UCLA Business Economics vs. UT Austin McCombs vs. Claremont McKenna vs IU Kelley (URGENT)
Currently stuck between the first 3 options in the title for Undergrad, but leaning towards UCLA. Any advice for which school would best set me up for a career in IB or consulting is appreciated! Also waitlisted at Cal Berkeley, Cornell, Northwestern, and Georgetown.
Have around 10 days to decide on those I've been accepted to.
International Brand Recognition
Great Student Life
In the good part of LA
Can intern in LA in the summers
Decent Economics Program
Decent but very large Alumni Network
Diverse Student Body
Decent Alumni Network between undergrad and Anderson
If I do not want to pursue business, can easily switch into other majors which are also well ranked.
Very Competitive Environment
Have to take 7 challenging pre req courses and maintain a 3.5 to stay in the major. Many cannot maintain this and drop Biz Econ.
Supposed Grade Deflation (although not as bad as Cal).
Hard/weeder classes in freshman and early sophomore year such as econometrics
Lots of people in classes (Lectures can have over 300 people)
Clubs with very low acceptance rates (, Bruin Investment...)
Business Economics major is basically econ with accounting and management classes
Lots of Accountants from UCLA (hence U C Lotsa Accountants)
UT Austin McCombs
Already in Finance @ McCombs
Top Ranked undergraduate business school and finance department/program.
Lots of on campus recruiting albeit mostly for BHP students
Many Pre-professional clubs and activities
Relatively more chill environment than UCLA
Large and Strong Longhorn Alumni Network
Not in the BHP Program - could put me at a disadvantage for job opportunities outside of Texas
Large Class Size
Lacks geographic diversity with 90% of undergrads coming from the state of Texas
Most Job placement post graduation is in to Oil and Gas in Houston
If I decide to not pursue business, UT's other departments are relatively weak
Small school with incredible career services (can spend a semester studying while taking on a paid internship in Silicon Valley)
Excellent economics department
Very personal education with class sizes being very small
Small yet strong Alumni network with founder of
Supposedly gets similar numbers as UCLA for IB in LA with way less people (1350 undergrads as opposed to 32,000 at UCLA)
Great Grad School Placement
Potentially Grade Inflation
Relatively unheard of on the East Coast where I am from --> Could lead to most job placement being on the West Coast
Non traditional college experience with very small class size
Small town of Claremont is very nice but up to 90 minutes from LA depending on traffic
Could potentially not see myself there as it is too small
Not a huge feeder to NYC IB.
Small classes can also be quite demanding and more research oriented
As I stated earlier, I am leaning heavily towards UCLA for the overall experience, location, large alumni network, despite the large class sizes and sheer competition. However, I could still see myself choosing the other two school as they are also very strong. I'd appreciate any advice or information, as I still have a lot to learn/see. I'm willing to grind in any environment, but I'd like to go in with the most information possible.
Thanks in advance!