Am I shooting myself in the foot by going to Cornell Dyson over Northwestern if I'm interested in MBB?

The biggest draw for me as far as going to Dyson was being in small classes and having a more intimate relationship with my professors and peers. Also, the fact that I'd be studying business as opposed to studying econ is a plus. As of now, I'd like to work in MBB out of college and eventually work in strategy on the west coast. I know that Northwestern is a powerhouse for MBB, and I definitely like the location more than Dyson, but is Dyson really that much worse than Northwestern? Will my prospects be slim for MBB out of Dyson?

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  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 25, 2021 - 5:01pm

you are taking cornell because you think the ivy name will provide more prestige. Realistically, it won't. Cornell is the least respected by far out of all the ivies. 

Northwestern is an awesome school that is just as respected by all employers sans a few in finance. You will have an easier time landing consulting gigs and absolutely have more fun at Northwestern. 

I went to GTown. Didn't get accepted into either of those but if I did I would have chosen Northwestern 100% of the time. 

  • Intern in Consulting
Apr 25, 2021 - 8:42pm

I go to Georgetown as well.  I got into Cornell but took Georgetown because of the location and student body.  Everyone at Cornell seemed so miserable.  That being said, Northwestern is a powerhouse for consulting.  

However, I think there are advantages to studying business over econ.  I think you'd learn much more useful stuff taking accounting and finance classes than you would in some econ class.  I am an econ major, got into MBB, but sometimes wish I did finance major instead since it is way more practical.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Apr 27, 2021 - 5:26pm

Cross admits Brown-Cornell and Dartmouth-Cornell choose the non-Cornell school over 85% of the time lol

  • Intern in Research - FI
Apr 27, 2021 - 8:35pm

Warning this "AM 1 - Equities" guy goes around trashing schools better than his (called UVA a semi-target on another thread and told an OP to go to one of the most boring schools in the country because it'd be fun). Get a life loser hahaha.

Shame Georgetown continues to fall down the rankings you cling to for validation, aye?

Apr 25, 2021 - 5:06pm

As we said in the last thread, MBB doesn't even recruit at Cornell (or just started recruiting very recently).

That being said, it's a solid school and there is more to life than MBB - but IDK how the two stack up in those areas.

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Apr 26, 2021 - 11:12am

is Dyson really that much worse than Northwestern?


Will my prospects be slim for MBB out of Dyson?


Don't swim upstream if you don't have to

- Guy who has swum upstream many times, trying to help others not make the same mistake

Apr 26, 2021 - 9:18pm

I just googled what Dyson is.

MBB hires out of all sorts of undergrad majors. Undergrad business majors are pretty useless, which is why most top schools don't offer them (Wharton being an obvious exception). Econ is much better preparation for a career in business (for both finance and strategy/management) and Northwestern is a much better school than Cornell (for everything other than engineering), so your decision is pretty easy.

  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
Apr 27, 2021 - 5:16pm

I agree with everything you said except for that last point. In my biased opinion, Cornell is better across the board from reputation (check any ranking outside of USNews / walk down the street and ask people what they think is better), to finance placement, to STEM offerings (helps with flexibility). Northwestern is indisputably better for MBB though. I think his uncertainty is fair; it is a hard decision. 

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 27, 2021 - 11:41am

recent cornell alum here gonna give my two cents. While it matters what you think you want to do after college, personally feel you are shooting very specifically at MBB. Stuff changes, life changes how you feel. I was a hardcore pre law all throughout high school and first year of college but personally found finance to be more interesting/stimulating. I am going to play devils advocate relative to the rest of the forum and say you should base your decision to these schools based on where you want to spend college as opposed to specifically shooting for MBB. Given what you have said about NW, it seems very clear you connect more there and should go there. Cornell is a very heavy finance school with Dyson very much filled with IB/AM/WM/S&T kids as opposed to MBB. I will say though almost everyone I know who wanted MBB (fairly small population) ended up at MBB with a small portion going Big 4 consulting. Personal advice is to go to NW. 

Apr 27, 2021 - 12:32pm

Thanks for the advice, would you say that dyson or nu keeps my options more open? I understand my feelings may change, so I'd also like to consider which school would have more opportunities in a variety of fields (within business)

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 27, 2021 - 3:38pm

I don't know too much about NW so will not be able to speak to their placements. As far as Cornell and Cornell Dyson go, some of these comments just seem absurd to me in regards to Cornell not having much prestige. Everyone I know at Cornell who wanted IB/AM/WM/S&T or MBB/Big 4 consulting got the job in the space they wanted unless they really fucked up. The amount of kids who wanted consulting was far fewer than finance. But at the same time, some of the biggest rockstars I knew choose to do consulting so some really smart people coming out to do consulting. The network is incredible especially in NYC (I would assume NW has a much bigger presence in Chicago). It really just varies what you decide you want to do and how you approach it. Big thing with Cornell Dyson is that it is a very IB focused school. Most kids want to do IB and that shows with how competitive it is. Factor in other schools like ILR and Hotel and the population really grows massively. ILR and Hotel can be considered targets on their own based on the amount of kids they sent to BBs in front office roles. 

I think both schools are fantastic options to have and will keep your options open with a robust alumni network at both. What you really need to ask yourself is where do your next four years. I grew up in NYC in the UES and wanted to try something different so I felt Ithaca was a much cooler place for me. FWIW, I turned down GTown and Stern. You just need to ask yourself if you want your next 4 in a very typical collegetown type vibe or a city-suburb vibe as NW is in Evanston near Chicago. 

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