I am a current high school senior who is 100% deadset on going into finance. I applied Early Decision 1 to Wharton at UPenn, and I will find out if I am going to be rejected this Friday. My stats are decent (1580 SAT, 3.9 UW GPA), but I really do not have any exceptional extracurriculars/hooks/underrepresented minority status etc. My question to you all is if I am rejected from Wharton, should I apply to NYU Stern using Early Decision 2? If I got accepted ED2 to Stern, I would be required to go, and I would also not see which other colleges I could get into. I come from a lower class background (raised by single mother, she makes $35k a year), and am concerned that NYU will not give me a high enough financial aid package.
Is NYU Stern really the real deal? Should I risk having to go into a decent amount of debt so I can have a shot at securing my dream FO position?
Thanks for your advice!