How difficult is internal acceptance to UVA - McIntire?

I'm a senior in high school and I was recently accepted to UVA. I want to major in finance, but UVA doesn't offer direct admission to their business school (McIntire). You have to complete two years at UVA, then apply to be admitted to their business school. I'm unsure if it's worth taking the risk of not being able to major in finance and instead have to major in Econ, because I have an acceptance to BCs Caroll school of management. To give you a frame of reference I got a 2170 on the SAT and had somewhere around a 3.85 unweighted gpa. My question is is McIntire really as hard as people say it is? And if so, am I better off (from a recruitment standpoint) majoring in finance at BC or Econ at UVA? Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also: I'm out of state for UVA, does anyone know the OOS acceptance rate to the McIntire school? I know the overall acceptance rate is about 60%.

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Apr 10, 2016 - 3:12pm

Your OOS status will have no impact on your admission to McIntire.

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Apr 11, 2016 - 10:18am

Firms that come on-campus recruit from every major, it's not just a McIntire specific resource. The only thing is, if you didn't get into McIntire, it was probably because you had a sub-par GPA, so come recruiting season that will set you back against kids in McIntire that probably have better grades (the average for admission is around a 3.6 or higher most years)

Apr 10, 2016 - 7:02pm

Why don't you ask people you know at UVa? People you've met there from high school or during accepted students days? Perhaps even check out WSO's premier feeder forum, College Confidential?

At least the first couple options I suggested would even be good practice for IBD networking.

Apr 27, 2016 - 9:43pm

What BlackScholes said. From what I know courses in Comm school can still be added from outside, assuming that you are given approval by the instructor.

There are very few commerce courses a non-commerce major can take, really the only ones being the pre-commerce accounting courses, a couple of intro to commercial law courses, and a leadership course or two. You can't expect to get even close to the same curriculum unless you're in McIntire.
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