Cambridge vs Duke (Undergrad)
- Hey WSO! Hoping for some advice on choosing between two great options for undergrad, and would like to hear your thoughts/advice.
At Duke I'd double major in stat & econ, maybe with a minor in philosophy or history. At Cambridge, I've been accepted to read economics at Trinity College. I want to get an MBA in Cambridge, MA and end up working in the USA (I'm a US citizen), but I'd consider working in London or Singapore for a few years before returning to the US for my MBA.
Trinity College, Cambridge:
Time/Cost (About $100k cheaper than Cambridge, because it's 1 year shorter + cheaper per annum; or I could get a master's in four years and still save $50k)
Supervision system offers unparalleled intimate teaching
College system offers a tight social life
International exposure would be good for personal growth
Better overall brand
Potential culture shock
Excessively predetermined course load: I still want to learn more from other subjects
Short terms means less time for extracurricular activities/bonding with friends
Grading being based purely on final exams
Flexible academics; meaning I can take CS/math courses (Necessary for jobs/PhD preparation) or random courses (Just for fun)
Probably has a better alumni network in the USA specifically
Similar to above point: May be better for finance recruiting into NYC offices
Cost (See above)
Not a big fan of the social scene (Excessive drinking/Greek life)
I'd be especially interested to hear from current Duke students on the social life aspects, and from anyone in the finance industry on how recruiting/job outcomes would compare from the two schools.
All advice is greatly appreciated!