Dartmouth vs Wharton Undergrad

High school senior here. I'm intent on studying finance through my undergrad and hope to work somewhere in financial services upon graduation. I'm having trouble deciding whether to ED to Dartmouth or Wharton. Dartmouth is definitely a better cultural fit for me -- I'm very outdoorsy and physically active -- but I've been told the brand name packs less of a punch career-wise over the long term compared to Wharton. I have a high GPA, high test scores, rigorous courses, and finance-related extracurriculars that I think would put me in the running for both schools, but I know Dartmouth is a bit easier to get accepted to ED. I'd really appreciate your guys' perspectives on deciding between the two. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 8, 2021 - 12:11am

ED to Dartmouth. You want to be somewhere you enjoy and no doors will shut because you went to Dartmouth (or any other ivy, Stanford, or MIT). 

Sep 8, 2021 - 1:22am

One thing people discount with college admissions is that ad comms are really good at telling if you'd be a good fit for their school. If you vibe better with Dartmouth and can articulate why then you have materially higher chances of getting in.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 8, 2021 - 1:42pm

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