I am a HS senior who has interest going into the VC or PE space (I would ideally like to work with a company who specializes in early stage investment, but obviously I'm fine with both early and late). I would ideally like to work at someone else's firm for a few years after college to get industry experience, of course capital, deal flow, and a variety of other things I could only truly get working in industry, my ultimate goal is to create my own early stage VC firm. I also have some interest in IB, but my main interest resides in VC/PE (I am currently an intern at a early stage VC firm here in LA, and have had a blast working here and learning about the industry, and really want to continue this).
So here is what I need to pick between:
USC Marshall School of Business - Full Tuition Scholarship, I would need to pay room and board (overall cost of attendance is something like 15-17k/year if I include food, etc. so it is extremely cheap)
University of Michigan Ross School of Business - I would need to pay the full price(around 65k/year) financially speaking, USC is the better choice. I am in a comfortable situation with my college choice as I have a 529 account which my parents and grandparents have been funding since I was a baby so I would be able to graduate debt free no matter where I go, it has around 350k or so in it. I am extremely grateful for this.
I weighed the pros and cons, USC is in a better location, close to home, has similar Greek and sports life. Same thing with UMich, expect the winters are rough, and the location is meh, and of course it cost a lot more. I want to pursue an MBA, so having that extra money would be nice.
However I heard that Ross has better job opportunities globally than USC, while USC is great for opportunities in LA only. What is everyone's take on this?
I need to pick between USC Marshall and UMich Ross, I am hesitant to not pick USC because I'd go for 15k, as opposed to UMich Ross being 65k. I want to work in VC/PE or maybe, but not likely but would like to have the opportunity for IB. I heard Ross has the best global opportunities while USC is limited to LA. My ideal goal is to land a top notch VC or PE job out of college, work a year or two, pursue an MBA, work another few years in VC/PE, and eventually create my own firm. Cost of education doesn't really matter since it is coming out of a 529, but if I plan to pursue an MBA(although not sure if I even need it), having an extra 250k could fully pay for it, and then some, while having an extra 90k could only really pay for one year of an MBA.