Hello all, I am currently going into my final semester at my community college before I graduate. I currently have a 3.87 GPA, I am a member of PTK National Honor Society, have won multiple academic awards along with working full time at an Accounting firm in an administrative role that has evolved into an internship. I am currently applying to colleges and am trying to cut down my list. I have read material on here about transfer friendly top programs, but am trying to cut down my shortlist.
I would like to major in either Finance, Accounting or Econ if the school does not have undergrad business. I desire to work in New York in the Finance or Consulting Industries, and my fall back would be to continue to work at the firm I am currently employed at and pursue my CPA. I do not desire to be a quant, I would be interested in roles where I would work on financial analysis, financial and economic modeling, working on client services, negotiating deals and any other opportunity where I get to work with people. My strongest trait is my interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and get my point across, something that sadly cannot be seen on a piece of paper.
Currently sending applications, and am trying to figure out where to apply to. I live in Central NJ, so NYC would be the dream.
Instate I am applying to Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick and TCNJ Business school, either of those choices would mean I would go in as a Junior with 60 credits. Although these are quality programs, I am concerned these would not get me role in NYC, but I would graduate with little or no debt.
Out of state schools I am considering applying to are as follows-
University of Michigan Ross- Decent chance of admission to UMich, Ross is a reach
Amherst College- Reach
Columbia University- Super Reach
Indiana University Bloomington Kelly- Decent shot, very interested
New York University University Stern- Super Reach
University of Southern California- Very good chance, not that interested
University of Wisconsin-Madison- Good shot, not best for IB but really liked when I visited
Vanderbilt University- Might get in
University of Texas Austin- Should get in maybe not
Ohio State- Decent chance
Villanova- Reach (Usually do not take external transfers to undergrad-bschool but someone on here said they did with similar stats as me get directly admitted)
SMU- Very good chance of admission, I like Texas but very far from home/NY
As you can see, I really like Big 10 Schools, I gravitated to them because of a lot of family alumni.
I want to apply to 8 schools so I need to cut down the list, what should I get rid of and anything I should add?
I know it is a lot to go through but let me know if you have any insight.