High Finance Offer Guaranteed

As part of WSO Academy, we guarantee you at least one offer in a high finance role or your money back. Yes, you heard that right.

The catch? Our onboarding process is highly selective. We only open applications in short 1 week windows every 3 months, so make sure to join the waitlist to be near the front of the line. 

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Why is a Career in High Finance Prestigious?

The main reason? Money.

In 2023, 1st-year analysts at the top banks earned up to $180,000 in their first year. Yes, $180,000 right after university. More than 3.3x the median pay in the US (similar metrics in all global finance hubs).  This is not an outlier.  The average pay at the top banks was over $150,000 USD.

The second reason? Incredible exit opportunities open up after only a year of investment banking. Private equity, venture capital, and corporate finance are among the many doors that open up for young high finance pros and can pay upwards of $400,000 per year just a few years out of school.

In short, if you land a role in high finance, you will earn incredibly high pay and open up amazing career options.

This also means that hundreds of thousands of candidates get rejected during the application phase.
However, with 17+ years of experience helping students break into their dream high finance jobs, we know how to get you one of these lucrative roles.

Average Pay in High Finance at the Top Banks
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  • $750K
  • $500K
  • $250K
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What is WSO Academy?

12-week program to dramatically improve your odds at landing a high finance offer.

Here are some of the perks you get access to as part of WSO Academy

Lifetime access to exclusive networking resources and support community to help you land interviews

100+ hours of courses to train and polish your skills to help ace your interview

Unlimited bootcamp seats to push your real life technical skills

Accountability coach to ensure you are never playing catch up with your milestones

Unlimited support to ensure you land that high finance job

And finally, A GUARANTEED JOB IN HIGH FINANCE.

Better Odds of Getting Into High Finance With WSO Academy
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10 Pillars of WSO Academy

Crafting Credibility™

  • Resume Rebuild - 1:1
  • LinkedIn Profile Revamp
  • Meet the High-Finance Expectations

We make sure every single line on your resume is optimized for maximizing conversions to interviews.  From the proper format to improving your bullets, you’ll go through our intense resume review process in weeks 1 & 2.  We’ve mastered this process after serving over 10,000+ clients.  You’ll get matched 1:1 with a professional on Wall Street to make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile stands out among the thousands of other candidates.

The Internship Edge™

  • Automatic WSO Internship
  • Directly Relevant Experience
  • Unfair Advantage

All WSO Academy students get accepted into our competitive Finance Research Analyst Internship [under 10% acceptance for those applying directly].  This experience gives you a great way to build your CV and LinkedIn profile with relevant experience to dramatically improve your conversions from application to interview.

The Networking Map™

  • Proven Templates Modified for Your Situation
  • Software to Dramatically Tilt Odds in Your Favor
  • Step-by-step Map & Benchmarks to Ensure Success

After countless success stories over a decade, The Networking Map is our proven process to help make sure you are landing interviews and getting referrals from the top firms.  From the proper tone with tailored templates to software to help you dramatically scale your outreach, we have all of the tips and tactics to make sure you are leaving no stone unturned.

Technical Masterclass™

  • Make hard technicals look easy
  • Learn the most critical concepts fast
  • 1:1 mock interviews

Wall Street Oasis practically invented investment banking interview prep over a decade ago.  After collecting over 30,000 interview questions across thousands of investment banks, we know the patterns and the concepts you need to know fast.  Most candidates waste too much time trying to study every possible technical question while our students learn our framework to answer any tough technical question and get access to our massive database of real questions from actual firms (to give you confidence you are ready).

The 7 Stories™

  • Ace every Behavioral Question with Ease
  • Professionally Crafted to Your Profile
  • Mapping Questions to Stories

With 1:1 guidance, use the WSO Academy framework to craft 7 detailed stories that you can use repeatedly across all of your informational interviews and more formal interviews.  After crafting The 7 Stories, you will be put to the test across countless mock interviews to tweak and perfect them (and your delivery) even more.

