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Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 13th, 2008, 4:25 pm
by SirJamesCook
Speaking of PhD programs in Financial Engineering, which one would you pick? What are pros and cons?PS: I know that both are very very good, the question is which one's better.

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 13th, 2008, 8:52 pm
by khoni06
I assume you mean PhD in the ORIE department!Cornell is more theoretical

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 19th, 2008, 10:02 pm
by Keener
For career prospects, location for Columbia is key - especially if you plan on making contacts in the industry throughout your studies. Ithaca's distance to NYC may make it tough to network, if you plan on doing that at all. All else equal, Columbia is probably the better name as well

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 6:38 am
by SirJamesCook
Thank you both. I also thought that these universities are much the same, but Columbia has a better location and slightly better career prospects and overall school reputation.

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 8:48 am
by georgesdib
I think at the PhD level, cornell is better, because it focuses much more on the theoretical aspect, but if you plan on doing an Msc then Columbia is better.

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 8:50 am
by pgeek
did u get into both of them? it's only then worth spending time on this issue

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 2:33 pm
by SirJamesCook
got an offer from Columbia, Cornell didn't reply yet. So I think I'd maybe better pick Columbia if it's better anyway, and start working on visa asap, as it can take A LOT of time.

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 3:04 pm
by bogracer
I would suggest visiting both Ithaca and New York City for a few days apiece -- they are VERY different environments. A PhD is long. Being miserable in your chosen location will only make things harder.

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 8:31 pm
by SirJamesCook
Sure enough they are. Alas, tickets cost too much for me now, so it's not an option.. Anyway I like living in huge cities so I think I'd prefer Columbia anyway.

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 9:07 pm
by khoni06
2 points that you might want to consider: At Cornell you'll get 2000 dols a month after tax. It’s much more that what you need.Cornell campus facilities are really nice (it’s really great for sport).I do understand that you want to leave in the city but think about it twice: you'll be poor for the next 4-6 years.Especially if you have to pay for any extra activities that you want to do.I'm from a big city myself and when I went to Cornell for the first time I thought wtf! I'm not gonna spent 4 years here ... i spend the whole first semester in the city visiting all my friends working in IB. I enjoyed the night life etc ... but after a while, I got tired of going out all the time, spending my week ends hangover in the village. So I started to explore the life in Ithaca and I fell in love. First, I transform myself into a nature lover. But I also realize that Ithaca has one of the largest communities of grad student.I spent the last summer in the city doing an internship and I hated it (this place is a zoo, loud, aggressive etc). In conclusion, first 6 month in Ithaca are tough but after a while you'll discover a life that you will never have again: I assume that you'll get a job in a bank and then you'll live in NYC, London, etc ... So why not spending the next 4 years in beautiful environment? You can always spend your summers in the city!

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 20th, 2008, 10:10 pm
by TraderJoe
QuoteOriginally posted by: SirJamesCookSure enough they are. Alas, tickets cost too much for me now, so it's not an option.. Anyway I like living in huge cities so I think I'd prefer Columbia anyway.A PhD requires peace and quiet and contemplation, no?

Columbia vs Cornell

Posted: March 21st, 2008, 6:00 pm
by TraderJoe
Quotekhoni06: I got tired of going out all the time, spending my week ends hangover in the village.You too, uh?