Hello All - I'm guaranteed admission at UT Austin as an in state resident. Tuition + Board will almost be fully paid for combined with other scholarship sources. My PSAT score basically guarantees more money as well through National Merit Scholarship.
Given how good already UT Austin is as an effectively free option, would it be worth paying full price elsewhere? My parents believe that unless I get into HYPSM or Wharton (and possibly Columbia or UChicago), it's not worth the sticker price.
I'm interested in quantitative finance or data science/AI/machine learning as a career and would likely major in CS with a Statistics/Applied Math/Machine Learning double major. I'm also open to a minor in accounting/finance.
Is it feasible to get onto Wall Street or one of the major private equity or hedge funds in Greenwich, CT without going to a top 10 school? Would going to college in a more urban area like NYC, Chicago, Boston or Philly be advantageous for getting work experience as a student - either co-op or internship? Concrete examples are always appreciated.