I'm a rising senior in HS, and this fall I will be applying to one of the schools above Early Decision. I'm trying to decide which would be the best option for me. In regards to an admissions viewpoint, I have an incredibly high chance at admission to Stern, with Northwestern and Cornell both being decent chances (I'm a high stats, great EC URM, who should also write great essays. I don't mean to come off as pompous in any manner. This is just how I feel, especially after talking with my GC and an admissions consultant). I have a decent idea of what I want to do when I graduate, but I'm not 100% sure. Career paths I've considered are: consulting, ibanking, or tech (and maybe later moving to VC).
Stern seems like the best school for NYC finance, but 2 things: 1. I'm really ambivalent towards working in NYC. I think I'd rather work in Chicago and 2. I'd have to take over $100k in loans to attend. So, while the connections are amazing and the experience is unique, It's hard to justify that much in debt coming out of college and living in an already very expensive city. If I'm working crazy hours with solid pay coming out of college, I'd like to have some money to enjoy myself on the limited time that I do, not just worry about paying off my loans.
I really like NU because of it's campus and it's Chicago placement. Won't have to take out loans to attend. Obviously IB isn't really strong at NU. Consulting seems to be a lot bigger at not only NU, but also in Chicago, which I don't mind as I'd be open to both job markets. My issue is that while I would likely do the FinEcon certificate, I won't be doing MMSS. I'm not sure if recruiters throw away NU applicants who aren't in MMSS. Also NU has some sick D1 sports that aren't necessarily a deal breaker for other schools not to have, but are certainly a bonus. Also, NU seems to have the whole urban feel of Stern, without having to live in the city. Like it seems like you can easily ride the subway into Chicago and hang out there. I'd have to say I'm leaning towards NU the most, but I just don't want to apply, possibly get in, and then 2 years later realize I'm going to practically a non-target for Chicago IB/consulting or SF tech (seems to have some good connections to SF tech with the engineering school. I would attend CAS though).
In regards to Cornell, similar situation to NU in that no loans, but it's hard to get to from where I currently reside. I would have to take a 2 hour flight to a nearby city and than drive an hour to get to Cornell or take an 8 hour trip that consists of 2 connecting flights to Ithaca. Also, Cornell, while it has the Ivy tag, still seems to place predominantly into NYC, not Chicago. Also, Ithaca doesn't seem like a huge place to have fun. I'm not looking for a "work hard, play harder" environment, but I do want to have some sort of social life in college.
Overall, I guess I'm currently leaning towards NU, but I'm not sure. Granted, I could get into none of these schools, and I'm aware of that, but I'm trying to decide which to apply ED to. Thanks everyone.