UNC KF vs Duke (Undergrad)

Hey guys, I know college posts are generally frowned upon here but I wasn't too sure where to ask. So I'm really interested IB, hopefully in NYC, and eventually getting an MBA and transitioning over to PE/VC (pretty straightforward route) but I was wondering if any of you could give me some guidance as to the undergraduate university I should attend with regard to cost. 

So I was accepted as an assured admit to UNC Kenan Flagler. At UNC I'd have to pay ~23k/year. At Duke I'd have to pay ~80k per year. Is the extra 57k/year worth it for the (potentially) higher earning potential that comes with a Duke degree or should I attend KF? My parents do have enough saved for 4 years at UNC but we would have to take out loans if I went to Duke. I'm pretty passionate about finance so I know that's what I will be doing regardless of the college I attend.

Thank you!

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Comments (5)

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
May 4, 2021 - 12:24am

Duke is more prestigious sure, but the gap in IB recruiting is much smaller. I believe Duke get's recruiting from some EB's (which UNC doesn't), but BB recruiting is similar if not better at UNC. If you were smart enough to get into Duke, then you should get into one of GS/MS/JPM/BAML/Barclays from UNC.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
May 4, 2021 - 2:21am

Agree with this. Getting into a BB will be easier from UNC, but getting into a MF PE down the road will be easier with Duke on resume vs UNC.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 4, 2021 - 8:08am

Just off of the title, I was inclined to go with Duke, but there's no way in hell you should pay 320k for school. Those loans are just too much, especially given that UNC is still a fantastic school.

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