Practice Makes Better

  • Up to 25 Mock Interviews with Wall St Pros
  • Honest Feedback to Help You Improve
  • Shore up Weak Points, Feature Strengths

We believe grit and a growth mindset is what allows great candidates to become exceptional ones.  With Practice Makes Better, you will receive an incredible level of individualized guidance with up to 25 1:1 mock interviews with actual investment bankers (not recruiters or career coaches).  After each mock, you will get honest and detailed feedback to make sure your next interview is incrementally better.

Unlimited Support

  • 24/7/365 Messaging to team of Wall St Pros
  • 3 Open Weekly Office Hours with CEO
  • Community Improving Together

Trying to land an internship or a full time job in investment banking is a tough process.  Going it alone makes it even tougher.  When you join WSO Academy, you gain access to the current students and massive mentor network that make our community so special.  Share interview questions, recruiting intel and job opportunities to help move each other forward.

Database Access

  • 35,834 Interview Questions 
  • 80,113 Salary Datapoints
  • 40,556 Company Reviews

Over 150,000 submissions and growing fast…No other database comes close to this level of detail, accuracy and unfiltered insight.  Get direct access to over 35,000 interview questions across thousands of financial firms and all the top banks.  Get access to over 80,000 salary submissions so you know how much you should be making at various stages of your career.  Get access to over 40,000 company reviews to learn where you might fit best and avoid the firms and groups with poor work/life balance.

Course Library Access

  • Hundreds of Hours of Online Content
  • Faculty of top Investment Bankers + PE Pros
  • 20+ Courses | 500 Lessons

As part of WSO Academy, you unlock not only our famous IB Interview Course, but also our entire library of online courses (for life) as well as any new courses that come in the future.  This is an incredible library of knowledge (300+ hours) that can help you not only in your recruiting process, but throughout your entire career.   These materials are super engaging with gamification and interactive quizzes to make sure you understand and retain all the critical conceptual topics needed to ace your interviews and land an offer.”

Lifetime Membership

  • Access Academy Alums 
  • Help Gain Inside Track
  • Private Slack Community

As part of WSO Academy, you will be part of an exclusive club of top alumni, all striving to advance their careers in finance.  This powerful network will only get stronger as more and more alums get more senior, just like the broader WSO network has over the past 17 years.  Develop meaningful and long-lasting connections with the current and future leaders of Wall Street.

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Is WSO Academy for You?

WSO Academy is NOT only for target school or 3.7+ GPA students. We have helped applicants from all backgrounds dramatically improve their odds.

You are interested in investment banking, private equity, management consulting, equity research, asset management or other high finance roles as a career and are motivated to break in

You have been rejected (or ghosted) despite applying to hundreds of competitive jobs online

You are unsure of how to best network with professionals in high finance roles to land interviews

You struggle to answer the most difficult technical questions that you need to ace to land the offer

Your answers to the behavioral questions are good, but not exceptional

What WSO Academy Members Say

Grace Oakey

Return offer at Blackstone

Wasn’t until I joined WSO Academy that I had a much clearer path to achieve my full-time goals! Process is the most important aspect I focus on as should everyone else. Thank you for all of the guidance over the years

Victor Davis

6 figure job at Fidelity

I was taught that you follow a certain path and that things work out and you get a job. But I didn’t get one after university which is why I joined WSO Academy which taught me the actual skills that are needed to get a job.

FRANK J.

PE Associate

They helped refine my stories, provided valuable feedback for my responses, and taught me a new approach to answering technical questions that bankers want to hear. I highly recommend anyone interested in IB opportunities seriously consider WSO Academy.

Emil S.

Investment Analyst

I found WSO Academy helpful in getting my story together, doing mock interviews, and reviewing my resume. I definitely recommend it! I received my dream offer, and really think the program made a huge difference is helping me get that.

Luca S.

