I’m in a bit of a dilemma. I’ve narrowed down my college choices to UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and UChicago. Georgia Tech was on my list before but I figured that it was not as prestigious as the other three.
In the future, I hope to be involved deeply with technology. My goal is to ultimately launch a startup of some sort that works with cutting-edge technologies. If I had to work for a company, I would like to work in something in the investment management/private equity/venture capital space with a focus on investing in tech companies.
I was admitted to the Carnegie Mellon Information Systems program, a joint program between the Dietrich College of Social Sciences and the Heinz College of Public Policy and Information Systems. I really like the program and it’s CS & Business focus, but I am unsure about how it compares to my other options. I have 3 questions:
- Is CMU IS worth picking over UC Berkeley just because of the benefits of going to a smaller private university over a large public university?
- Is CMU Information Systems as prestigious as UC Berkeley CS and CMU CS? Will I be disadvantaged in my future career if I choose IS?
- Is adding a Computer Science major to CMU IS very difficult? I asked on an Information Systems Zoom call and they said that it’s possible by completing the CS minor first, then getting approval and taking most of the classes that are part of the CS major along with all the classes that are part of the IS major. Is it worth the risk to take the IS program if I’m not able to get SCS and if we determine that it isn’t as prestigious as Berkeley Letters CS?
I’d greatly appreciate any insight I can get. It’s so hard to pick between these options. If anyone has any thoughts as to how UChicago CS & Econ and maybe Georgia Tech ranks in comparison to these colleges that’d be great too.
Many thanks for all your guidance in advance.