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Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts?

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Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 08:06
Would you all wait for UCLA, or just go to USC? I know UCLA is a bit higher in rank, however they're both top 25 programs and play a significant role in the California market.

Are they seen as relative equals? Is it worth it to lose the deposit money at USC and then go to UCLA, if accepted?

Not worried about campus location, as I'm a part-time applicant. i wanted to get the general opinion of the schools as institutions.

I understand that USC dipped a bit in the US News rankings, but they're still strong in other rankings. What do you guys think?
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Re: Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 08:35
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Would you all wait for UCLA, or just go to USC? I know UCLA is a bit higher in rank, however they're both top 25 programs and play a significant role in the California market.

Are they seen as relative equals? Is it worth it to lose the deposit money at USC and then go to UCLA, if accepted?

Not worried about campus location, as I'm a part-time applicant. i wanted to get the general opinion of the schools as institutions.

I understand that USC dipped a bit in the US News rankings, but they're still strong in other rankings. What do you guys think?


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Re: Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 08:39
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Is it worth it to lose the deposit money at USC and then go to UCLA, if accepted?



Depends:

1) How much is the deposit?
2) Do you like UCLA more than USC?

If you like UCLA more than USC, in the long run, getting exactly what you want out of your MBA experience will be worth a measly deposit forfeiture. You're in a relatively good spot that you can wait until the last day to make the switch. Worst case, UCLA doesn't call you and you're still in @ USC.
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Re: Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 08:48
I'm interested in Marketing. It would be a totally new industry for me, as I'm a military officer.

We want to stay in the California area, however up and down the west coast works as well.

In terms of UCLA vs. USC, I've actually wavered this entire time about where I want to be. At first I liked UCLA due to rankings (and prior to more research). Then after a visit (and a football game), USC was at the top. Now reading about how Marshall is falling has got me thinking again...

I do know that students are very happy at both schools, and you're right, I'm in a decent situation. However, if I'm able to get off the waitlist, I'll have a very tough decision to make.
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Re: Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 08:55
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Both great schools, especially for being in California. Worldwide and even across the US, UCLA seems to be more well known/regarded but if you want to be in SoCal, I'd say it's hard to beat the Trojan network. They live and breathe USC unlike anything I've seen.

That didn't really help much -- I think it's ultimately a personal decision, but keep in mind that you'll be choosing a football team for life ;)
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Re: Accepted at USC, wait-listed at UCLA. Thoughts? [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 21:29
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How much is usc deposit. Id say choose ucla if u can. The students i spoke to spoke poorly of usc and rankings are taking a pumbling. That said, if u dont get into ucla, i think u could still make a career for urself in the area w usc. If it were me and the deposit wasnt too bad id put it down and see how ucla waitlist works as far as extra submissions etc. if u get in go there and forfeit ur few $ deposit for sure. I spoke to a student who had a full ride to usc and took it. Then regretted it and tried to transfer midyear to ucla. There's a fallout right now b/w the studnets and the new administration which seems out of touch.
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