Princeton or Wharton?!

<p>Princeton or Wharton? Ive been debating about this for quite some time. I am certain that I want to do business / econ or whatever...but I like both schools so much. I am not completely clear about the strength of the Princeton Economics program in comparison to Wharton though. I like the atmosphere of Princeton, and have not yet really got the visit Wharton (I have visited Upenn but not very thoroughly at all but I like what I see). I am not completely certain that I have any plans of going to grad school as of yet, and do understand that I could still get into a fine grad. school out of princeton and Wharton as well. Any suggestions or opinions would be GREATLY appreciated.</p>

<p>I'm in a similar position, except it's Yale and Wharton.</p>

<p>All of the top ivies has strong econ. departments.</p>

<p>Basically, if you want to do hardcore business, go to Wharton. If you like the urban atmosphere, go to Wharton. If you are more interested in getting econ. theory, and a more liberal arts-focused undergrad education, go to Princeton. If you like the suburban atmosphere more, go to Princeton.</p>

<p>Wharton's Huntsman Hall is a really nice building, by the way. You should definitely stop by.</p>

<p>Princeton's economics department is excellent. However, you would also want to consider a certificate (minor) in finance (google the Bendheim Center for Finance). The other option is the ORFE program. People come out of Princeton with all sorts of majors and get great jobs in i-banking, consulting, etc. So Princeton is a great option if you would like a broader education and yet still have those career goals. Keep in mind that at Princeton the senior thesis can be a regular academic paper but it can also be an extensive, hands-on project of some sort, related to business. You have two great options. Congratulations.</p>

<p>wow i would love to have this dilemma next year, i agree with jose tho</p>

<p>Thanks a lot for ur advice... I will take it all into consideration haha..yes it is a nice delima to have haha. I hope you will as well "The Witness"</p>

<p>You missed a "z," young man.</p>

<p>No problem. Let us know what you decide.</p>

<p>haha thanks for the kind words haagen</p>

<p>GO TO WHARTON!!! Penn is so awesome!</p>

<p>Princeton will take you just as far in the business world. Wharton is the best undergrad business program but Princeton/Harvard have econ/orfe/finance programs that are incredibly strong and coupled with fantastic alumni networks, both will take you just as far. That said, Princeton has a better undergrad focus and a stronger pure economics program (though the difference is small). I'd say go to Princeton simply because it I like the school better. Either way, you have a choice most would be envious of and I'm sure both will take you where you want to go.</p>

<p>Wharton undergrad doesn't have economics as a concentration (that I know of).</p>

<p>You get Bachelor's of Science in Economics for Graduating Wharton UG. Your business concentration appears on the transcript.</p>

<p>Economics at Princeton is #1 in the world (tied with U. Chicago & MIT).
Honestly, I think its better to get a solid liberal arts education undergrad and do all the business stuff while getting an MBA.</p>

<p>Just to expand on what dlevit says, you would be surprised at how often a student arrives at Princeton intending to do economics as preparation for i-banking and then discovers a passion for art history, music composition, or politics, or comparative literature. The amazing thing is, they end up majoring in one of those subjects, getting hands-on experience by doing the JP and senior thesis in it (with grant money for travel, etc.), maybe getting a certificate in finance -- and landing that $10,000 i-banking internship during their junior summer anyway! After which they have a basis on which to decide which field they want to go into after graduation...</p>

<p>There have been Wharton grads on the cc boards who said you have your whole life to do business but these four years are a great opportunity to just explore a wide variety of subjects. They said go to a great liberal arts school and then get an MBA. </p>

<p>So, if you find the project orientation of Wharton appealing, by all means, go there. It looks very exciting to me. But if you are eager for a broader education and an opportunity to explore, as well as for four years on a gorgeous campus, don't worry that you will penalize yourself by going to Princeton.</p>

<p>Princeton's economics program Is number one in the world? where did u find this out?</p>

<p>What i was worried about, was that I hear while Princeton's economics is very good, I never doubted that, PRinceton's economics concentration is much more focused. I got that general sense from those in Princeton as well. I also understand that its econ program does not allow for as many different subject within business in terms of classes within the concentration. I understand, that wharton on the other hand, while providing a sound foundation in business is one third business, one third liberal arts, and one third elective...and therefore not limiting myself from a wide liberal arts base.</p>

<p>As a hiring manager in business, if you aren't a tecchie, I would rather you did undergrade in some liberal arts and business at b-school. I look at undergraduate business degrees as less desirable for future managers.</p>

<p>no thats incorrect, u can take a wide variety of courses as an economics major at princeton, thats the beauty of being at princeton, a liberal arts school, and with no real core classes, u have more options</p>

<p>I dunno, if you want more of a technical approach to business, I think you really might want to look at the Finance and ORFE programs as well as economics at Princeton. Some economics majors go into business, Wall Street, consulting, etc (as do non-economics majors). Others work at the Fed, etc. There is a scholarly component that may or may not be available to you at Wharton; I don't know. </p>

<p>"I also understand that its econ program does not allow for as many different subject within business in terms of classes within the concentration." It is true that economics at Princeton is not the same as business school. Students do, however, their independent work in all sorts of subjects that relate to business or to a more scholarly approach to economics. And they do a wide variety of high-powered internships. </p>

<p>You have two very different choices. If you are considering business school because you think it is the way to get a great job, I wouldn't worry about that; people come out of Princeton and get great jobs. If you believe you would genuinely enjoy the study of business more than a more academic approach to economics, then Wharton is probably your better bet, unless Princeton's Finance certificate or ORFE program appeals to you.</p>