Consider prestige/opportunities/alum connections as a factor (definitely in Columbia's favor)
<p>pwoods, that simply is not true. After HYP, in the Ivy League, going to one school over the other makes NO difference in exit opportunities.
Choose Brown if you want the traditional college experience with an open curriculum, and Columbia if you're more independent, love the core curriculum, and prefer a non-collegiate style social life (make sure to research this aspect of Columbia thoroughly since a lot of current students find the social life at Columbia to be unsatisfactory).</p>
<p>Based on your interests, I would recommend Brown. Columbia unfortunately does not have an IR major, while Brown has the Watson Institute which does very well in placing students in think-tanks, and other organizations. For Econ, both are equal. For Poly-sci I would give the edge to Columbia.</p>