UNC Chapel Hill vs. UGA vs. Vanderbilt vs. Boston University vs. Boston College vs. Northwestern vs. Northeastern

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Hey guys so I've gotten into all seven of these schools listed above as a transfer student. I wanted to know which of these schools would prepare me best for a good finance career in Investment banking, consulting, investment management, etc. I am also still waiting to hear back from NYU Stern and USC Marshall.

UNC- I would be able to study at least econ, but ideally would want Business Administration (B.A.)major with concentration in finance. Will try to get into K-F, but at worst case, will apply for minor to B.A. major. Will i still be able to get decent opportunities coming out as an econ major if I cannot get into K-F?

Vandy- great school, nice campus, have questions about the recruitment apart from the southeast, would have to basically retake all my coursework (need to complete all Gen ed requirements), 15-18k more/yr than unc and would graduate a year later

UGA- in state school, in-state tuition and can graduate in 5-6 semesters

Northern finance schools- don't see much difference between them and other options; Boston good for potential Asset Management opportunities

Northwestern- great school, have some concerns about safety in Chicago (have never visited Evanston), don't mind working closer to Chicago at BB or MM bank, but would ideally want to work in either South or NE

What would you guys recommend if you were me?

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Jun 30,2018
 
May 31,2017

Evanston is in a nice Chicago suburb that's close enough to Chicago to make day trips convenient for interviews but far enough away so safety is not even close to an issue.

Vanderbilt and Northwestern are the best schools you got into, so I'd try to select between those two as they will have the largest reach. Both will pigeon-hole you a little geographically, but their names should carry. I'd personally select Northwestern but that's because I liked it a lot when I visited a few years ago. It should give you comparable options to Vanderbilt.

 
May 31,2017

I see a good number of them in Charlotte/Atlanta.

 
Jun 30,2018
 
May 31,2017

In Order:
1. Northwestern (Target school)
2. UNC Chapel Hill (Beautiful campus, great culture, also Target)
3. Northeastern (Personal favorite, New England is spectacular)

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man" - Samuel Johnson

 
May 31,2017

Woah woah woah... never said I was a Pats fan.. Im NY born and raised so I am giants and yanks 'til I die. Haha, but nonetheless what makes you want to be in the south? The lower you go geographically, the lower you go financially.

Aside from that, NYU is probably your golden ticket in finance (Aside HPY, UPenn). Your in the financial center of the world, and you can walk out of your dorm and network yourself like crazy. Stern is a phenomenal school with a lot of $$$. Me being from the north, I look at schools like UNC and think party, name, nice weather, and a great business school. Are you in it for the experience or the education?

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man" - Samuel Johnson

 
Jun 30,2018
 
May 31,2017

Haha, good to hear. Not going to lie, Pat's got one hell of a QB.

All in all, go for Stern if you get in. If you don't, I'd highly consider Northwestern if you are more education driven. I'd stay away from UNC at this point, less distractions ;)

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man" - Samuel Johnson

 
Jun 30,2018
 
May 31,2017

Stern or no NYU, yes.

But yes you do have a point with chapel hill cost is definitely a large consideration especially if you are wanting to work somewhere other than NYC and Chi town.

It really comes down to where you feel comfortable. With the way it looks, you sound like a smart kid. You can honestly go to any school you would like, and you can get anywhere. But remember, the name of the school can take a lot of extra efforts away.

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man" - Samuel Johnson

 
May 31,2017

Yes, brand goes very far.

If we are talking in terms of cars, lets assume that Northwestern is a Ferrari, a top level car, with some very fine tuning from being around for quite sometime and perfected on every level. Your going to get serious looks, and people know the person behind the wheel has worked hard to get there.

Then we have UNC, lets call UNC a Tesla. UNC has broken into the top levels of schools lately. Your getting a top notch vehicle but at a serious financial discount. The car is beautiful, inside and out. Also, think about the money your going to spend on gas, nothing.

Then you have NYU, lets call NYU a Bentley. Everyone knows Bentley makes a very fine vehicle. But not only does the Bentley have the name behind it, but also the performance under the hood. Bentley puts out top of line cars and this is why people love it. The BWing logo is very distinguishable and that will play a very large role.

But, the question is... what kind of car do you want?

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May 31,2017

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May 31,2017

Northwestern hands down. It is just one more year, why not go to the best?

 
May 31,2017

I'm not sure if I would prefer working in Chicago (most likely) compared to working in the South or NE. I have heard that Northwestern is mainly a target for CHI and a high semi for NYC BB.

 
May 31,2017
  1. Northwestern
  2. NYU (if accepted)
  3. Vandy
  4. UNC
  5. Georgia / Northeastern

As others have mentioned, Northwestern is completely safe. It's in the North suburbs and far from the violence issues. It will provide you by far with the most career options. NYU is a close second, if you get in.