IB Analyst + PE Internship

Definitely worth the investment. The mentors are very responsible, thoughtful, and nice and know how to bring out the best in you. They prepared me with many really good technical questions when I thought I’d already prepared well enough. 

Kristoph B.

BB IB Internship

This is one of the best investments that I've made in a long time and not only because what I learned in our sessions helped me secure the role I was recruiting for in short order.

David A.

Landed ER Analyst Role

Just wanted to update you on my recruiting process - I just accepted an offer. Really want to thank you for all of your help. I would definitely have done way worse in my interviews without your guidance on how to phrase my past roles. Thanks again and super excited for this summer.

Alphan U.

Landed IB Internship + PE Internship

Completely revamps your approach and gives you the intelligence to charm the interviewer by coming across as a knowledgeable and experienced banker that knows the ins and outs of the industry as opposed to "not just another ambitious college student"

Free Resources On Joining The Waitlist

We know that the low acceptance rate (<8%) can be demotivating. This is why we will give you exclusive access to two resources when you join the waitlist for free.  You can use them whether or not you are accepted into WSO Academy.

WSO Academy Leadership

WSO Academy was founded and is currently run by Patrick Curtis who is the CEO and founder of Wall Street Oasis, the largest online community focused on careers in finance with over 900,000+ members and 20mn+ unique visitors every year. The head mentors for WSO Academy were selected from a pool of over 1,000 mentors and have helped thousands of students break into careers in Wall Street over the past decade.

Patrick Curtis

Patrick Curtis

Patrick started his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Rothschild before moving to Tailwind Capital as a Private Equity Associate where he worked for 3+ years. He then left to start Wall Street Oasis to help those interested in a high finance career. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College.

Cindy Wei

Cindy Wei

Head Mentor

Cindy was an Investment Banking Analyst at Evercore. She then moved to VC as an Associate at ClearSky and currently works as Assistant Vice President with Greenbacker. Cindy has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting and a Minor in Computer Science from NYU Stern School of Business.

Abhishek Jhabak

Abhishek Jhabak

Head Mentor

Abhishek's career at Nomura in London has witnessed remarkable growth, where he currently works as an Executive Director. He began as an Investment Banking Analyst and then Associate, followed by a promotion to the role of Vice President for 3 years. He is a graduate of Shri Ram College of Commerce, having earned a Bachelor of Commerce.

Timothy Weil

Timothy Weil

Head Mentor

Timothy has worked as Director at UBS and Barclays Investment Banks for over 11 years. He completed his MBA from the Ross School of Business and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia. He also has a Master of Engineering Management Degree from Duke University.

Conor Brown

Conor Brown

Head Mentor

Conor was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. He then moved to Private Equity as an Associate at Vista Equity Partners. Conor is currently pursuing an MBA from the Wharton School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.

Michael Liu

Michael Liu

Head Mentor

Michael worked in M&A Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. After that, he worked as a private equity senior associate at Warburg Pincus and Crescent Capital in Australia. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Yuee Wakabayashi

Yuee Wakabayashi

Head Mentor

Yuee worked for many years across top banks like Morgan Stanley, Stifel, and Deutsche Bank as an Analyst and Associate. He also worked as Head Of Corporate Development at NuMSP and recently as Vice President of Corporate Development at SavATree. He is also the Founder of Medley and currently is the Vice President at Accordion. Yuee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from NYU Stern.

Max Adams

Max Adams

Head Mentor

Max worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lazard and Qatalyst Partners. He currently works as a Private Equity Senior Associate at Vector Capital Management. Max has an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University.

Sereena Tucker

Sereena Tucker

Head Mentor

Sereena was an Investment Banking Analyst at Wells Fargo. She then worked as a Private Equity Associate at GCM Grosvenor for four years and currently is attending Harvard Business School for her MBA. She also holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and is an active mentor across several associations.

Wais Achikzad

Wais Achikzad

Head Mentor

Wais has 20+ years of work experience across top banks like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley in various capacities such ranging from Manager to Vice President. He now runs Xen Culture, where he helps financial companies solve their talent needs. Wais has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Boston University.

