<p>Hi, I'm trying to decide which of the two schools to ED to. i love both, so it's not a question of which i like better. Things that have me stuck:</p>
<p>Cornell has more notoriety and is a bigger program for engineering. It seems to better feed into industry. If anyone can find stats comparing cornell and duke employment..
Duke is a very small engineering program, without Cornell's awesome Co-Op, but with sweet flexibility and interdisciplinary programs, and 1/4 of the eng students travel abroad, while barely any cornell students do.</p>
<p>Even though cornell's ME isn't awesome, at Duke, 50% of funds go into BME, leaving the other majors a little under covered. However, Duke combines ME and Materials sci, which is very interesting as students better understand the limits and possibilities of designs and have a stronger foundation. it is also very common to double major or minor in trinity, and i'd like a business minor like marketing and management (cornell offers a managing minor though as well).</p>
<p>the consensus seems to be that duke people are preppy upperclassians who drool over basketball and sperrys. I come from a preppy town, but I don't think I want college to be like that. I'm looking for vibrant people and diversity and interesting people. I also like a pretty campus and a nice town, which I think both schools are lacking.</p>
<p>Cornell is obviously known for its deathy, uncurved workload, and scary competitive atmosphere.</p>
<p>lastly, 90/80% of duke eng graduates go to some grad school....which is SCARY. are their kids not getting hired after undergrad? I don't intend on going straight to grad school.....whereas cornell has a superior co-op program and i think good employment (good, comparative stats please)</p>
<p>cornell doesn't seem very flexible, while duke does. but cornell seems to be a ton stronger.</p>