USC vs Emory vs UT Austin McCombs vs Boston College Carroll (undergrad). Should I apply Early Decision to Emory??

So I'm a high school senior who has been browsing lurking these forums for about a year now. I know that it's a bit early to say for sure whether or not IB and Consulting are the "perfect" careers for me but they seem really interesting. (Especially Consulting)

  • I have basically a less than 2% shot at top Ivies, Duke, ect. Literally the only target schools I have a decent chance at (~15%) are Northwestern and Cornell but I'm trying to find more realistic schools since even then my odds are quite low. I'm also applying to Stern, but even if I get in I probably won't go because I don't want to throw my parents ( and myself ) into crippling debt.

Issues of fit:
I have lived in the boring suburbs in Texas nearly my entire life and I thought that it might be fun to live someplace in the Northeast that actually has public transportation or walkability and I don't need to fucking drive everywhere. But I would be willing to sacrifice walkability for better academics and job placement lol. To be honest, I don't really give a shit about school spirit or sports so going to a school with a good sports/football team really means nothing to me, but I still like to go to parties.

I would obviously prefer to work in New York City, Boston, Philly, or Chicago over Atlanta and Houston. However, if the job was really good I probably wouldn't care that much eventually.

All of them should be similarly priced with UT being about 7k cheaper per year.

Here is my personal opinion on these: I already did my research and know they are all semi-targets.

Emory ( Probably one of my favorites )
Pros:
- If I applied Early Decision here I am almost guaranteed to get accepted and can just chill. However, I won't get to choose between schools.
- Tons of Koreans. I'm Korean. Fun
- Amazing diversity
-The most academically focused school - known less for it's sports which I really don't give a shit about anyways.
-Goizueta is pretty damn good
- By far the highest US News Ranking/General Prestige out of all the other schools. Would be most impressive although it's not THAT elite/prestigious.
- My Asian tiger parents LOVE the school because they think it's the most prestigious
- I'm allowed to start 2 years in CAS and then get into Business as a junior so that I can test whether or not business/finance really is my passion before getting in.

Cons:
- Will probably be the HARDEST academically. Everyone is really smart here.
- Definitely seems a bit nerdier/quirkier.
- Less School spirit
- Might have less parties
- More Academically Intense
- Name recognition isn't amazing
-Atlanta really isn't that great compared to Boston/LA/Austin
-Girls aren't supposed to be as good looking

Boston College ( Another Fave )
Pros:
- Boston is pretty damn awesome. I always wanted to live in the NE.
- Supposed to be pretty decent looking girls
- I think it has the most beautiful campus out of all of these - kind of has that "ivy" feel.
- Carroll is also kick-ass.
- Actually has a decent sports team which could end up being fun idk
- Average and pretty chill when it comes to student body. Not a class full of 2400 SAT geniuses like Northwestern or Emory, but not dumb like Podunk state.

Cons:
-Right next to Harvard and MIT... Yeah... lol...
- It's a catholic school. Not a huge deal, but eh.
- It's pretty crappy in the diversity department compared to the other schools. Not a lot of asians.
- Cold AF
- No one is really impressed by BC from where I live. It's mostly known for sports. I don't really care that much though.

UT Austin ( smartest decision )
Pros:
- Austin bby!
- In-state tuition bby!
- Asians bby!
- Hot girls bby!
-McCombs bby!
- It's a huge school and the top 10% rule and the general student body isn't as smart as the other schools so it might be ALOT easier to compete and be the top 10% of UT.
- TOP TOP TOP TOP Target for Houston banks/consulting firms.

Cons:
- I'm not in the Business Honors Program and it's near impossible to get in.
- HUGE. HUGE. HUGE. I got lost there for like an hour when I visited.
- HUGE class sizes, really hard to get to know professor.
- I know a lot of douchebags and dipshits who got into McCombs/UT ( don't mean to be a dick, but eh )
- I generally don't like Texas that much, at least compared to East/West Coast. If I went to UT I would probably have to work in Texas.

USC ( probably least favorite of four but only MARGINALLY )
Pros:
- Los Angeles!
-Asians!
- Marshall Trojan Alumni
- Hot girls

Cons:
- Pretty far away from NY
- Cutthroat competitive ( even more than Emory supposedly )
- By far the worst perception in Texas. Literally no one thinks its a very good school where I live and people generally consider it the University of Spoiled Children. I doubt this is true but I'm just reporting what people say.

TLDR; USC Marshall, Emory Goizueta, UT Austin McCombs, BC Carroll. All good schools, semi-targets.

1) Should I apply Early Decision to Emory and get it over with? My chances at Northwestern aren't THAT great but there's still a 20-30% chance. If I apply regular to Emory there's a chance I won't get in, but I have a 85% chance of getting into Emory ED.

2) Where would you pick?

3) Is there anywhere else I should apply? I don't want to apply to UNC/UVa/ Michigan b/c it's near fucking impossible to get into OOS and I don't want to pay OOS tuition for a public school when I already have a VERY solid public school in-state (UT)

Comments (5)

 
Sep 14, 2015 - 6:32pm
  1. I never understood why would would want to apply ED for a school if it's binding. Usually, it doesn't confer any specific advantages and only serves to potentially limit your options. I didn't do any EDs (just a couple EAs) and ended up doing just fine.

  2. All of the schools you listed are equally good. Since UT Texas is the cheapest, go there. It has solid placement into IB in NYC, and excellent placement into IB and energy/commodities in Texas.

 
Sep 14, 2015 - 6:41pm

Gangster Putin:

1. I never understood why would would want to apply ED for a school if it's binding. Usually, it doesn't confer any specific advantages and only serves to potentially limit your options. I didn't do any EDs (just a couple EAs) and ended up doing just fine.

2. All of the schools you listed are equally good. Si2nce UT Texas is the cheapest, go there. It has solid placement into IB in NYC, and excellent placement into IB and energy/commodities in Texas.

Well usually ED can give a huge advantage for admissions. For example Emory's acceptance rate Early Decision is 38% vs 23% for regular. And Northwestern is 36% vs 14% for regular. It can give a really good advantage and can literally mean the difference between an acceptance and a rejection. And once you get in, I guess one of the perks is that you can literally chill about the whole college process 4 months before lol..

*Also keep in mind that UT is NOT BHP. Is it still solid? Also does anyone know about consulting placement?

 
Sep 15, 2015 - 11:03am

If I were you, my ranking would be:

-Emory
-Texas
-BC
USC

If Emory doesn't present a financial hardship, I'd go there. If there's any doubts or concerns about costs, go to Texas.

Correct me if this is no longer accurate, but when I was apply to UG, going ED meant that you were making a binding decision before learning about scholarships/financial aid. If that's the case, I would not apply ED.

I worked admissions at Wash U, and I think the "ED" advantage is overblown. The stats look higher, but a lot of that is self-selection among the applicant pool.

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