Wharton vs. Princeton

<p>For someone interested in business, what are the pros and cons of both Wharton and Princeton (in terms of general process and curriculum)? Here's what I've gathered:</p>

-BA in Economics
-Required exposure in different fields of business
-Apply directly to Wharton and no applications after</p>

-More specialized (certificate in Finance, BA in Economics, or ORFE [BSE])
-Finance sends many students into hedge fund management/financial analysis
-Not as easy to mix majors
-Apply to Princeton, then apply into programs</p>

<p>Can anyone who knows anything about these two schools elaborate on this topic? Thanks!</p>

<p>I love how formally you present what you've 'gathered' about Wharton, and then immediately write "BA in Economics". Isn't this information readily available all over Penn's website?</p>

<p>It's a BS in Economics.</p>

<p>Perm: Go to Princeton, then go to Wharton. Solves all your offense.</p>

<p>^What about going to Wharton and then getting a PhD from Princeton?</p>

<p>How about you get into one of these schools before trying to decide which one you want to go to.</p>

<p>as mentioned above, there's no point in deciding which one you WOULD go to unless you've gotten into both schools. however, </p>

<p>I think it's more a matter of how sure you are of wanting to go into business. I know someone at my school who was in that exact position, deciding between wharton and princeton (he got deferred ED from wharton)....in the end, he decided to go to princeton, citing the ability to have more options for careers than business. </p>

<p>BUT, if you are 100% sure of business, there is no contest, imo....(aka wharton)</p>

<p>and yes, you should research the schools a bit more.</p>

<p>if (likes(business))

<p>I sure doubt Princeton is more specialized than Wharton.</p>

<p>Amen, Venkat89.</p>

<p>CC is flooded with ubiquitous College X vs. College Y thread. I love how students ask which they should go to before even getting in. It comes off as arrogant and ill-informed.</p>

<p>From now on lets try waiting until college acceptance letters arrive before bombarding CC with these types of threads.</p>

<p>It's between Wharton ED or RD. It makes a difference because Princeton doesn't have ED.</p>

<p>All things being equal, I'd apply to Wharton ED to maximize your chances of getting into one. If you aren't sure and could see yourself second guessing your decision to go to Penn, apply RD to both.</p>

<p>Thanks for the input, but I'm actually looking at the schools from a strictly curriculum view.</p>

<p>I would say Princeton ORFE forces you to be more quantitative because it is a BSE. At Wharton you could take a very quantitative concentration like Finance, Stat, or OPIM. Other differences might be the fact that Wharton forces you to take classes like Management, Marketing, and Legal Studies that you would not take at Princeton. I personally found Princeton and Columbia's ORFE programs to fit my business interests more than Wharton.</p>

<p>Does Princeton offer students the ability to take classes like Management, Marketing, Legal Studies, etc. in the requirements of the course?</p>

<p>Princeton doesn't have classes in Management/Marketing/Legal Studies </p>

<p>And you do apply directly to the engineering school if you want to be an ORFE major. Once you're an engineer you can just choose to be in the ORFE department. The finance certificate does require an additional application though.</p>

<p>Also Penn doesn't have eating clubs, which is an epic win. For Penn.</p>

<p>Does Princeton offer a more classical education over UPenn?</p>

<p>If by classical, you mean more liberal arts, Princeton is probably comparable to the college at Penn, but Wharton is obviously more pre-professional. And obviously students in the college can also take some wharton classes and there are departments like marketing and mangement, but I wouldn't necessarily say that the education at Princeton is more classical. You just have the option of taking more pre-professional classes at Penn (and it is a much bigger school, so they have more departments). In terms of distribution requirements and a liberal arts education, I think Princeton and the College are similar. Only big difference is the required thesis all Princeton students have to write.</p>

<p>So in terms of Princeton and UPenn graduates who take a business-like track, they both graduate with similar classes under their belts?</p>

<p>not at all.... wharton classes are very different from what you would find at a liberal arts school's 'business track:.</p>

<p>If you want a real classical education, go to Columbia or UChicago where they have a Core curriculum that does emphasize the great Western classical canon--a curriclum that I personally think should still be the standard in Penn and all Western schools, lest we continue to lose our cultural and moral bearings....</p>