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Brown vs Northwestern Eng.

josh123adamjosh123adam 4 replies2 threads New Member
edited April 2012 in Brown University
Hi All,
I’m an international student from Belgium, having the honor of being accepted to Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, UPenn, UCLA, NYU-Poly, Tufts, UCSB, UCSD, Northwestern and Brown. I want to study civil engineering, and have ultimately narrowed down the list to Northwestern and Brown. My plan is to study civil engineering and possibly either double major or have a minor in economics or business management. During my college search, the most important factor for me had been reputation. Of course, now I take into account other factors as well, yet reputation still remains the most important one. I’m facing a serious dilemma here between Brown and Northwestern. Here are factors other than reputation that matter to me:
- Location (Chicago vs Boston –> although I’ve heard Brown students don’t go to Boston as easily and often as NU students go to Chicago).
- Placement of engineering students in internships at investment banks (this a major factor for me, I want to get into i-banking during internships and after graduation. Does brown or NU have better placement at i-banks?)
- Chance to meet inspirational people (CEO’s etc.)
- Economics double major-I will probably double major in econ as well, which dept is better? Brown or Northwestern?
- Entrepreneurship: I want to get into entrepreneurship during my undergrad years, possibly find my own startup firm and I know Northwestern has an undergrad program with Kellogg. What about Brown?
I know that engineering wise, NU trumps Brown, but I’m not really interested in thriving at the core of engineering (e.g. stellar physics, maths etc.), but rather using my engineering knowledge to enter the world of business and finance. I think I’m leaning more towards Northwestern, but Brown is an Ivy and somehow I can’t turn it down easily. Thanks in advance.
edited April 2012
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  • josh123adamjosh123adam 4 replies2 threads New Member
    bump bump..
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  • fireandrainfireandrain 4685 replies54 threads Senior Member
    Why not look at the other thread about Northwestern and Brown engineering, right on this very page?

    The engineering requirements at Brown make it tough to double major in anything else. My guess is it's the same at Northwestern.

    NU is much closer to Chicago than Brown is to Boston. Brown is closer to the other NE cities, if you want to visit NY, Philadelphia or DC while you are in college.

    Brown doesn't have an MBA program like Kellogg. It's engin department is well known for promoting entrepreneurship. Investment banks recruit on campus. I have no idea if that happens more or less than at NU.

    I know Brown has excellent engineering and economics departments, but I don't know enough to advise you more. Consider posting this question in the parents forum.
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