Northwestern (CAS Econ) vs. Cornell (Dyson AEM) for MBB/Consulting in general?

Hello! I recently got into both schools, and feel incredibly lucky to have this dilemma before me, but alas. Any input on either school's consulting experience would be greatly appreciated.

I guess the first thing I want to ask is if there are any significant differences in placement for either school? I dunno, but the small class sizes and business degree from Cornell seem more interesting to study than hard econ. Consulting is what I want to do right now, but a second question would be which school would be better for keeping my options open as far as the world of business is concerned.

What I'm really asking is if this is just a "pick whatever school you like more" type of discussion or if either one has a significant consulting placement advantage?

Any information, even if not directly related to the question, would be greatly appreciated.

(also if anyone has any opinions abt berkeley in this regard [I'm in-state], that'd be awesome as well.)

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Apr 7, 2021 - 12:52am

You'll have a shot at consulting from both, so where do you want be? If NY, Cornell. If Chicago, Northwestern.

Though if you decide you want to do banking down the line, Cornell would be better.

Is the money the same? Is there a specific school experience you want to have?

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Apr 7, 2021 - 9:07am

If you're indifferent to price and just about every other factor, I think I would lean Cornell AEM. It's more selective and gives you access to things Northwestern doesn't/won't have as much of (brand management, audit, investment banking, etc.) since you would have a "true business background"

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  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 7, 2021 - 9:16am

tbh I think Northwestern will be a much more fun experience, even though Cornell will be marginally more prestigious. Outcomes for consulting are nearly identical

Apr 7, 2021 - 9:29am

For those of you saying these schools are on par, do you have actual experience with this?

At 7 years in the industry, I think Northwestern is more of a target than Cornell. Does MBB even recruit actively from Cornell or is it pretty much a resume drop? I think it is the latter.

  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Apr 7, 2021 - 5:53pm

Northwestern is one of the biggest target schools for consulting without question

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