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Stanford or UCSD w/ Full ride

CiteruidCiteruid Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
edited April 2006 in Stanford University
Well, my decision is down to the M&T wharton+eng prog at penn, stanford, and ucsd w/ full ride. Careerwise, i'm looking to go into finance, and naturally, penn would be the best choice for this. i would have to be paying the full freight at penn and stanford, and in my family's current situation, it would mean taking out tons of loans. But philly really turned me off and penn, i dunno if i could live there for four years. So right now, I think the choices are down to UCSD w/ jacob's full ride scholarship under bioeng /w possibly double majoring in econ or management sci&eng, or stanford.

My goal right now is to be getting into a top business school, and i was wondering if i'll still be able to have the same chance of getting in if i apply myself at ucsd than if i applied myself at stanford. Is there that big of a difference? Was also wondering what u guys' opinion on it are, thx in advance for any info =]
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Replies to: Stanford or UCSD w/ Full ride

  • asilaydyingasilaydying Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I'm turning down the UCSD jacobs full ride for stanford too. I did pretty extensive research and stanford plain and simple has more opportunity and a better quality of life.
  • CiteruidCiteruid Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    Some added opinions on the three

    For Penn: Some of the things that detract me from going to Penn are it will be a huge change as i've never lived in the east coast, no friends or family close to there, costs money to go back home, the saftey issue bothers my parents and I a lot with the surrounding area, and of course the cost. The cost is probably the biggest factor as we recieved zero financial aid and we'd have to take out estimated 160k in loans to pay for the full thing. The program is probably the best out of the three schools though with the wharton+engineering degrees, at least in my opinon for where I want to go and who i want to be careerwise. Also, going back for an MBA isn't necessarily required as it is for other schools if I go here.

    For Stanford: A big plus for Stanford is the safety of the school, and at this current relatively uninformed situation of mine, i'd imagine i'd have the most fun here. The biggest problem is I dont think there's enough of a clear path to take at Stanford in terms of programs and majors that'd lead me to the finance world compared to say, M&T. Of course, the cost will be an issue as well with recieving no financial aid at Stanford either.

    For UCSD: The bioengineering program is highly ranked, and for the Jacob's engineering scholarship, I get a lot of research benefits with a lot of interaction with professors. The economics program is relatively high ranked as well, and I would be double majoring in econ to help me get to where I want to be finance wise. I'd imagine going back for an MBA is essential if I go to UCSD, so one of my big questions is how plausible is it to get into a top business school coming from UCSD with a primarily engineering background and engineering work experience? A drawback and a positive is that it's close to home, meaning it's familiar, but it's also easy to have home and family/friends to fall back on. I'm not too fond of the campus or the social life.

    Anyways, those are my three choices I've narrowed it down to at the moment, any advice or opinions on the subject would be extremely and greatly appreciated. And if it's not already taking too much time, I'm wondering about finance and how much of a difference will it make in trying to get a good job and moving up coming from UCSD, Stanford, or the M&T program.

    Thanks for any advice or opinions on the subject =]
  • jackieboy24jackieboy24 Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    if money is not that big an issue, go to Stanford or Penn. I'd go with Stanford, but that's just me.
  • joemamajoemama Registered User Posts: 554 Member
    Please explain how engineering figures into your plans for a finance career?
  • veerawudthveerawudth Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    I'd go to Stanford too
  • funnymanfunnyman Registered User Posts: 961 Member
    don't give up that Penn acceptance, that program is insanely good!
  • dyip10dyip10 Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    If you are doing finance (investment banking), go to Penn. It is very respected in Wall Street.
    Do not go to UCSD if you want to be an investment banker because ibanks don't recruit there. Out of the UCs, they only recruit at UCLA and Cal.

    If you want to mix engineering and business at Stanford do "Management Science and Engineering"
    http://www.stanford.edu/dept/MSandE/
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