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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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Comments (241)

  • Kimbo Slice's picture

    duke and brown have better reps than chicago, at least for undergrad. nu should be one tier higher and cal tech is top tier. nyu stern should also be somewhere.

  • 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.

    •  on 8/21/06 at 8:18pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    how about non-US schools on wall street, where would they rank with those schools above? say oxford or LSE?

  • Dan Bush's picture

    OxBridge would go on the 1.
    LSE would go 2.
    Westpoint,Navy go 3.
    Coast Guard, Airforce, Sandhurst (Brtitsh) go 4.
    Yes, I made an error, Duke should go down to the 4 space.

  • fourkingsplus's picture

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

  • jimmylse09's picture

    yea i would say this first list is pretty legit, however i think hyp gets slighly more prestige than wharton mit and stanford

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    •  on 8/21/06 at 10:45pm
    D's picture

    Don't discount Michigan's B school, it is one of the best in the country, undergrad is top 5 and grad was number 1 last year. It's highly regarded over a lot of iveys because most of them dont have b schools.

  • jimmylse09's picture

    michigan is a state school. its pretty good and i think its probably better than some ivys cause they have some amazing faculty members but our world is biased and people simply prefer private school students with similar or slightly lower academic credentials over public school students

  • Dan Bush's picture

    i think mit and stanford stay, but wharton goes down to 2

    •  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?

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    BananaMan's picture

    once you start it doesn't matter so much. if you when to a shitty school and outperform the stanford kid, you will be given more responsibility and eventually people won't care.

    •  on 8/22/06 at 12:02pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    We care because individuals from state schools tend to use words like "irregardless".

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  • Back That Asset Up's picture

    This list needs some work.

    I agree Georgetown kids get some opportunity but the majority of kids coming out of there - idiots. Quality of education is horrible and the business school is worse than any of the top 10 public schools with a u-grad business program.

  • holymonkey's picture

    What about the liberal arts colleges? lol

    "We are lawyers! We sue people! Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages, but WE DO NOT ABDUCT!" -Boston Legal-

    •  on 8/23/06 at 1:55am
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    there is no way in one of those lists above that chicago and columbia are more prestigious than wharton.

    •  on 8/23/06 at 1:13pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    how would lse rank compared to top US schools eg Wharton, HYP?

    •  on 8/23/06 at 2:50pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    in the UK its
    Imperial ,kings...

    oxbridge goes up to 1 on the 1st post
    lse 2 or 3

    •  on 8/23/06 at 2:55pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    there are liberal arts colleges that are recruited. Pomona college comes to mind.

    •  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.

    •  on 8/28/06 at 2:27pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    really? lse is ahead of oxbridge in the uk? is lse well represented on street?

    •  on 8/28/06 at 4:22pm
    Anonymous Monkey's picture

    OF COURSE lse is represented well.

    as far as all this meticulous ranking, it seems like something paranoid asian parents would do.

  • Ibanker257's picture

    yes, i'm paranoid: do any alums know where i can find stats about lse grads in BBs?

  • Bibsburg's picture

    you can't get a list which everyone will like... everyone has different opinions. With that said, I think the OP's ranking is pretty good.

  • tomomara's picture

    cung9263, Finasia is not a university but a professional qualification, like CFA. On that point, CFA is much more worthwhile and more highly regarded.

  • 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.

  • Porsche576's picture

    Wheres UT on the list?

  • 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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  • Jude84's picture

    What about some of the southern ivies like Vandy, Tulane or Rice?

  • In reply to Jude84
    gqbanker's picture

    What about some of the southern ivies like Vandy, Tulane or Rice?

    Or Emory?

  • 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.

  • Rai99's picture

    Well out of the ones that were listed in the South (Vandy,Tulane, Rice, Emory). Which one is the one that gets the most respect. Im leaning towards Vandy.

  • Rai99's picture


    So you have seen more UT grads make it than Rice grads?

  • 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.

  • Yeeah's picture

    Em-who? You mean Embry-Riddle Aeronautical?

  • 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.

  • Jude84's picture

    Emory? You mean the school that ivy rejects from Long Island go to? That school gets more cred than Vandy? People actually want to go to Vandy vs. Emory. I can understand UT becaue more kids want to go into IB there than at Rice.

  • Jude84's picture

    what about Notre Dame?

  • scotttwibell's picture

    While a great, great engineering schools, I have yet to come across a Cal Tech banker. Obviously, the main reason is they want to be engineers and scientists with creativity, not us banker monkeys.

  • Jude84's picture

    Scott, what about Notre Dame. And what's the deal with Emory?


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