MFE: Cornell ORIE:FE vs Baruch MFE
I hope there are people here who are familiar with the different financial engineering schools.
I'm actually an active member on Quantnet.com but I would like to hear a few more opinions from other forums.
- All three semester are in NYC
- Very cheap
- The curriculum is VERY quantitative and a lot of programming is done
- Dedicated career service. The director is working very hard to place all of his students
- A few very famous practitioners teach in the program (e.g. Jim Gatheral)
- A very small class size (around 30)
- Very good alumni society and very good placements.
- The school's brand name is weak
- I didn't get my undergrad degree from a big school, so this is probably my last chance to
- A very good name on Wall Street or around the world
- A beautiful campus(though not very important to me)
- The program has been going through some changes( added C++ to its program)
- The last semester is in NYC, however is it not too late?
- The curriculum look like it's just a combination of courses.
- Away from NYC for 2 semesters
- Cost, the admission letter says that the cost is around $95K. But, I live in NYC and even if I calculated this cost I reached $80K. So, I guess the total cost is going to be $75K-$80K.
- No dedicated career service(?), however, many companies recruit Cornell students. Therefore, I think most of the jobs are not really quant related.
I also got into Columbia MSOR, but I crossed out this option right away. My third option is to try again next year. I can improve my application by a little bit (a few more math courses, I can take the P-exam and perhaps a part time job in finance). I actually was very close to get into CMU so my application is good, overall. I had an interview with CMU and I felt it was very good, however, they rejected my application (don't really know why).
Actually, until today I knew that I was going to take Baruch, but I spoke with someone and he told me to choose Cornell without even thinking :(.
1) Baruch MFE
2) Cornel ORIE:FE
3) Try again next year