges. (i got on land in the month of feb 2011) and so i had to rush through gmat and toefl, and started applying for colleges. i missed many deadlines of many colleges . is it possible to transfer to different colleges with the scores i have obtained after initially joining the universities i have in hand? i don't favor to write gmat again (cant bear grueling 3-4 hrs of exam.)
About univ. of Tampa i heard its a private university. Does that have any effect on the certification. i am looking for colleges whose degrees are recognized world-wide.

Thanks for such a detailed answer.. it was very helpful. i forgot to add my experience.. i am a marine engineer, worked for 3.5 years. i am from India and looking for MBA program in u.s. Looking to get into management sector as marine no longer has the same charm (money-wise) as the same salaries is obtained on land.
As i had little time for applying for colleges. (i got on land in the month of feb 2011) and so i had to rush through gmat and toefl, and started applying for colleges. i missed many deadlines of many colleges . is it possible to transfer to different colleges with the scores i have obtained after initially joining the universities i have in hand? i don't favor to write gmat again (cant bear grueling 3-4 hrs of exam.)
About univ. of Tampa i heard its a private university. Does that have any effect on the certification. i am looking for colleges whose degrees are recognized world-wide.
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Duncan

No, you can't transfer between colleges. What's important is that you find schools accredited at the graduate level by AACSB. All you schools you mention that that organisation's quality seal, and that is very important. In the US there's a big difference between older private universities, which are non-profits (they are generally more prestigious than state universities) and newer, for-profit, universities (they are generally less prestigious). A solid, 80-year old, private university like Tampa will probably have better financial aid and facilities than a state university. Of the schools you mention, it's the only one to get into this ranking: http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-3palms.html Both Tampa and Akron are in the the Princeton Review ?Best 300 Business Schools?, which I also take seriously.

No, you can't transfer between colleges. What's important is that you find schools accredited at the graduate level by AACSB. All you schools you mention that that organisation's quality seal, and that is very important. In the US there's a big difference between older private universities, which are non-profits (they are generally more prestigious than state universities) and newer, for-profit, universities (they are generally less prestigious). A solid, 80-year old, private university like Tampa will probably have better financial aid and facilities than a state university. Of the schools you mention, it's the only one to get into this ranking: http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-3palms.html Both Tampa and Akron are in the the Princeton Review ?Best 300 Business Schools?, which I also take seriously.
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Duncan

Dearborn and Long Beach also gets into the top 300. So I think these are all strong schools academically. I would look at the students (mostly international vs. mostly US?), the career options (good or bad on-campus services, what's the local economy like), and the entrance requirements (the higher the average standard, the better the learning experience).

Dearborn and Long Beach also gets into the top 300. So I think these are all strong schools academically. I would look at the students (mostly international vs. mostly US?), the career options (good or bad on-campus services, what's the local economy like), and the entrance requirements (the higher the average standard, the better the learning experience).
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thanks for your views.. i am opting for both tampa and akron. location of Akron is cheaper and also has a mix of international students, also chances of obtaining grad. assist. is higher. well lets see which one provides me with one.also the gmat requirenment for tampa is just 500 (avg) where as for akron seems avg. is 580.
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thanks for your views.. i am opting for both tampa and akron. location of Akron is cheaper and also has a mix of international students, also chances of obtaining grad. assist. is higher. well lets see which one provides me with one.also the gmat requirenment for tampa is just 500 (avg) where as for akron seems avg. is 580.
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Duncan

The requirement and the average are, obviously, different things. The average at every school is higher than the minimum required, so don't compare 'apples and oranges'. If you;re quite sure that you don't want to work in the US, then it sounds like Akron is the better choice but, remember, it will have no careers support dedicated for MBAs because the students are almost all in employment already. Also so consider the climate: I think you'll find Akron and Dearborn quite inhospitably cold (as well as economically depressed) while Tampa and Long Beach are literally and metaphorically hotter.

The requirement and the average are, obviously, different things. The average at every school is higher than the minimum required, so don't compare 'apples and oranges'. If you;re quite sure that you don't want to work in the US, then it sounds like Akron is the better choice but, remember, it will have no careers support dedicated for MBAs because the students are almost all in employment already. Also so consider the climate: I think you'll find Akron and Dearborn quite inhospitably cold (as well as economically depressed) while Tampa and Long Beach are literally and metaphorically hotter.
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Davis

Among the many akron universities there?s this degree program by Strayer University [http://www.strayer.edu/campus/akron]: Master of Business Administration showing short-term investment and long-term gain.

The website also shows:

Program Information

Program Length: Strayer University students are mostly working adults who earn their degrees at their own pace and on their own schedule. Most students attend part-time, and the normal time to complete this program is 4.5 years.

On-Time Graduation Rate: 91% of our students who graduated from this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, did so within 4.5 years.

Median Loan Debt: For all students completing this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, the median cumulative loan debt for each of the following are:

Federal student loans: $47,800
Private loans: $0
Institutional finance loans: $0

Program Costs: Cost information for Strayer University programs is available at www.strayer.edu/tuition_and_fees.

The tuition and fees for the entire program, assuming current tuition rates, are $27,740. The total estimated cost for books and supplies for the entire program is $1,800. Strayer University does not offer on-campus housing.

Occupations: The following U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes and occupational titles are disclosed pursuant to U.S. Department of Education regulations, and correspond to the U.S. Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code for this program.

Has anybody (in-here) ever been there?

Among the many akron universities there?s this degree program by Strayer University [http://www.strayer.edu/campus/akron]: Master of Business Administration showing short-term investment and long-term gain.

The website also shows:

Program Information

Program Length: Strayer University students are mostly working adults who earn their degrees at their own pace and on their own schedule. Most students attend part-time, and the normal time to complete this program is 4.5 years.

On-Time Graduation Rate: 91% of our students who graduated from this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, did so within 4.5 years.

Median Loan Debt: For all students completing this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, the median cumulative loan debt for each of the following are:

Federal student loans: $47,800
Private loans: $0
Institutional finance loans: $0

Program Costs: Cost information for Strayer University programs is available at www.strayer.edu/tuition_and_fees.

The tuition and fees for the entire program, assuming current tuition rates, are $27,740. The total estimated cost for books and supplies for the entire program is $1,800. Strayer University does not offer on-campus housing.

Occupations: The following U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes and occupational titles are disclosed pursuant to U.S. Department of Education regulations, and correspond to the U.S. Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code for this program.

Has anybody (in-here) ever been there?
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Duncan

These for-profit, online universities don't have great outcomes, or meaningful accreditation.

These for-profit, online universities don't have great outcomes, or meaningful accreditation.
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