Hi, I recently got my college decisions and then joined this forum. Sadly, I only applied to a few good targets and didn't get great results from them.
I got into Computer Science at the University of Washington (limited to 80 students & ranked about #6 in country) and EECS at Berkeley (ranked #1). Like everyone else, I'm interested in getting a top tier IBD job or a top tier consulting job (in preparation for business school).
Would my chances to these jobs be over if I choose to attend UW? I can't really justify paying 54k for Berkeley out of state tuition when UW tuition is 9-15k and its CS program is top-notch. Also, what is Berkeley's recruiting like? I've heard that EECS majors there are given the same opportunities (and more probably) as Haas majors.
How to Decide Between College Acceptance Offers
There are many factors that go into choosing the right college for you:
- Academic strength of the major you're pursuing
- Career counseling
- On-campus recruiting
- Job opportunities upon graduation
Each school is different, and in the US in-state vs. out-of-state tuition is often a major deciding factor. WSO users offer the following options for OP to consider in making his decision:
- Go to Berkeley - the out of state tuition is worth it for the job opportunities
- Go to UW for one year and then transfer to an East Coast school like CMU or MIT with cheaper out-of-state tuition and similar job opportunities to Berkeley
- Go to Berkeley - after one year you can file as an independent and establish residency in CA to get in-state tuition
- Go to UW - it sucks to graduate with so much student debt, but it may be harder to get into the industry you want