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McCombs vs. UVa vs. Berkeley

collegequestion1collegequestion1 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member

I am interested in majoring in Business. I have an admission from McCombs - UT Austin for its four year business program. I have offers from UVA and UC Berkeley. However in both these schools, I would need to get into business school in the junior year and hence business major is guaranteed. Any inputs from current/former students on the following would be greatly appreciated
• Ease of getting into McIntire (UVA) and Haas (Berkeley) in the junior year
• Comparison among the three business school.
• Should I go with the safe option of McCombs or should I take chances and try for McIntire or Haas? If I don’t get into business major, what are my options?

I heard that both UVA and Berkeley are very competitive in the first two years because of students trying to get into the business major.
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Replies to: McCombs vs. UVa vs. Berkeley

  • policepolice Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Did UCB admitted you already? All 3 schools are awesome btw. Would give anything up to be in your shoes right now.. Instate for any of the 3 schools? or all oos?
  • WakeUpWakeUp Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    The cost is definitely a big factor. If you're instate for one of those schools, then it's probably cheaper and will be the better choice. I cannot speak to how exactly competitive McIntire and Berkeley, but I know it will still be tough to reach to the top. However, while you will be in McCombs, you will still need to work just as hard to distinguish yourself, especially if you're looking in consulting/i-banking. So, no matter what, there's going to be little leeway not to be the best.

    Also, I know McCombs has the top accounting program for undergrad and we do well in recruiting for the southwest for top jobs like consulting/i-banking. In addition, it is possible to go to Wall Street, but you will need to work harder than at McIntire because of the school's location. McCombs offers great support (one of the top career services). However, most of my experience is from being in BHP. I don't know if you're in it, but that has defined my McCombs experience because it really is a small community with a diverse body of students. You can transfer as a sophomore and I recommend it because, once again, it has been a great support system in this HUGE school and a challenging curriculum.

    There are all great and you can go to the top jobs wherever if you push yourself at any of these schools. While McIntire and Haas may be a little bit higher to recruiters, McCombs is good, too. It's going to have to come down to the overall college. Do you like people, the campus, the Greek system, the other resources, the other schools (like liberal arts and so on)? I've learned it's those things that make the college experience. And even if you're in-state, maybe an out-of-state will be worthwhile.
  • USofPlutarchyUSofPlutarchy Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    To supplement what WakeUp said, it really depends on where you want to work after school. Most of the kids (not all) at McCombs are placed in the south, Haas on the west coast and UVA in the northeast. All 3 b-schools are on par with one another and BB banks/MBB recruit at all 3.

    What exactly do you want to do after school?
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