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Finance Major: BU vs CUNY Baruch (which is better?)

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  • DawgieDawgie 1574 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm not going to give you no concrete answers, but when you are dealing with two schools that aren't the top, go with the cheaper one.
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  • DHJetsFan423DHJetsFan423 8 replies6 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm not saying Baruch isn't a good school. It's a great school for business. But my friends that goes there say it is like high school again. If you went to a public high school in New York City, then all you are going to see is a whole lot of students from your school and other public high schools around the city. That might not be a bad thing but a lot of the people I know that went there ended up transferring.

    If you want to transfer to NYU you will need a very high GPA especially if you are applying freshman year. You might need a 3.7 or high. If you are in the city then might as well just go to Baruch if you are planning to transfer. So you don't have to pay all that tuition at BU.

    I know that the average starting salary doesn't mean all that much. But it does say something about their job placements. But you guys are right, I shouldn't look too much into it.
    A big part in getting a job is networking, if you think you can do that better in Baruch then thats where you should go.
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  • taxguytaxguy 6244 replies385 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Other than having a more usual "college experience" that you would get at BU, Baruch is the better place. It is located in NY. It has LOTS of job connections because of that. It is about one half the price as BU. If you are from NY, it is one-sixth the price of BU. Manhattan is a kick-ass town to be a student in. New York City is an incredibly vibrant place and maybe even more than Boston. Baruch is not only a better choice than BU but may be one of the most underappreciated gems here on CC. Sadly, it doesn't even have its own forum here.
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  • biggyboybiggyboy 1533 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    the average starting salary for baruch undergrads was $44,444 in 2005 and it rose to over $51,000 in 2006
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  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy 146 replies51 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    But is the oos tuition "still" a steal?

    If I go here, I wan't to have big 4 offers coming out of my ears... I'd guess I will have a 3.5+ because it's business, and I would be interested as hell in it.
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  • DawgieDawgie 1574 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I doubt OOS is a steal.
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  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy 146 replies51 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    really, why not? 8.6k+2k+12k=24.6/yr "24.6k x 5k" somewhere below 125k, omg I just shot myself
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  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy 146 replies51 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Would Indiana sound better? 23k + 2k + 8k=33k 33k x 4 or 5
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  • biggyboybiggyboy 1533 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    baruch has a popular 5-year b.s./m.s. accounting program. the big four firms are always recruiting students from there. all you need is a good gpa. honestly, how hard can that be? you are practically guaranteed a job. just study and don't fool around. you cannot go wrong with the cpa track program from there. good luck to you.

    and yes, at $8k out of state tuition is a steal. the education you receive from there is worth $20,000+
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  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy 146 replies51 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    What would you say the actual placement into Big 4 firms is? SUNY Binghamton is 95%, like said on their website...
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  • DawgieDawgie 1574 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OOS is 8K? HO HO HO, that's damn good. 95%, geez.
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  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy 146 replies51 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Could I possible get in state tuition if I live there for a year; I've heard some yes'es and some no'es. I'm ki9nda getting too greedy; I'm never satisfied. :p

    So is 100k+ in debt normal for a college stuent?

    Major: finance and investments + accounting/MS program. I want a firm foot in the finance sector, so I could have exit ops if I ever wanted to get my MBA after 5 years of working... Of course investment banking, "if not satisfied..."

    What's the risk and reward factor right now? Worth it? I'm also big into working out, so I'm glad I want have to waste my time with cardio before lifting weights, due to the commute around NYC...
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  • biggyboybiggyboy 1533 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    walking is not an effective form of cardio haha. they have a pretty cool gym (free) which is never really full either. but the risk?? students outperforming you, and getting better jobs (especially those macaulay cuny honors kids), but this is a risk you'll have to face in any school. reward? virtually debt-free and the opportunities for work in nyc are limitless.

    and what do you mean by 95%? students who graduate with accounting degrees? thats a little vague. and fyi, bing isn't even the best business school in the suny system, that would be buffalo and with good reason; and it isn't the most competitive either, thats geneseo. honestly i don't know this information off hand but from personal experience (ppl on facebook), the most popular work networks joined by baruch students were PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Morgan Stanley (not an acct firm but it shows up a lot lol). so yeah..i dont know the numbers exactly but really, you cant go wrong with accounting. and believe it or not, CPAs actually make a lot of money..oftentimes more than finance majors. also PwC is probably the biggest recruiter at baruch for accounting majors (theyve been there for years). most of the students intern at these firms prior to getting hired full time post-graduation.
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  • biggyboybiggyboy 1533 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    and yes, you can get in-state tuition if you can prove you've lived in new york for at least one year.
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  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy 146 replies51 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Four questions:

    1. I have the Big 4 on a pedistool

    Direct quote from SUNY Binghamton's website: "At the very bottom"

    Consider the Benefits...

    Hands-on learning integrated throughout the curriculum
    Curriculum offers a generalist approach to accounting
    Strong program reputation translates into numerous job opportunities
    Qualified accounting majors can complete the program in two semesters
    Approximately 95% of MS Accounting graduates are recruited by Big Four Accounting firms

    2. When you say living in NY, you do mean "not taking a break from school, living there for a year, but renting a dorm from Education Housing Services, living my Summer in NY to get the 12 months, right? I will probably have a part time job during school and a full time one during the summer. Hopefully after my fr year; I will hav some internships.

    3. Can you still get into the Honors program, considering you do really well your freshman year?

    4. Is 100k+ still considered virtually debt free? :/

    BTW: Because ther is no social life, is there a way to live like you're on a episode on "Friends?" I could totally walk around with the theme song in my head, going up to the apartment to see a Rachael look alike, hanging out with people 5+ years older than you, etc. You get the idea...



    Thank you
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  • DuperDuper 1097 replies28 threads- Senior Member
    3. Can you still get into the Honors program, considering you do really well your freshman year?
    Yes

    4. Is 100k+ still considered virtually debt free? :/

    Is this a joke?
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  • aj16aj16 591 replies23 threadsRegistered User Member
    Dont count out BU untill you've receveid their financial aid an scholarship offers. Private universitties tend to give mych more money than Public ones. Dont shunt BU out so soon.
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  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 22635 replies127 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Well, they may give out far more financial aid if they have the resources. I haven't checked BU's finances in a long time but they weren't in very good shape when I went there.
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  • aj16aj16 591 replies23 threadsRegistered User Member
    BU has an endowment of around 1.1 billion, which isnt that good at all considering its such a large school.

    However, alot of my friends who applied and got in there were greatly satisfied with their financial aid and scholarship offers.
    So make sure you take those factors into consideration/
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  • biggyboybiggyboy 1533 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    if your academic stats are way above BUs average (ie SAT, GPA, great ECs) then scholarship offers from BU will not be hard to obtain. if not, it'll be good to have rich parents.
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