NYU Stern vs Cornell A&S

Hi guys. I was recently admitted to NYU Stern on a half-scholarship, and am 90% ready to commit. However, I'm yet to hear from Cornell A&S, which is why I'm waiting until that decision to put a deposit on Stern. What are the pros and cons to each? I doubt I would be at a disadvantage from a recruiting perspective coming from A&S rather than Dyson, but am I wrong in this assumption? By the way, I don't care much for the traditional college life, so NYU's lack of campus scene won't bother me much. 

Another side note, I will be commuting to NYU. I'm guessing I could still get the same connections/opportunities as an on-campus student would?

Thanks for the help

Edit: was rejected from cornell, so the decision just got a lot easier lol. Thanks for the input/help everyone!

Comments (14)

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 1, 2021 - 3:06pm

Outcomes are almost identical. Cornell is not a 'fun' school, but is certainly a target in finance. Personally, I'd rather go to Stern because I think living in NYC would be more exciting. I wouldn't hold your breath, you can achieve fantastic outcomes in either program. 

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 2, 2021 - 9:53am

Cornell is a target. Lol. Atleast that's the case in finance. Anyone who says otherwise has no idea what they are talking about. 

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 2, 2021 - 3:03pm

For someone not studying in the US, you have a lot of opinions on which schools are targeted in the US. Stern and Cornell are massively represented in business, including investment banking, and are full-on targets, especially in finance

  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
Apr 1, 2021 - 8:50pm

The placements are essentially identical, so you should pick the one you like more or the one that gives you more money if finances are an issue for you. 

Personally, I think Cornell is the way to go if it's not too expensive. Major in or double major in STEM if you can handle it and you'll have flexibility. Big tech and quant shit can be great, extremely high paying careers. Another note, if you're going to go to school in a city, it probably shouldn't be the one you're planning on working in post-graduation. Not every week in IB was brutal and during the slower weeks, I picked up the city and therefore the NYU experience just fine.

Please don't commute more than 30 mins one way, you only have four years of undergrad. People aren't exaggerating when they say it's the best four years of your life. 

Apr 1, 2021 - 9:17pm

Thanks for the input. I could see how going to Cornell would offer me more options outside of finance, but at least for now I'm not too into that stuff. But I guess more flexibility would be nice. My commute wouldn't be too bad btw.

Apr 2, 2021 - 9:59am

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Stern does have a lot of opportunities. There's so many boutique firms to intern at for exposure to the industry, and many clubs to see what you are interested in. There are speaker and networking events as well. It'll be competitive but you can stay away from that and still get into your desired jobs, almost certainly.


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  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
Apr 2, 2021 - 10:45am

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