So I can pretty much get a garaunteed acceptance to Tulane and it may be the best I can hope for at the moment. I might be able to get into SMU but it's a bit of a gamble.
Could I get a job in energy banking in Houston from Tulane if I work hard? Or would it be better if I went to Tulane for a year and then transferred into SMU.
Transferring or getting into UT-Austin is unlikely to impossible.