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Help Please - UGA vs IU

grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
Hello everybody! I need help with deciding between the University of Georgia, and the Indiana University. I was admitted into each, and am in state for UGA. I would be going to UGA for only room and board (tution paid by zell Miller scholarship). Also, I received 9,000 dollars in scholarships for Indiana. However, at Indiana University I also recieved admission into there honors college and direct admit for the Kelley school of business. My main problem is that A) I don’t want to stay in the South for the rest of my life (UGA), and B) not sure if the extra prestige of Kelley business school is worth the extra money. Any help will be very appreciated!!!!
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Replies to: Help Please - UGA vs IU

  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 Registered User Posts: 928 Member
    What do your parents say and how easy/hard is it to pay the extra $ to go to IU Kelley? UGA is, as you know, a very good school and great option, including business. But IU Kelley is better known nationally and, as you say, gives you an opportunity to spread your wings by living in another part of the country.

    Families do choose the more expensive college option for reasons such as the ones you gave above -- but it really comes down to how they and you feel about spending the extra $ and your family's overall financial picture.

    One thing to consider -- would your parents give some of the cost difference to you for grad school? Attending IU Kelley (or UNC Flagler or UVA Darden) for an MBA down the line might ultimately make a bigger difference in your career trajectory as it's the grad school that big employers are most interested in...

    Congrats on two great options!!
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,383 Senior Member
    This is not even a close call with respect to the better choice if costs were equal. Indiana University Honors College & Direct Admit to Kelley with a partial scholarship is clearly the better opportunity.

    Of the approximately $25,000 per year difference in cost, how will that be paid ?

    Can you get resident tuition after a year in Indiana
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,959 Super Moderator
    The OP will not get resident rates at IU unless his/her parents move:
    U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are 21 years of age or emancipated are eligible for resident student status after they have been physically present in Indiana for twelve consecutive months (prior to the first day of classes) without the predominant purpose of education.

    Students who are under 21 years of age and unemancipated are eligible for resident student status if their parents or legal guardians reside in Indiana. Unemancipated students under 21 years of age whose parents or legal guardians move to Indiana can be classified as resident students without first living in the state for 12 months.
    https://registrar.indiana.edu/policies/residency.shtml
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I have talked about grad school with my parents, and they do seem on board with your idea of using the saved money for a prestigious grad school. That being the case, do you feel UGA would be the better option?
  • sdl0625sdl0625 Registered User Posts: 569 Member
    Do you feel you could be happy at UGA. ? I know my D , even though we are in state, never applied as she could not see herself there. She did get into IU though,(not kelly) and decided in the end to go somewhere else, but between UGA and IU she would have chosen IU. That said we could afford it. She ended up at another private and we have stated we are not paying for Graduate school if that comes up. so things to consider. 1. would you be fine with UGA (some kids want to get far away from HS /etc)., 2. Do you see yourself going to Graduate school. 3. Would you take full advantage of what Kelly has to offer. There is no simple answer here, as sometimes the extra money is worth it, and sometimes its not.
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I see myself at UGA, but I’m just scared that I’m limiting myself by going there. The opportunities that Indiana offers, and the fact that I would have direct admit to there business school and the honors college is just very hard to say no to. However, UGA is a very good college, and has gotten very hard to get into as of late.
  • CottonTalesCottonTales Registered User Posts: 917 Member
    If you are a Zell Miler scholar, won't you be in the Honors College at UGA? If you want to live in the SE after school, Is I would say UGA because of the networking.
  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 Registered User Posts: 928 Member
    What are your parents saying about this decision. Ultimately, they'd have to be okay with spending the additional $$. Do they want you to 'convince' them it's worth the extra and you're not sure it really is?

    Remember -- college is more about what you do there than where you go. You have two excellent options. If the decision is fully yours to make, then trust your gut and don't overthink it.
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I think my parents would be willing to pay the extra money. However, the problem is that even thought they are willing to pay I don’t want to put that on them if it’s not truly worth the extra money. I feel that UGA is a better culture fit for me, but I am aware of the extra opportunities that Indiana provides. So all things considered do you feel that Indiana is worth the extra money over UGA if it were your decision? Thank you for all your help!
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    So you feel that Indiana would be worth the extra $$$$
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,383 Senior Member
    edited January 3
    If grad school means getting an MBA, then IU is the better option.

    The best MBA programs almost always demand 3 to 5 years of post undergraduate work experience thus making reliance on your parents for tuition less likely. Some employers pay or reimburse for MBA programs.

    An undergraduate business degree from a highly respected business school makes the need for a traditional two year MBA far less likely. A one year specialty masters should suffice. That one year masters program will save you one year of tuition & relieve you from sacrificing a second year of income. This makes the cost difference disappear.

    You wrote that you want out of the South. Only one of your options is located outside of the South.

    Again, how would you pay the annual cost difference of $25,000 ? If all by loans, then consider UGA. If half or less by loans, then IU all the way.

    P.S. Direct admit to Kelley is a significant accomplishment as is admission to the honors college.

    What will you study at UGA if not admitted to the business school ?
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,383 Senior Member
    @grant123: Your prior posts share that your ACT score was a 29, but increased to 30 if superscored. In my opinion, your acceptance as a direct admit to IU-Kelley is a bit lucky--although your high school GPA was & is outstanding.


    Since you plan to study accounting, IU offers a top ten ranked accounting programs. All Big 4s recruit at IU-Kelley.

    Of the top ten undergraduate accounting programs, you would be competitive for admission only to three.
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Thank you for all that information! Very helpful! As far as the proposed situation at UGA, I honestly don’t know. I have always been a business minded person, and have completed a marketing internship, and a data analyst internship throughout my years in high school. But the further and further I have continued to discover myself, I have started to question if a more service oriented job such as a lawyer or a doctor would be a better fit for me. Which also contributes to another concern with going to Indiana for me, which is that academically it is not as well rounded as UGA. As a result, I’m scared that there’s a chance that I make my parents pay all that extra money to go to Indiana for the business school, and I don’t even end up in the business field. I know they can afford it, but it’s just a scary outcome.
  • grant123grant123 Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Oh sorry that wasn’t updated... I ended up with a 32 ACT, and a 4.12 gpa with 9 ap’s. Sorry should’ve included my stats somewhere.😅
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,383 Senior Member
    edited January 3
    If you want a career in marketing, the University of Georgia has a great 10 month masters program in marketing research. Classes/cohorts usually realize 100% employment by graduation. UGA was the first school in the country to offer this degree. Started in the late 70s or early 1980s, I believe.

    KPMG offers about 50 top accounting students a free masters degree in data analytics (or something similar) at 8 universities throughout the nation. I believe that KPMG pays all related costs & guarantees a position with excellent pay at the end of the 10 month program.

    If you are a hard worker, then accounting & employment with a Big 4 accounting firm will be rewarding. Grades earned in college are very important.
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