Hey CC, I have a tough choice to make. Hoping someone with experience at either school can chime in.
I have been admitted for MAcc programs at Wake Forest and Ohio State. My undergrad degree is not accounting and I have 2 non accounting internships on my resume.
Wake Forest has offered me a scholarship for 80% of their tuition while Ohio State offered 55% tuition and a $950 monthly stipend for TA'ing. I will pay ~17k at Wake (2k summer class plus 3 semesters at 5k) or ~20k at Ohio State (10k per semester).
Wake Forest is a 3 semester program with a busy season internship (~10k in income but a lot would go to rent for intern housing) while Ohio State is a regular 2 semester program where I will need to recruit directly into a full time role.
Because of the extra semester, I will likely have more student loans out of Wake even though the tuition cost is lower. I will need to cover rent and other living expenses for additional months with loans and a part time job.
However, the big advantage of Wake is being able to recruit into an intern role instead of FT, which I am told is much easier. I am looking to land at a B4 Audit position in Chicago.
Does anyone have personal experience with either school or other general advice?
TL;DR - Ohio State is more affordable, Wake has better recruiting options. Which should I choose?