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Ok, now to decide on schools...Please respond

hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited November 2005 in College Search & Selection
I have compiled(and applied) to all the schools I would be interested in going to.
Obviously Umich is my #1 choice by far, but because I am OOS and concerned about financial aid, I have to seriously consider other schools as well.

My intended major will be finance, but I would like everyone's opinion on what you all think has the best FINANCE program. I would like to base it on internships, salary, and basically recruiting for great jobs. If you had to pick b/w these schools, what would YOU choose and why? (NOTE: This is not going to influence me at all, just want to see what you think)

I AM LOOKING AT THE BUSINESS SCHOOL AND FINANCE AS THE INTENDED MAJOR. Base it on academic quality, and best chance to get recruited for a great job. Please tell me why also.


University of Maryland-College Park (Smith)
Pennsylvania State U.–University Park (Smeal)
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley)
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

I figure let's have some fun and just see what people think.
edited November 2005
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  • terrybhs06terrybhs06 1135 replies75 threads. Senior Member
    i rec. iu-bloomington over umich if your looking for money.... unless you have some elite stats
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  • b_22b_22 182 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    uiuc has a really good business school just like mich and indiana, what state ru from ne ways?
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    New Jersey..so all are out of state
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  • slipper1234slipper1234 9044 replies40 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You need to add UNC-CH to that list. Amazing social life and much better than the schools above (except Michigan of course).
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I know but out of state is very difficult and my chances are slim, but would obviously go if i thought i could get in. Anyway, any thoughts on the above?
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  • slipper1234slipper1234 9044 replies40 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Of the ones listed Kelley is the best.
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  • carolyncarolyn 7242 replies193 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Honestly, I don't think there's a huge difference in the quality of the undergraduate business programs at these schools. They are all quite good and you can get a very decent education at any of them. I might give UIUC and Penn State a bit of an edge for finance, for a variety of reasons, but Indiana and U of Maryland aren't exactly backwater schools either. So, I'd factor in other issues if it comes down to choosing between these schools.

    One possible factor to consider is where you ultimately want to end up working. Penn State and U of Maryland will have a bit more name recognition with employers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, while Illinois and Indiana will get more name recognition in the midwest and Chicago.

    In addition to finding jobs after graduation, you're probably also more likely to luck into internship opportunities in the region where the school is located than in other areas of the country. You might want to contact each school's career placement office and ask for a list of employers that typically recruit on these campuses for finance undergrads --- I know, for example, that UIUC attracts quite a few accounting and consultant firms because of the strength of its accounting program. I'd also ask for a list of employers where business students have had summer and school year internships over the past few years to get a sense of that.

    Also consider where alumni associations are most active --- Penn State, for example, has a very loyal and large number of alumni in the northeast.

    This doesn't mean you won't be able to get a job in the northeast if you go to the midwest or vice versa but just that, as a general rule of thumb, employers tend to favor students from schools they're most familiar with.
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    bump......
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    anyone at all?
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  • KayjoKayjo 86 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The Pamplin School at Virginia Tech has a great business program and lots of kids are from NJ and MD. Last year over 400 recruiters came to campus to interview and mostly were intereseted in business and engineers majors. Plus a GREAT football team.
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    bump..last time i swear
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  • themegastudthemegastud 852 replies16 threadsRegistered User Member
    If you're OOS for all of these, negating the tuition advantage, then my question is why are you only considering public schools?
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Well for one, the schools I listed are in my target range. Plus I like large schools and those close to some sort of large town or city, and am looking at the business portion only. Like I don't think I have a shot at Warton(or pretty much any Ivy), Stern is way too expensive(still applying though), and the California schools are too far away. So that put me to pick those schools.
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  • UntiltedUntilted 1933 replies47 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    apply for UVa, you MAY have a chance. very very recognized program, amazing recruiting. but it;'s hard to get in, even harder than michigan
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    my GPA is a 3.8 weighted..lol. I think I can get a 1400 on the SAT(taking this november), but my GPA will kill me. I guess I could give it a shot. My chances are slight reach at michigan, but UVA? Wow, I think that's harder than my chance at even Stern.
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  • KayjoKayjo 86 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Also, at UVa, you are not admitted to the business school until your third year- have to apply the spring of your second year and it is very competitive- almost like applying to college again- esssays and an interview. If you don't get in, then you are sol.
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  • hotctyplayahotctyplaya 173 replies46 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Yea, that is true as well, but I still think UVA is way too difficult to get in to. So I gotta focus on the schools above. Anything on that?
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