Pepperdine (non-target) to BB IB? Transfer to target? MBA? NYU Stern waitlist
Hi, I'm currently a high school senior committed to Pepperdine University in Malibu, which is a private non-target school without any OCR. I thought I had a really strong resume that could get me into at least a couple of targets but unfortunately, COVID heavily affected my app. I got good scholarships and am fairly confident that I can do really well and achieve a high GPA. I understand the difficulties of going from a non-target to aIB offer out of undergrad and am now considering various different options.
My first option would be to attempt to transfer to a target school after 1-2 years at Pepperdine. The only issue would be getting into a prestigious school especially with how much more competitive college admissions are becoming, and also being a transfer would make it even more ridiculously difficult.
So then I'm led to my next option, likely more feasible, which would be sticking it out at Pepperdine, achieving good grades, and building up a strong profile for top MBA programs. Would it make sense to attend a business school straight out of undergrad or work for a bit first (possibly considering becoming a consultant), then get an MBA? Hypothetically, let's say I did attend a strong/prestigious MBA school first. Would it be fairly easy to get an offer from a BB IB or even hedge fund / PE firm?
Did I screw myself over by not getting into a prestigious undergrad... or would it still be possible to network/work my way into a BB IB position straight out of undergrad from Pepperdine? Also, I'm currently waitlisted at NYU Stern but am already really set on Pepperdine and am concerned about how competitive Stern is (difficult GPA, Stern curve, lack of college experience due to no campus, not to mention the outrageous price)