EDing, Wharton v/s CAS

<p>So I was planning on choosing finance as a career, I was wondering whether it was worth to it to ED to Penn CAS and be an econ major, then do an mba later, as it would be a much safer bet then ED straight to Wharton.</p>

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<p>ED CAS gives a better chance i guess.</p>

<p>I think it's silly to base a huge life decision off of an incremental difference in admit rates (I think it was something like 15% and 10%). Those rates aren't statistical probabilities that you'll get in--true "chances" are determined by looking at the results of people with profiles similar to yours, and even then it's a stretch. Yeah, people go to Wall Street from CAS, but if you end up in CAS and dream of the Street I can imagine you'll be sorely pining to be a Whartonite--not really the feeling you want dogging you throughout college. Do you really want your alma mater to be determined by playing it safe?</p>

<p>^ I was a little off--Wharton 2015 ED was 8.9% while Penn overall ED was 26%. Likewise, Wharton 2015 RD was 5.4% while Penn overall RD was 9.5%. So a little more substantial than I suggested before, but the underlying argument remains the same.</p>

<p>I happened to be at Penn when they changed policies about being able to switch colleges immediately. Before then (20+ years ago), kids would apply to SEAS and start Wharton classes immediately, switching the next semester. The rule changed so that, at the time, a student had to take a certain number of classes in the home college before changing colleges, adding a year or more to their degree (which isn't chump change based on cost of tuition etc.).</p>

<p>It will be easier to get into CAS, and easier still to get into SEAS. The question is what do you want to do with your life? If for example, you want strict finance a la banking or stockbroker, your path seems good. But if you do have interest in sciences or engineering, Penn has a great management and technology program where you can get dual degrees from Wharton and SEAS or CAS.</p>