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Why Columbia SEAS over Cornell Engineering?

tb0mb93tb0mb93 1149 replies171 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
edited September 2010 in Columbia University
Just wondering why one would choose Columbia over Cornell for engineering? For me the first reason would have to be location (NYC v. Ithaca) but I want to hear real reasons why
edited September 2010
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  • marymacmarymac 311 replies10 threadsRegistered User Member
    As an SEAS grad, I'll say:
    pros: better location (easier commute and more to do, slightly better weather); more intimate departments; closer to dorms, engineering building, and liberal arts buildings
    cons: Cornell engineering has the better reputation
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  • OnesOnes 134 replies42 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I would also like to know
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  • confidentialcollconfidentialcoll 2480 replies11 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    it comes down to location and fit, cornell engineering has a better reputation in the engineering world, but many engineers go into consulting/finance/law/med/international development and for all these columbia is either as good or better. The incoming students are also comparable (columbia might have a slight edge here on the stats front), but basically both schools are filled with intelligent, ambitious and driven students, cornell's focus is on traditional engineer, columbia engineerings (while there are several true engineers) want to go into consulting/finance/law/med/international development there's also a growing bunch who want to get involved with or run tech-start ups. People land great jobs all the time from nasa to google to apple to boeing, so recruiting for traditional engineering seems pretty good even if the rankings don't reveal it.
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  • OnesOnes 134 replies42 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    So if I were to state on my application that I would like to be a doctor (when applying for seas columbia), won't they see that as a negative?
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  • tb0mb93tb0mb93 1149 replies171 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ I'm in the same position. I want to study ChemE but possibly be pre-med
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