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3 Texas Business Schools for Undergrads

apuzillaapuzilla Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited May 2012 in Business Major
So im kinda of stuck on these three schools - Texas States University -McCoys Business School ... University Of Texas @ Arlington - College of Business ... Texas A&M - Mays Business School --- Im currently attending trinity valley community college, which is actually affiliated with Texas A&M - Commerce and my gpa at the moment is around 2.89 BUT im retaking a lot of classes where i have made horrible grades of Ds and even Fs :( im not proud of it but im in the right direction in moving forward and putting those grades behind me. Now here lies my question, out of these 3 schools which one would be the best for majoring in business administration or maybe finance? The one thing i like about Texas state is the campus and also that McCoys requires a 3.0 gpa to get in, which i think is a right step forward. The UTA school only requires a 2.5 to get into, once you are accepted to the university, you can have your major be whatever and join the college of business. Texas A&M, i have no idea about what the GPA requirement is for the Mays Business School, the only thing i found out on their website is that you would need a minumum of a 2.5 gpa to get accepted and that each school/major has its own gpa, which for some reason was not stated.
Thank guys and gals in advance for any and all help!
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Replies to: 3 Texas Business Schools for Undergrads

  • wordup142002wordup142002 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    well mays is the best choice for finance. when u transfer in u will be put in general studies and to transfer into mays u will need 3.0 overall gpa and a 3.0 in certain classes which are:
    both business math classes and 2 other business class a list can be found here:

    if u need more help let me know
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
    Mays is definitely the best school. I'd like to know the avg salaries of students from UTA and Texas State but without that I would say Texas State next.

    In the longterm I think Texas State is doing more to improve itself. The name change (from Southwest Texas State) has really helped it a lot. I also expect they will have a Division 1-A football team before long which will certainly help the brand. They are also among a handful of schools that could benefit from additional research dollars, and they are taking advantage of the top 10% rule (a lot of kids can't get into UT, but Texas State is within 30 minutes). Also, Texas State is less of a commuter school than UTA and would have more of a college feel (IMO).

    As for being accepted at Texas A&M, Mays only accepts 75 transfers so I bet your GPA would need to be pretty high.

    from the website:

    Undergraduate Program at Mays Business School

    Transfer applicants, here's what you should know:

    "Transfer admission available for summer or fall enrollment only.
    You are expected to have completed and excelled in substantially all 27 hours of graded foundation courses in Table1 of Degree Track E, as outlined by the Office of Admissions.
    Successful applicants typically have a combination of A's and B's in this foundation course work and a high overall GPR. " (GPR is same as GPA)
  • apuzillaapuzilla Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    wordup142002: so if im doing a external transfer into Mays Business School, if i have over a 3.0 ... around 3.5+ because once i get rid of the F and the Ds i know it will shoot up ... are my chances good? because when i called texas state they are like ... if you have a 3.0 you are automatically accepted into the business school
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    The school you attend is very important in undergrad business, because there are so many BBA's out there already (it's the most common degree and has effectively replaced the high school diploma as the de facto minimum requirement for a white collar job). Your college determines the companies that will recruit you for your first job, and your first job establishes the baseline for your career.
  • apuzillaapuzilla Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    i agree burdell that is why i am trying to find out which one is the best and which one i actually have a shot at getting into.
  • kmzizzlekmzizzle Registered User Posts: 1,248 Senior Member
    A&M is a supreme #1
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    I would just apply to all three. The clear best is TAMU, with the other two lagging behind. TAMU is a reach, but you could pull it off with some hard work and a higher GPA.

    If your goal is to stay in Texas, you might want to also consider UT-Dallas and UH (Bauer). If you're OK with private school, there's also SMU.

    If I had to rank all those programs off the top of my head (not checking any rankings - this is just giving you an impression of one person's image of prestige). Note: I've lived in Texas during my life, but not recently, I haven't attended any of these schools, and I've never recruited business students from any of these schools. For what it's worth:

    1. TAMU
    2. UH
    3. SMU
    4. UT-D
    5. TSU
    6. UT-A

    There's a pretty big gap between #1 and #2, and #3 and #4.

    I also know UT-SA, UTEP, and Trinity, but don't know enough to rank them. I'm familiar with TTU's engineers, and they're generally pretty good, so I bet their business program is in pretty good shape, as well.
  • firescorpyfirescorpy Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I am pretty sure SMU Cox is better than TAMU, although not much
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    We're not just looking at rankings. One of the big advantages of TAMU is the alumni network and the sheer number of companies that recruit there. I know many more TAMU business grads than SMU business grads higher in companies because of that.

    But both are good schools, and I wouldn't shirk at either one.
  • apuzillaapuzilla Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    yea im going to apply to TAMU ... ive been talking on PM's with wordup and seems the best route is to go transfer into general studies and then transfer internally to the business school any idea guys?
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
    I think most would rank SMU above A&M, but which is really better is questionable. However, I would definitely say that SMU would tend to give a student more connections to the business world than A&M, especially if you are interested in living in Dallas. Aside from SMU's very wealthy alumni base, it is strengthened by the fact that it is located near the core of Dallas. U of H is not in the same ballpark.

    BTW, if you are looking at schools like Texas State and UTA, I would also consider Texas Tech, UNT, and even UTSA.
  • apuzillaapuzilla Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    wega: i wish i can apply to SMU but the 40k a year tutition and board is just plain to high for me ... while i know comparing SMU to TAMU is like comparing apples and oranges but TAMU is more affordable then that and as far as costs its in line with Texas State but its really going to be a tie with TAMU and Texas State ... while ive been researching - TAMU seems the better pick but as what everyone else is telling me ... i might not get into the business school as external but the internal process seems easier ... any ideas?
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    Maybe it's because I worked in Houston, but those companies are flooded with UH grads. People earn a BS somewhere else, move to Houston, then get an MBA or engineering degree at night. It wasn't until recently that UT-Austin and Rice started moving in on the MBA territory.
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 2,294 Senior Member
    any ideas?

    Apply to TAMU and Texas State. Go to the best one you get into.

    Seriously, you can drive yourself nuts trying to figure these things out with all the potential scenarios and decisions. Just relax, apply everywhere, and go to the best school that admits you.
  • VectorWegaVectorWega Registered User Posts: 1,872 Senior Member
    No question that A&M is a better value than SMU. I wouldn't pick SMU over A&M either just for that reason, but I was just comparing quality.
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