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

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

  • DawgieDawgie Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    OOS is 8K? HO HO HO, that's damn good. 95%, geez.
  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy Registered User Posts: 197 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...
  • biggyboybiggyboy Registered User Posts: 1,558 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.
  • biggyboybiggyboy Registered User Posts: 1,558 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.
  • DaNDHSIrishGuyDaNDHSIrishGuy Registered User Posts: 197 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
  • DuperDuper - Posts: 1,125 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?
  • aj16aj16 Registered User Posts: 614 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.
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 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.
  • aj16aj16 Registered User Posts: 614 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/
  • biggyboybiggyboy Registered User Posts: 1,558 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.
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    I don't mean to be offensive to anyone, but why would anyone take BU over a school like Baruch for business! You have to be either crazy, or have more money than "sense," absent some great scholarship from BU.

    Yes, I understand the "college environment" desire;however, Baruch is a very underrated school for business. They have top notch programs, have great business facilities, have fabulous alumni connections and is located in arguably one of the best cities for a college student in the US. To pay multiple times the tuition at BU is totally insane to me UNLESS you get a great scholarship from them. Just my two cents.
  • CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,448 Senior Member
    I came across this board accidentally, but the question seemed worth my time to answer..

    If you have access to the Honors College at Baruch, then you should choose it in a heartbeat. It offers so much, and sets high expectations for you as a student. I don't want to sound like I'm advertising it too much, but what you get is free tuition, a $7,500 one-time credit to finance any study aboard programs, unpaid internships or side businesses / entrepreneurial projects you want to start over your four years, some extra side scholarhip money to buy all your books (approx 600 per semester) and whatever the new model Macbook is. Students entering next year will probably also get an iPod Touch as well from the education discount...****ing bastards. The requirements are that you have to maintain a 3.5 GPA, do some community service and you must study abroad at least once or have an internship registered with the college before you graduate, which is all pretty easy if youre being dedicated to your work. The Baruch job board is pretty good as well, and the Honors College has its own that it doesnt spread around. Every summer some 5-10 kids go from Honors to work at NYLife as a paid summer intern (approx $20 / hour), guaranteed.

    To replay to an earlier question, getting into honors after being a freshman actually doesnt do anything for you, because all the perks are only for students that are accepted into the "Macaulay Honors College", which is a separate entity and encompasses most of the CUNY schools. Macaulay Honors College | Campuses that would be the website. Most kids I know that do well in Baruch during their freshman year get an easy transfer into NYU Stern as well..I know three kids that did that in their freshman year and still come back to Baruch for the gym. I wouldn't say the education is that much different than other college or if theres a difference between honors and regular Baruch, they just throw extra incentives at you, so if you're looking for a solid education and really great job opportunities then hit up Baruch. A big thing would be to be active in some sort of business club / honors society, because almost all of them have exclusive scholarships and internships for their members.

    I had similar qualms when I was applying to colleges but I picked Baruch over BU and NYU because come on...they literally pay me to go here. You can either go out $100k in debt or be in the black. Even if you were to be a regular Baruch student the tuition is only going to be $2,000 per semester instate. Anyone that says going to Baruch is like high school again has to get a life and actually go out sometime. They throw parties, real parties, in the multipurpose room here just about every month, with free beer and food. Just join a club or a fraternity and you should be fine, thats what most kids do at "real colleges" anyway.

    /endrant I graduate from here next year and I felt it worth defending.
  • TUOwls2011TUOwls2011 - Posts: 728 Member
    BU is/was a total waste of money. Unless you've got money, or got a large scholarship, you're better off elsewhere.
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