NYU Stern vs London School of Economics


<p>I'm hoping somebody here knows a little about LSE and can give me a hand deciding between LSE and NYU Stern.</p>

<p>I have a conditional offer of 5544 on my APs for International Relations @ the London School of Economics.</p>

<p>I was also accepted to NYU Stern with a $20,000/yr scholarship.</p>

<p>London has always been a dream of mine (having grown up in NYC) and I have a stronger interest in international relations than business.</p>

<p>However, LSE won't give me any money at all, and after studying international relations I can't picture myself earning a living on it as I could with business.</p>

<p>To aggrevate all this, all my parents' friends are telling them they need to "sit me down and tell me I'm going to Stern" because of the money, plus they think Stern is better than LSE.</p>

<p>All this is making my parents (and I) nervous that maybe I'm making the wrong decision. </p>

<p>Any help????</p>



<p>Go to London!!!</p>

<p>With all things being equal I would go to LSE.</p>

<p>However, all things aren't equal, so go to Stern.</p>

<p>I'm also interested in LSE, and i know that applicants from the US must have a number of suitable AP courses. So i was just wondering what are the AP courses you are taking and have taken and also what your SAT score was. Sorry i didn't answer your question, but if i was in your situation, i'd probably to LSE just for a new experience</p>

<p>young_one - when I applied I had 5s in AP US History and World History, as well as 4s in Spanish Language and Comparative Gov't. My SAT1 was (combined highest) 1560, and my SATIIs were 690, 700, 720, 720, 740.</p>

<p>My offer is conditional on attaining 55544 on my APs in a few weeks (just a tad stressful.....) - I'm taking Human Geography, US Gov't, Statistics, Micro Economics, and Macro Economics.</p>

<p>I don't know if it's usually this hard - I've heard of much easier offers like one 5 or something like that - I think I only go this offer since I said I was taking 7 APs at the time (I've dropped 2 since.)</p>

<p>However, LSE only takes SAT and AP scores into account, they don't look at your GPA or anything, so if you want to go to LSE definitely focus on those.</p>

<p>Hope that helps,

<p>Stern. Reason being that LSE is good but the debt will set you back badly. However dont think that just because you got a degree in international studies you will be set back. Send me a PM and I will link you to a good British School Forum. Thats a good site.</p>

<p>thanks, miscgrl</p>

<p>I'm at LSE, so feel free to ask me any questions!</p>

<p>Put it this way: Stern is well known for business and to a lesser extent for straight economics. LSE is famous all over the globe, and despite the name, not just for business and economics. It is incredibly diverse and cosmoopiltan with an amazing interaction with key decision makers and opinion formers, many of them former students from the USA (a huge proportion of the students is also North American...</p>

<p>If you really want to have the best of both worlds you could wait a bit and do the Trium executive MBA, run jointly by Stern, LSE and HEC in Paris..</p>

<p>Thanks payforthecourse - thats really encouraging to hear as many keep telling me that Stern has the "brand name" - I feel like these people just aren't aware of the schools outside of the U.S.</p>

<p>Thomas_Hitchings - awesome! What are you studying/what dorm are you in right now? How do you like it? Is there a social life at LSE (some people have told me its rather over-studious and lacks community-feel.)</p>

<p>Thanks guys!</p>


<p>Hey Brittany,</p>

<p>You've talked about wanting to live in London in three classes I've had with you going all the way back to Spanish with Sr. Ubieta junior year. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you had a way to pay for school in Britain? If you can pay for it, I say don't compromise your dream and go to LSE, you'll be much happier there, just judging from your reaction when you got the acceptance letter.</p>

<p>Good Luck,</p>


<p>Hi Dmitry lol fancy finding you here.</p>

<p>Yeah I think I'm going to LSE its just the scholarship at Stern is really great and I'm not sure about job opportunities coming out LSE because I'm not sure what I'd want to do with international relations, plus you need a masters, and business makes loads more money.</p>

<p>However I love London, and you're right, I'm probably gonna go there in the end - though I don't expect my parents to stop *****ing about the cost anytime soon....</p>


<p>"""Thomas_Hitchings - awesome! What are you studying/what dorm are you in right now? How do you like it? Is there a social life at LSE (some people have told me its rather over-studious and lacks community-feel.)"""</p>

<p>I'm studying Government (BSc) and, yes, it's great. What I like most about LSE is 'LSE people', I'm involved in a variety of LSE-run schemes and it never ceases to amaze me how many really interesting people study here. LSE is <em>very</em> political and a large proportion of students are eager to exchange opinions. It's also extremely international, which - to me - is advantageous; the wide-variety of perspectives really stimulates debate. The LSE community is fairly strong, although it is diluted by being in central London. However, you'll be amazed at how seriously people take student politics.</p>

<p>As you say you have heard, LSE is very academic. People here take their work very seriously and, for the typical LSE student, it is their number one priority. I don't mean that students are academic in the 'nerdy' way, LSE students don't commit themselves to their textbooks during term-time, but many more discussions will be based on what they are learning than - I am tempted to say - at any other UK university.</p>

<p>In terms of where to live, Rosebery Hall is the nicest place. I live there and returning to Islington every night is the ideal complement to spending the day in central London.</p>

<p>Brittany, you can always come back to the states and get an MBA. I've heard that business schools actually look better upon candidates who DIDN'T major in business.</p>

<p>Yeah Dima I think thats gonna be my backup plan in case I graduate with a major in IR and decide I want to make loads and loads of money instead lol</p>

<p>Thomas you've got me really inspired now! My acceptance is conditional on my exams starting Monday so I've got to get busy cramming! </p>

<p>Its nice to hear thats the academic atmosphere is an integral part of the social atmosphere, as opposed to being...well...'nerdy'. I love the idea of having political debates over coffee after class!</p>

<p>Plus I love the idea of having people from all over the world to debate with - I'm so tired of people arguing here in America with a complete lack of worldly perspective.</p>


<p>Thomas- we should keep in touch - maybe you could show me around LSE when I (hopefully) get there in September!</p>


<p>""""Thomas- we should keep in touch - maybe you could show me around LSE when I (hopefully) get there in September!</p>


<p>Yeah, sure! I actually give campus tours already so I'm well practiced! Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions.</p>


<p>You're brilliant Brittany so I know this won't happen to you but what happens if you get a conditional acceptance and then don't meet the conditions? By then it's July so it's too late to accept another college's offer, are you screwed and have to take a year off and reapply?</p>

<p>Oh I'm putting down a deposit on Stern anyhow just in case (don't want to risk it)</p>

<p>But hopefully it won't come to that. :)</p>

<p>Kinda sucks that you only find out AP scores in July, then. So until then, students hoping to go to England don't know 100% where they're going.</p>

<p>Whoo: Over 700 posts :)</p>