USC worth it for IB?

Hey everyone currently I am a rising junior at Auburn University and have the potential to transfer to USC (SoCal) majoring in Economics with a minor in Finance. I do not know the environment too well out west so I was curious whether USC is somewhat considered a target school and whether it is worth transferring or just waiting to get an MBA elsewhere later. I plan on getting a MBA immediately after graduation so that would give me several more summers for more internships. Currently at Auburn I boast a 3.6 GPA and own a 6 figure business along with heavy involvement regarding IB societies. I am having a difficult time deciding if USC is a school worth giving up what I have established at Auburn? I can easily network at USC and rejoin any high finance related ogranizations I just was curious about whether I should wait and finish my masters potentially somewhere like USC or transfer now and still apply to IB related schools?

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May 23, 2018

Why an MBA immediately after graduation? You should get a couple years of work experience first.

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May 23, 2018

Well within a relative time, kinda got ahead of myself there I just am curious if the transfer process would be more relevant. I do not know exactly when my pursuit of a master's would be happening I just know it is a goal that I want.

May 23, 2018

If you're running a 6-figure business, why would you want to go into a line-of-work with 80hr+ weeks? I'd have to imagine that would hurt your business.

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May 23, 2018

I do not necessarily know if that business is my dream career path. It is a YouTube channel that I run like a business with over 700k followers. I love high finance and just want an opportunity to explore the options

May 23, 2018

Which channel?

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May 23, 2018

On the west coast - Can confirm USC is a target for LA and a semi-target for SF. They also place 6-8 in NY every year (have a friend in their mentorship program).

It also seems like fewer people are interested in IB which gives those interested a much better chance - the network is also real and I've heard alumni cold-emails have a hit rate of 70-80% (assuming you have a decent resume)

May 23, 2018

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May 23, 2018

USC would be better, but not in your case since you're a rising junior. 2019 SA spots are already filling up in SF/LA, where USC is a target so you will probably not even be able to utilize the USC name by the time you transfer in the fall.

May 23, 2018

Dude keep running that Youtube channel, think about how few people get to do that. Worst case scenario you try to break in a couple years down the line. You can always get an MBA if you don't think breaking in before is realistic. Do not get an MBA straight out of undergrad.

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May 24, 2018

Can confirm USC is an IB target. Know several alumni from there who have successfully recruited for top boutiques like Moelis and Houlihan.

Also, the girls there are super hot (...side benefit?).

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May 24, 2018

i'd say go to USC if you want the climate/attractiveness of the school, but not necessarily for IB, unless you're willing to go in as a sophomore (the opps will be there but you wont stand out there as a junior transfer, so getting OCR interviews for internships will be very hard vs the rest of the business crowd)

but honestly

keep running your business, that sounds extremely cool- as others said, getting an MBA right after school usually isn't the best call, you won't get into any of the truly top places without some work exp (and IB wants you to go to atleast a serviceable school)

if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful

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May 24, 2018

So after some consideration I am starting to think that a good option would be to continue at Auburn University and gain as much experience/credentials as possible until I can apply to a top MBA program in the Northeast. I do not know how much more beneficial it is to sacrifice all the connections I have made here for the late opportunity at USC. One more thing I am curious about is if many high finance careers have guys that start out at a school like Auburn and go on to obtain a prestigious MBA? Or do most of them have just undergraduate experience from a target school?

Jul 14, 2018
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