Obviously a huge topic of interest on WSO is that of the "target school," especially when those who are in high school ask for advice regarding which school they should go to to maximize recruiting. I'm starting at a largethis summer, and I think that the numbers of how many students from each school we have (at all locations, not just New York, although the rankings are nearly identical just for NYC) is very interesting and completely contrasts the reality of this last year's recruiting with what we expected.
Now yes, I know that one year at one BB may not be indicative of a larger trend or trends at other banks, but it's still very interesting and useful information. Here are the undergrad results. I'm only listing the schools that most would call targets; there were some smaller schools that carried 3 or 4 students (like Bucknell) that I didn't write down.
Notre Dame, Georgetown - 10
Cambridge, UPenn, Vandy, Cornell - 9
Dartmouth, Duke, MIT, UT Austin - 8
University of Chicago, Brown, Columbia, Stanford - 6
UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, Northwestern - 5
Yale - 4
Harvard, LSE, Wake Forest - 3
Princeton - 2
As you can see, this should serve as a wake-up call that attending HYSW isn't the end-all. In fact, I was utterly shocked that Princeton and Harvard didn't fare better (only two graduates going to this bank from Princeton, really??). This should also serve as a reminder that going to a top 25 or so school (based on U.S. News/World Report) will most likely set you up in a good spot for recruiting regardless of what you choose. Finally, this should remind you that most people on WSO have no idea what they're talking about. Georgetown and ND fared better than any other school this year here and yet I constantly see people degrading schools in that vein stating that recruiting "doesn't even come close" to an Ivy. Well, clearly, that's not the case, at least not anymore or this past year. It does matter a great deal if you go to a good school - I was surprised that certain large state schools literally weren't able to get one person into the firm that year via networking, but it's important to remember that your (or U.S. News and World Report's) "ranking" of which school is best doesn't necessarily jibe with what your employer thinks. Except for Wharton, the "Top Ivies" are clearly struggling or not doing as well as they had in years past. Maybe this is due to all the liberal arts majors we see now at Ivies, maybe it's due to affirmative action, etc. But what's clear is that people should pay a little less attention to where others are telling them to study because "it's more prestigious, it's ranked three spots higher" and pay a little more attention to where they feel they'd fit in and thrive.