Can someone evaluate the cass business school objectively?BSc.

So I'm a 18yo student who currently holds offers(finance) from Cass, Durham, Bristol, Birmingham and waiting for LSE. Looking forward to work in macro/LS hfs(maybe a few years in BBFO at first)

If I can't make it to LSE I feel Cass is the best choice since its location and professors with solid backgrounds. But after some research I found some really negative comments on Cass while some positive ones. So I'm a bit confused here. Can someone enlighten me plz?

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Mar 30, 2021 - 7:13am

All of them are not optimal (beside obv. LSE). However, at my firm there are people from Durham and Cass. Don't think it really matters if you go with Durham or Cass. Have you looked into european schools? E.g. RSM, ESCP, Bocconi etc. If you got into Durham you should get into RSM and ESCP as well. (A few yrs ago I got into Durham, Cass, ESCP, RSM, HSG and WHU) 

Mar 30, 2021 - 8:04am

Isn't it a bit for now to apply European schools, and I kinda agree that Durham and Cass are in the same tier. But a few days earlier I went to a virtual offer holder seminar of Cass, i asked the department head about this, she said there is no comparison that Cass biz school is better than Durham... I know maybe she said that just becuz she is in Cass. But like I'm wondering what makes her so sure?

Mar 30, 2021 - 7:34am

One of my friends went to CASS and really liked it. From what I heard these are the Pros and Cons.

Pros: 

-Great place to network (lots of events with City and lots of international students with good backgrounds)

-It is located in Central London so you'll have a great time (at least before Covid)

-Interesting courses (from what I've heard)

Cons:

-Not as "prestigious" as other  European business schools (LSE, HEC, ESCP etc.)

Hope this helps

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Mar 30, 2021 - 9:44am

Durham send kids to spring weeks at basically every firm. Really can't say the same about Cass.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 11:24am

OK, so this is the take of someone in London IB who deals with recruiting.

Durham is the more prestigious from a difficulty to gain entry etc. point of view. Cass is better located and geared towards recruiting for finance. Cass is likely less enjoyable from a social point of view (I assume based on London campus factor having gone to LSE myself).

Both are fine for entering IB but I would lean towards Durham because a fair amount of UK recruiting is still pretty agnostic to course studied but rather is more concerned by perceived intelligence and fit. Also, Durham would offer a better social life whereas Cass (even more so than lse I suspect) has a bit of an awkward rep

Mar 31, 2021 - 11:29am

Durham > Cass

Both schools will get you to IB in the city, but Durham is viewed as more prestigious. Durham would also offer a better experience w/ its various colleges and campus. 

Cass strikes me as an overly expensive school that has a very wide spectrum of student quality. 

Obv LSE is the best option. As others mentioned, I would also apply to a few top EU schools (HEC, RSM, etc...) 

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