I realize my goals may seem broad, but part of why I want an MBA is to have a wider knowledge base and the ability to apply for a more diverse range of jobs. I’m somewhat terrified of spending $ 400/month on loans for the next 10 years on top of the $ 150 I’m already paying for undergrad.
In my mind, BC is the better school with better education quality and opportunities. However, I’m not ENTIRELY sure BC will be that much better than UMASS that the debt will be justified. I am willing to sacrifice in the short term if greater opportunities abound. I worry that UMASS may be lacking in career services and networking opportunities.
So, what do you guys thing, UMASS or BC?
Answer by George
Boston College (BC and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UM) are quite different from each other. They do merit a close examination. For example, BCs admission score is 97 out of 99 while UM admission score is 83 out of 99. That means that BC is highly selective in admitting students, and UM is less selective.
BC and UM have virtually the same number of applicants from prospective students each year, that is about 28,000 students. Nevertheless, BC accepts 27 percent while UM accepts 66 percent of its applicants. That indicates again that BC is more difficult when it comes to its admission practices.
There is also some information about SAT scores that shows that BC freshmen students have SATs with a range of 610-710. UM freshmen have a range of 510 to 630. It would seem that UM has students who achieve lower SAT scores than does BC.
The costs of tuition and other related items is also different between the two institutions. BC costs are over $ 37,000 per year while UM costs are nearly $ 10,000 per year. The choice is still yours. Good luck.