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Columbia vs. Cornell vs. Dartmouth

blankusernameblankusername Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2011 in Investment Banking
Hi all,

I have recently been accepted to Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth. I am interested in investment banking/trading/other wall street careers and was wondering which of the 3 schools would be best for my goals. How is finance recruiting at each?

I will be in SEAS at Columbia as well as Cornell (transferring is definitely an option). I realize it is foolish to base my decision on the quality of I-banking recruitment, so I am definitely considering other factors as well. I just want to get as much information as possible before making a big a decision as this.

Thanks
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Replies to: Columbia vs. Cornell vs. Dartmouth

  • PrincetonDreamsPrincetonDreams Posts: 1,021- Member
    Lol, I think I just saw the same post on Wallstreetoasis!

    From my understanding:

    1. Columbia/Dartmouth

    GAP

    2. Cornell

    Good luck! :)
  • blankusernameblankusername Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    haha yeah, posted there as well :P

    that's what I have been getting, and it's pretty much down to Columbia or Dartmouth for me.

    good job on Stanford btw (although I wouldn't have guessed it from your username)
  • AvidStudentAvidStudent Posts: 1,186Registered User Senior Member
    Dartmouth is a terrible school. :rolleyes:
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Posts: 9,085Registered User Senior Member
    You might want to check out the Princeton Review best colleges guidebook on the two schools...its pretty accurate. I transferred from Columbia to Dartmouth; personally the greater attention, more available resources, and stronger community made Dartmouth a better experience for me. I can see others not caring about these factors and enjoying the diversity and access to NYC. They are very different schools among the Ivies, are you visiting them both for accepted students weekends?
  • PrincetonDreamsPrincetonDreams Posts: 1,021- Member
    You should pick between Columbia and Dartmouth on the basis of which school you'll be more excited at. Both are great for Finance.

    That said, at my school at least, those who go to Columbia are HYP-rejects, and those who go to Dartmouth are Columbia-rejects. Just being frank here.
  • admitoneadmitone Posts: 377Registered User Member
    I'm a Dartmouth reject who got into Columbia. I think if you look at general admissions data they are about the same, it really depends on where you're coming from. At my high school Dartmouth was the tougher admit. I remember looking at some NYT study that showed a pretty even split on how people chose. Anyway both are very good at finance, Dartmouth I've heard does exceptionally well.
  • roweatsleeproweatsleep Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    a degree from either dartmouth or columbia will definitely give you good placing in the future for finance/etc. it's all about which school you're happier at.

    and i agree when columbia is for HYP-rejects. For some reason when I visited I felt like the majority of the kids at columbia "had to" go to columbia because they didn't get into a better school. A lot of people don't remember that columbia wasn't ranked #4 last year, so they believe that they must go there if admitted. Just look at the % yields for Columbia, then all the other top 10 schools and you'll see why these students make mistakes.

    and i got into columbia and other ivies and chose dartmouth. i think the columbia's rankings misconstrue it's actual quality of a school (but not the education part, obviously)
  • morrismmmorrismm Posts: 2,276Registered User Senior Member
    HaHa--my D, who is actually working in trading at a top BB at a desirable desk, is a
    Cornell '10 grad and does not work with any Columbia or Dartmouth grads. Yale, MIT and Harvard --yes.

    Both of her roommates are Cornell grads working in IB at BBs. Do not know their co-workers schools.

    Cornell places many students in S & T and IB at BBs and others every year.
  • scarlettyuanscarlettyuan Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    I think Columbia is definately a better choice for internship in business field, because obviously you are much closer to the Wallstreet.
    But I looooove Dartmouth.
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Posts: 9,085Registered User Senior Member
    Scarlettyuan - the location really doesn't make a difference, all the best banks gladly go up to Hanover. In fact, Dartmouth in fact has a huge edge because of its D-plan (students are on sophomore summer but off during a term during the normal school year). Because of this there are special Dartmouth only internships at all the elite firms in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Then these students have a big advantage for their junior summer because they already have experience. This, plus Dartmouth's incredibly loyal alumni network makes Dartmouth easily one of the top 5 schools for business recruiting.
  • scarlettyuanscarlettyuan Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    That's incredible. I've heard a lot about the alumni network of Dartmouth.
    As a matter of fact, I'm thinking about attending the gradschool of Dartmouth.
    But anyway, I think Dartmouth's undergraduates get a better chance in applying for these top companies.
    Thanks for your information.
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