COMPARE In a Dilemma: Got Acceptances from Columbia MAFN and NYU Tandon

Shen Zhongheng

Member
C++ Student
Received Tandon's offer and I did some homework these days, there are my opinions:
1. Tandon is undoubtedly upwards with P.Carr, you can see that most negative comments about Tandon were from students who have graduated before P.Carr's arrival. I have consulted some students who entered this program AFTER P.Carr's arrival and ALL of them gave me positive feedback, both in curriculum and career service
2. Tandon's previous reputation is indeed disappointing....
3. The tuition of Tandon is relatively low
4. MFE in Tandon is a 2 years program, that is very attractive for me, the pressure will be significantly lower...(Imagine that you have to complete all courses and do internships and find jobs in a single year....)
Tandon may be the most controversial program in my opinion,....Hope there will be more information (especially from those who know this program very well)
BTW, I would greatly appreciate that if you can let me know your final decision
 

Dessembrae Ultor

Member
C++ Student
Received Tandon's offer and I did some homework these days, there are my opinions:
1. Tandon is undoubtedly upwards with P.Carr, you can see that most negative comments about Tandon were from students who have graduated before P.Carr's arrival. I have consulted some students who entered this program AFTER P.Carr's arrival and ALL of them gave me positive feedback, both in curriculum and career service
2. Tandon's previous reputation is indeed disappointing....
3. The tuition of Tandon is relatively low
4. MFE in Tandon is a 2 years program, that is very attractive for me, the pressure will be significantly lower...(Imagine that you have to complete all courses and do internships and find jobs in a single year....)
Tandon may be the most controversial program in my opinion,....Hope there will be more information (especially from those who know this program very well)
BTW, I would greatly appreciate that if you can let me know your final decision
Hey Zhongheng! I decided to go with Tandon. The factor that ultimately convinced me to make this decision is the absence of any dedicated career services at Columbia MAFN. For an international student with no relevant professional experience or connections in the industry, that is a scary proposition, however vaunted the reputation of the university may be. I just felt like this was the less risky of the two options.
 

billyvan

New Member
Hey Zhongheng! I decided to go with Tandon. The factor that ultimately convinced me to make this decision is the absence of any dedicated career services at Columbia MAFN. For an international student with no relevant professional experience or connections in the industry, that is a scary proposition, however vaunted the reputation of the university may be. I just felt like this was the less risky of the two options.
Valuable decision and reasoning! If I'd given the choice, I would do the same as you did. Even though someone says Carr is the key point of tandon's boost, and columbia's halo may shine upon on you longer, a good career start is always beneficial. MAFN's placement really fails his gorgeous brand.
 

Michsund

Active Member
C++ Student
I would join MAFN. The curriculum is tough and if you understand the material well you will be very competitive. Many of the professors are practitioners, some of whom I meet in person. I would recommend MAFN over tandon if you actually wanna learn.
 
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