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Undergraduate Universities

 
#1 Undergraduate Universities
24/04/2008 02:25

Julian

I'm having trouble deciding between Toronto and Waterloo for mathematics. Waterloo is apparently considered the best school for mathematics in Canada, but Toronto offers Bay Street and a much larger selection of clubs and extra-curriculars. I'm also planning on a double major in philosophy. Obviously I want to break into consulting in the future, so the international recognition of the school is important since I plan to get an MBA and I want to get into a very good school. Toronto or Waterloo?

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#2 RE: Undergraduate Universities
24/04/2008 15:59

anon to Julian (#1)

I would go for Waterloo, based on the following reasoning/assumptions.

Immediately post-graduation you will likely be working in North America and probably within Canada itself. Waterloo and the reputation of the maths department is going to be known in that local/regional context by employers.

When you come to take your MBA, whether you are applying to a North American or European school, universities will have heard of Waterloo and have some idea that it is repuatable, even if the general population hasn't heard of the place.

I am ruling out the possibility that you'd go straight to work overseas prior to your MBA for the simple reason that you'd probably not qualify for the work permit in the first place, regardless of which university you went to.

The work experience you get post-graduation will have a much larger effect on your chances of getting into a good b-school than the difference between Toronto and Waterloo. My personal opinion is that you should stretch yourself academically whilst you have the chance and are still in fulltime education. It sounds like Waterloo has the edge there.

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