Undergrad B-School Bonanza: Tulane v. UT Austin v. Boston University

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Hey Guys,

Recently I have been accepted to the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, and the School of Management at Boston University. Financially I am paying the same amount as UT Austin in-state fees since I am a Texas resident for Tulane and Boston University due to generous scholarships, so finances are not a problem for me. I would like to pursue a major in Finance, then hopefully work as a Financial Analyst for a pretty good company like Bank of America, Ernst and Young or JP Morgan for two years then go back to school and get my MBA/JD and then become a Tax or Corporate Lawyer or go into IBD somewhere in the midwest or northeast (Chicago or DC?).

Now before everyone bombards me with strong suggestions towards UT/McCombs please hear me out one what I am trying to get out of these undergraduate schools:

  • Great networking (alumni and jobs),
  • job opportunities/availability upon graduation
  • Great Internship opportunities
  • strong connections in the Midwest or Northeast
  • Good Finance program
  • easy to thrive (as far as grades, competition, accessibility to faculty and facilities during freshman year goes)
  • good connections when moving on to receive my MBA later on
  • good faculty.

Which school will help me achieve all of these desires?

Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks

Comments (16)

Apr 5, 2011

I can vouch for McCombs

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Apr 5, 2011

PM me.

Apr 5, 2011

McCombs is the best school on paper, and especially with in state tuition it'll be tough to beat. It also has phenomenal placement into finance, and a strong alumni network. The caveat is of course tougher competition.

Apr 5, 2011

I don't understand why high school seniors already want to get MBAs before they start undergrad.

May 3, 2011
JeffSkilling:

I don't understand why high school seniors already want to get MBAs before they start undergrad.

100% agree with you on this

Apr 5, 2011

Sounds like you know the answer.

Apr 5, 2011

^^ haha but with all that stuff aside though, I should have clarified, as an UNDERGRADUATE business school of course, which one would satisfy those criteria?

Apr 5, 2011

McCombs by a mile.

Apr 5, 2011
artfuldodger23:

I will only provide information for McCombs, since I do not know anything about BU or Tulane.

  • Great networking (alumni and jobs),
    In Texas, McCombs will be the first choice of the IBs and energy trading companies for recruitment. They have good MBA alumni base in Houston and Dallas.
  • job opportunities/availability upon graduation
    Job is 100% guaranteed. All the McCombs BBA student get good job offers before graduation. It is a target for New York based IBs like Goldman-Sachs. GS drops in and hires like 20-25 BBAs in one day.
  • Great Internship opportunities
    In Texas, for sure.
  • strong connections in the Midwest or Northeast
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  • Good Finance program
    They have good faculty whom you will see in the brochures. Most of the undergraduate courses will be taught by adjuncts. Be prepared for some required non-Finance courses where 300 students will be seated in a huge auditorium.
  • easy to thrive (as far as grades, competition, accessibility to faculty and facilities during freshman year goes)
    The BBA students are really smart so competition is high.
  • good connections when moving on to receive my MBA later on
    Depends on GMAT and work experience.
  • good faculty.
    You will see them in colorful brochures. I don't know how many of them actually teach the BBA students. Most of them are only interested in research. The senior faculty tend to teach in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Thanks

Apr 5, 2011

UT. this is a shameful question to ask.

Apr 5, 2011

Mccombs undergrad has excellent companies that come to recruit.

May 2, 2011

Definitely McCombs. Keep in mind though, a lot of what artfuldodger23 said is not necessarily true lately. Sure, bulge bracket IB's used to come in and hire tens of analysts, but when I graduated last year there were only a handful of folks with offers and they were the ones that had been summer analysts since their Sophomore year. You will have to work your ass off to stand out.

Since you haven't even started school and you already know you want to be a banker you will have to really fuck something up to not be able to land an IB offer. I transferred in as a Junior who didn't even know what investment banking was and still managed to secure a BB offer (that I turned down to be a "struggling" entrepreneur ;-). The program is solid and every bank you can think of will come for on-campus recruiting. Only thing lacking in the finance program is in-depth exposure to modeling. But all you have to do is get in with the Investment Banking Association and University Investors Association folks and attend their modeling seminars.

Oh and its in Austin, which is one of the most legit cities in the US. Good luck!

May 2, 2011
smabs:

Definitely McCombs. Keep in mind though, a lot of what artfuldodger23 said is not necessarily true lately. Sure, bulge bracket IB's used to come in and hire tens of analysts, but when I graduated last year there were only a handful of folks with offers and they were the ones that had been summer analysts since their Sophomore year. You will have to work your ass off to stand out.

Since you haven't even started school and you already know you want to be a banker you will have to really fuck something up to not be able to land an IB offer. I transferred in as a Junior who didn't even know what investment banking was and still managed to secure a BB offer (that I turned down to be a "struggling" entrepreneur ;-). The program is solid and every bank you can think of will come for on-campus recruiting. Only thing lacking in the finance program is in-depth exposure to modeling. But all you have to do is get in with the Investment Banking Association and University Investors Association folks and attend their modeling seminars.

Oh and its in Austin, which is one of the most legit cities in the US. Good luck!

Conflicting post is conflicting.

  • SpencerMakesBank
  •  May 2, 2011
smabs:

Definitely McCombs. Keep in mind though, a lot of what artfuldodger23 said is not necessarily true lately. Sure, bulge bracket IB's used to come in and hire tens of analysts, but when I graduated last year there were only a handful of folks with offers and they were the ones that had been summer analysts since their Sophomore year. You will have to work your ass off to stand out.

Since you haven't even started school and you already know you want to be a banker you will have to really fuck something up to not be able to land an IB offer. I transferred in as a Junior who didn't even know what investment banking was and still managed to secure a BB offer (that I turned down to be a "struggling" entrepreneur ;-). The program is solid and every bank you can think of will come for on-campus recruiting. Only thing lacking in the finance program is in-depth exposure to modeling. But all you have to do is get in with the Investment Banking Association and University Investors Association folks and attend their modeling seminars.

Oh and its in Austin, which is one of the most legit cities in the US. Good luck!

Was your offer in TX?

May 3, 2011

My offer was in New York. Fellow grads also ended up with offers in New York if that is where they wanted to be. Many went to H-Town because pay is comparable, Texas has no state income tax, AND you can lease a 4 bedroom house for the same cost as a one bedroom shithole above a Salvadorian pupusaria in Manhattan. Not to mention M&A work in energy can be very interesting. And yes, my post was conflicting, I just wanted to emphasize that where BB's used to come in and hire 20 analysts each from McCombs alone, now you are lucky to see them hire 2 or 3.

In summary: Go to UT.

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