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Which one would you chose?

DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
edited April 2007 in Business Major
Which one would you chose: Babson, Bentley, BU or Northeastern and why? Which one has more job opportunities, better reputation in business world?
edited April 2007
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threads Senior Member
    Dolo2, for what majors?
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  • VectorWegaVectorWega 1862 replies10 threads Senior Member
    I haven't heard of any of those except for Baylor University ;-)
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  • DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
    taxguy. Finance
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threads Senior Member
    I know people whose kids attend both BU and Northeastern. The BU folks for the most part like the school but don't like the academics. I have never met a finance major at BU, less one that likes finance. In fact, check out BU's web site. All you can take is 3 finance courses as part of their undergradute business curriculum,which actually looks good. However, three finance courses isn't what I call a strong finance curriculum. I do think, however, that you will get better liberal art training from Boston University than that found at the other school if that is important.

    With Northeastern, the most popular major is business, although not necessarily finance. Thus, NU probably funds their business program fairly well. In addition,Northeastern is known for having a lot of coops,which is good. My problem with Northeastern is that they are NOT known for having quality teaching or academics. Everything that they say about themselves including what students say usually revolves around their being in Boston or about the coop. I thus am a bit leery about them. However, they probably are worth checking out since I don't know enough about them.

    Both Babson and Bentley specialize in business related subjects. You can be sure that they fund these departments as well as they can. Secondly, I don't think that you can go wrong with the finance training at either school, although Bentley is a bit better known for pure finance and accounting.

    This probably doesn't answer your question with a difinitive answer,but I hope that I gave you some perspective on the schools. Check out the students review web site for comments. Both BU and Northeastern do NOT have the same postivie overall comments and rating as either Bentely or Babson. Again, I can't opine on the rectitude of those comments since I never attended either school.
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  • DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
    Thank you! I appreciate your help.
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  • DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
    Any other opinions?
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  • kdanielikdanieli 215 replies28 threads Junior Member
    BU School of Management is excellent.
    It overprepares you for MBA at a very young age. I went to BU SMG and after that, Kellogg was a breeze. The dean of SMG is excellent and has made great progress. Check out the building. When I went there, we were in the old building, not nearly as great - but I still got a great education.

    Plus the rest of BU has great LA/elective courses to take with prominent profs.
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threads Senior Member
    I am not in any way knocking the quality of BU's undergraduate business program. It looks quite solid. However, it doesn't have a lot of electives for finance,which was the main reason for this thread by the OP.
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  • DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
    B U M Post
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  • laxgurl0707laxgurl0707 136 replies26 threads Junior Member
    i personally would go to babson, if you are more interested in the entrepernuership field. in addition, bu has a pretty good undergrad business program. i kno this girl who graduated w a major in accounting (7 years ago) and went to INSEAD to get an MBA, and now she earns like 300k a year... but back to topic, northeastern has the coop program for business and it's suppose to be very good. in addition, im not too sure about bentley, but it is also suppose to be a good college???
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  • TheMK99TheMK99 980 replies39 threads Member
    From what I've seen

    BU>Northeastern>Bentley.

    BU supposedly has some terrible grade deflation in the business school from what I've heard.
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threads Senior Member
    Folks, the OP is asking about FINANCE programs and NOT business in general. Bentley was started as a school to train in accounting and finance and is their two strongest majors. I don't think that either BU or Northeastern's program is better than Bentley in Finance. If we are talking about general business then maybe I would reconsider Bentley, just maybe. However that was NOT what the original poster asked about.
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  • gusperz007gusperz007 32 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I would go to babson, but of course, I am biased since Im starting babson this fall.

    Like you, and I will do Finance at Babson, and like you mentioned in another fund, Babson gives students a chance to INVEST the school's endownment.
    At babson, since it is so small, you get personal attention, unlike BU(with like 17000 ugs)


    just go to babson man, you know you want you, since you dole off 1000 facts about babson
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  • ryanbisryanbis 831 replies5 threads Member
    "I have never met a finance major at BU, less one that likes finance."

    Then your experiences with the school must be quite limited--40% of SMG concentrates in finance.

    "All you can take is 3 finance courses as part of their undergradute business curriculum,which actually looks good."

    That is not correct. I do not have the course bulletin with me; however, there were certainly more than 3 finance courses offered when I attended. In addition, a lot of topics you cover in advanced courses are integrated into other core courses.

    "At babson, since it is so small, you get personal attention, unlike BU(with like 17000 ugs)"

    SMG has an extremely different culture from the rest of BU and feels very small. You will know the significant portion of your class (in SMG) and all of your professors (with few exceptions) will you know your name.


    To the original poster's question: these schools are pretty different. I don't think any one will provide you with an extremely significant advantage over another in terms of career prospects (at least for a strong student). I work with people from all of these schools and will tell you that your career success will have more to do with you and the effort you put in rather than which of these four you select (at least in Massachusetts). Each has its own stregnth and unique slant on a business education (i.e. NU's co-op, BU's integrated curriculum, etc.)--I recommend that you learn more about each school and decide which sounds like a better fit for you.
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  • forgivenforgiven 1616 replies74 threads Senior Member
    i'd go to boston university.
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  • DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
    Thank you for your responses.

    forgiven. Why?

    Any other suggestions?
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threads Senior Member
    Ryanbis, I actually went online and looked that the undergraduate finance offerings at BU. Why don't you do that yourself?
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  • DOLO2DOLO2 344 replies87 threads Member
    As I know BU offers 7 finance courses.

    http://management.bu.edu/upo/curriculum/courses.html

    “BU's integrated curriculum”

    ryanbis. Can you please tell me what does “integrated curriculum” mean? How is it different from other?
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  • ryanbisryanbis 831 replies5 threads Member
    "Ryanbis, I actually went online and looked that the undergraduate finance offerings at BU. Why don't you do that yourself?"

    I did. And I confirmed that there were more than three courses. I also ATTENDED the school and KNOW that I had the option to take more than three finance courses. I'm not sure where you are coming up with the idea that there are only 3 courses offered.

    "ryanbis. Can you please tell me what does 'integrated curriculum' mean? How is it different from other?"

    I've typed a lot about the program (and I'm a bit short on time at the moment), so I recommend searching past posts. In short, the curriculum teaches management as a system. Rather than being an "accounting major" or a "finance major," everyone is a business major who gets a comprehensive education in all of the functional areas. Each of these areas are integrated into all of the core courses, which allows you to see how all of these areas operate together within an organization. This is extremely advantageous, as business areas do not operate in a vacuum. When you actually go out into the working world, you'll most likely be working with cross-functional teams and you'll want to have an understanding of how your decisions (and the decisions of others) will affect the rest of the organization. It also helps if you work in the financial services sector, as you'll have a strong enough background to understand not only the financial performance of a company, but also their operational strategies, marketing, etc..

    What really makes BU unique is the Cross-Functional Core project you take your junior year and the Management as a System series you take freshman year. I recommend poking around the website and search for past posts here if you want to learn more.
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threads Senior Member
    BU may have a whopping 7 undergrad courses in finance BUT Bentely has

    20! See http://www.bentley.edu/finance/courses_ugrad.cfm


    Lets see 7 vs. 20. Bentley also started off as a school whose specialties were in finance and accounting. Any questions?
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