UMD: 21k/year, directly admitted to Smith as a finance major, in honors college, and will probably try to double major in business analytics & operations management or computer science. UMD is a great school for sending kids to Big 4 Accounting and software companies like FB and Amazon but I'm not entirely sure what field I want to go into, leaning towards finance. It also has a very high ranked CS program.
*UMD has the Lemma Senbet Fund program in which 12 students are picked to manage a fund of $1 million.
UVA: 68k/year for first two years, then 78k/year for last two. McIntire is ridiculously expensive and requires you to apply after two years of studies, so not guaranteed but I'm not too worried about applying. I would not try to transfer if I went to UVA. Also, Charlottesville is in the middle of nowhere.
Should I go to UMD and try to network my ass off to get to Wall Street and save the money? Or will it be incredibly difficult? I'm not entirely set on IB at all but I want to keep my options open. However, I don't know if I should consider transfer to Wharton. It's pretty much impossible anyway and I don't want to start over, but it was my dream school (rejected) and I have the high school stats. My parents are willing to pay for my undergrad, but I feel guilty making them pay so much for UVA, especially if I may try to get an MBA after. Any thoughts appreciated!