I needed some insight/recommendations regarding banking/consulting.
I currently attend the University of Michigan, majoring in econ with a minor in math and communications
I screwed up my freshman year here pretty bad and ended up with a cumulative 2.4 GPA.
I have two choices; first to stay in the econ program and try to salvage my GPA by the time junior year rolls around, or second, to do well this year and apply to the Ross School of Business and end up graduating in 5 years. If I were admitted to Ross then my GPA would start from scratch, not to mention better recruiting and networking. As someone here mentioned, if you go to a school with a top ranked business school than you'd automatically have to "redeem" yourself for not being in it to banks/consulting firms. Not only that, but i'm inclined to reapply as I am much more interested in the bschool curriculum than the more theoretical Econ material.
Top notch grades this year would have to be a given.
Work experience so far
6 Week internship at Bain & Co, Seoul (through networking)
6 Week internship at a tiny local start up company
4 Week internship/workshop at China Unicom
Active member of 1-2 Clubs (leadership in 1)
2400 SAT score
Even if we assume top grades for the rest of school + retaking courses, the highest GPA i would be able to get by junior year would be around a 3.6-3.7 in the Economics department. Would this GPA be enough to land interviews at mbb/bb (assuming good work experience)?
If so, than would you guys still recommend that I apply to the Business school? I'd have to stay an extra year. On the positive side it would give me more time to study abroad + gain work experience, but i'd have to shell out another year in tuition + board.