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Help Please - UGA vs IU


Replies to: Help Please - UGA vs IU

  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    @grant123 She does! She’s very happy with her decision. The only negative so far is that college is only 4 years. lol There are so many great opportunities, too little time. You will not be disappointed with Terry.
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I've attended two accounting residency programs at terry over the past two summers, and I absolutely loved it! I am just scared that I will look back and regret not going to a more prestigious college (granted UGA is no slouch). However, at UGA I LOVE the new business school building, and the fact that they have good sport teams. I suppose it's just a battle between fit and prestige.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    edited January 10
    I am not sure that "prestige" is a correct description for IU-Kelley. "Well respected" is more appropriate in my opinion.

    And, with respect to direct admission, apparently--as per another poster's recent posts about Terry--it is a bigger deal at Kelley since applying later on often results in disappointment.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    @itsgettingreal17 : I may be confusing you with another poster, but isn't your daughter a Foundation Fellow at UGA, or in the Honor's College ?
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    @Publisher She is both and has two Terry majors.
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    Just FYI, please talk to people with actual experience and not just those who read rankings. Most of my D’s friends are in Terry but are neither FFR nor honors. The ones that graduated last year and the seniors had/have excellent internships and full time jobs lined up by senior year, comparable to IU. Most Kelley grads stay in the Midwest (Chicago mostly) and Terry grads stay in the South (Atlanta mostly). That’s typical for big state schools. Average/median salary differences not significant to begin with and are nonetheless due to cost of living differences. I would not decide based on USNews business rankings. Both are top notch business programs and your outcome from either will depend far more on what you do in college rather than whether you attend the higher ranked business program (IU is higher by 11 spots, which isn’t worth even close to $100k difference). Also consider the difference in curriculum when considering fit.
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    One other thing. IU honors really shouldn’t be a factor. Most Kelley students don’t even bother with the honors college as its hard to fit in with Kelley requirements.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    edited January 11
    I think that advising students that membership in an honors college should not be a factor is incorrect. Also, it is important to distinguish between business honors & university wide honors programs.

    Please remember that many posters have sons & daughters & nieces & nephews at UGA & may have different, yet well founded, experiences & knowledge to share.

    OP: It is fairly easy for you to check out recruiting at IU-Kelley versus UGA-Terry. An important factor relates to size of each schools' respective MBA program.

    UGA-Terry has about 103 full time MBA students while IU-Kelley has about 392 full time MBA students.
    IU's MBA program has higher admission standards than does UGA-Terry.

    It is easy to verify which school attracts more recruiters.

    Also, recruiting/placement opportunities are different for the approximate 20 Foundation Fellows at UGA then it is for other students so Deloitte & MBB & New York City recruiters are not banging down the doors at UGA.

    Nevertheless, the cost difference of $25,000 per year is substantial--even though it may be affordable for your family.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    With respect to MBA school, the best programs typically demand 3 to 5 years of post undergraduate work experience. Certain firms & companies feed more employees into M-7 MBA programs than others. So, for a variety of reasons, post undergraduate placement is important. Because of Atlanta's significance in the business world, great opportunities are available in Georgia. Because of IU-Kelley's reputation, standards, programs & size, great opportunities are available from IU-Kelley.

    And, yes, I understand that you are not in the MBA program at either school, but you can benefit from a strong MBA program as an undergraduate business major in a variety of ways.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    edited January 11
    I just checked the minimum qualifications for IU-Hutton Honors College. Either a 32 ACT score & top 7.5% of high school class, or 34 ACT score & top 10% of one's high school class. The benefits regarding advising, class registration, special courses & housing can be substantial if one takes advantage of all that is available to them as honors students. In my opinion, the most impact is made during one's freshman year. You are in the Honors College at IU, but not at UGA.

    In your sophomore year, as a business major, you may should eligible for Business Honors at IU. Very important for internships, job placement, advising & teacher recs.

    At UGA you are neither a Foundation Fellow nor a member of the Honors College.

    AT IU. your 32 ACT score just made the minimum cutoff for the Hutton Honors College. The students with whom you associate while in business school can be important--especially with respect to joining business clubs that match your interests & result in internship & job placement interviews.
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    @Publisher My D attends UGA now. I’m posting current information. You have no idea the students I’m talking about. I’m not talking about other Fellows. I’m not sure where you keep getting your misinformation. I’m also not sure why you are always posting non-responsive information about MBA programs when a student is asking about undergrad. It’s not relevant. At all. You are very misinformed.

    Funny you talk about Fellows now when the first time I saw you on a thread you swore Fellows had no chance at top companies. Please stop.

    Your information about IU is also incorrect. As my student was heavily recruited by Kelley 2 years ago and took classes at IU, I know what I’m talking about. Where are you getting your misinformation? I’m starting to think you’re a student with too much time on your hands.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    edited January 11
    Sorry that you feel that way. I am not a student. And you're guessing in post #56 is wildly incorrect. Also, the information that I have offered is verifiable.

    As for relevance of MBA programs, I agree that it has little impact at UGA, but disagree with respect to IU-Kelley.

    Again, please understand that others have valuable insights, experiences & knowledge to share about UGA.

    Getting lost in this discussion is the fact that the OP is not even in the business school at UGA.

  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    MBA placement numbers are publicly available for both UGA-Terry MBA grads & IU-Kelley MBA grads. The average starting salary & signing bonus in 2017 shows a significant difference between the two schools. IU-Kelley MBA grads started at an average of $120,649 while UGA-Terry MBAs started at a much lower $100,200 despite being within 75-90 minutes of Atlanta.

    And, yes, this is MBA, not undergraduate business numbers. You should be able to get placement & internship info. from each respective undergraduate business school.
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,512 Senior Member
    How is that relevant? Why are you cluttering up this post with irrelevant information to the question asked? Just post the undergrad data instead. 🙄
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,379 Senior Member
    edited January 11
    @grant123: Additionally, if you do decide to attend UGA, and remain interested in the UGA honors college, please let me know as there is some critical advice that I can offer.

    If $25,000 per year is an amount that can be handled by you & your family without difficulty or loans, then the benefits of the Hutton Honors College at IU, the benefits of Business Honors at IU-Kelley and the benefits of Direct Admission to a major US undergraduate business program (IU-Kelley) are worthy of serious consideration.

    Also, admission to UGA Honors College in the second year is not assured even if one meets or exceeds the 3.80 UGA GPA requirement.
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