UChicago or Brown for undergrad?
This is my take on both schools – please let me know if I am wrong or missing anything.
Brown – very chill undergrad where I would be able to explore areas without the pressure of it tanking my gpa (p/f), laid back experience, very nice 4 years, not that competitive when applying to jobs (ppl know brown is easier) and not as much of a network in finance.
UChicago - hard 4 years, will struggle, not a lot of a work-life balance, will probably kill myself in the process of getting a 3.8 GPA, better perceived than brown, has more alumni in the finance industry
I care a lot about alumni because I am under the impression that it matters a lot in finance since that is how one gets pulled in. I feel the quality of the alumni matter as well, by this I mean the position they are in. I don't know if alumni still matters 2-3 years into the career. Say I want to get a promotion, would sharing a college matter more or do people skills matter more? From my lurking around in LinkedIn I am under the impression that UChicago has more alumni in banking and that might help me (I am not sure about the extent of this help). Brown would be a more traditional college experience and chill. If I were to go I would take philosophy courses just to learn how to think ( but I know UChicago does a better job at teaching this).
Any input is appreciated!