I am an incoming sophomore at a community college that will be transferring to either UIUC or Ohio State. At this stage, investment banking is not my first choice for a career but I still want to keep that door open before I nail down what I want to do. I'm thinking along the lines of consulting or IB, with long term plans of getting my MBA and then moving into private equity. I am from Illinois so from the surface UIUC is a no brainier as tuition is about half the cost of OSU. The caveat is that I don't have the right courses to be admitted to the business school at UIUC so my only option would be to do Econ/Stats. OSU I am a direct admit to the Fisher COB and could major in Finance/Accounting or Finance/Econ which I heavily prefer over UIUC Econ as I wouldn't be required to take the high level calculus that econ requires + the business degree would have a leg up on econ degree. Biggest thing is the cost + distance from home being from Chicago. At any career I choose I'd prefer to be in Chicago. Bottom line: Is OSU Finance worth the additional 45K it would cost me above UIUC Econ?
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