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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 13:09
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 10:14
Hi guys,

My first post in an excellent forum.

Count me in for R1. Will be trying for the dual degree MBA - MS Math Fin program.
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 05:57
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 11:52
EDIT: I'm reconsidering.

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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 03:24
Received an email last night saying the new deadlines and essays have been posted. Essays look identical to last year's as assumed.

http://www.stern.nyu.edu/AcademicProgra ... /index.htm

Here are the new deadlines as well.

http://www.stern.nyu.edu/AcademicProgra ... /index.htm
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 10:48
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Received an email last night saying the new deadlines and essays have been posted. Essays look identical to last year's as assumed.

http://www.stern.nyu.edu/AcademicProgra ... /index.htm

Here are the new deadlines as well.

http://www.stern.nyu.edu/AcademicProgra ... /index.htm


I'm a waitlister from the 2010 Stern app. Although I still have hopes in getting off the waitlist anytime before September, what's the best strategy in handling the waitlist and reapp?

Will doing a reapp affect waitlist chances? This is an odd situation where one could be a waitlister and a reapp at the same time (if submitted early enough).
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 13:16
Apart from the ranking, what are the major differences between Columbia and Stern? I couldn't really find any useful link online. Most were partisan in their argument!
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Apart from the ranking, what are the major differences between Columbia and Stern? I couldn't really find any useful link online. Most were partisan in their argument!


I would suggest looking at employment reports and schools' philosophies. Both have a strong slant for finance, but NYU has a huge community focus and Columbia has a strong management consulting network outside of NYC. From first glance, they appear very similar, but once you delve beyond the websites and marketing, details will reveal the differences.
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Apart from the ranking, what are the major differences between Columbia and Stern? I couldn't really find any useful link online. Most were partisan in their argument!


Based on my experience (both are my top 2 choices, I have done a lot of research and visited both campuses) I would largely echo gkumar's points and add the following:

- Columbia is Ivy League, for those concerned with such things;
- NYU is in south Manhattan, more in the "heart" of NYC, whereas Columbia is north of Central Park in East Harlem;
- Columbia's campus is more self-contained than NYU -- Columbia has really old beautiful buildings (other than Uris, the main CBS building) and nice green spaces in a clearly-defined campus, whereas NYU blends into the city more (you could walk through NYU and not realize it's a university if you weren't paying attention);
- IMO, historically Columbia has been ranked higher and if anything has seen its stock fall a little over the past several years, whereas the opposite is true of NYU;
- Columbia's class size is ~730 (including j-term) whereas NYU is ~415; and
- NYU has a part-time MBA, CBS does not -- consequently, NYU's alumni base is claimed to be 80,000, whereas CBS is 38,000.

My personal observation based on visiting the campuses is that NYU felt much smaller and more community-focused, whereas CBS had more of an air of history and prestige. I went into my visits with CBS as my #1 and NYU as my #5, and left with the two tied at #1.

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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 05:47
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Apart from the ranking, what are the major differences between Columbia and Stern? I couldn't really find any useful link online. Most were partisan in their argument!


Based on my experience (both are my top 2 choices, I have done a lot of research and visited both campuses) I would largely echo gkumar's points and add the following:

- Columbia is Ivy League, for those concerned with such things;
- NYU is in south Manhattan, more in the "heart" of NYC, whereas Columbia is north of Central Park in East Harlem;
- Columbia's campus is more self-contained than NYU -- Columbia has really old beautiful buildings (other than Uris, the main CBS building) and nice green spaces in a clearly-defined campus, whereas NYU blends into the city more (you could walk through NYU and not realize it's a university if you weren't paying attention);
- IMO, historically Columbia has been ranked higher and if anything has seen its stock fall a little over the past several years, whereas the opposite is true of NYU;
- Columbia's class size is ~730 (including j-term) whereas NYU is ~415; and
- NYU has a part-time MBA, CBS does not -- consequently, NYU's alumni base is claimed to be 80,000, whereas CBS is 38,000.

