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columbia financial engineering vs. columbia college (please read)

zebrastripeszebrastripes Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
edited January 2010 in Columbia University
Since the financial engineering program at Columbia Fu Foundation is rated in the top 3 for financial engineering, it has just as much prestige, if not more, than Columbia College, right?


thanks in advance!
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  • mikesownmikesown Posts: 483Registered User Member
    First of all, prestige should not be a factor in which schools you decide to apply to. What you do later in life will be a function of how well you do your job, not which school you attended. Pick the school that sounds right for you based on what you enjoy.

    Anyway, back to the CC v. SEAS debate, as usual....

    - CC is Columbia's liberal arts college. If you're primarily interested in liberal arts(english, history, arts etc.), choose CC.

    - SEAS is Columbia's engineering school. If you're primarily interested in engineering(CompSci, Applied Math, Biomedical Engineering, etc.) choose SEAS. In choosing SEAS, you will also get a decent chunk of liberal arts education(you have to take either Lit Hum or CC and either Art Hum or Music Hum plus University Writing) amounting to 4 semesters of intense liberal arts courses. I like to think of SEAS as engineering with a liberal arts twist.

    Both SEAS and CC are highly ranked, so prestige is NOT an issue. I'd look at what courses you enjoyed in high school and use this to base your decision on which school to apply to. If you enjoyed your english, history, and arts classes more than anything, apply to CC. If you enjoyed your math and science classes more than anything apply to SEAS.
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Posts: 4,529Registered User Senior Member
    The bottom-feeding major in SEAS -- EMS -- is, in my opinion, more prestigious than 2/3's of the CC majors. Your question is stupid, by the way.
  • pearfirepearfire Posts: 1,313Registered User Senior Member
    Let's just say, you'll probably get a banking job if that's what you mean.
  • lyndalynda Posts: 1,433Registered User Senior Member
    this is kind of funny, using a ranking for a grad program to support the prestige of an undergraduate major ... while comparing a specific major with an entire undergraduate school....and overall not making a point at all... wow..
  • wifey99999999wifey99999999 Posts: 381Registered User Member
    How do you know EMS is the bottom feeding major in SEAS? Why is it bottom feeder in SEAS?
  • EpaminondasEpaminondas Posts: 788User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    Echoing posts by lynda and columbia2002, your question doesn't make sense in two ways. First you're comparing a specific major with a whole school in terms of prestige. Second a major can't have prestige; it can have recognition, but not prestige.

    So I'd improve my English writing skills before I write those essays, or I doubt I'll get into CC or SEAS (whichever one you end up choosing).
  • ricca351ricca351 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    Wow, why are you guys being so horrible.. the guy was tryna ask an honest question and yeah it was a little badly worded but theres not need to bully him about it.. geeez!
  • dude2009dude2009 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    EMS is the bottom-feeding class because you can major in it and end up knowing absolutely nothing. It's also known as "Emergency Major Switch" (EMS)
  • NWdivisionCHAMPSNWdivisionCHAMPS Posts: 1,024Registered User Senior Member
    What majors in Columbia College have the most recognition? I'm majoring in economics-mathematics. Columbia has a good economics program correct?
  • pbrpbr Posts: 1,018Registered User Member
    ^I really wouldn't worry about this. Every department will carry the necessary sway for your ultimate goals, assuming you perform. College is not an ends; it's a means.
  • EpaminondasEpaminondas Posts: 788User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    CC is Columbia's liberal arts college. If you're primarily interested in liberal arts(english, history, arts etc.), choose CC.

    I wouldn't jump on that gun. Remember that all the pure sciences, and mathematics majors are all in CC.
    I'm majoring in economics-mathematics. Columbia has a good economics program correct?

    Sure, just look at all the Nobel laureates on the faculty.


    And by the way, way to revive a dead thread.
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