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NYU Stern or Ross for Finance?

bball1210bball1210 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited May 2008 in Business Major
Hey,

Well the time has come for me to finally decide. I've lived both lifestyles, so location/area is not a problem for me. I'm fairly sociable as well, so once again no issues. I still cannot decide between the two places though. Here's my breakdown of the two places:

Stern:
Pros:
NYC is the heart of Finance
Lots of parties/social life
Internships primarily go to the New York area.
Guarenteed spot at Stern, also ranked one spot above Ross in Finance.

Cons:
No campus is a real turn-off
I hear that community is non-existent within the school.

Ross:
Pros:
Beautiful campus
Sense of community
Sports fever (I'm a big sports fan)

Cons:
I'm afraid that internships aren't aplenty
Not guarenteed spot within Ross

Anyone wanna help me out with their own experiences? And please don't post something like "Well you have more reasons listed for this school, so you should go there". I only have about a day or two to decide, and would really appreciate quality input. Thanks.
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Replies to: NYU Stern or Ross for Finance?

  • jnpnjnpn Registered User Posts: 787 Member
    If you were guaranteed a spot with Ross (preferred admission), I would go with that, though it's pretty close and basically a matter of personal preference. Stern definitely has more school-year internship opportunities, but there isn't much of a difference in terms of summer opportunities. However, you aren't guaranteed with Ross, so I'd definitely go with Stern.
  • quag_mirequag_mire Registered User Posts: 851 Member
    I'm fairly sociable as well, so once again no issues.

    Shouldn't be a problem....while it may be true that NYU as a whole may not have a sense of community, Stern students are divided into cohorts of 45-50 students, which do community service, leadership projects etc and that becomes like your new family..Stern definitely has a sense of community, and give the fact that you are extroverted, you should not have a problem making a lot of friends...also, Stern is arguably one of the best places to study finance...its finance program is comparable even to wharton...the majority of finance professors there have Ph.Ds from elite schools, such as ivies, MIT etc...
  • zoolanderzoolander Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    got preferred admitted into ross and got into stern, ended up choosing stern

    they are both okay but stern was closer to home
  • SachmoneySachmoney Registered User Posts: 1,254 Senior Member
    I would choose the place where you think you would be happier.
  • aj16aj16 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    Since you're not gauranteed a spot at Ross then I wouldnt take a risk and I'd go to Stern.
  • Milton RoarkMilton Roark Registered User Posts: 397 Member
    If you have visited both Ann Arbor and New York I would make the decision based off of which campus/school better fits you. Ann Arbor/ Ross is more laid back in general, and Stern/ NYC is a bit more intense in it's feel. Both are great schools.
  • aj16aj16 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    The question is: are you willing to go ahead with a non-business major at UMichigan in case you dont get into Ross after your first year?
  • SachmoneySachmoney Registered User Posts: 1,254 Senior Member
    Michigan has top notch econ and math programs. The Math program has a finance type concentration you should look more into. It's a good back up. I mean I'm probably transferring to Michigan for next year, and that's what I'm going to be doing. All the programs at Michigan are pretty much stellar. Furthermore, it is a totally different environment from NYU. I think if Michigan is a better environment for you and you get involved and of course do well in your classes, you will get into Ross.
  • zoolanderzoolander Registered User Posts: 709 Member
    there is going to be bias but consider this fact
    last year only 33% of the freshman in michigan applying for Ross got in

    so it is a trade off between security and whatever you like about michigan

    if finance is your thing, stern academically would be a better choice even though Ross's finance is not bad
    if consulting is your thing, then Ross would be a better option
  • deadlysyphendeadlysyphen Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    quag_mire wrote:
    Stern students are divided into cohorts of 45-50 students, which do community service, leadership projects etc and that becomes like your new family..

    Very few cohorts become like family. Cohorts are randomly created, so you end up with 50 random kids. You might befriend a few members of your cohort, but probably not enough to consider the cohort family. There is little participation in cohort activities aside from when students want free food or tickets to shows/games; even then there is little participation.
    quag_mire wrote:
    Stern definitely has a sense of community

    Stern does have a sense of community. Every once in a while you'll forget you go to NYU and think you go to some place called Stern. There are a lot of business clubs and events that are targeted specifically for Stern students. Other students can join, but it is unlikely, unless the students are proactive, that non-Stern students attend.

    *If you are proactive, it's almost impossible not to find a community. NYU is big enough that you should be able to find a group of friends with similar interests. I personally believe that the only students that don't find a sense of community are students that don't look for it and don't go to any school-sponsored events/clubs. Some students come in with the expectation that community just happens, but since there is no campus and not much in terms of sports .etc, at NYU you have to work a little harder.

    **If you are extroverted (and not elitist), you'll end up knowing a lot of kids outside of Stern. If you're not, you're mostly going to know only Stern kids.
  • redhare317redhare317 Registered User Posts: 1,449 Senior Member
    Academically, they are similar. I was in the same situation 3 years ago. In the end, I choose Michigan and risked admission to Ross, which luckily turned out well.

    In terms of life, it depends. If you want to be in NYC, go to NYU. (You can also get an internship during the semester.) If you want a campus and college town, go to Michigan.
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