I am currently a student at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I applied ED to Penn and the day after I heard I got into Wharton, I heard I also got into BHP at UT Austin and started to regret my decision to commit to Penn so early. Coming from Houston, TX, all my friends were going to state schools in the area, and most of my senior year I spent questioning my decision to choose academics/prestige over community/social life. I thought that going to school would suppress those fears, but first semester actually intensified them. Of course, I was dealing with a LOT of changes. Going to college + culture shock of the northeast + the competitive nature of Wharton as a whole took quite a toll on me. Almost everyday first semester, I would (as hard as I tried not to) wonder what my life would have looked like if I went to UT.
That being said, my family is not on financial aid, and I just don't know if Wharton is worth the $70k? People tell me it is and that its the best of the best, but is that really going to pay off $280k in the long run, when I could get instate tuition at UT for way less?
I am heavily considering transferring to UT given the financial burden and the overall stressful/not-fun environment, but I fear I'm throwing away a great opportunity? To be honest, I am not exactly sure where I want to end up after college. I thought I wanted to work in NYC, but after experiencing the culture of the northeast, I really question if that's truly what I want. But I don't think I'd be satisfied living in Texas my whole life either.
Obviously the experience at UT would be much more enjoyable, definitely more of the college experience with fun people and football games--things I definitely have missed. Plus the BHP program is very well respected. As long as I am motivated I could honestly get the same opportunities career-wise. Am I dumb to want to transfer from the #1 business school in the country to a top-tier state school? I've already worked really hard this semester and have done well in both school and extracurriculars, but I just still am not happy.
Who transfers to UT Austin from Wharton? I feel like it normally goes the other way around. Would I regret it from a career standpoint or enjoy it from an enjoyment standpoint?