UH Bauer or UT Economics and try to transfer into McCombs

Hello, I am looking for advice on which college to graduate from. Currently I am a freshman attending UH Bauer looking to graduate in MIS. I have applied to UT Austin for the fall '24 semester as an econ major just for fun since UT was my first choice back when I was in high school but I got rejected. My main concern is that I am not sure how econ at UT compares to MIS at UH Bauer and my ultimate goal is to transfer from UT econ into McCombs but if I fail, I will be forced to graduate with an economics degree which I don't mind unless a MIS degree at Bauer's is better. My sister and friends at UT Austin currently suggested that UT is better overall due to connections but everybody says that so I am not totally sure. Any advice and tips for how I should proceed?

Which school?

UH Bauer
10% (1 vote)
UT Austin Econ -> try for McCombs
90% (9 votes)
Total votes: 10

Based on the highest ranked content on WSO and insights from various threads, the decision between staying at UH Bauer for MIS or transferring to UT Austin for Economics with the hope of getting into McCombs is a significant one that hinges on several factors including your career goals, the importance of the network, and the potential impact of each program on those goals.

  1. Career Goals: If your ultimate aim is to break into investment banking or high finance, McCombs has a strong reputation and network in these areas. UT Austin, in general, has a broader reach and might offer more opportunities in finance compared to UH Bauer. However, MIS from Bauer is also a strong degree, especially if you're interested in tech or analytics roles within finance or consulting.

  2. Transferring into McCombs: Transferring into McCombs is competitive. It's crucial to have a high GPA and be involved in relevant extracurricular activities. While an Economics degree from UT Austin is respected, McCombs' finance program specifically provides more direct recruiting opportunities for investment banking and consulting roles. If you're set on high finance, transferring to McCombs would be beneficial, but it's not guaranteed. You should prepare for both outcomes.

  3. Network and Connections: UT Austin does have a larger network, especially in finance, which can be beneficial for internships and job placements. The value of a strong network can't be overstated in fields like investment banking. However, success in finance also heavily depends on individual effort in networking, internships, and maintaining a strong GPA.

  4. MIS at Bauer vs. Economics at UT: Both degrees offer different paths. MIS is more technical and can lead to roles in technology, analytics, and consulting. Economics provides a strong foundation for various roles in finance, consulting, and policy. Your interest and career goals should guide this decision. If you're more inclined towards technology and analytics within finance, MIS could be very valuable. If your interest lies more in traditional finance roles, Economics might provide a broader foundation, with the potential to transfer to McCombs being an added advantage.

In conclusion, consider where your interests lie, the specific career paths you're considering, and the importance of the network and recruiting opportunities at McCombs. It's also wise to prepare for the scenario where you remain in the Economics program, ensuring it aligns with your career goals. Networking, internships, and involvement in relevant clubs or organizations will be key, regardless of your path.

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Just do UT - Current sophomore @ McCombs and have numerous friends who transferred in after freshman year and are uniquely positioned to graduate with double majors in Finance & Econ despite having 0 credits coming into college. Truthfully, majority of freshman year. is dedicated to knocking out a good chunk of core curriculum regardless of major (english, econ, history, science, etc etc you get the idea) so it's better to just come to Austin and try to join the elite student orgs as a freshman fall as admission into those orgs get increasingly more difficult as the semester wear on. 

Socially as well, it may be better to come into UT as a freshman as groups are p much already established by sophomore year and you may or may not find it difficult to find a group of people you vibe with. 

Respond to this with any questions and I would love to help you more if needed. Hope to see you on the '40 acres shortly. Hook 'em! 


Hello! Thank you for your response. I think I have a majority of my core credits required knocked out from either AP credits or classes that I have already taken. Assuming I get in and become an econ major for my sophomore year, what are the chances you think I get into McCombs as a junior? Orgs are a main thing I am looking forward too as I don't think UH has as much opportunities as UT. Thank you!


It really depends on your gpa and application. Ideally you’d want as a gpa as you can get (3.8+) and demonstrated interest in finance. I know that if you’re applying a sophomore transfer to mccombs you do get a bit of a “boost” since it’s your last chance to transfer compared to trying to transfer as a freshman.


I would personally just come to UT and do the best I can in Austin. Might be more difficult to transfer as JR. compared to a sophomore but if you work hard anything is possible. There's also the Econ Major Fin Minor option which can make you competitive for a lot of high finance/ consulting roles. 

I think the quality of orgs at Austin and the larger alumni network are big differentiators at UT. 

But to be completely honest, you should tour both campuses, see which one you like more - it is the student not the school. you can be successful from both places but I would personally choose UT. 


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