I understand that this topic has been discussed repeatedly, but I would like advise partaining to my specific situation.
After being on this forum for a couple years, I have read every single article about universities in Canada, which is why I applied to both schools in the first place. I have also been to QLEAD twice, and experienced the Queen's atmosphere and facilities. My visit to the UWO / Ivey open house did not measure up to how I felt at Queen's. The Ivey building was pretty mediocre, even though the new one will be finished my my HBA1 year.
I do not really like the idea of having classes all over campus in the first 2 years, or being in classes with average students. HOWEVER, the Ivey brand and alumni network are so deep that almost every profile I haveCM, Onex, TD have mainly Ivey alumni. Ivey has also set-up displays at DECA events and sent a very impressive offer package.
There are (from what I have seen) way less Queen's alumni in banking. I am also concerned with the elitest nature of the clubs at QC; I have heard that it is mainly private school kids hiring frosh from the same school. I go to a public school. However, as I am not even done high school, being dead set on a career in banking would be pretty stupid.
SO, my questions are these:
Is QC clique-ish, in that I would have a problem coming from a public school?
Is the gap between Ivey and QC worth more than my heart being set on Queen's?
How does one know if they are well suited for the case method style of teaching?
Do professionals in the industry remove opportunities from kids who go to a rival school? (ex. "This kid went to Queen's though, lets take the Ivey kid cus I went there").
Thanks for your time!