Choosing an MSF: What are my chances and how to make a decision?
I'm currently an undergraduate student at a non-target school that has a much more infamous reputation for its partying than it does for its education. I initially had gone to a smaller Jesuit university for its medical program, where I was majoring in Biology. Only went the medicine route because of familial pressure. Did okay for the first couple of years, then got disinterested and my GPA suffered as a result. Transferred back home to this non-target school and joined business school for Finance, as I had always wanted to do. Been here two years, now in my senior year. Came in with a transfer GPA of 2.82 and have gotten a 4.0 during my 2 years, raising my cumulative GPA to 3.25 - should be 3.31 by the end of this last semester. I recently took the GMAT and earned a 780 - 50Q, 48V, 8IR. I had an internship this past summer with a Fortune 500 pharmaceuticals company, working in Corporate Strategy. They asked me to stay on as a part-time student employee during the school year, and I accepted - this is my current job. They have offered me a full-time position upon graduation but I'm not certain if this is the industry I would like to be in.
I want to eventually end up in the PE/VC/HF markets and realize that an IB analyst position is one of the most straightforward ways to do so. However, networking sucks at my school, and its presence on the Street is non-existent. I am planning on taking Level 1 of my CFA in June and am currently applying to MSF programs to utilize their networking, presence and reputation. My current list is:
University of Texas
Ohio State University
I realize MSFs place mostly regional; I'm fairly flexible, but I would love to be in either the NYC/Boston area or California. Location matters, but I'm looking for the best job with the most upwards mobility potential.
I've been doing my research on this site, and been following @"TNA" pretty heavily as he seems to be the subject matter expert; from my research, these seem like the best programs. I was just wondering if I could get comments on my chances at getting in and if these really are the programs that will give me the best shot. If there is a better path for me to take, I would like to get everyone's opinions. Cheers!