Pre-Admit Ross vs. Stern for Undergraduate-- About to be a freshman

I am currently a senior in high school and my top 2 choices for an undergraduate business education are Ross and Stern. I was accepted as a preadmit into Ross & accepted into the general business program at Stern (I would probably pursue Finance if I choose to go there).

My ultimate goal, much like most of those hs seniors with aspirations of pursuing a career in finance, is to graduate undergrad with an offer from a top-tier BB/EB. However, this decision is becoming increasingly difficult to make & there are still some questions I have that I wasn't able to find anywhere else on this forum.

  1. I looked at the Employment Report for Ross BBA & it is evident that they do place pretty well in BB and EB firms (given that these firms are selective) & I have even seen a lot of students in some of their top-tier clubs (Michigan Interactive Investments, Global Investment Committee, Nexecon, 180 Degrees) even receive internships and job offers from buy-side institutions (Most received internships from Apollo and went on to work PE/HF). I know that buy-side is VERY DIFFICULT to get into after undergrad, but my thought process was that the number of students getting these opportunities does point to some degree of higher standard of networking, ability, education, and work ethic that would be good to have access to. And, Ross has pretty quality on-campus recruiting for internships & jobs from what I've seen. At the same time, NYU offers the possibility of interning at boutiques that can boost the resume. But from what I've heard, because almost everyone is vying for that "ideal" IB job, not having an internship will ruin your chances of even getting an interview, and the class sizes are so large that it'd be hard to make professor-student relationships. And, I don't think that NYU places as many in EBs and buy-side right out of undergrad (while they do significantly outperform Ross for JP Morgan), so I'm not sure what to make of the value that is placed on Stern.

  2. The student body. I'm aware that both schools are selective but in anyone's opinion, where do you think the students are more robust-- as in, where does "competitive collaboration" take place? Where students are driven and willing to put in the work that land that dream job, while also helping those that ask for it.

  3. Does it really make that big of a difference to attend Stern over Ross if I'm looking to be in NY post-graduation?

  4. All in all, what do you think is the value placed on an undergraduate Ross vs. Stern education?

Thank you so much for actually taking the time to read through this rather long post. It's my first time posting on WSO and I just want to say a huge thanks for everyone that contributes to the forum! I've learned so much and have been inspired by so many stories, and I hope that I can also help someone else through this platform in the future!

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Apr 15, 2019 - 12:07pm

Also consider the college experience you want, are you okay with city life or do you want a more traditional college experience? At Michigan you're at a big ten school with great football and basketball, Greek life, and a more social student body. I'd say go Ross and don't look back, but that's just my personal view

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:26pm

Tend to agree. You'll be in NYC most likely anyways after you start working.

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Apr 16, 2019 - 1:42am

Agreed! Although there might be more opportunities for in-person networking, since NYU is literally in the neighborhood, you might enjoy the more traditional college exp at UMich/ross. Ultimately, I would say pick the school your mind goes to most and where you see yourself having the best undergrad experience. As for working in finance after graduating, work hard in school and networking and things should work out!

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