I'm currently entering my senior year of high school and preparing to start filling out some college applications. I have my eyes on a career in investment banking - either Houston (because I'm in Texas) or Wall Street. I've used a financial aid calculator for all the above schools, and they all come out to around $20,000 per year, so there is no actual difference in cost between the schools.
I might apply ED (for those who don't know, Early Decision is a program through which if you are accepted, you are forced to attend that school. It boosts your chance of acceptance because schools know you will attend and they can build a solid class in advance) to Wharton. If I was accepted Wharton it would obviously be a dream come true. Some questions about Wharton:
---How rigorous is the workload?
---Would I be able to find time for fun in college while at Wharton?
---Do Penn CAS students live in the shadow of Wharton kids?
My real questions, however, are more about the other schools.
---Which would be best for banking in NYC: Penn's CAS (this assumes I got rejected from Wharton but accepted to regular Penn) Dartmouth, G-town or even BHP?
---UT's BHP would definitely put me into some good banks in Houston, but how does it measure up against a tier 2 school like G-town or an ivy like Dartmouth/Penn in both Houston and NYC?
---What is campus-life like at these schools for kids in the biz program?
I am basically wondering where I should go if I was accepted UT BHP, Georgetown, Dartmouth or Penn CAS. This factors in recruitment and out-of-class experience (e.g. parties, people w/e).
Sorry the post is convoluted, but there is no catch-all question I can ask.