UVA vs. Boston College CSOM vs. Ohio State Fisher

Hey guys, I'm an HS senior that has to choose a school in 2 weeks, and I'm still indecisive. I want to break into IB with the school that gives me the best shot.

UVA Pros:

Target school, prestige, huge alumni network, great sports

UVA Cons:

I heard that McIntire is getting more and more competitive, and I'm wondering if not getting in and doing econ is worse than going into a direct-admit b-school in terms of recruiting

BC Pros:

Direct admit, close to a big city, closer to home, semi-target, smaller (more resources per student and more personable)

BC Cons:

Not as prestigious, less diverse

OSU Pros:

Cheaper, can graduate in 3 years to save money, great sports

OSU Cons:

Not as prestigious, I will have to work significantly harder to network and stand out (I'm okay with that as well).

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 18, 2021 - 4:34pm

I would automatically exclude OSU and just look at UVA and BC. Then I would pick based on fit, as both will give you vastly different student experiences.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 18, 2021 - 8:00pm

Purely based on career optimization I'd pick UVA. However, it seems like you're more aligned with BC culturally but keep in mind that even schools known for partying have plenty of people that aren't into that.

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Apr 18, 2021 - 9:49pm

Thanks, I guess one of the other things I'm grappling with is if UVA Econ has better or worse recruitment than BC CSOM. Not getting into McIntire, I think, is a big risk especially since I'm paying OOS tuition and the outcomes might be worse.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 18, 2021 - 9:56pm

A good amount of recruiting is done before people know if they've made it into McIntire afaik so it's not that big of a deal but I'm sure people that went to UVA can expand on that.

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