Cornell Hotel or Berkeley Econ

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Which would be the better school for IB? Berkeley is my top choice because it's 100% free for me; on top of that, they give me money by taking a full semesters worth of credits. BUT, I feel like Econ alone at Berkeley is not competitive enough for IB. As for IB, I really like the fact that Cornell Hotel is within Cornell's business school. I also like the fact that it's focused around hospitality, which I think is a good break from all the business/finance courses. I will not be considering Berkeley Haas, as I am no longer eligible to apply; however, I am able to take courses from Haas.

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Apr 11, 2019

I would go Berkely and try to minor in something that would help you stand out. Saving 200k+ is a good thing but you would probably need to network more to place in NYC if that's the goal. I know someone who is at GS/JPM now and was an econ comp sci major at Cal.

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Apr 11, 2019

Would you recommend taking on a minor if it means you have to compensate your GPA a bit? I really don't wanna have to take a bunch of vanilla classes just to fulfill the minor requirements. I really want to take the most important classes--like the accountings, financial econ, CS 16A-B, and data science. Will employers know about the specific classes I took? Could I list these as skills in my resume?

Apr 11, 2019

Companies care less about the classes and more about grades and your major secondly. You could list it and it may impress someone but the most important thing by far is having a good gpa.

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Apr 12, 2019

PM me. Biased, but I think Berkeley is the better option here. I was a student who considered some non-business major ivy schools too. I'm also not in Haas so I can speak to recruiting and taking courses outside of the business school.

Summered at a MM and then an EB (Evercore, PJT). It's not too difficult to recruit if you have good experience and I think Berkeley's proximity to SF and the valley gave me good opportunities for work experience before recruiting.

Keep in mind that most Cal students do go to SF for FT banking opportunities, and that the school is only a real target for west coast banks. However, the hotel school at Cornell might be considered worse on either coast imo.

Apr 12, 2019

Berkeley definitely better than Cornell imo. West coast IB is still very strong and placement from Berkeley is very good. I don't think NYC is a problem at all, just maybe not your first choice of firm and group.

Apr 12, 2019

Berkeley is great (read: weather) but your NYC opportunities are going to be limited from there in relation to those which Cornell would likely provide, as all NYC BBs and most boutiques recruit directly from there. You can still get into NYC IB from Berkeley but just know it may take more networking to do so. If you don't care as much about NYC placement this isn't as much of a factor. Won't go into any detail on other factors. Best of luck.

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Apr 12, 2019