Andy Yan

Andy Yan

Head Mentor

Andy was an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse. He then worked as a Private Equity Senior Associate at Thrivent and currently works at BlackRock as Vice President. Andy has an MBA from The Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Isabel Vulakh

Isabel Vulakh

Head Mentor

Isabel was an Investment Banking Analyst at JP Morgan. She then moved into Corporate Finance roles at biotech companies Roviant Sciences and Korro Bio, where she currently works as Assistant Director. Isabel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Baruch’s College and The City University of New York

Adna Pekmezovic

Adna Pekmezovic

Head Mentor

Adna was an Investment Banking Analyst and Associate at Bank of America. She then moved to VC, and currently works as Investor with Portfolia and VP at Octant Partners. Adna has a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University School of Business.

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

Head Mentor

Nick has worked in Investment Banking at Chestnut Hill Partners and JLL. He then became a Private Equity Associate with The Carlyle Group and now works as a Director at Lincoln Avenue Capital. Nick has a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from NYU.

Edgar Company

Edgar Company

Head Mentor

Edgar was an Investment Banking Associate at Barclays for 5+ years. He then worked as an Investment Associate at Pamplona Capital Management and as a Consultant at Simpling before moving to Surca Capital, where he works as their Socio Director. Edgar completed his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Alex Banh

Alex Banh

Head Mentor

Alexander Banh has worked as an advisor for many years at Converge Technology Solutions Corp., QUAAF, and Apex Advisory. He is currently the Director of FP&A at Converge Technology Solutions and a Teaching Assistant in AI in Finance at the Smith School of Business. Alexander has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a bachelor's in Economics, and a B.Com in Strategic Finance.

Alice Shang

Alice Shang

Head Mentor

Alice was an Investment Banking Analyst and then an Associate at Lazard. She then moved to VC and worked as an Investor with TCV and is currently a co-founder of Digital Health Startup. Alice has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Charles Pontvianne

Charles Pontvianne

Head Mentor

Charles worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at SGCIB and Rothschild. He then worked as an Associate at Greenhill & Co. and became a Vice President. He currently works as Head Of Corporate Finance at Ÿnsect. Charles has a Master’s Degree in Finance from HEC Paris and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from McGill University.

Christopher Newhouse

Christopher Newhouse

Head Mentor

Christopher started working as a Crypto Derivatives Trader at GSR and is currently a Co-Founder of Infiniti Labs, a Web3/Blockchain Advisory and consulting firm. Christopher holds a Master's degree in Quantitative and Computational Finance and a Bachelor's from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Craig Irvine

Craig Irvine

Head Mentor

Craig has 20+ years of work experience across top firms like Merrill Lynch, Macquarie Group, and Citigroup. His professional journey has spanned from the position of Vice President to Managing Director. Craig also holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Yale.

Daniel Ochoa

Daniel Ochoa

Head Mentor

Daniel was an Investment Banking Analyst and then an Associate at Morgan Stanley. He later left and founded editide to equip investment bankers and other corporate professionals with better tools to build their presentations. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Economics from the University of Chicago.

Eduardo Vildosola

Eduardo Vildosola

Head Mentor

Eduardo was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. He then worked as an Investment Associate at Gray Cube Sports and Microlumbia Impact Fund. He is currently an MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School.

Faye Teng

Faye Teng

Head Mentor

Faye was an Investment Banking Analyst at Jefferies. She then moved to Private Equity as an Associate at Strattam Capital and a Manager at ThoughtSpot. She is currently a Teaching Assistant and researcher at The Wharton School. Faye has an MBA from the Wharton School and triple degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

George Jian

George Jian

Head Mentor

George was a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. He worked as a Senior Associate at University Ventures. He also held positions at UBITS, Petlove&Co, Degreed, and ForgeRock as an Investor. George currently works as a Vice President at Riverwood Capital and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Princeton University.

