UF Full-Ride vs. Mich

I thought my college application process would go much better, but right now I only have three prospective schools. I have to pay for (or take on loans) for college all on my own, so any cost would be student loans. I want to work in Rx / Special Situations. My options are University of Florida where I have a full ride (I actually think they're paying me 8k a year for some reason) and Michigan (I'm in the general college, but I'm not sure if I'm in at Ross yet). I also got waitlisted at Georgetown SFS. Michigan I got no financial aid for, but at both Michigan and Georgetown I could do Navy ROTC to pay for school, but obviously I would have a service commitment. I would like serving in the Navy, but I really want to work in rx because I think it is super cool. Should I go with UF and try to do the MSF and grind my way in or do ROTC at Michigan?

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Apr 7, 2021 - 1:43am

Hey man, Sorry to hear things didn't go as well as expected. Familiar with UF and banking so here's my 2 cents.

Most of UF kids recruit to RBC, Wells Fargo, and Truist. A few go to BBs and 2 to Evercore(M&A specifically) each year. If you're set on Special Sits/RX, that'll be a bit tough. RX is almost exclusively at EBs and is overall super niche. Haven't heard of any UF kids going into that nor alumni at firms that specialize in that.

With that though, UF has a program called the masters of science in finance and Gator Student Investment Fund that have some good opportunities. You do really have to hustle when you get on campus to get in at the BB/Evercore level.

Can't speak to Michigan but its name brand isn't the most important part. Alumni from UF don't really go into finance and so that can bite you down the line if you're looking to source clients or start your own fund. Name brand is still huge--KKR recruits from Mich but not UF. Overall depends on A) how affordable is Michigan for you B) if can you get into Ross.

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