Columbia University undergrad majors for IB

Sup. There's a whole lot of mess over here on the topic of undergrad programs for IB at Columbia. In particular, I see the repeated discussion of EconOR, FinEngOR of SEAS and Econ of Columbia College. So....

Does EconOR still exist? I tried to look up, but couldn't find anything.

Which one is most valued by the bulge bracket: FinEngOR or College Econ (or EconOR)?

And finally, won't attending SEAS make me a nolifer compared to a College student?

Thanks in advance

P.S: might be a wrong forum, advice me if this question was irrelevant

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Comments (6)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Dec 2, 2020 - 7:55am

Lot of things to address here. First and foremost, did you get in yet? If not, don't worry about it yet, you don't have a decision on your hands right now. If you did, then congratulations!

Generally speaking, your major doesn't matter THAT much. There's way too many other factors that are more important, one of the main ones being how successful you are in whatever degree program you pick. That being said, pick the one you think you'd be better at and that you'd get a higher GPA in. Applicants from Bumfuck university can network their way in now, so you should have no problem coming from Columbia (#4 or #5 of the Ivy's in my opinion).

I'm not sure what you mean by nolifer. If you mean that you'll have no social life, I strongly disagree. Sure, the engineering college isn't the College, but you're still in New York City, one of the most fun cities you could possibly be in for school. Secondly, the College kids haven't shunned you, you can still interact with them and make friends with any of them. Don't forget there's plenty of students from NYU (and Barnard girls if that's your thing). If you mean that you have a shitty academic pedigree, then that's also not correct. Sure, SEAS has a higher acceptance rate, but it's still Columbia.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Dec 3, 2020 - 12:31am

At Columbia, the clubs you join are far more important than your major, although Econ and FinEng are some of the most common majors of people going to IB. Try to join Lion Fund, 116th, Econ Society, CFIG as soon as you get on campus, as it's much easier to join as a freshman and those have the strongest networks. Wrt social life, people are often friends w people in their major but thats only bc they go to so many classes together, if you join a club or greek life, no one will care if ur SEAS or CC.

Sep 12, 2021 - 12:50pm

welp, thank you for your reply. In fact, I'd like to find myself as a women's studies girl that broke into the NY IB one day, but I didn't even manage to break out of the waitlist. Gonna be attending qfin and risk management at CUHK, hope that'll work out

Sep 12, 2021 - 5:01pm

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