The finance and economics classes are among the best in the world. The strategy and marketing departments are a bit behind, but they are catching up. Stern is making a concerted effort to diversify its strengths, since it has historically been known as a strong finance school. Most class sizes are between 30 and 65. Most classes are a combination of case study and lecture. Stern is NOT competitive, quite the opposite in fact. Everyone is very collaborative, both with academics and recruiting.
Quality of Life
Since Stern is in Manhattan, the cost of living is sky high. But being in New York City has so many advantages! We are in the business center of the world and there are unlimited resources at our fingertips. It is also a very fun city to live in - restaurants, bars, theaters, music, etc... The facilities at Stern are mediocre. The building needs to be renovated. Nevertheless, students love their experience at Stern.