Which school should I use my ED Bullet for?
HS Senior looking to eventually work in IB/PE/Quant. Want to know which school I should use my Early Decision (binding application) option for.
Top choices for Early Decision are Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Northwestern, Penn (Wharton or CAS), or Columbia. Right now, I am heavily considering Cornell CAS since I would be able to double major in Econ+CS (or something like it). Gives me solid Finance OCR opps, plus the technical skills from a great CS school that I can use if I ever go to SV or transition to Quant.
I can envision myself as happy in any one of the above schools, but ofc am still open to people's opinions on social life, etc. While people may criticize my decision to somewhat "erratically" apply to a school ED, I have witnessed this past year of applications at my own school, and applying during the "regular" round was a complete shitfest for many people who would have arguably gone to HYPS in a typical year, whereas ED was a cakewalk. Don't want that to happen to me, so I'm very intent on applying Early Decision binding to a school.
For context I have a good mix of academics (36 ACT, 4.0, etc) and ECs (research, internships, club work).