I need some advice on deciding which school to attend.
I have received admission from both schools. As an International student, I am looking to get into a big4 in the east coast after graduating. Both schools seem to require the same amount of tuition so tuition would not be an issue. I majored in Japanese for my undergrad(South Korea) and have taken a few accounting courses. IUB requires me to take 2 prerequisites before the start of the program. On the other side, UNC's macc is primarily for non-accounting backgrounds, so I would be attending the summer intensive course.
Both schools are ranked in top 10 according to PAR rankings. However, UNC is ranked higher overall business school rankings according to USNEWS rankings.
I noticed that the international portion of UNC macc was only 5%~7% as opposed to IUB being 30%. I'm slightly worried, how this would affect the learning atmosphere for internationals.
Would you mind sharing some of your thoughts regarding these schools?
I understand your concern about the difference in the percentage of international students: with only around 7% of the class from outside of the US at UNC, international students may have trouble feeling a strong connection to their classmates when they first arrive. However, I do feel there is more to consider here:
UNC's MAC program has 120 students while IUB's intake in 2011 was 71 students (for the sake of this comparison, we are ignoring the 3/2 MBA/MACC component at IUB, but since that class is only 2% international, I don't feel we're doing them a great disservice), so that international 35% at IUB is actually only around 26 students as opposed to UNC's approximately 9 students. Both seem like small programs that would generate strong relationships among international and domestic students, if you're open to them.
These are both strong programs but UNC is much more open
about where its students are placed: 18.5% of the class is in NYC or Washington DC and 79% of the class are in Big4 firms. IUB doesn't disclose
much of this information on its site. I would certainly recommend contacting IUB for more details to determine if my guess is correct, but if your goal is to stay in the US upon graduation, then the connections to a greater number of American students at UNC is a great network for you in the future. Yes, it will be more of a transition for you when you arrive, but a worthy effort in my opinion.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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