Hey! I am an international student and will be studying at undergraduate level in the US. I have been admitted to University of Southern California, Indiana University Bloomington, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Babson College. I have been offered admission directly to the business school of all the universities.
Major concerns for me are costs, prestige, exposure and career opportunities. I haven't been to any of these colleges so I cannot base my decision on that. I am not dead set on any major but I'm leaning slightly towards finance. I haven't given a lot of thought to my career options but I would certainly consider that once at college.
I have tried to highlight my preferences in the discussion of every college and I have to decide which college to choose from the 4. It's been really hard to choose the right one for me because of lack of exposure and knowledge. Being an international student who would kill to land a job in the states, it only gets harder to compromise on certain preferences. Please help...
USC would cost me around 70k although the exposure and prestige that comes with it are incomparable. Studying international business at Marshall (not 100% sure about studying that) in LA would be huge plus point considering better weather and internship opportunities. Not to mention a better lifestyle because of the urban setting but costs are a huge concern for my parents and living in LA is also not cheap. It was really hard to get into USC in the first place as it had an acceptance rate of 16.5% this year.
The issue that arises with studying entrepreneurship at Babson College is that I would choose working for large multinationals or top BBs over starting a new business. It would get harder to do so especially because I am an international student. Attending this college would cost me around 66k. I would rather spend this kind of money at USC but thats because of certain preferences (Weather, higher prestige)
The biggest advantage that comes with IU Kelley is that it would cost roughly 50k. I am also offered a scholarship of 5k which would reduce the costs to some extend and add to the opportunities available at Indiana. What keeps me from choosing IU Bloomington is that it does not have a really good overall reputation. Another driving force apart from costs, is Kelley's placement stats and ofcourse IBW. I know it's a bit of a gamble to choose IU for its IBW but other than that Kellley does have a lot to offer to finance majors. Nevertheless it lacks the exposure that a college in an urban setting would provide.
UIUC College of Business is quite a bargain compared to Babson and USC as it comes with a pricetag of 55k. It may not have a solid reputation for finance but it does have a amazing social scene and a highly reputed accounting program for those aspiring to work for the big 4 one day. Its placements are pretty good in Chicago but it hardly places its students outside illinois.