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UNC vs. Emory ($) vs. Cornell (Potentially)

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Hi GmatClubers,

With deposit deadlines coming up, I really need your advice/insights into which school is best for my goals, and is more enjoyable and a better fit given my background. I'd greatly appreciate your help!

About me:
26, male, working and living in the U.S.
~3 years WE in the commercial banking industry
Hoping to move into investment banking/investment management, with corporate finance as a back-up (i.e. at somewhere like Amazon).

I've been accepted to UNC (no scholarships), Emory (with $), and still waiting on a decision from Cornell (Do I still have a shot at Cornell at this point?)
Originally, my goal was to enroll at the highest ranked school that I could get into. However, UNC and Emory are so closely ranked, I'm really having a tough decision. I've yet to visit Atlanta and Chapel Hill (although I've visited Charlotte before and enjoyed the vibe there). I'm probably only able to attend only one of the admit weekends. If I were to receive an offer from Cornell in the coming weeks, I'd probably elect that option. However, let's roll with Cornell not being in the picture for the time being.

Moreover, I'm looking at potentially working on the west coast as an option. Other that that, I'm location agnostic. This could also be a deciding factor.

My Thoughts:

UNC:
A little bit higher ranked than Emory.
Have had great interactions with UNC students thus far. They've been really helpful and engaged in my decision process.
Big alumni network
Big state school - football games, school spirit,
Lower average starting salary than Emory (Although for IB it's fairly similar)
Seems to place well for IB in NY
Cheaper cost of living
Regional

Emory:
Stronger average starting salary numbers (like I mentioned above, for IB, it's similar to UNC). However, in the case I don't get into IB, could be an advantage.
Atlanta is a bigger city - more things to do, easier to network etc.
Have a few friends/acquaintances in the greater Atlanta region
Even more regional than UNC (to me at least)
Similar IB placement stats as UNC.
Big Plus: Scholarship money. Although the amount isn't great, something is still better than nothing.

I was thinking of going to UNC for the longest time. However, given that the two schools are so similarly ranked and that Emory gave me a little bit of scholarship, I'm slowly shifting to Emory..I've asked UNC to reconsider me for a fellowship but they've yet to respond.

Any advice/insights/thoughts would greatly help as I'm still stuck in a precarious position. I'd greatly appreciate the help!!!
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Congratulations! Two great admits.

I would probably pick Emory. I have been hearing a bit of negativity about UNC and on campus recruiting.

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Congratulations! Two great admits.

I would probably pick Emory. I have been hearing a bit of negativity about UNC and on campus recruiting.

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Thanks for the response BB.

It seems to me like most recruiting efforts is driven by the student anyway (or the clubs on campus)? What have you heard of the Emory career management office that makes it stand out more than UNC's?
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Also, should I ask for more scholarship on the Emory side to tip the scale a little bit more?
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Just curious, any other responses or suggestions?
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Emory and UNC are at the same level in reputation and opportunities. Why would you leave money at Emory and go for something which is exactly the same. It's like buying the same white shirt and paying 20% more.

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Hey wallstreetmonkey7 ,

Without a second thought, come to Emory ;)

This is what my consultant told me when I asked her the question "Emory vs UNC"

I mean, Emory (the overall university) has a strong brand reputation as one of the best universities in the South East, so in terms of brand reputation amongst Americans, Emory has the best brand reputation out of any school on your list (including UNC). I was actually shocked to see that UNC’s ranking for MBA is higher than Emory, since Emory is regarded in general as being a better school?

So, it seems to me that Emory appears to have a super high post-graduation employment rate and if you’re interested in trying consulting, they send a higher percentage of people to that field?

Also, in terms of location, Atlanta is a more cosmopolitan city. In fact, they may have just elected an African-American mayor.


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Here is another vote for Emory :-)

You can read my comment here about UNC career service : https://gmatclub.com/forum/ross-vs-tepp ... 61894.html

IN case you stick by UNC, maybe the situation is different and you need to check with them your career aspiration. From many students there in Emory, the career service is willing to work with you as they can to achieve your dream. They give directions and try to connect you. Being in big city is plus for you in term of corps and accessibility through Atlanta Airport (Raleigh-Durham airport is not bad though).
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I appreciate the responses guys/gals. They've certainly provided new perspectives.
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Best you email the clubs for each school or ask down the grapevine on which companies target for OCR. I can tell you UNC's larger class size means it is attracting more OCR and will help you when job searching.

Looks like we are in the same boat, best of luck this week.
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Best you email the clubs for each school or ask down the grapevine on which companies target for OCR. I can tell you UNC's larger class size means it is attracting more OCR and will help you when job searching.

Looks like we are in the same boat, best of luck this week.


You too. I appreciate the response and insight.
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I received my financial aid package from both UNC and Emory. For UNC, I'm maxed out on federal loans. However, for Emory, they only provided the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan of $20,500/year (meaning I have to cover ~$53k from private funding sources). Does that change the equation at all?
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