McCombs vs Mendoza Undergrad

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Hey everyone, I've waited until the last weekend before committing to an undergrad school to make this choice, but I could really use help deciding between UT Austin and Notre Dame for a possible business degree. I've seen the question before on this forum, and people seem to think the McCombs experience is better, but I've got some extra details making the choice a bit tougher.

So I didn't apply to either business school, and that complicates things: Notre Dame seems to give way more academic freedom to switch majors even with the new extra application to Mendoza; at UT I'm admitted as Plan II Honors Undeclared, and to get into McCombs would mean trying to hold a 3.9 GPA to internally transfer (but really it'd just be adding business as a second major which is standard for P2). UT makes it hard to move around, and I'm a bit uncomfortable betting on getting in to business considering Plan II is a tough program and the city can be distracting to hold a 3.9. Also it's extremely unlikely I would get into BHP.

Obviously the cultures wildly different, which gets brought up whenever ND is in the picture- I prefer UT's, but think I could easily get by at ND so I'm trying not to weigh this part of the choice too much. I do hate this Texas heat though, and think a change in environment would be personally helpful for ~growth~. Another factor that I'm not considering much but still should be mentioned is cost: UT would mean no loans; ND would be ~30k total (which really is doable and I'm ok with).

Besides chance of even getting to study business, regionality is really the big concern for me. After graduation I definitely want to move to either NYC or anywhere on the west coast. Neither school is Wharton level, of course, but it does seem like ND would have the edge there with its alumni network; McCombs really seems to keep people in Texas from what I can tell. If UT means settling down in Houston I'm ready to run straight for Notre Dame now.

Will one school help more than the other after graduation? Which one has a better rep on the coasts? What would y'all choose? I really appreciate any feedback, thanks a ton!

Comments (11)

Apr 30, 2018

Indeed peer schools. $ is important and whether you'll stay with the same dream after 4 years is questionable, and for that, might be a terrible decision just for a better NYC chance.

Apr 30, 2018

So you would suggest going to the school with the most academic freedom? ND then, in this case? Thanks for the feedback!

Apr 30, 2018

Choose for something not because of NYC. Where did I say academic freedom

Apr 30, 2018

McCombs is fantastic and places students incredibly well, and the alumni network is vast; however, I'm unsure how difficult it is to be admitted via an internal transfer nowadays.

I'm ignorant of anything ND-related, but good luck with your choice. Hook 'em. :)

Apr 30, 2018

Yeah, it seems like McCombs is the place to be if I could get in. But you're right in that it's really tough betting on that internal transfer. 3.9 GPA with Plan II classes and 2 semesters of calc/econ? Its hard to count on getting only one or two B's...

Though I really don't know how competetive Mendoza transfers are either. With the new policy I can't imagine its a cakewalk. For all I know there could be a 3.9 average there too! Here's hoping I can get a response on that from the AO by tomorrow night...

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Apr 30, 2018
zwalsdorf:

Yeah, it seems like McCombs is the place to be if I could get in. But you're right in that it's really tough betting on that internal transfer. 3.9 GPA with Plan II classes and 2 semesters of calc/econ? Its hard to count on getting only one or two B's...

Though I really don't know how competetive Mendoza transfers are either. With the new policy I can't imagine its a cakewalk. For all I know there could be a 3.9 average there too! Here's hoping I can get a response on that from the AO by tomorrow night...

Although the average was 3.9 for internal transfers in 2017, I'm inclined to believe that the requirement for someone such as yourself in P2 is lower, given the heightened difficulty of your classes. If I were you, I'd go for it. You seem like a very intelligent individual. Don't doubt yourself!

May 5, 2018

Go with the place you would go to assuming you can't transfer into the business school. Obviously bust your ass to get in, but that's outside your control. Besides, saying you'll have a 3.9 and actually getting it are two ENTIRELY different things.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers

May 7, 2018

McCombs all the way. Generally considered a target for most banks