Cornell vs Northwestern for NYC IB/PE?

In terms of opportunities per student body, should I be choosing Cornell(Policy Analysis and Management major in College of Human Ecology) or Northwestern(CAS Econ with Kellogg Finane Certificate)? Cornell is $20K cheaper but there are more students to compete against and the quality of the school can't compare to Northwestern. There are Northwestern students at every elite boutique such as Evercore, Moelis, Centerview, etc, but I think more Cornell students at the BBs.

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Mar 10, 2019 - 5:15pm

Have you checked the placement of the College of "Human Ecology" vs NU Finance programs? Should be an obvious choice. That said, you could change schools in Cornell to econ/engineering which I places well in BBs as the alumni network for one exists at larger firms. All information is anecdotal and heard from friends who go to Cornell.

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:20pm

Human Ecology students have access to the same OCR that every other college at Cornell has, and is a pretty niche major so it might else me stand out. However, I like Northwestern as a school more, so I'm not sure if I should choose the better school(Northwestern) or the school with better recruitment(Cornell).

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:26pm

They are pretty equal in terms of placement. Very good schools with strong programs (though AEM/Dyson at Cornell is better than what you have listed). I would choose more so based on cost and proximity. Naturally Northwestern places better into Chicago shops and Cornell more so to NYC.

For $20k, I don't think it's worth going elsewhere.

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:20pm

Human Ecology students have access to the same OCR that every other college at Cornell has, and is a pretty niche major so it might else me stand out. However, I like Northwestern as a school more, so I'm not sure if I should choose the better school(Northwestern) or the school with better recruitment(Cornell).

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:38pm

Equal access to OCR doesn't mean equal competitiveness in the eyes of recruiters. NW Econ / Finance will obviously look more aligned with a career in finance. Human Ecology sounds totally unrelated so you might stand out in a bad way.

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Mar 11, 2019 - 4:26pm

School honestly doesn't matter that much at Cornell. There's plenty of interesting management/econ courses within HumEc and you can very easily take as many finance/accounting/business courses that you want in AEM/Hotel/CAS, etc.

This seems like an easy choice. $20K cheaper per year x 4 means you have $80K less in debt. Anecdotally from ~5 years on the street I've seen way more Cornell kids in IB in NYC than Northwestern (though NW has more in Chicago, a much much smaller market). At an EB on your list and we generally have 2-3 Cornell per class, don't have any NW this year

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Mar 11, 2019 - 8:16pm

Sounds like you're drinking the Cornell Kool-Aid hard man. At Cornell the AEM/Dyson kids will 100% get looked at before you do. At the superday I went to I saw exclusively AEM/Dyson kids of those from Cornell (my school is a "peer" school to Cornell). Don't think I've met one doing regular econ or whatever that major you're talking about is when recruiting

If you want NYC, Cornell. If you want IB but also want a college experience, NU. NU campus is awesome and you're just outside of Chicago + you'll get all the Chicago superdays with the UChi/UMich kids

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Mar 12, 2019 - 1:00am

If you can make it work without hurting, then I'd say yes. You're only gonna be in undergrad once and you can easily get into an ivy for a postgraduate degree (assuming you do well at NU) if you want that ivy prestige for whatever reason.

I've heard tons and tons and tons of stories about how depressing it is in Ithaca so I'd personally take NU Econ over Cornell non-AEM any day

Aug 21, 2020 - 5:21pm

I realize this is an old post but this may be helpful to those reading this.  It's difficult to weigh what "I've seen more kids from Cornell" actually translates to when you consider the fact that 1) Cornell is a much bigger school, 2) Cornell has way more job applicants to IB in NYC due to its location. To me, these are very different choices and it partially comes down to what you want during college. PAM sounds sorta interesting but may play second fiddle to econ/AEM within Cornell.  Kellogg certificate, on the other hand, is very rigorous. The pre-reqs are daunting and the core are all graduate-level classes. Getting stretched would be part of your college experience at NU if you pursue it. I don't work on the Street but for those in the know, I'd think completing Kellogg cert with a respectable GPA would be one of the differentiating items.  

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