My personal observation based on visiting the campuses is that NYU felt much smaller and more community-focused, whereas CBS had more of an air of history and prestige. I went into my visits with CBS as my #1 and NYU as my #5, and left with the two tied at #1.

My $0.02.


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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 06:04
The Class profile for 2012..... any thoughts??? 13% acceptance rate??........

http://www.stern.nyu.edu/AcademicProgra ... /index.htm

Fall 2010 Class Profile (as of July 1, 2010)
One of Stern's greatest assets is its diverse and supportive community.

Estimated class size 390
Selectivity 13%
Average undergraduate GPA 3.5
Undergraduate GPA 80% range 3.1-3.8
Average GMAT score 718
GMAT score 80% range 670-760
Average years of work experience 4.7
Female students 40%
International students and dual citizens 35%
Minority students 31%
Underrepresented minority students 15%
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 06:48
brainhurt - fair analysis. Except that Columbia is in West Harlem...

The admit ratio at Stern is always pretty low, I wouldn't be so put off by that.

As for Columbia / NYU, they *feel* very different. People turn one down for the other frequently, and that is mostly based on which suits the personality better. Sure, if you want the Value Investing thing, go to Columbia. But there is a very different atmosphere that suits different people better at either one or the other.

That really doesn't help anyone without visiting, but - in the most part - if you interview with NYU you come to the city, and if you come to the city it only takes twenty minutes out past to get out past the dakota to Columbia and the guys doing wheelies on motorbikes.

They are both good schools. They are mostly considered pretty equal by recruiters (and that goes back as far as 2006 or so, when I had honest discussions with a few people in industries). Some places will have stronger ties with one than the other, but those things are always in flux.

If I were to be a gambler, I would put money on NYU for now, and that is because there is a lot of change going on with the new Dean. It has a feel that something is really happening there right now. But Columbia is set to move campus in (2 years from whenever you read this thread, the thing gets delayed, and delayed, and delayed). It is going even nearer the Bronx. But that could be a big glass building, and we all know what happens when you build a big glass building - ask Booth or Ross.
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 06:56
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brainhurt - fair analysis. Except that Columbia is in West Harlem...


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One major difference between Columbia and NYU that doesn't get enough press is that if you harbor ambitions of having your wedding covered in the New York Times you should apparently go to Columbia.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/07/columbia_is_the_most-named_uni.html

Draw your own conclusions on what brand implications this might have.
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2010, 13:52
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One major difference between Columbia and NYU that doesn't get enough press is that if you harbor ambitions of having your wedding covered in the New York Times you should apparently go to Columbia.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/07/columbia_is_the_most-named_uni.html

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Apart from the ranking, what are the major differences between Columbia and Stern? I couldn't really find any useful link online. Most were partisan in their argument!


I'll add my $0.02 here as well.

I agree that based off multiple visits I have made to both Stern and Columbia, Columbia does have more of an air of aristocracy to it that you might associate with the Ivys. In my attempts to strike up conversations with students, professors and administrators at Columbia, I had a mixed experience. Some were tremendously helpful and willing to give of their time while others seemed disinterested in helping a prospective student. Overall, the good and bad interactions are probably a wash. At Stern, where I have a close friend enrolled (admittedly an unfair advantage when it comes to contacting other students, profs, etc) my interactions have been much more positive. While I have not tried to contact some of the more notable professors, I think it is also worth examining the roster of professors at each school. Stern does have Roubini and if you're interested in finance, one of the real oracles of valuation - Aswath Damodaran.

I also think that Stern's smaller size and underdog status in the Stern v. Columbia fight seems to have created a tighter-knit community that actively works to show how it develops students to chase their professional aspirations. Columbia and its community, in my experience, seem to be more content that its reputation should be enough to attract more top-flight students.

