What Colleges Should I Apply To?

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I feel like I wouldn't be able to get into the target schools only gettings a 1070 on the SAT... and College deadlines are approaching so far I've applied too Miami U,Drexel, Indiana U ,PSU, MSU, FSU, Temple, Baruch and I was wondering if there's any other schools I should try getting into.

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Comments (18)

Feb 1, 2019

You might consider starting at a lower tiered school or community college and getting straight As for your first year or two then transferring to a target school. Average SATs are typically significantly lower for transfer students than for those admitted as first year students.

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Feb 3, 2019

Think I'm gonna add Ohio State to my list

Feb 3, 2019

go to cc

Feb 3, 2019

Be a Phoenix.

Feb 4, 2019

go to a CC, get a 3.8+, transfer to a t25 & you'll be gucci

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Feb 3, 2019

would that have more rewards in the end than attending Indiana University than transferring afterward?

Feb 3, 2019

why would you go to a college you're just going to transfer from anyway

Feb 5, 2019

Depends honestly on what career path you want to enter, what geography you want to stay in, and whether or not you want to be in a high/low COL area.

I can say for a fact that PSU lands heavily in BAML for IB and S&T, plus a plethora of other banks.

Had a friend go to Miami U and do great at a Florida boutique.

Baruch places heavily in IB as well from the latest readings in the WSO database plus a search through WSJ's college rankings.

Further note, if you decided to go to a CC which isn't horrible, your chances of getting into IB will decrease but so will your student debt, so keep that in mind as well.

Feb 3, 2019

Fair enough that's a respectable response I hope to accepted into Indiana University Kelley because of the reputation it has if not then maybe Michigan State or Penn State... Baruch is also a really good option because it has good tuition for me even if it's out of state. Right now I'm located in Pennsylvania and hope to get into IB and go somewhere decent what would you do if you're in my shoes? I don't mind debt as if I get a good job I can pay it off easily in the future.

Feb 5, 2019

Interesting that you're digging IU. I mean if that's honestly what you want. MSU would be pretty sick but I feel if you want to continue IB in the Northeast, then PSU/Baruch would be a good option.

PSU you would get in state and Baruch would be out of state but it's not crazy expensive.

That's just my 2 cents. Went to a state school in PA and ended up in NYC banking. Definitely feasible.

Feb 5, 2019

if you can't get into a target (and i presume are not rich), then goto your State University where you are local, and can get local tuition. Get straight A's your freshman year, and join/try to be a leader in some kind of organization that aligns with the ideals of your target schools (Big Brother/Big Sister or become an outward bound staff working with at-risk youth...something like that...or maybe become a community organizer in politics). This way, you have both grades and a story to answer "why should we want you to join our campus"....and then transfer to a much better school.

Most college kids approach college as a 4 year party (and it can be) but if you want to set up your life for success, then you'll approach this as an investment in your future and think big picture. Plus, you'll get a lot personally from working in these programs...so its a win/win.

just google it...you're welcome

Feb 5, 2019

Agree with others. Go to a cheap CC or in-state option for a year and get a 4.0. Take easy classes if you have to but the SAT score won't hinder you as much. Had a few friends go the CC->top 25 route. Not glamorous but if you can do it, you should.

Feb 5, 2019

wherever you get the lowest tuition

just google it...you're welcome

Feb 5, 2019

MSU has pretty good placement for BBs and MMs through its FMI program, but those are basically the top few finance / accounting kids from the entire business school. Likely more expensive, though, since you're out of state.

If you're worried about not getting into the places you listed due to low test scores, I'd second what others have said about doing community college. Since you mentioned several schools in the midwest, it's even possible to transfer to UM after one year of killing it at a CC.

Feb 3, 2019

CC 1 year then try to transfer to UMich or should I go to Michigan state?

Feb 5, 2019

UM has a larger alumni network and better placement at BBs/EBs through Ross than MSU does. However, Ross is also more cutthroat in terms of competition and more demanding as a student. State's FMI program is competitive as well, and it places into strong MM firms from what I've seen/heard. If you're concerned about academics, prestige, and career opportunities more than social life, I'd say UM. Feel free to PM with any questions.

Feb 5, 2019

Tbh I think the question is why did you do poorly and not have the stats for a better school. At big state schools, you can place at a great firm, but you have to be among the best. If you did poorly for reasons you cannot improve on, going to a state school right away might not be your best bet. I would go to CC if I were you and work on your personal skillset (like studying, people skills, etc) then transfer to a better Uni.

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