AEM vs. Econ

<p>Hey!
I want to major in economics, but AEM sound pretty interesting. I also doubt that I can even get accepted to either and think it would be safer to apply ED for plain Econ. Any advice? The 11% acceptance rate scared me :P</p>

<p>AEM is more business-specific (it's in the ag school). econ has attached with it a more liberal education (it's in the arts school). you shouldnt let acceptance rate itself dictate which one you apply to..</p>

<p>you think a 3.9 gpa 10ap/rest honors and 2200+ gpa will have a good shot at getting into the aem program?</p>

<p>do you show a particular interest in the area? at least one good activity outside of school to indicate that would be ideal, or some kind of leadership. that profile certainly gives you a decent chance, though.</p>

<p>Most of my awards (regional/state) have to do with Economics. I am in clubs that focus on business with leadership positions. I am crazy about the stock market. I am taking the AP Economics tests and will study so much that a 4 will not even be possible.</p>

<p>Your AP Econ exam scores won't matter on your application. If you like the stock market highlight it in your resume and write an essay about it. I mentioned it in my resume and my essay was about a car washing business that I started.</p>

<p>very good then. you have a fine chance at either one of them.
I didn't think the AP econs were among the most difficult exams so I definitely believe that anyone who's so enthusiastic can get a 5. </p>

<p>I am less qualified (as a bio major) to talk about the differences in the actual programs. there was a thread about that sometime in April or earlier in May describing them better. people in AEM seem have different career goals than in Econ. you will also want to consider the differences between the requirements for A&S (Econ) and CALS (AEM.)</p>

<p>@ the OP</p>

<p>No, 3.9 2200 is not a guarantee unless you apply ED. I got waitlisted for AEM in the RD pool with 2240, 2nd in class, tons of ECs, capt of 3 sports, eagle scout, etc. Didn't bother to stay on WL as I was already set on Duke.</p>

<p>AEM is challenging and treated as the gem of Cornell. To transfer into the program within the school, you ned to go through another rigorous admissions process. However, despite its selectivity, the outsider perspective of the program is not as strong as you'd think. AEM doesn't have that big a difference for recruiters from what I was told. </p>

<p>Yet Cornell is not considered as big of a target school as you'd think. Harvard, Princeton, Wharton make up the biggest targets, and Duke, Dartmouth, and Williams make up the second biggest group. I would aim for those 6. </p>

<p>I have a bad feeling this will start a debate.</p>

<p>I assume being a target school means being a school you want to attend (shoot for?) since all six of those are all great schools, I don't see anything controversial here. although it's my favorite, I don't think anyone would say Cornell is objectively the best school for everything. (I do think it's a good choice for pretty much anyone as long as their academic interest is offered.)</p>

<p>and it's correct that high scores and activities won't necessary lead to acceptance.</p>

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Harvard, Princeton, Wharton make up the biggest targets, and Duke, Dartmouth, and Williams make up the second biggest group. I would aim for those 6.</p>

<p>I have a bad feeling this will start a debate.

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Assuming that you are referencing WS recruiting, obviously your statement will cause an argument. The second tier behind H/P/Wharton is certainly not Dartmouth, Duke and Williams. Dartmouth possibly, but Y/S/M are all stronger than Duke/Williams in terms of recruiting.</p>

<p>Take it to the "i want to sell my soul for money" thread please.</p>

<p>^lol (10char)</p>

<p>judging from my experience with wall street recruiting, cornell, harvard, duke, and uva are pretty much viewed on the same page - and i think this applies to most colleges that have already been listed.</p>

<p>something that i've learned this past year is that no matter what school you go to, it is not the school itself that guarantees/gets you a job. it yourself. the school merely gets you an in - and as long as you're in a top 20 school, i firmly believe that your foot is already in the door.</p>

<p>well said, cc102</p>

<p>A managing director at GS said that Cornell had the most people or was second behind Penn, so saying that Cornell isn't much of a target is absolutely wrong.</p>

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Take it to the "i want to sell my soul for money" thread please.

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Ignorant bashing of a prospective student's interests, not all that surprising for you.</p>

<p>naive dreams of a pompous childish twat, not all that surprising for you.</p>

<p>^seconded.</p>

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naive dreams of a pompous childish twat, not all that surprising for you.

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Unfortunately, I was referring to OP's chosen interests, not mine. I also fail to see how an interest in Econ/Business equates to having naive dreams, but you were obviously more occupied with making a vituperative remark than with making sense.</p>

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^seconded.

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You were so eager to argue with me publicly while claiming my responses were just an attempt to prove my superiority on this forum yet you abruptly stopped when I asked if you would like to take it to a PM. How ironic.</p>

<p>Yes Jersey, I do admit I was "eager" to expose you for the pompous little twat that you are.</p>