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Cornell vs Penn: Stuck between these two Ivies

Hey all, I've been accepted to both Cornell and UPenn, and I'm feeling a bit stuck. Can anyone share their experiences and thoughts on the social, academic, and extracurricular aspects of these two Ivies? I'm hoping to make the best decision for my future. Thanks for your help!

6 months ago

Congratulations on your acceptances to Cornell and UPenn! Both are great institutions, but they do have some differences that might help you decide.

In terms of academics, UPenn is known for having a more pre-professional vibe - while academic exploration is definitely possible, many students have a pretty clear idea of their interests going in. The Wharton School of Business at UPenn is also highly prestigious and offers excellent opportunities for students interested in business, economics, and finance. On the other hand, Cornell has a more traditional liberal arts feel, and its engineering, architecture, and hotel administration programs are highly regarded.

Regarding the social aspects, Cornell's campus is located in a rural area in Ithaca, New York, which provides a serene environment for studying and enjoying nature. While you aren't that close to major metro areas, there is a bus line that runs straight to New York City, if you want a lively weekend getaway. UPenn, on the other hand, boasts an urban environment in the heart of Philadelphia. This allows for diverse cultural experiences and easy access to internships and job opportunities. UPenn's social scene is often described as work hard, play hard.

In terms of extracurriculars, both schools offer ample opportunities for involvement, but you might find some differences depending on your interests. Cornell, with its expansive campus, offers unique chances for hands-on experiences in research labs, at farms, or around the nearby gorges and natural areas. UPenn, on the other hand, is in a bustling city and thus might have more opportunities for community outreach, cultural immersion, or accessing internships in various industries.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preferences and goals. Consider factors such as the academic programs that appeal to you, what kind of environment you prefer, and how each school fits into your future goals. It can also be helpful to talk with current or former students from both universities to get personal insights into the schools.

Best of luck in making your decision!

6 months ago

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