Notre Dame (Not Mendoza) vs USC Marshall

Any last minute thoughts or opinions on this before the May 1 deadline?

I am not pre-approved for ND Mendoza, but heard it would be a 50/50 chance after first year to internal transfer. But for arguments sake, let's say I FAIL to get into Mendoza.

Is it worth going to ND with business aspirations (I want to be in finance or consulting) for the prestige, even though I am not in Mendoza? Or I could just take the safe route and go to USC Marshall.

Also at ND, I would try to be an Econ major. However, if I end up not liking the Econ major, what other major would you recommend to go along with a business econ MINOR?

Correct me if I'm wrong but, I feel like Marshall isn't that prestigious seeing that it isn't even top 25 on Bloomberg. And the USC name itself is still volatile. I get mixed reviews on USC essentially.

* I want to end up working in NYC

Comments (12)

Apr 22, 2015

I would not take the risk and go to Notre Dame

Apr 22, 2015

First off, an undergraduate degree in business in itself is pretty unimpressive (I have one) and wouldn't base my decision off of the rank of undergraduate business school (because for the most part, no one cares). As a graduate of USC Marshall who now works in IB in NY, I can tell you that USC's reputation is fairly weak on the east coast. Finding a solid position in NY from USC will be largely based on your personal connections, although it is possible. However, USC's reputation on the west coast is considerably better and you will have no problem landing a position at a west coast BB office assuming that your credentials are up to par. If you choose USC, there is a good chance you will end up working in California because that's where their network exists. I cannot personally speak to ND.

Apr 22, 2015

If an undergrad bus. degree is fairly "unimpressive", would it be better for me to just attend Notre Dame, which is a more prestigious name than USC / Marshall ? I pay about $12k/year less at ND than USC.

Apr 22, 2015

I'm not so sure that you should select between the two because of prestige. While ND is slightly more "prestigious", it won't make much of a difference in landing a top job. The difference is very acute in that department so I would do a little bit of soul searching and think hard about what you want out of your university experience. I got into ND, chose USC and ended up just fine. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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Apr 22, 2015

Im a west coast guy and USC has a great reputation out here, can't comment on east coast. Marshall is a good school and if you have decent grades you won't be hurting to find a job in California. East coast will be much harder, I don't think their is much recruiting out here for NYC jobs.

Still better weather, better city (IMO), and you actually get to major in what you want to. If that's worth 12k/yr and maybe putting your NYC dream on hold then go for it.

Apr 23, 2015

I'm an ND grad. If you want to work in NYC, you'll have plenty of opportunity from ND. I think your odds are much better than 50/50 at getting into the business school - just manage to get through freshmen year with a decent GPA and you'll be fine.

If for some reason you don't get into Mendoza, I'd advise sticking with Econ. Plenty of my econ friends are now working in NYC.

Apr 23, 2015
bernie99:

I'm an ND grad. If you want to work in NYC, you'll have plenty of opportunity from ND. I think your odds are much better than 50/50 at getting into the business school - just manage to get through freshmen year with a decent GPA and you'll be fine.

If for some reason you don't get into Mendoza, I'd advise sticking with Econ. Plenty of my econ friends are now working in NYC.

They changed the b school admit policy this year, so there it's still speculation.

Source: gf goes there and knows someone in admissions

Apr 23, 2015

Hey, I just committed to ND yesterday night! Couple more questions:

Do you know if Econ at ND is extremely math-intensive? and
How difficult is the First Year of Studies classes to get a decent GPA?

Apr 23, 2015

Congrats on the decision! I can't imagine enjoying another school as much as I enjoyed ND.

I wasn't an Econ major, but I imagine there's a fair amount of math. First Year of Studies can vary tremendously in difficulty. I struggled most in Theology and Philosophy, and there are several different teachers across these subjects. All in all, it shouldn't be too hard to get a 3.5 or above. Feel free to PM me if you want to know anything else.

Apr 24, 2015

I would agree that Business Major sometimes put a shame into MBA applicants --unless they work gold/silver jobs on Wall Street or equivalent. Economics is a good place to have business mindset but nothing really on MBA materials.

For everything in BBA, it's just covered again in MBA. It then becomes hardly useful to say you want MBA because you want to learn business materials............blah blah

I do suggest to double major / double degree even if you get to Mendoza. You'll find tuition a bit painful now, but your life can be much easier down the road.

Apr 24, 2015

Do you think finance and accounting is the only useful or legitimate major within a business school? And if I do not get selected into the finance major at Mendoza, would Econ be the best next choice? (I have no interest in accounting).

Apr 24, 2015
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