Help with College Decision (UM vs IU)

So I got into UMich LSA (rejected from Ross) and IU-Kelley. I have more friends at UMich and feel like I would enjoy it more. I consider myself a strong student (36 ACT 4.44 HS GPA), so I feel like I would fit better at UMich (not to knock IU, but the I feel like general perception of students at each school is that UMich is more difficult/smart). I plan on majoring in Economics and minoring in computer science (and hopefully business, but that's another application and isn't guaranteed). I hear the Kelley IBW is super competitive to get into and it's basically the only shot at investment banks. For UMich, one of my friends is in one of the Ross clubs, and they said they'd help me with the club application/recruiting process. From what I've read, it doesn't seem like there's that large of a difference, but I figured I should ask here.

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Apr 13, 2021 - 3:38pm

How did you get rejected from Ross with those stats? I'm surprised you didn't get in to any stronger schools (e.g. Georgetown, Duke). I would definitely got to UM - it's a different tier of school than IU, Ross or not.

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Apr 13, 2021 - 6:44pm

I also applied to Harvard, Penn, Notre Dame, and Cornell Dyson. Waitlisted at Cornell and ND and rejected at Harvard and Penn. I feel like any other year I'd have a much better chance, but test optional and insane increases in number of applications screwed me over. I'm considering trying to transfer to Harvard or Penn, but it's so close to impossible that I might not try. I'm leaning pretty heavily towards U of M.

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Apr 13, 2021 - 6:53pm

Sorry to hear that dude. The process is always a bit of a mess, and it seems doubly so with COVID-related issues. Again, I would definitely take U of M, it's a great school. Harvard is pretty difficult to transfer into, as is Wharton (though neither are impossible); Penn CAS, Columbia, and Brown would be more doable if you're set on Ivy. Maybe throw in Dartmouth because why not.

  • Intern in PE - Other
Apr 26, 2021 - 9:59pm

If you're thinking about transferring, I'd say go with Mich. You can still transfer into Ross your sophomore year (10-20% of Ross students are sophomore transfers). If not, for external transferring, Cornell, Penn SEAS, Georgetown, etc. is probably your best. Also, I think you'll find that Mich Econ students get decent opportunities but it may not be in banking.

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Apr 26, 2021 - 5:02pm

You're not comparing the two equally. If you are trying to get into IB, being at UM with economics is going to be an uphill battle, just like it would be with a more relevant major at Kelley (without the IBW). Secondly, the IBW is not the only way to get into IB- I did it. 

Little known secret: many IU clubs and even some of the workshops are open to non-Kelley students or business minors. 

Feel free to message me with any questions! 

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