High School Senior Here -- Where should I ED? (Early Decision)
Currently, I'm looking into going into consulting or some sort of finance job -- forgive me, I honestly am not too well-versed in the technicalities of these fields. I'd like to work in the Northeast (or at least East Coast) if possible after graduation, but obviously that's easier said than done, so I'm very flexible about career locations in the future (plus, this is way too early to really pinpoint that down, anyways).
I'm debating between ED'ing (applying binding early decision) to Cornell Dyson AEM, UPenn (Wharton), Northwestern, UChicago and Brown. I like the latter 3 for the curriculum flexibility, but Dyson and Wharton do offer more business-specific classes that may be helpful to acquire practical skills. I like Dyson a lot, but I'm not too sure about the location (and Cornell as a whole seems really big, though Dyson is smaller). Also, I've heard being in Dyson doens't give that much of an advantage over the rest of Cornell, but I may be wrong.
Wharton obviously has name brand, but people have told me it's very toxic/hypercompetitive and honestly, I'm worried that I wouldn't enjoy it, and that I'd spend too much time being sabotaged by/compared with my peers to truly be able to blossom into my best self.
Northwestern and UChicago are similar in my mind -- I like Northwestern a little better because of their location. I'd apply for Econ at UChicago, but probably Industrial Engineering (Financial Engineering focus) at NU. I worry that they're a little far from New England for opportunities, though.
Brown's open curriculum is what attracts me to it-- I'd be able to take a ton of different classes without any core requirements, and get a liberal arts education. I like Providence, and the student body seems really happy. That said, I'm not sure it's quite on the level as the others, but I may be totally wrong!
Sorry this is kind of long -- again, if I'm misinformed anywhere, please correct me. I fully acknowledge the limited scope of my knowledge, and I really appreciate anyone's critique to any of my arguments here, and any advice on where to head from this point on. Thank you all so much.
p.s. If there are any other schools you'd recommend me look into, either for ED/EA or just Regular Decision, please let me know! Thank you.