Regarding ranking trends, NYU definitely has the upper hand. In the last few years it has crept up while Columbia has dropped a bit. NYU also has a new Dean and a new building. Uris, which is Columbia's b-school building leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. All that being said, do your diligence and check the endowments for each school. My sense is that Columbia can bankroll physical improvements to the school if it believes that new digs will spur a resurgence in the rankings. You might also consider Columbia's impending expansion in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. As I understand it, the school is creating some new space and I recall visiting a website that tracks the progress of the construction site. Can't say I took the time to walk by it, though.
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 08:50
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Apart from the ranking, what are the major differences between Columbia and Stern? I couldn't really find any useful link online. Most were partisan in their argument!


I'll add my $0.02 here as well.

I agree that based off multiple visits I have made to both Stern and Columbia, Columbia does have more of an air of aristocracy to it that you might associate with the Ivys. In my attempts to strike up conversations with students, professors and administrators at Columbia, I had a mixed experience. Some were tremendously helpful and willing to give of their time while others seemed disinterested in helping a prospective student. Overall, the good and bad interactions are probably a wash. At Stern, where I have a close friend enrolled (admittedly an unfair advantage when it comes to contacting other students, profs, etc) my interactions have been much more positive. While I have not tried to contact some of the more notable professors, I think it is also worth examining the roster of professors at each school. Stern does have Roubini and if you're interested in finance, one of the real oracles of valuation - Aswath Damodaran.

I also think that Stern's smaller size and underdog status in the Stern v. Columbia fight seems to have created a tighter-knit community that actively works to show how it develops students to chase their professional aspirations. Columbia and its community, in my experience, seem to be more content that its reputation should be enough to attract more top-flight students.

Regarding ranking trends, NYU definitely has the upper hand. In the last few years it has crept up while Columbia has dropped a bit. NYU also has a new Dean and a new building. Uris, which is Columbia's b-school building leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. All that being said, do your diligence and check the endowments for each school. My sense is that Columbia can bankroll physical improvements to the school if it believes that new digs will spur a resurgence in the rankings. You might also consider Columbia's impending expansion in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. As I understand it, the school is creating some new space and I recall visiting a website that tracks the progress of the construction site. Can't say I took the time to walk by it, though.


Indeed, I recently read about the Dean's plan to expand NYU (not necessarily Stern) around the world. I'm headed to NYU and Columbia in September; waiting for the Stern Class Visit Experience and Columbia Host Program to open up.

phillypointgod21, congratulations on your consistent GMAT score improvement! I'm retaking it end of this month and hope to crack the 700 club. Is Stern your #1 choice? I see you're also interested in IB.
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 09:07
w103psp: Thx - I felt like I was fighting the Hundred Years' War with all the time I spent studying for the GMAT and retaking it. It was definitely a feeling of elation when I finally broke through 700. I don't consider myself to be a natural born genius, but I am a hard worker. If you put in the effort, use the resources at your disposal wisely (beat the crap out of the OG...memorize it if you can! And use the GMAT Club tests - they're like steroids for your brain) you can beat the GMAT.

Before moving into higher ed, I worked for a boutique bank for three years doing M&A and capital raising. I would like to "swim upstream" to the bulge bracket and work in NY, so Stern and Columbia are right at the top of my list. Depending on which side of the bed I wake up on, my favorite switches daily. But, I think the bottom line is that if you want to work in finance and you get into Stern or Columbia, you should consider yourself a winner. Either school is going to give you a top-notch finance education, the proverbial "stamp of approval" from a strong finance b-school, access to a powerful network, and the ability to do as much face to face networking on the Street as you can handle. My buddy who just finished his 1st yr at Stern did 20 informal interviews at JPM alone during the fall.

Are you looking at Stern as your #1? Do you have an air-tight story to tell on your essays regarding why you want to get into banking?
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 09:10
Hey w103psp, sorry to jump in your conversation, International applicant here, I´m also aplying to stern as welll as the schools you mention in your profile, interested in S&T... hopes it gets better this year. I will be visiting Stern the first week of october, please let us now how your visit goes and if you have any sugestions after that.
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Re: Calling All NYU Stern Fall 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 09:12
w103psp: one more thing - you're in Cambridge but don't want to make a run at HBS? Just want to get away?
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