Undergrad: Michigan (Ross) or UChicago?

I find myself saying Ross is a no-brainer -- fun, strong GPA is somewhat assured, defined paths to great internships. Yet literally everyone is telling me to go to Chicago. I'm surprised I got into Chicago, safe to assume my GPA there isn't going to be stellar, but maybe the brand is worth that downside? And while Chicago isn't as fun, perhaps that forces you to grow more, become a better student?

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Apr 22, 2018 - 9:03pm

Banking recruiting out of Ross is definitely a more tried and true path. If you love challenging academics and intellectualism, go Chicago, but that honestly doesn't seem like a priority for you.

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:45pm

But what if he ends up loving finance/business?

You can't tell me that placement out of the two schools is similar at all. In fact, Michigan has solid buyside opportunities too. I don't go to either school.

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Apr 22, 2018 - 9:07pm

Chicago? How is this even a thought. Go to Chicago. Believe in yourself.

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Apr 22, 2018 - 9:45pm
Grosse_Pointe:

What makes you come to such a definitive opinion? I'm not being coy, I know Chicago is ranked no.3 on US News (tied with Yale), but what went into your analysis that it's a no-brainer to go there over Ross? Thanks.

First of all, congrats on getting into both of these schools as they are both great programs. With that being said, the feedback I have heard over the years from Chicago has been stellar, for not only the school, but the location. Both of these programs will provide you with many opportunities, but I feel Chicago will broaden your horizon a bit more than Michigan.

But, I mean its a bit like saying "should I choose Harvard or Stanford" - - - they are different schools (and both top programs) in different locations and I think you should check out which majors you like the best in each schools and the faculty and location and make an informed decision from there (as well as the finances if they are different). I can't make an informed decision in an armchair for you, but can only give what my personal preference would be, and for me it would be Chicago. So, I guess it is not even a thought (for me). But, it certainly is for you.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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