IU Kelley vs Emory vs Northeastern vs UIUC vs PSU vs SMU

Greetings Fellas!

As you must've already seen in the title, these are all the schools I got into for pursuing my undergrad as a business major. A little background about me follows below:

  • International Student from India (CBSE) 
  • Prospective Finance and Accounting major
  • Ready to work hard to crack a BB/EB offer at NYC

1. Indiana University-Bloomington

PROS- Direct admit to the 'Kelley School of Business' whose undergraduate business program has been ranked #11 by US News, IBW is stellar for IB placements, Cheapest option ($11k scholarship per annum on the $37k OOS Tuition fee), Great campus in a beautiful college town

CONS- Primarily worried about getting into the IBW, have heard that getting in is pretty hard, especially for International students (any info regarding IBW admissions welcomed in the comments), Overall low prestige of IU

2. Emory University

PROS- Admitted to both Emory and Oxford college, Wonderful overall reputation of Emory University, Low acceptance rate, Great Location (Atlanta)

CONS- Higher costs (around $50k per annum tuition), would have to apply to the Goizueta Business School for a finance major post sophomore year, Job placements mostly concentrated in the South-eastern part

3. UIUC (Gies College of Business)

PROS – High ranked accounting program (even better than Wharton), pretty much the same cost as IU ($35k per annum, no scholarship), decent overall reputation of the university

CONS- Much more renowned for engineering programs than business, pretty slim chances of cracking IB at NYC

4. Northeastern

PROS- Admitted to the NU.in. Program (first semester abroad) and the D'Amore McKim SOB, Awesome Location (Boston, the greatest college town), prestigious brand name, low acceptance rate

CONS- That high cost doesn't really complement the decent business school according to me.

5. Penn State

PROS- Direct admit to Smeal, proximity to NYC (probably beneficial in networking), Have heard decent about wall street placements at PSU
CONS- Don't know why but university park seems kinda boring, I haven't applied to the Sapphire Leadership Program yet and I don't think I would be able to do it now

6. SMU-Cox

PROS- Great Location (Dallas), Wonderful campus

CONS- Again, a costly alternative with a BSchool not that highly ranked as Kelley or Goizueta

Also, I accepted a place on the waiting list at UNC Chapel Hill. The Kenan Flagler Business School there is surely another great option to consider. The only issue I face with UNC is that you need to apply to KF in your sophomore year and acceptance to the school might be competitive and hard (any views regarding UNC are also welcome in the comments) PS: I hope I get off the waiting list there;

Lastly, thanks to everyone who read this post and helped me out finalise my college decision!

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Comments (12)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 1, 2021 - 2:47pm

UNC (if you get off of the waitlist) > Emory > Northeastern > UIUC > IU Kelley > PSU > SMU

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Apr 2, 2021 - 11:22am

IU has decent placement and maybe tied for third but Emory and UNC have more prestige and better placement per capita, so it's worth the extra $

Apr 4, 2021 - 11:05am

Thank you so much again guys for taking time out and helping me make a wise college decision. I have somewhat narrowed down the list to Emory and IU Kelley. I just wanted to get a final opinion from you guys that Is that premium I pay for Emory (the almost double $ to Kelley) worth it?

I would really appreciate if all people replying to my comment could also just state their choice in 1 word ( Emory or iu kelley)

Apr 9, 2021 - 1:16am

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