What's your opinion on these business schools I've been accepted to? (undergrad)

MB34
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Hey WSO,

I've begun to get some early action college decisions, and I was hoping you could give me some advice on what is the right school to pick.

Decisions so far:
Northeastern (Deferred)
Fordham (Accepted to Global Business Honors Program ~20 student program)
Babson (Accepted)

Fordham:
What I like:
-Accepted to honors program (probably comes with good merit) - honors program travels to a different continent each year to study business in different cultures. Also has best access to internships, research funding, etc
-Proximity to Wall St.

Concerned about:
-Distance (3 1/2 hours away - I know it sounds petty, but I'm not sure I'm ready to move that far away from home in a few months)
-Reputation of school

Babson:
What I like:
-Very diverse student body
-Heavy focus on business with wide range of extracurriculars and business concentrations
-FME - freshman year project where you create a company with funding from the school

Concerned about:
-Difficulty of academics - I have heard Babson is notorious for its difficulty and is hard to maintain a high GPA there
-Lack of student spirit, social life, etc

TL;DR: General feedback on Fordham Business Honors and Babson College

Thanks for the help

Comments (6)

Dec 18, 2016

how are the money packages.

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Dec 18, 2016

I have not gotten the financial package from Fordham yet, but I was placed in the honors program, so I believe I would get a good amount of merit. Babson's package was good and is offering about 30K / year in grants which makes it affordable.

Dec 19, 2016

I apologize for the harshness, but I think if you're not ready to move 3.5 hours from home, then you're probably also not ready to make the numerous sacrifices inherent in pursuing the type of career where hour undergraduate school choice becomes significant. This path is uncomfortable.

That said, pick the school that challenges you and work as hard as you can, and worry about the next step in a few years.

Dec 19, 2016

I think this reply is a bit too harsh. Some people are ready to move far away from home at 18, others aren't. We don't know OPs situation and wanting to be close to home at 18 is perfectly fine.

OP, from the school's you've listed Babson has the best reputation. I don't know much about their recruiting, but if you're interested send me some questions and I'll give them to a friend of mine that graduated from their around a year and a half ago.

As for Fordham, no idea how they do recruiting wise but I think B-schools would absolutely love a candidate that has lived/studied on four continents (provided you spend a significant amount of time at each one).

Dec 19, 2016

Thank you econ,

I'll PM you if I have any further questions about Babson.

If I were to go to Fordham, I would study down there and hopefully be able to get a summer internship at a finance firm in Boston.

It's a tough choice because while the honors program at Fordham would place me into a good finance job in NYC post-grad, I feel like I would prefer to live in Boston post-grad.

I'm also wondering about how these two schools perform in terms of placement in graduate school. I know they don't have the "prestige" of Penn, Harvard, etc. but with a good GPA and solid internships, how would that set me up for B-schools coming from either of these schools?

Jan 5, 2017

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