McGill Or Queen's Commerce? Accepted to both for undergrad.
As a teenager, I don't have a clear idea about what I want to do in the future, but I'm currently leaning towards something along the lines of becoming business consultant, potentially in Toronto. I don't think IB or trading is for me. I'd like to preface that the cost of attendance isn't a deciding factor.
I've come up with the following pros and cons list so far (I could be wrong about this):
- Great international reputation for the school as a whole (I care about prestige)
- Montreal is a great city
- Great campus
- Large and diverse student body
- Great party/social scene
- Its rank is declining (apparently it's underfunded by the Quebec government? Ouch. It seems like this affects student life and opportunity)
- People say that the business faculty just rides along the prestige of the rest of the school, while it's not prestigious on its own; the consensus seems to be Ivey (#1) > Queen's (#2) >> McGill (#3) in terms of business
- Grade deflation and stress? I don't mind work, but apparently student morale is quite low at the university. If this is true, it can be a deterrent for me, since I want a balanced lifestyle.
- A lacking school spirit, contrasting my preconceived notions about what university life is like
- Forced to live off campus after the first year. Doesn't seem like a community driven atmosphere
- Arguably the best all around undergraduate business program in Canada (this is a pretty big factor for me)
- Smaller class sizes; I feel like I would learn a lot more during lectures
- Great school spirit, leading to a high student morale
- Great party/social scene once again
- The school seems to be virtually unknown outside of Canada. This matters to me since I've been working to get into a prestigious school for a while. McGill has this prestige. Why is Queen's ranked so low on lists?
- Primarily Caucasian student body (I've been in very international schools my whole life with a good mix of people, but I'm not Caucasian). I don't have a problem with Caucasians, just potentially with a homogeneous student body.
- Kingston? Seems fine but I've always lived in a metropolis like Tokyo, etc. I'm open for a change though.
I think it boils down to McGill having more prestige, but a seemingly weaker program, while having a lower student quality of life (from what I can tell), while Queen's lacks prestige, but has a stronger program and quality of life. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about this. While I care about academics, I'm also expecting college to be more like how US universities are in terms of lifestyle; I'm considering some universities over there as well.