Congratulations!!! I have applied to Columbia MEng program as well and I am awaiting a reply. When did you hear from them and how long did it take to process you application. I am anxious to hear as well.. As far as a comparison between Columbia vs Cornell, I would say that columbia is a better option, but both are still excellent programs and you should feel very proud of yourself for your achievement.
Please post some info on your scores as well...
Thanks and Good luck..
No. i did not contact any professor at Columbia. At Cornell I did write to one professor, but he never responded. (my email was very generic and without a resume) I guess your decision shud also be coming within a week.
Cornell will be releasing the fin aid decisions in two weeks. If i get fin aid at cornell then will go there. else columbia. will apply for ra/ta positions once i enroll for the program at either of the schools.