ED2 to Stern or UChicago?

Hi, so I am currently finishing my applications, and am considering going ED2 to either one of these schools. I know both place well, so I'm kind of stuck. I know UChicago is arguably a greater target but I live in NYC and definitely want to work here, so there's my predicament.

I have a 1530 SAT, 4.0 unweighted gpa and 800 math 2 subject test, so I know my only chance at Chicago would be to ED2. Thanks!

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Dec 18, 2020 - 8:51am

Since you live in NYC, I'd recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and ED2 to UChicago. Like you said, it's still a target, and it sends kids to NYC, so you can come back if you want. Nothing wrong with Stern and I wouldn't say it's a lesser target than UChicago as both place very well, but I think you'd benefit more from experiencing a new environment (if you get accepted, that is)

Dec 18, 2020 - 9:16am

From a purely IB recruiting perspective, Stern's better but the margin might not be worth choosing it over UC. UChicago has been doing really well recently in Finance. Qatalyst and Blackstone recruit quite a few grads there, and that's a good indication of how strong it is as a target. Check The Blue Chips Investments and Maroon Capital. They seem to have phenomenal placement.

What do you think of your essays ? In particular the UChicago supplements. They matter a lot there and have to be interesting and quirky af. UChi is also arguably one of the most intellectual schools; its core curriculum is no joke and the Econ major is easily the most rigorous one in the world. Their scavenger hunt, latke hamantash debate, the kink clubs etc. lead to a very interesting experience. Your peers will also be very diverse

Finally, UC would open more doors. If you decide later that you wanna go into academia/Tech/Quant, Stern would pretty much be a non starter as opposed to UC. Besides, UC does better at Consulting.

Choose based on what you prioritize really. I'd pick UC in a heart beat, but ik people who'd take Stern bc they loathe the academics and culture at UC.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Dec 18, 2020 - 9:20am


Finally, UC would open more doors. If you decide later that you wanna go into academia/Tech/Quant, Stern would pretty much be a non starter as opposed to UC. Besides, UC does better at Consulting.

As a Stern student, I'll add a caveat to that. Stern does very well in academia/tech, no idea about UChicago but I'm sure it's great too. UChicago does better than Stern in consulting/quant. Generally agree with the rest of your comment otherwise

Dec 18, 2020 - 9:28am

I want to start in IB then later B School and PE, so you make some interesting points. I know that UChi is on a huge uptrend (already a crazy good school but I feel like they're going even higher). I think my essays are pretty good, but I still don't feel confident on getting in-- I guess no one should be. They are pretty quirky and I think pretty unique (I won't share the topic unless I were to get in/after decisions but pretty weird). I also don't really mind the rigor (big masochist over here), but I'd be super lucky to get into either. I'm leaning to ED2 to Chi, so this was definitely helpful.

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Dec 18, 2020 - 9:45am

Oh they're probably the most masochistic undergraduate community. There's a few quadruple majors (all STEM) graduating every year.

You'd have a great shot w those essays. I've seen people w much worse stats get into UC because they had killer essays. As for the relative difficulty of getting in, I believe neither is necessarily harder. UChi's applicant pool will only slightly get larger because they've been test optional for a while now. Stern on the other hand might receive way more applications than last year bc its targeted by a lot of finance hardos, most of whom won't even consider schools like UC. It's just speculation tho. Besides, the ED2 boost at UC >> ED2 boost at Stern.

Dec 18, 2020 - 5:14pm

UChicago for sure, much better university and given you plan to work in NYC after, why not experience a different city during college.

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Dec 19, 2020 - 10:24am

This is correct. With your stats, you should be able to get into pretty strong targets outside of the super elite schools such as Stern, Georgetown, UVA/Mich, etc so its worth taking a shot on UofC with your ED.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Dec 19, 2020 - 12:38am

UChic is a great school but I've both seen and heard firsthand many of the kids are...odd. Some self-selection happens with the application process, as does with Stern. They're polar opposites in terms of your college experience so it's a bit weird to see them as being close choices.

Dec 19, 2020 - 8:15am

I like both of them for some reason, and it is weird since one is so finance centric and the other is more liberal arts. I'm also trying to see which will place better for IB so I'm not sure yet.

Dec 19, 2020 - 2:12pm

If you want a more "academic" atmosphere - then UChicago.

If you want a more "pre-professional" atmosphere - then NYU.

You could also do NYU with a Math / CS major at Courant which would be very hard but set you up nicely. 

Neither school are sure bets with just your stats - both are in the 6-8% acceptance range and receive applicants with your stats several classes over in the same cycle. 

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