*HELP* Is it too late for me? CUNY Baruch to CORNELL??

<p>Hi, I've been very stressed lately by this. I need to see what other people have to say about it. First, I'll give my background:</p>

<p>I am a undergraduate student at the CUNY (City University of New York) Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College. Its a program that offered me a full scholarship, and that was basically why I chose to attend it. My major is a BBA in Economics with a Real Estate minor. I will be a junior this upcoming fall 2007 semester. After this upcoming semester, I will have completed 90 credits. My GPA is currently a 3.94. I've also established myself pretty well here, becoming the treasurer of an Economics club, and also getting involved in many of the school's activities. My High School ranking was 91/755 with a 93 average on a 100 point scale. I was the last class to take the old SAT and did moderately well, scoring a 1300. </p>

<p>However, I still don't know why I feel that I'm not quite satisfied with where I am. If I were able to, would it be a wise move to transfer to Cornell University for the spring semester of 2008 and continue my Economics studies over there in the AEM program? I would have to pray that all my credits transfer in order for me to graduate in my scheduled fours years of undergraduate study. Or else, I might have to spend another 2 years at Cornell. </p>

<p>Some factors I am considering:</p>

<p>Quality of education - To me, it seems like a no brainer. I feel that the quality at Cornell is much better than at Baruch, unless others can somehow prove me otherwise. </p>

<p>Money - obviously, It's sort of a problem for my family because we are not too financially comfortable. That was def. the main reason why I chose to stay and enroll at the Honors College. I do plan on attending grad school, and that was basically another reason why I wanted to save my money for now so that I would be able to afford grad school.</p>

<p>Dorming - I hate commuting day in and day out into Manhattan since I live in Brooklyn, and I've always regretted that I can't have the "dorming" experience.</p>

<p>Graduate school - If i go into Cornell, I will have to pay for the tuition for my remaining undergraduate studies, but I feel that it will help me when I apply to my dream graduate school my dream graduate school, which I'm still in the process of researching. So far, Haas at UC Berkeley is winning my heart. </p>

<p>Happiness - I'm just not satisfied with where I am right now. Its true that Baruch is improving. More and more recruiters are coming here with front office offers, but its still an extremely small number compared to the ivy's. I've always felt that I can do better and compete with students that are more intelligent. I'm not trying to say bad things about Baruch, but I can't help it. There are just students here that just aren't... smart. I know I am capable to surviving at an Ivy such as Cornell, but I don't know if its worth it anymore in this really late stage. Should I just grind it out until graduate studies??</p>

<p>Any sort of help is appreciated... Thanks in advance.</p>

<p>well chris- I didn't mean to click on transfer student forum- but I did and your post caught my eye, as my d is ILR at Cornell-</p>

<p>My 2 cents--<br>
if there is a way to get application in and TRANSFER to Cornell for next semester and NOT loose TOO many credits, it might be worth a shot. If you wouldn't be able to transfer until next Aug./Sept I'd suggest you stick it out at Baruch.</p>

<p>If it looks like you may be staying at Baruch, are there any study abroad programs to take advantage of?? This way, at least for a semester, you won't be subway commuting. And it really is a great way to gain credit away from the "home school". I know alot of business majors who have spent a semester in Australia or London. </p>

<p>My younger d's boyfriend also started at Baruch, but the daily commute from LI to Manhattan was too much for him too- so he "temporarily" transferred to NCC and will again be transferring to another 4 year school. </p>

<p>Baruch is a really great Business School- and don't kid yourself It has a wonder reputation and alot of pull with influential NYr's- The Baruch alumni- have alot of clout in NYC- </p>

<p>But shlepping the subways from Brooklyn to NY can take its toll.<br>
Good luck- the remaining 2 years really will fly by- </p>

<p>You can always save the money and go for an MBA--</p>

<p>I don't know if you already know this but AEM is part of the statutory system of colleges at Cornell, meaning you'll be paying highly reduced tuition since you are a NYS resident. Also, there is fin. aid available including NYS TAP. I just completed my freshman year at CUNY Honors at Baruch and really enjoyed it. Although I am transferring, it's due to more personal reasons and I loved my stay at Baruch (which is also the most selective CUNY through standard admission). The Honors College in particular, is becoming more selective with the class of 2010 being the most competitive ever (not sure of the 2011 numbers yet). Personally, I think you should stick it out at Baruch because it will be a lot more difficult for you to gain such leadership experiences and amazing GPA at a school such as Cornell. If you are thinking of an MBA, coming from Baruch may also give you a slight edge in the admissions process because you'll be avoiding lots of competition. Get amazing recs, ace your GMAT, and you'll be fine. If you think you aren't being 'challenged' enough, I'd say take more difficult courses; Baruch offers plenty of them (maybe take less advantage of your priority registration and pick the difficult professor lol). Commuting is awful, I know how it feels. But try to look on the brighter side of your situation. Good luck.</p>

<p>My daughter was accepted this year to MacCauley Honors at Baruch. Your original post struck such a nerve–I’m concerned about many of the things you cited in your post, and I’m wondering how things worked out for you.</p>

<p>If you’re around, would you mind filling us in?</p>

<p>Thanks so much!</p>