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NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2009, 20:50
Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to decide between three schools (NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell) where I recently received admissions from. I love them all and they all have their pros and cons. I couldn't decide which school is better overall in terms of reputation and ROI. I'm currently in financial services, and I'd like to work in corporate financial strategies for telecom companies after getting my MBA. I did not receive any scholarships from any of them, unfortunately. However, I believe that during the 2nd year at UCLA, students are eligible for in-state tuition.

Thanks so much for the help!!!
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2009, 18:45
Clearly, Stern is better in finance.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2009, 07:28
Thank you, puipui. I'm also taking ROI into consideration since I didn't receive any scholarships or aids.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2009, 10:26
mashi wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to decide between three schools (NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell) where I recently received admissions from. I love them all and they all have their pros and cons. I couldn't decide which school is better overall in terms of reputation and ROI. I'm currently in financial services, and I'd like to work in corporate financial strategies for telecom companies after getting my MBA. I did not receive any scholarships from any of them, unfortunately. However, I believe that during the 2nd year at UCLA, students are eligible for in-state tuition.

Thanks so much for the help!!!


Do have a location/geographical preference? If you don't mind me asking, where do you currently live?
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2009, 10:58
I would imagine where you ultimately want to be post MBA would be a big factor. The NY schools won't be as renown out west and vice versa, which will affect your ROI.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2009, 11:52
Hi Franklin, I currently reside in the DC metro area. I don't have a preference on west coast or east coast, but I do prefer to stay in one of the coast cities.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2009, 14:06
mashi wrote:
Hi Franklin, I currently reside in the DC metro area. I don't have a preference on west coast or east coast, but I do prefer to stay in one of the coast cities.


The only reason I ask is that UCLA is a top program and has a great network so if you're interested in working on the West coast I would attend UCLA. As for NYU and Cornell you will more than likely stay out this way. So if you don't have a preference choose a location that you think would be acceptable to you and go for it!

I lived in Southern California for 10 years and loved it. I'm currently completing a Masters degree at Cornell and the location factored into my decision, i.e., I knew that I would more than likely end up working on the east coast.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2009, 09:22
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The only reason I ask is that UCLA is a top program and has a great network.


Anderson is a great MBA program, but honestly, their network is fair, at best.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2009, 09:39
If you're sure about finance - Stern is the clear winner - nothing like being in NYC for recruiting and IMHO Stern is the best of the three for finance with Cornell a close second. Overall reputation - they are all tied; and ROI - Stern will probably work out the most expensive of the three but I don't think the extra costs associated with living in NYC are significant enough to sway your decision.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2009, 08:56
hi ryguy904, I saw that you are also accepted by several schools. have you decided which one you will be attending?
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2009, 09:43
mashi wrote:
hi ryguy904, I saw that you are also accepted by several schools. have you decided which one you will be attending?

I haven't made my decision yet. Although I've dragged my decision out long enough, I need to do a little bit more due dilligence over the next week or so.

That said, I visited Cornell for DJ and had a fantastic time. Cornell is definitely a solid fit. I couldn't/wouldn't do Stern, but that's a personal choice. I know a handful of people that visited Stern and have loved it.

I don't have the stats in front of me, but I recall that Cornell has done well thus far in managerial/corporate finance placements. That immersion is particularly popular and I have heard really good things about it. I don't know about telecom specific placement, but besides marketing, Cornell has had strong internship placement (this is a relative term, given the crappy economy and overall placement) in managerial finance.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2009, 10:06
mashi--go NYU if your goal if finance related. It's a great school.

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I haven't made my decision yet. Although I've dragged my decision out long enough, I need to do a little bit more due dilligence over the next week or so.


Ry is going to be the first gclub dual-MBA grad. He's gonna try to be the Class of 2011 from both Ross and Cornell--he'll have the biggest alumni network around. That, or he's going to request a deferral at both schools and make his decision next year...j/k.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2009, 08:57
NYU easily unless you are very committed to SoCal
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2010, 15:30
Tough one. Would you guys agree that Cornell with the Park Fellowship would trump either school if one is looking to go into Sales & Trading / IB? Talking about ROI / Prestige / Placement, not purely $$$ (but a full ride would be nice too!)
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2010, 16:39
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Tough one. Would you guys agree that Cornell with the Park Fellowship would trump either school if one is looking to go into Sales & Trading / IB? Talking about ROI / Prestige / Placement, not purely $$$ (but a full ride would be nice too!)


i would think a fellowship at cornell would beat out no money from stern. cornell, despite being a few hours away from NYC, still has a presence in the financial field.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2010, 16:56
lex21 wrote:
Tough one. Would you guys agree that Cornell with the Park Fellowship would trump either school if one is looking to go into Sales & Trading / IB? Talking about ROI / Prestige / Placement, not purely $$$ (but a full ride would be nice too!)


Park Fellowship on your resume will help you on your job search (not to mention it is usually a good conversation starter during the interview), but for finance jobs, I would ask current students at Cornell directly about specific opportunities (feasibility, limitation etc). I would pm Raabend before you make any final decisions.

Also 3underscore knows about finance opportunities out of Stern in detail.
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Re: NYU vs UCLA vs Cornell - PLEASE help!!! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2010, 18:33
NYU wins hands down, followed by UCLA and then Cornell

1) NYU has a much better academic offering than the two other schools, esp for year 2.

2) More firms, esp telecom ones, come to NYU. Cornell has seen its on campus recruiters plunge in the downtown due to the school's small size, out of the way location and weak MBA reputation.

3) NYU Stern brand is tops, UCLA is great for Cali, Cornell's MBA program is not known. Stern has a world recognized brand, UCLA is regionally limited and many love Cornell's name but don't know it has an MBA program.
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