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Street Prestige
1. Harvard/Yale/Princeton/Wharton/MIT/Stanford
2. Penn/Columbia/Cornell/Dartmouth/Chicago/Cal Tech
3. Brown/Berk./Duke/Hopkins
4. Northwestern/Georgetown/UVA

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  • Dan Bush's picture

    I beg to differ. Street cred is similar to academic cred. Normally you would lump together Cornell, Columbia, Penn and Brown, however Cornell and Columbia et al are research powerhouse and Brown simply isn't. I went to Yale and I am tempted to knock Yale down below Cornell b/c Cornell is a research and science powerhouse. However street cred is a little different. Yale simply has more prestige b/c of admissions.

  • fourkingsplus's picture

    I. Caltech, MIT.
    (gap)
    II. Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Oxbridge, Columbia, Chicago.
    (gap)
    III. Other T25s. (Including Wharton; it places very well on account of preparation, but is generally considered less prestigious than HYP.)
    (gap)
    IV. Respectable state schools (though Berk and Mich go into III).
    (gap)
    V. Everywhere else.

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    • (Chimp, 0 )
    •  on 8/21/06 at 11:57pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    do people really care what school you went to after a few weeks into the job? i imagine new friendships irregardless of where you went to school are made, and your bosses won't really care where you went once they see who is really performing? or does going to harvard help overcome deficiencies even on the job?

  • holymonkey's picture

    What about the liberal arts colleges? lol

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    •  on 8/23/06 at 3:03pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    i think in the UK recruitment it is first LSE, then oxbridge and then everything else. in the US its probably oxbridge and lse at the same level or LSE being slightly lower but i think oxbridge and lse all go in to 2 on wall street.

  • HerSerendipity's picture

    think it comes down to really who's smarter/works harder. A lot of this industry is about connections and esp. who's going to 'take care' of you when you get there (i.e. the alums). If you have a strong alum connection at banks and whatever, it makes your transition alot easier. hate to say it, but alums from my school (especially ones who are in MD positions) love to meet the first year analysts and take them under their wing(s?) particularly when it comes to placement in product groups, exit opps, showing the analysts the ropes and whatnot. It's a pretty nice deal. So while you may be willing to work harder than the ivy league kid, luck and connections is a huge part of it. I'd take luck over being 'good' any day. You can be fantastic but if you're in a sucky group, you might get nowhere. Or, if you're a great group but you're just average or mediocre and do the bare minimum, you often reap the benefits of what's going on in the industry.

    Done with rant. carry on.

  • Slaying Alpha's picture

    You are right, We had a few state school kids, like UT Austin, UWashington, UC Berkeley, and they were rockstars, they all went to tier 1 Private Equity. The stanford kids couldn't even land a gig after two years, The Harvard history major couldn't even calc EBITDA.

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  • Mis Ind's picture

    As good as those schools are, not sure we should be referring to them as a part of the Ivy League. Kind of reminds me of the guy who, a few months ago, asserted that there were five Ivies in Texas alone.

    Vandy, Tulane, Rice, and Emory are all viewed with a modicum of respect, but a student from that league of schools still has to work extremely hard to get noticed in an applicant pool.

  • scotttwibell's picture

    in my opinion, you're better going to utexas instead of rice if you live in texas. there are more banks (especially for NYC) that come to campus....if you're in the south, emory is decent, but not great for placement. duke/unc/uva are probably the 3 best schools in south for placement.

  • scotttwibell's picture

    more UT grads definitely. However, realize that UT is much larger and many more people want to get into banking. Most UT grads are in Houston office, but fair number are going up to NYC over the past 3-4 years.

    In Houston, Rice is best. Overall and NYC in particular, I'd say that Emory gets the most respect. It seems like half the school is filled with rich kids from Jersey and Long Island with lot of connections. Seriously, the school has a strong business program and has Atlanta to back it up.

  • Rai99's picture

    So Emory over Vandy and UT over Rice when it comes to Texas, but not NYC.
    Well I already worked up an easy ride into Vandy's Graduate Econ department and was ready take some finance courses from Owen, but I also have a shot at Emory. And if Emory commands more respect on the Street then I might as well shoot for Atlanta.

  • Mis Ind's picture

    I can confirm this. I've seen more Emory grads on the street than Vandy grads, and more UT grads than Rice grads.

    Not sure whether I've seen more UT than Emory. Perhaps about equal.

  • In reply to holymonkey
    raider4ever's picture

    Obviously there are less overall b/c of graduating classes with 350-650 kids but it seems as if there is a high relative % of Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, Colgate, etc.

    varying in prestige but probably finding themselves upwards of tier 2-4 because of very strong alumni networks.

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