NYU CAS vs Northeastern vs Carnegie Mellon Tepper (UG)

Hey, I know how much y'all love these kind of threads so I thought I would make another one for y'all to argue rankings on. Title is pretty self explanatory. Just like everyone else, I'm very interested in eventually breaking into IB/PE/HF (maybe consulting too?) so I would love to hear the opinions of people actually on the street (and the other 90% of this site thats still in school). I'm lucky enough to be in a position where my parents are willing to help me pay no matter where I attend so cost is not something I'm factoring in.


NYU CAS - I would be an Econ + Math major and probably would not want to transfer into Stern because I really don't see the point since I have the same access to OCR and clubs despite not being in Stern as well as being allowed to take most Stern classes. NYC has a bunch of opportunities to work during the school year so off cycle internships will be a plus. I have heard from some of y'all that being in Stern is less of an advantage over CAS than people make it out to be but some say otherwise.

Northeastern - Currently the lowest on my list but the CO-OPs are pretty cool considering it gets your foot in the door for all of Boston finance although theres obviously the competition from Harvard/MIT/BC/BU/Tufts. Would be a finance major at DM and would probably pick up another major but who knows. The school is pretty obviously a non-target or semi-target at best but there have been more and more alumni placing onto the street from what I've gathered looking at the webpages for extracurriculars. Would love to hear y'all's take on this one.

Carnegie Mellon Tepper - Would be a finance major or some combination of math and economics. Honestly CMU seems super depressing and super tech/engineering focused so I feel like business would be pushed to the back burner. Not a fan of Pittsburgh but who is honestly. The CMU brand overall is probably the "most prestigious" but NYU has been on a rather meteoric rise as a school (Stern of course carries weight on its own).

Would love to hear y'all's thoughts on this, thanks for the input!

EDIT: Just got into Tepper and from the looks of things its a two horse race between it and NYU.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 6, 2020 - 8:18pm

Your assumption about Stern vs CAS is wrong. Employers exhibit clear preference towards Stern kids. Tepper is your best choice, I would go there if I were you.

May 6, 2020 - 8:32pm
culdesac9090, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's extremely hard to do an internal transfer into Stern and as an Econ/Math major especially. Also Econ in CAS is not the same as Econ in Stern. This is a tough one but I would pick whatever school you think you'll enjoy spending 4 years at the most (but I wouldn't consider Northeastern).

May 6, 2020 - 9:30pm
qwertyzxc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

CMU has some first class programs in STEM but for some reason it doesn't have a strong pipeline into Wall Street besides for its MCSF program which is top notch (though most of that is sell side / buy side quant). Given your interest i would go to NYU and do your combined major. I'd keep in mind math at NYU (I believe it's at the Courant school even for undergrad) is no joke as they have the #1 applied math program in the country for grad school and is generally known as a tough undergrad major but well worth it as well.

As for preference between CAS and Stern, it's like the relationship with most Undergrad BSchools and their related Art & Sciences schools (Michigan, UVA, Penn, etc.) There is certainly some additional access and slight preference towards the bschool kids but it's not as material as people and the bschool kids themselves would make you believe. Also if you are in NYC and you can appropriately take advantage of the internships and networking opportunities on your own, then you'll get some leverage there as well.

May 7, 2020 - 12:42am
Che Guevara, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Go to NYU - if you play your cards right you will leverage your location / finesse Stern resources and contacts. There are a ton of clubs that are open to all students that are great for recruiting.

  • Prospect in 
May 7, 2020 - 2:02pm

CMU is best but very STEM focused, difficult, and depressing. Toss up b/w NYU and NEU. You have to get a very high GPA in NYU CAS to compete with Sternies and w/ math major that's very difficult. NEU is getting more representation and leveraging co-ops can really help you.

May 7, 2020 - 2:52pm
Morgan Bandley, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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