I recently got into Cornell CAS and UC Berkeley L&S and am deciding between the two. For Cornell I do not qualify for any financial aid and will thus be paying $55k/year in tuition, in addition to room & board. For Berkeley, the school doesn't require financial information from my non-custodial parent and since my custodial parent is retired I'm getting a full-ride to UC Berkeley.
I definitely want to pursue a career in finance in NYC and I know that Cornell will have better opportunities than Berkeley and the alumni network to support this endeavour. While Cornell is rather large at 15k students, Berkeley is a behemoth with 30k students and I don't think that it is the optimal environment in which to pursue the WS roles that I am looking for. However, I am unsure if Cornell's opportunities warrant about a $1/4 million investment over Berkeley's opportunities.
Additionally, I have a friend who got into Cornell CAS and UC Berkeley L&S as well and is deciding between the two; in-state tuition for Berkeley ($14k/year) vs. Cornell full-pay ($55k/year). I am wondering what WSOers thoughts are on this choice as well. Of course, I am only considering opportunities such as OCR and strength of the alumni network when making this decision, but I'm also curious about WSOers thoughts of overall College experience and locations of the schools (rural Ithaca vs. East Bay/San Francisco, CA).
Thank you for reading.