Vanderbilt or Baruch?

I am a student at Baruch college in NYC- tuition is currently about $7,000 a year for me. I'm not really happy in the school, but want to put my career first as college is just temporary. I'm a junior in college and have been accepted as a transfer into Vanderbilt's economics program. The issue is that the program is $50,000 a year (That's besides $20,000 extra for fees from dorming, etc...). Is Vanderbilt's program good in the eyes of recruiters? Is it worth anywhere near $100,000 in student debt if I want to get into IB? Also, I have no preference in regards to future work location.

Thanks in advance.

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May 16, 2019 - 6:21pm

Wouldn't you need to also extend graduation out for IB recruiting timelines?

Vanderbilt is an amazing school so I'm curious what others have to say about this.

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May 16, 2019 - 8:11pm

Unless you're willing to extend your graduation date at Vanderbilt it would not make much sense to go there because IB recruiting will be mostly done before you get access to their resources.

I think that you should be spending these next couple of months networking with decision makers (VP's and above) who have the power to bring you into a super day.

 
May 16, 2019 - 8:56pm

No

Being in NYC and having in-town networking ability and finance curriculum > $100k of debt for a semi-target with only an econ program. Work your ass off networking and getting the best GPA you can, IB is doable from Baruch.

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May 16, 2019 - 11:16pm

Similar position to blackflamingo. Ask yourself why you're not happy. If it's because you have a hard time scoring an internship then you need to figure where you're going wrong. Is your GPA high enough? Do you have extracurriculars or a relevant job? Do you stand out in any way? If your answer isn't yes to all these, then you need to work on that. Regardless, you need to work towards to your career harder because you're at a non-target. There aren't a ton of people getting BB offers in IB at the school but there are more than there were a few years ago. Just keep grinding.

On the other hand, if you just don't like the school then you should just try to make the most of it. It would be such an irresponsible move to go to another school that isn't even much of a target for 10x multiple of your current cost. Stick out the year and keep going at it. It'll come eventually, and if it doesn't it's not the end of the world. At the end of the day, these are just jobs.

 
May 17, 2019 - 3:40pm

For what its worth, I work with three Baruch grads and one Vandy grad. Vandy guy regrets it because it cost the same as Columbia but not as good networking as Columbia (for reference he has an MBA). The Baruch grads do not have MBAs. Stay at CUNY and network harder.

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