Help ranking Universities for Exchange semester

Hi all. I have the opportunity of going to the US for the following Fall semester. The options which I am considering are the following. How would you rank them, in terms of IB but also taking into account the fact that I want to explore an interesting city (for example, I know UTexas is such a good uni but I don't know about how is life in Texas)? Thanks in advance! 

Pace University (New York)

McGill University (I know it's in Canada, but it seems to be a target school there. Disadvantage: I don't know French).

Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Texas, Austin

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

American University (Washington)

Bentley University (Waltham)


Ohio State University


Edit: I have chosen UTexas, Austin

Comments (14)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Feb 14, 2021 - 7:08pm

Gtown is the highest target imo
BC is best for a college town experience
Mich if u can do classes at Ross

Would consider those 3

  • Intern in PE - Other
Feb 15, 2021 - 2:37am

Thing is I don't think I will be chosen for those 3 (they are the most sought after). How is life in Texas/ UNC Chapel Hill / Illinois Urbana-Champaign? Those are the ones I am realistically ranking

Feb 15, 2021 - 11:45am

I think Michigan is ahead of Georgetown even if you're not in Ross. I might be a little biased, but when you look at placement, rankings and networking, I think Michigan is ahead of Gtown (even if you're in the Econ major instead of Ross). 

  • Associate 1 in ER
Feb 15, 2021 - 8:20am

Montreal is bilingual and McGill instructs only in English. It's got a great reputation on the street and is arguably 1/2 ranked in Canada.

  • Intern in PE - Other
Feb 15, 2021 - 9:13am

Thanks for your help!

Between UTAustin, UNC Chapel Hill and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, how would you rank them?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Feb 15, 2021 - 9:16am

AFAIK, the school you do a semester at has close to 0 impact on recruiting. Pick the school you'll have the most fun at.

Feb 15, 2021 - 10:59am

Like said above, going to a school for an exchange semester literally has no impact on recruiting. Go to the most fun American college experience. Since you're going in the fall, I'd pick one that's in a fun quintessential American college town with big time college football that's still great academically so that you'll meet a lot of interesting and cool people: Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin. I would honestly avoid going to a school in a city like Pace, Emory, or American. It's not really the American college experience and you can always visit/live in an American city after college.

Feb 15, 2021 - 11:50am

UNC and UT are the best target schools of the ones you listed. However, I wouldn't want to go to the other ones you listed because they don't have the "American college experience" aside from Ohio State, but I think that UT And UNC have a good "campus life" as well. Attending school for one semester isn't going to do much for your resume, so I'd pick a place that is strong and fun. You can always visit city life when you're older, but college is temporary. 

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