So I'm currently a freshman at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. I just applied to transfer to USC Marshall and Cornell ILR (not the business school). I did this mostly because my parents wanted me to, and I know I shouldn't count my eggs before they hatch but I genuinely feel that I have a decent shot at getting into both of them. However, my question is, is it even worth it to transfer? Obviously both USC and Cornell have significantly better brand names than Indiana, but that's about it. Here's what I know so far that is causing my inner conflict:
- I intend to go into investment banking upon graduation and then private equity.
- USC: Not known for finance, but they do have an investment club that seems to get pretty decent placement on the west coast. On top of this, I know a guy from my high school who is the VP of this club. Honestly probably not much better than Kelley for IB, but it's always been my dream to live in LA so that experience alone is a pretty tempting reason to transfer to me.
- Cornell ILR: I didn't apply for the business school, but supposedly all majors have access to the same OCR at cornell so not really a problem. There are several finance clubs here that place well into IB; however, they are all extremely hard to get into and only accept less than 5 kids each every year. But because of Cornell's reputation, I wouldn't necessarily HAVE to be in one of these clubs to get into IB. Going here would be a trade-off: yes, I'd be at an Ivy but I'd also be in Ithaca.
- Indiana Kelley: My current school. Pretty poor brand name compared to the other two, but I think it is underrated. We have a very strong Investment Banking Workshop here that has really good placement into IB. I think I have a pretty decent shot at getting in, but the problem is it is pretty much impossible to break into IB from Kelley if you're NOT in the workshop, so staying here is a bit of a gamble because I don't have much room for error.
All other factors aside, ultimately I just want to choose the place that will give me the best shot at breaking into IB. Will USC or Cornell give me better opportunities than Kelley, and if so, which one? I'm just feeling really conflicted about my future and any guidance would help.