 
May 31,2017
<span itemprop=name>Pandey1</span>:

Would you say that if I wanted to work in NYC or the South/SE exclusively, then I could still get there by attending UNC or Vandy? Would you also recommend to save money now by attending a solid, public school with a good reputation like UNC and then saving money through work experience after graduation for a M7-Top 10 MBA? Would the MBA be just as valuable/prestigious as a degree from northwestern or vandy?

As a state school grad (UIUC), I will tell you to go to the best f'ing school possible. Worry about paying for b-school when/if you get there. Northwestern gives you a better opportunity to have branding for a top b-school than any other option on your list. It's also national enough that you should be able to get a job in any region you choose.

You can get to NYC or the SE from either UNC or Vandy, but if you think getting a MBA is your goal, you'd be making a mistake to pass on Northwestern. And, as an Illini, I hate saying that because the purple kitties suck.

 
Jun 30,2018
 
May 31,2017
<span itemprop=name>Pandey1</span>:

That is definitely a very interesting and intriguing take. Getting an MBA would definitely be nice, but I would really only consider it if I was able to obtain admission to an M7 b school. UIUC has an amazing engineering and CS program haha so don't feel too bad; it's a great value-bargain for Illinois students.

Don't get me wrong, no regrets on graduating from Illinois. I also studied engineering. Life has worked out fine for me...am quite a bit older than the average poster here. Just to reiterate, Northwestern is clearly your best option, MBA in your future or not.

 
May 31,2017

I would go Northwestern then Vandy, providing that you don't get into Kenan Flagler. Especially for consulting a see a lot more Northwestern alumni in Chicago or NYC offices then any of the other schools named. It really is a toss up for Vandy or UNC, both are good choices for consulting or banking, but for UNC you really need the Kenan Flagler name on your resume.

 
May 31,2017

Hypothetically, let's say that I cannot get into K-F and I graduate with an econ degree. What can I do with that degree then possibly?

 
May 31,2017

It's like you're asking whether you should have filet mignon or beef jerkey for dinner...

Northwestern. Unless your ideal exit opp is scooping up a southern belle, in which case don't bother with more college and just work on your cotillion training

 
May 31,2017

Ummm, I didn't really get your first analogy haha (don't eat meat at all). I know that northwestern would provide me with more opportunities nationwide and possibly even worldwide, but I have some questions regarding the cultural fit. I also don't have any personal contacts, family, or friends near chitown, so I'm basically all on my own.

 
May 31,2017

I personally know someone who went UNC undergrad (from the south, not a halfback) and NW for MBA, loved Northwestern. you'll be just fine.

 
May 31,2017

Ahhh I see. So would you recommend me to go to Northwestern and spend a minimum of an extra year or go to UNC?

 
May 31,2017

There are a lot of good choices here, I think I'd rank them how the majority of the thread already has:

1) Northwestern University
2 tie) UNC Chapel-Hill
2 tie) Vanderbilt
4) UGA
5) Boston College
6) Boston University

Regarding the schools you're waiting to hear back from (USC and NYU), I'd likely put them below Vandy/UNC but above UGA with the caveat that you'd probably want to consider USC if your goal is to stay on the West Coast after graduation.

 
May 31,2017

Yeah I have an uncle in Palo Alto right now and while he's definitely family, I'm obviously much closer with my own parents down here in ATL. Also COL is outrageous out West

 
May 31,2017

Dude Northwestern hands down wtf are you doing....

 
May 31,2017
  1. Northwestern - hands down.
    2/3. Vandy/UNC Chapel Hill - fantastic schools and if you want to stay in the south/have a great time during your last 2/3 years. These are great picks.

Not worth even mentioning the others.

 
May 31,2017

Would you say from your personal experience that I could get similar opportunities in NYC/SE from all 3 schools, or is there a significant, notable diffference in terms of recruitment from each of these schools?

 
May 31,2017

Northwestern provides the best opportunity for NYC given its brand name. However, if you're looking to end up in Atlanta or Charlotte - UNC & Vandy will provide relatively equal opportunitites due to OCR.

 
May 31,2017

As a current student from Georgia who attends an out-of-state target, do not go the easy route and take an in-state offer at UGA. I have plenty of friends at UGA who are having a tough time finding top internships/jobs. If you are looking banking, I'd have to rank the schools in the following way:
1. NYU - Stern (if you get in)
2. Northwestern
3. Vanderbilt
4. UNC - KF
Personally, Vanderbilt was my favorite campus that I visited, but I have heard that recruiting there is a bit tougher since they don't have a business program (just a bunch of econ majors). Honestly though, if you work hard and have a solid resume, you should do fine at any of these schools.

