I'm a high school student looking at colleges to break into Wall Street. So far, I have a lot of the targets on my radar, such as Penn, Brown, Princeton, Williams, and Amherst... I have the test scores, grades, and extracurricular accomplishments to get into these colleges. But at the end of the day, most who apply to these schools do as well and I might not get into any of them. At least, I'm not naive enough to expect otherwise.
However, I do have strong chances of getting into the colleges I listed above, and this is my "backup-plan" so to speak. Personal connections, extensive work done with them, in-state schools, etc.. Not going to be too specific. I know most people would rank these 3 universities as UMich>ND>IU. I'm in the predicament where going to ND or IU is free, but UMich is about 100k more over 4 years. My question to you guys is, is it worth it. I personally, don't think so.
To speak about my finances personally, 100k is something my parents would be willing to pay and they'd definitely be able to handle the extra cost, but it just doesn't seem right to me to ask them to do so, if the cost outweighs the benefits. Before WSO, I would've picked ND over UMich any day of the week, and the additional cost of UMich compounds its unworthiness in my eyes. However, I've gone through many past WSO threads and people seem to have a really high level of respect for Ross and its Wall Street placement. I'm not sure if its the fact that Ross and UMich just has more grads, or if it really as good as people say. On the other hand, Notre Dame's Finance recruiting is pretty insane and its alumni network is legendary. https://undergradcareers.nd.edu/assets/331324/notr... shows placement to companies across all majors and IB/PE/HF's are in there pretty heavily, not even including Finance and Econ majors.
My second question was... Does IU compare well with these two schools? I've heard that its IB workshop (which is hard to get into) places pretty well on Wall Street but Notre Dame and UMich seem more like names I'd like to have on my resume, 5, 10, 20, years on the Street as college prestige does matter somewhat in Finance as far as my high-school mind can understand (although I'm sure someone's going to correct me here and tell me that people only care about your work experience after your first job).
Edit; Before someone brings up the social/fit/culture aspect of college... I've lived on all 3 campuses and I definitely preferred UMich the best, then ND, then IU.
Thanks for reading the rant of an ignorant high-schooler (if you got this far).