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 )
- 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.
- 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 )
- 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.
-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 )
- Austin bby!
- In-state tuition bby!
- Asians bby!
- Hot girls 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.
- 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 )
- Los Angeles!
- Marshall Trojan Alumni
- Hot girls
- 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)