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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