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!