UPenn CS vs NYU CS

<p>I am an international student and im interested in pursuing Masters in Computer Science.I was hoping if you all could help me in deciding between these two universities. You all are in a better position to compare the 2 colleges. To me both universities are good.According to my calculations the break down of the two univs goes like this</p>

<p>total effective cost : if we consider the whole course, NYU is cheaper than UPenn by abt $12000</p>

<p>internship and job scene : again i think if u consider only financial companies then NYU is still btr than UPenn. At the end of the day thats wat i wana join. Even if we compare the tech biggies ,they come to both the univ for FT's</p>

<p>living cost : both are same and comes roughly around $800 a month (off campus )</p>

<p>assistantship : possibility of gettin ta's at UPenn but it doesnt come with a fee waiver.so kinda like an on-campus job</p>

<p>course : i like the course at both places.Also with UPenn we have the option of takin up 2-3 course from Wharton. Similarly we can take 2-3 course at Stern aswell</p>

<p>on-campus job : easily available at both places. But NYU has an edge here</p>

<p>plus another advantage of NYU is that international students can avail a student loan from Citibank at arnd 8% without a cosigner and any colateral</p>

<p>the only thing i believe is in favour of UPenn is the ivy league tag.But even NYU has a strong reputation.</p>

<p>somewher down the line i wish to do an MBA and im really confused b/w the two</p>

<p>I'd really apreciate it if all of you could give your inputs on this</p>

<p>Thanx in advance!!</p>

<p>Just a few comments:</p>

<li><p>The Ivy tag in engineering fields is not a real big deal outside the NE corridor. Even there, it may not be an advantage. I work for a company that is literally sandwiched between Penn and Drexel and in the last 7 years ALL our CS interns have come from Drexel. (For what its worth I'm a Penn alumnus.)</p></li>
<li><p>If you can, get a job and let your company pay for the MS from any convenient major university. It will take longer, but you'll have real experience AND the degree.</p></li>
<li><p>Do not take out a loan for grad school in ANY field. And besides, 8% is insanely high. </p></li>
<li><p>MBA - the "A" means "administration". Are you an engineer by nature or a manager? The top programs will expect you to have at least a few years of work experience. Once again, let your employer pay for this. </p></li>
<li><p>If you can expand past the east coast look into the big state universities in the midwest (e.g. Michigan and Illinois), the UC (California) system, and a few Canadian schools. There are top-flight CS programs everywhere.</p></li>

<p>Good Luck!</p>