Waitlist decision out: Columbia vs Brown

<p>Hey guys!!</p>

<p>I just got into Columbia and Brown off the waitlists and I pretty much have no idea what to decide!! If it help I'm looking to study political science/international relations/economics!</p>

<p>I like both curriculums and am torn between NY and Providence... seriously im TORN</p>

<p>Any help is appreciated!</p>

<p>you r cc right?</p>

<p>yup 10char</p>

<p>dlambi: Are you a big city person or not so much? That might make a difference. Also which one did you really want to hear a yes from? Congratulations! You must have done some amazing things to get into both! Keep us posted!</p>

<p>Columbia's arguably best departments are infact Political Science, International Relations, and Economics. Job opportunities and the academics itself are better at Columbia than Brown. However, remember to take factors like campus life, culture, general atmosphere and a Core vs Open curriculum into consideration. All else equal though Columbia > Brown.</p>

<p>Columbia's academics and intellectual/internship opportunities (don't forget we have the UN, SIPA, and tons of international leaders who give talks here every year) are much better than Penn's. But that's not all that matters. If you hate the city, you'd probably have a better time at Brown, since Providence is not a real city. Brown offers something closer to the "traditional college" experience, insofar as students are fairly isolated from the rest of the world, rather than perched on the periphery of the media and cultural capital of the US.</p>

<p>I'd advise you to visit both schools, see what you like/dislike, and then make your decision. Consider prestige/opportunities/alum connections as a factor (definitely in Columbia's favor), but make sure to consider what you want out of college in addition to the opportunities each college provides.</p>

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<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>