Cornell sounds more geared towards younger, out of college students while Northwestern more for older, working students.
Theoretically, hypothetically speaking if the choice came down to Cornell University (no money) or Washington and Lee University with an Honors Scholarship worth $25,800/year (contingent 3.0 GPA) which would you choose?
Prestigious Top 14 with Ivey League Reputation at $40,580 vs. Top 25 strong regionally for $4,700 ($30,500-$25,800)?
I'd kill myself in lexington,va (or whatever the hell the name of that town is). Theres a reason W+L has to let people apply for free
Where do you want to work? If it's NYC, then Cornell for sure. If it's DC or the south, then W&L. Any place else you'd have to look at on a case by case basis.