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Need help deciding Cornell vs NYU EMBA

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sonu_thekool Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
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Need help deciding Cornell vs NYU EMBA

Post Wed May 09, 2012 6:24 am
I have been accepted at NYU and Cornell for their EMBA programs and I am now a little confused about the choice. Columbia was my first choice but I got a ding there. NYU seems to be heavily tilted towards Finance areas and I seem to like Cornell's Ivy league status and overall general management courses but it doesn't seem to do well on the overall MBA rankings. Although I do not want to end up in a company like GS where most NYU grads seem to end up after MBA, should I care too much about the rankings ? My interest is to be in Entrepreneurship/Private Equity areas after graduation.

Can someone please suggest the pros and cons of one vs the other ? I have googled for this information and there is a lot of confusing info out there. Your opinions are highly appreciated.

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Post Thu May 10, 2012 11:43 pm
Besides program differenced, think about location, also. Does it matter to you? Is it better to be in quiet upstate? or in the bustle of the city?

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Post Mon May 28, 2012 5:49 am
Congratulations on your acceptance into two fantastic programs! While I cannot speak to any pros/cons of NYU, I can speak a little of Cornell. Both Cornell and NYU EMBA programs are in the city (Cornell EMBA is in Queens, Cornell's full time and accelerated are in Ithaca).

I am primarily interested in Entrepreneurship and I have recently committed to attending Cornell's full time program in Ithaca, not the EMBA. I also applied to Berkeley and was waitlisted there, but for as good as Berkeley appears on paper, I feel that Cornell has the edge academically, and for me, entrepreneurially as well. The Business Week rankings put Cornell at #4 for teaching quality with an A+ so I feel like I will be receiving a top quality education (#8 in grad satisfaction, #6 in intellectual property, and #23 for recruiting...), and entrepreneurship has moved into high gear in the school. There is a new dean from Insead who is very tech-minded (Berkeley Ph.D. in computer science) and is partial to the one-year program, so the accelerated and EMBA programs should be getting extra attention in the coming years. The new tech campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC is very exciting with classes beginning this fall, and a new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute which opens lines of communication between the business school and other schools around Cornell, such as the engineering school. Also the BR Venture Fund is an entirely student managed venture capital fund in the school. Not to say my startups will receive funding from it, but getting involved in the club certainly won't hurt and will aid tremendously with approaching VC in the future.

I didn't realize all this about Cornell until I visited and started digging. I believe Cornell is a hidden gem and I am very excited about attending. I feel the rankings unfairly represent Cornell. A large component of the ranking is the recruiter score, and since #1, Ithaca is 4 hours away from the city, recruiters don't like going there, and #2, most recruiting on campus is largely dominated by alums, hardly any of which are full time recruiters and thereby not queried in the rankings, and draw Cornell down numerically. Placement in IB at Cornell is very high with a lot of alums getting students in the industry, and PE is a jumping point from there. Good luck with your decision!

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:13 am
I am also interested in Applyng for Cornell EMBA. Is it possible for you to share with me some contacts you may have who can help with Resume /Essays. Also could you provide some tips on how to get accepted if you do not have any direct reportees under you.

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Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:58 am
EMBAInterest, I actually work with the Admissions team from the Cornell Executive MBA Program. Glad to hear that you’re interested in the programs we offer. We’d like to share some tips with you and answer some of your questions. If you'd like, we can even pair you with an admissions counselor to offer you some guidance throughout the application process. Just email us at emba@cornell.edu so we can get the conversation started. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Post Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:14 am
Hi - I am in the same position. where did you end up?

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