Stern vs Haas (pre-admit) vs Cornell CAS

Hey all,

I got off some waitlists and was hoping to hear from you guys which school would offer the easiest route to an IBD job (Haas is a pre-admit btw, don't have to reapply). Looked on reddit and the common consensus was Stern, but just wanted to see what WSO says.

Also saw that new data showing Stern sending the most students to the top banks after Wharton (assuming this is because more Sternies want those positions). More or less just asking, which school do you guys think is the best, solely based on IB exits?


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May 19, 2020 - 9:33am

I'm not saying that you're telling OP to go to Stern but I'm going to comment because I don't want OP to pick Stern because of IB exit opps alone. You can get into top IB groups from all 3 of these schools.


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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
May 18, 2020 - 10:09pm

Cornell CAS won't close any doors to you, I've heard Dyson, ILR, CAS, and hotel students all get the same opps. I'm sure you could transfer to Dyson after one year too

I think long term the Cornell name would be better than NYU's but you can't go wrong with either

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 19, 2020 - 3:05am

Only go to Haas if you want to end up on the west coast (ie SF healthcare / TMT groups), if you want to go to NYC I'd lean towards Stern or Cornell and make the deciding factor between culture/majors/location instead of exits because college is SO much more than the job that you think you want as an incoming freshman (i know i changed my mind a million times) -- it seems like Stern/Cornell would roughly place the same once you take into account the fact that more people who go to Stern want to end up in IB in the first place

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 20, 2020 - 2:07am

Not too sure in all honesty, I feel like at that point it gets more bank-specific rather than region specific when you start crossing coasts (ie what school has what type of relationship with the bank). I'd probably say just from basing off of business school rankings that Haas as the #2 school (only after Wharton and Sloan) probably has a better name on the east coast vs the others on the west coast but that's also just my perception (i'm on the west coast) and i could be totally wrong

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 19, 2020 - 8:45am

Cornell if you want layman's prestige, brand name, ivy league reputation, best overall school, possibly better for buyside and later in your career

Stern if you want a very finance oriented community and you want to do college in NYC

Haas if you would prefer to be on the West Coast compared to the East Coast

If it was me, I would probably pick Cornell because there's a little awe factor when you tell people you go to an Ivy League school but I would be tempted by Haas. All 3 are great schools.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 20, 2020 - 7:54am

Never said I would I pick a school because of layman's prestige, just informing OP

I didn't say I would pick Cornell because of its reputation to random people, I would pick Cornell because of it's reputation among investment banks, buy side firms, business school ad coms, executives, and recruiters later in my career (With regular people being a nice cherry on top for free)

These were two different points.

  • Analyst 2 in CorpStrat
May 19, 2020 - 1:50pm

I'd say Stern or Cornell then. If it was any other Ivy other than Cornell, I would have definitely said the Ivy. I'm a fan of the liberal arts way, but heard Cornell has grade deflation , which will be difficult for a lot of business-related careers (for SWE on the other hand, it doesn't really matter). Either could be good options depending on what kind of education you're looking for.

How much cheaper is Stern than Cornell?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 19, 2020 - 6:34pm

Haas for tech, stern for finance, either one for consulting. So depends on what you want to do and where you want to work afterwards. That said, be aware that Haas also has to compete with the other majors at Berkeley, whereas Stern dominates all NYU schools, meaning it might actually be more competitive to land a top job out of Haas.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 19, 2020 - 7:30pm

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