Master of Science in Financial Engineering - Cornell vs NYU Poly

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I was recently admitted to NYU-Poly as well as Cornell for Financial Engineering. I'm currently weighing the pro and cons of each and would love to hear feedback from anyone who attended either program or has relevant info to contribute.

I am taking into account the following criteria in order of importance to me:
placement, curriculum, location, & cost.

A little background on my exp/goals/etc.
From CA, 24yrs old, equity analyst, CFA level II candidate, long term want to get into a HF or similar.

Cornell - ranked #9
Degree without tracks / concentrations (within FE)
First year in Ithaca (main campus) then final semester at CFEM (Cornell Fin.Eng Manhattan)
1.5 yrs @ ~65k/yr = ~98k

NYU-Poly (Brooklyn campus) ranked #17
4 tracks available, I'd pursue Financial Markets and corporate finance
In Brooklyn
1.5 yrs @ ~45k/yr = ~68k - 20% scholarship = ~55k

Please give me some feedback! I'd love to hear the good and bad for either or both.

Comments (5)

Apr 9, 2012

I would go for Cornell. Seems from what I have read that NYU-Poly get's a very mixed review, while I have heard nothing but good things about Cornell. Plus it's Ivy League, which just looks to damn good on your CV!

Apr 9, 2012

Cornell's program is solid.

"It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous. "

Apr 9, 2012
Apr 10, 2012

Damn, some harsh reviews against Poly... I was leaning heavily towards Cornell as is. Still haven't heard back from UCLA. Any thoughts on that?

Cornell vs UCLA??

Apr 15, 2012

Wallstreet Monkey in LA