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May 31,2017

Alas, I found out 30 min ago that I was unable to get into stern. Do you mind sharing what OOS target you attend, and would you say that vandy and unc are both comparable in terms of SE and NYC placement?

 
May 31,2017

I go to UVA. Vanderbilt has a better brand name, but UNC might have better resources and prep moving into banking (not sure on the point, just a guess). Both will have really good SE placement, I'm not sure on the NYC placement.

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May 31,2017

Yeah, from what I had previously been reading on the boards here, they are both semis for NYC and targets for SE. Are you planning to break into NYC as the top goal? Also, at Vandy, I would have to retake the whole general education curriculum there (university policy) and would take minimum of 4 more yrs to graduate. At UNC, I'll be bringing in 47 hours, so after taking 16 credit hrs my first semester, I would need 57 more credit hrs to graduate (can be done feasibly in 4-5 semesters). After this analysis, I notice that I should be able to graduate from UNC at least one year earlier and save at least 120k+, which can be reallocated towards other purposes (grad school, real estate maybe, personal brokerage account in addition to my current Roth IRA). I think the real wildcard is Northwestern- the brand name and prestige is amazing, but I have self-doubts about how well I will be able to do there as well as adjust to the different culture.

 
May 31,2017

Given those circumstances I would probably choose UNC over Vandy then. Northwestern is a bit of a different story. I don't know the transfer policy there, but I would probably elect to go there if it were financially feasible. The culture will probably be different, but I would embrace it. I love the South, but I will probably end up elsewhere and personally I think it's important to experience new cultures.

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May 31,2017

Yeah northwestern for me at least would be similar to vandy, in terms of the credit that transferred over. I could afford all of these schools and would not have to undergo loans; however, I would like to find the best value (in terms of cost and future job opportunities) and make it a little easier on my parents as well after all they have sacrificed for me haha. Also are you in UVA McIntire and did you have to pay the full sticker price OOS if you do not mind sharing? How would you describe your overall experience so far at UVA?

 
May 31,2017

Also are you in UVA McIntire and did you have to pay the full sticker price OOS if you do not mind sharing? How would you describe your overall experience so far at UVA?

 
May 31,2017

Current UGA student here (headed to NYC with an EB (LAZ/EVR/MoCo)), made an account to give you some info on why you might not want to discount UGA as a potential option. Great schools either way though and it sounds like you'll make enough of an effort to break in anywhere. As for UGA:

  1. Great placement this year, with 15 or so juniors heading to internships with BB/EB firms. Over 30 placed across IB/S&T/Consulting in NYC/Atlanta/Houston/San Fran through the Corsair Society (student organization)
  2. On campus recruitment with Citi (took 6 last year and 4 this year, most in Industrials/Sponsors)
  3. Target school for STRH, usually around 10 get offers through OCR

Judging by the fact that you got into the schools you're deciding between here, your GPA is obviously good and you would be a great candidate for IB jobs out of UGA, which there is definitely a lesser-known market for. Could save your parents some money, too. PM if you have questions

 
May 31,2017

Current Northwestern (NU) student. The name carries, and often people recognize how notable the school is, more so then when I first enrolled. In terms of recruiting:

IB: Placement is growing pretty strongly, albeit the vast majority of people at Northwestern pursue consulting. Goldman is the only NY firm that comes on campus, but NY placement is still very possible, the alumni network is growing.

Consulting: Hands down the most sought after job here, MBB will take 5-6 junior interns and maybe 12-15 FT every year. Plus all the other consulting firms recruit pretty heavily, so if this is at all an interest for you I would recommend.

Investment Management/Other Careers: Past year's career fair has had PIMCO and a decent amount of hedge funds (Hall Capital, Akuna, etc.) Prop trading is pretty big here too, if that's of interest.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. Personally have enjoyed school here, outside of recruiting (Big Ten, access to Chicago, etc.)

 
Jun 30,2017

This idiot just wants someone to tell him what he wants to hear. You asked what school best prepares me for Finance, everyone said Northwestern and now you're talking about Vandy has hot girls? Just go to Vandy or UNC since you're boning for those schools. Stop wasting our time.

 
Jun 30,2017

Haha this thread is a month old.

 
Jun 30,2017

Still ruffles my feathers. Guess I need a new prescription, that 5 looked like a 6. Guess that's how I ended up with my wife. Who knows.

 
Jun 30,2017

Yup. You'll fit right in at Northwestern lol.

 
Jun 30,2017
 
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Jun 30,2017
Pandey1:

I could quite frankly care less if a school had "hot girls" or not because I know that I can already obtain them through my education, qualifications, and wealth.

Re-read that dude

 
Jun 30,2017