Hello,I was accepted into these two programs and I have a hard time to decide which one to choose. I use Quantnet on regular basis and I received good and honest answers from users about Cornell and Baruch.Now, I'm trying to search for more opinions over the net. To be honest, up until today I knew I was going to choose Baruch. However, I just spoke with a Cornell student and he just made me uncertain about my final decision.All right,Baruch MFEPros:- All three semester are in NYC- Very cheap- The curriculum is VERY quantitative and a lot of programming is done- Dedicated career service. The director is working very hard to place all of his students- A couple very famous practitioners teach in the program (e.g. Jim Gatheral)- A very small class size (around 30)- Very good alumni society and very good placements.Cons:- The school's brand name is weak- I didn't get my undergrad degree from a big school, so this is probably my last chance toCornell ORIE:FEPros:- A very good name on Wall Street or around the world- A beautiful campus(though not very important to me)- The program has been going through some changes( added C++ to its program, the director started being more involved)- The last semester is in NYC, however is it not too late? (for networking, for example)- I heard that it can place you in quant jobs (e.g. Quant analyst at a derivative desk) or in less quantitative jobs (e.g. Trading)Cons:- The curriculum look like it's just a combination of courses.- Away from NYC for 2 semesters- Cost, the admission letter says that the cost is around $95K. But, I live in NYC and even if I calculated this cost I reached $80K. So, I guess the total cost is going to be $75K-$80K.- No dedicated career service(?), however, many companies recruit Cornell students. Therefore, I think most of the jobs are not really quant related. However, a current student said that some people get quant jobs.- The same student said that the job you get pretty much depends on your background. I didn't come from a quantitative background, but my goal is to enter quant finance.I also got into Columbia MSOR, but I crossed out this option right away. My third option is to try again next year. I can improve my application by a little bit (a few more math courses, I can take the P-exam and perhaps a part time job in finance). I actually was very close to get into CMU so my application is good, overall. I had an interview with CMU and I felt it was very good, however, they rejected my application (don't really know why).So,1) Baruch MFE2) Cornel ORIE:FE3) Try again next year
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