Need to make decision today, UCLA ($145k) vs UNC ($160k) with direct admissions to the business school.

Hey guy, today is May 1st, so I need to make this decision in the next few hours. I am instate for UCLA, but UNC gave me $45k in need based fin aid off of their OOS tuition. The $15k difference isn't really a big deal.

I want to work in NYC for either IB or S&T; I am leaning IB but have not decided yet. I couldn't find much information about either school here; however from what I get they are both semi targets? Does UCLA place mostly in SF and UNC in Charlotte? I'd prefer SF over Charlotte but NYC over SF.

In terms of campus life, when I visited both in the fall, I liked both a lot, but I kind of liked the change in pace of UNC being in a traditional college town versus Los Angeles as I am from a large city in California (think SF/SJ/LA/SD).

In terms of academics, I've heard its a big relief at UNC to have direct admissions. I like how I would be able to study business there versus economics at UCLA. Looking at course descriptions, UNC seems to have a few more "high finance" courses like a couple private equity courses, M&A, modeling, IB, etc.... whereas UCLA was mostly economics with some investment and asset management courses.

From asking around from a few people, I was told that UCLA is "closer" to NYC than UNC is due to a stronger alumni presence. Would you guys say that's true? If so, do you think it's a big enough difference to warrant sacrificing the business major and college town?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

That is a poll I made if you just want to vote for a school.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 23, 2021 - 6:47pm

Easy decision here, cost shouldn't be a factor since 15k is nothing long-term

IB/S&T Recruiting: UNC > UCLA

NYC Presence: UNC > UCLA

Traditional College Town: UNC > UCLA

UNC Business School > UCLA Econ

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
May 23, 2021 - 7:30pm

honestly, recruiting outcomes are very similar all-in-all. Choose the scchool that you thin k you will fit in more & have more fun in. Either of those should be good enough to get you into a very good shop out of college. 

May 23, 2021 - 7:32pm

I would choose UNC, the city of Los Angeles is Haram.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 24, 2021 - 11:11pm
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