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Need Help to Decide on Rice or Cornell

gaogaogaogao Posts: 16Registered User New Member
I am struggling between Rice and Cornell. I haven't decided on my major, should be on the professional track of statistics, biology, math with some stint on economy, or philosophy or psychology.

Based on the information I can obtain so far, Rice students may receive more attention from the professors, tuition is much lower than Cornell, smaller faculty to student ratio and a more intimate residential system, the which means it pays better off in terms of value for money. Cornell has more options of majors and has a prestigious name.

As I am an international student, few people in our country heard of Rice, but most of the people know Cornell is an ivy. Cornell is the most expensive among the ivies and it location is remote and the weather is cold. However, I feel like I need to struggle or fight to get the resources and attention at Cornell while I can easily access to internships or lab opportunities at Rice because it is said Rice offers more internship opportunities than their student numbers. These are the real stuff that the student will immediately benefit from.

However, I have consulted many people, not to mention people in my home country, even people from the northeastern part of U.S. do not really know much about Rice and most of them go for Cornell without hesitation. That is to say, an ivy brand will provide me better access to better employers, but should I sacrifice that much tangible benefits so obvious at Rice to get a ivy name? Also, I have relatives in Texas which may provide some logisgtics convenience for me.

It is really a tough decision, please give more insider advice to help me make a decision. thanks
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Replies to: Need Help to Decide on Rice or Cornell

  • gaogaogaogao Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Anybody so kind to give me some comments? Many thanks in advance!
  • secondroundsecondround Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    (I just tried to post this after sending a longtime composing and system had logged me out so who know if this duplicate- not 100% on how to do this posting.)
    Our child had same decision but went to Rice. Is now a graduate and going to Rice was best decision. To get better weather, location, quality of life,plus lower student /teacher ratio (real not theoretical), research and internship opportunities in Houston for a lower cost is a no brainer. Excellent education and preparation for work and now graduate school.

    Getting to Ithaca is expensive, having to fly either through LaGuardia, Philadelphia or Syracuse or planes with multiple stops. Or a 5 hr ride from NYC. Very inaccessible. Weather is dreary all year except the summer, early Fall. Undergraduate schools are big. Town is tiny. How do we know? Were there for graduate school.

    Don't get caught up in "reputation" . Do what feels best for you. Rice is an environment of infinite possibilities and you will be able to take advantage of them in a more personal and sophisticated environment.
    Good luck.
  • gaogaogaogao Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Thank you for your comments! May I know how many % of undergrad stuents have got internship opportunities? Where are the internships located?
  • ColmColm Posts: 644Registered User Member
    ...and you will be able to take advantage of them in a more personal and sophisticated environment.

    This, quite simply, is not true. Sure -- it's a fine school -- but Rice is not more "sophisticated" than Cornell. Not in its academic depth and diversity. Not in its campus culture. It comes nowhere close to the amazing array of laboratories and research found at Cornell. It can't compare in regard to the volume of international students residing at Cornell. Et cetera.
  • Ana1Ana1 Posts: 416Registered User Member
    Rice is across the street from the larger medical complex in the USA. Houston is the energy capital of the world and the second city in the USA with the most Fortune 400 company headquarters. Students can do internships even during the year, not just in the summer. The amount of research done in Houston exceeds anything being done in Ithaca. Yes Rice is more sophisticated because it is located in Houston, the 4th largest city in the USA. World class museums, opera, symphony, ballet, theater, etc. Rice is a wealthy school and it shows.
  • collegechica7collegechica7 Posts: 75- Junior Member
    Cornell is an ivy. Ana is clearly biased. She thinks that a school like Rice is better than an IVY. Ana1, you don't attend the city, you attend the university. Cornell is one of the best schools in the world. Rice doesn't even come close. OP Check out the world rankings if you don't believe me. This is an easy Cornell decision!
  • Jason1Jason1 Posts: 84Registered User Junior Member
    Just thought I would point this out. They are 15th and 16th basically(Rice is tied for 16th with vanderbilt) source: National University Rankings | Top National Universities | US News Best Colleges

    I guess this is a little late for help.
    OP, which did you end up deciding and why?
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