Guantong Sun

Head Mentor

Guantong worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Nomura and Lehman Brothers. He then worked as Vice President at Fortress Investment Group, Associate Director at Golub Capital, Vice President at Pretium, and co-founded Labyrinth Data Works. He currently works as the Senior VP and Head of Investor Relations at Turning Rock Partners. He also holds a Bachelor's in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

Himanshu Singh

Himanshu Singh

Head Mentor

Himanshu worked as an Analyst at Nomura. He then worked as an Investment Banker at Deloitte, UBS, and Nomura in M&A. He currently works as an Investment Banker at Hannam & Partners, specializing in M&A in the Financial Institutions Group. Himanshu holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from NSUT.

Marvin Thiel

Marvin Thiel

Head Mentor

Marvin was an Analyst at Nomura and Stephens. He then worked as a Private Equity Associate at AnaCap and currently works at Pollen Street Capital as an Investment Director. Marvin has a Master of Science in Business Administration from Bayes Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Heidelberg University.

Maximo Gonzalez

Maximo Gonzalez

Head Mentor

Maximo worked as an Analyst at MarshBerry and Rabobank. He then worked as an Associate at Platte River Equity before moving to Grupo Trust, where he currently works as their Director general.

Panpan Xiao

Panpan Xiao

Head Mentor

Panpan was an Investment Banking Analyst and then became a Senior Associate at Citi Group. She then worked as an Investment Manager at Pictet Asset Management and Equity Analyst at Schroders. She currently works as an Equity Research Analyst at Fidelity International. Panpan holds a Bachelor's in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bristol.

Paul Mazurek

Paul Mazurek

Head Mentor

Paul worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan. He then worked as a Private Equity Senior Associate at Insight Equity before moving to a Vice President role at Stellex Capital Management. He currently works as a VP at Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. Paul completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University in Finance.
 

Peggy Xu

Peggy Xu

Head Mentor

Peggy was an Analyst at Deloitte, then worked as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Pacific Blue Australia before moving to RBC Capital Markets, where she worked as an Investment Banking Analyst. She is currently working as an Investment Associate at Future Business Partnership and is also pursuing an MBA from the London Business School.

Peter Tarwid

Peter Tarwid

Head Mentor

Peter worked as a Strategy Analyst and Senior Strategy Analyst in Corporate Strategy at Cengage Group, then worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank, and currently as a Private Equity Associate at Stone Point Capital. Peter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brown University.

Vivian Wu

Vivian Wu

Head Mentor

Vivian began as an Investment Banking Credit Analyst at J.P. Morgan. Then took on the position of Investment Professional at PennantPark Investment Advisers. She also worked as a Research Assistant at the International Institute of Green Finance and is currently working as an Investment Associate at ISF Advisors. Vivian has a Master's in International Relations and Affairs from Sciences Po and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Baruch College.

Zachary Gilbert

Zachary Gilbert

Head Mentor

Zachary was an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan, followed by roles as an Analyst and then as an Associate at iAnthus Capital Management. Zachary is currently the Director of M&A at Principal Holdings Group. He also holds an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Alyssa Karbel

Alyssa Karbel

Head Mentor

Alyssa worked as an Asset Management Analyst at Goldman Sachs for 3 years. She currently works as a Research Associate at Wellington Management. Alyssa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University.

Taro Tan

Taro Tan

Head Mentor

Taro was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis. He then worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Moelis & Company and currently works at EQT Group as a Private Equity Associate. Taro has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law.

Ajmal Tahir

Ajmal Tahir

Head Mentor

Ajmal started his career as an Equity Analyst at Strategic Analysis Corporation, where he worked for 2 years. He then joined the Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan as an Analyst and currently works as an associate. Ajmal has a Master of Engineering in Applied Science & Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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We’re confident that once you join the waitlist and hear from our past students that you'll fully understand the power of WSO Academy.  Accelerate your career trajectory with our 10 pillars.