There has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr>. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an <abbr...
First, shout out to @phantombanker" for his original work "How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours" which I attempted to pay homage to with the post title. ### Introduction **Re: This Post** This post applies mostly to the Quant...
The main takeaways are either headers or in bold. <h3>If you get accepted to multiple top 10-15 schools, take “prestige” out of the equation.</h3> I always tell the story of my good friend who passed up a full ride at Columbia to pay full freight at Wharton due to...
Ross seems fun, where a strong GPA is somewhat assured, with defined paths to great jobs. Yet everyone is telling me to go to Chicago. I'm surprised I got into Chicago, safe assumption my GPA isn't going to be stellar, but maybe the Chicago brand is worth that downside? And while not...
"Five years from now..." is a pretty good benchmark for the half-life of most business or career-related arcs (okay, maybe 5-10 years, depending on the career or industry). As an undergrad or fresh grad, of course your undergrad matters - to you, to your peers, to recruiters, to...
Deo et Patriae
Approximately one year ago I did <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/headed-to-hbs-in-the-fall-ask-me-anything-ama">this AMA</a> about being accepted and attending <abbr title="Harvard Business School ">HBS</abbr>. A week ago I finished...
<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...
I made it 5 minutes before they closed and I bought a gallon of skim milk. <em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 12/14/15.</em>
I recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective...
As many of you know, Harvard recently rescinded the acceptances of at least 10 students (I think the number is 12) for obscene memes in a Facebook group chat. Unfortunately, I was one of was those students. My initial response was to blame Harvard, the founders of the offensive group...
Every year I do a post like this on about this date for students seeking admission. Most MSF/MMS program start their application cycle around this time so it is usually helpful. Prior years Q&A are listed...
I created the last post about this time so I thought it would be a good time to get a new thread going. With many MSF/MMS programs starting their application cycle in the next couple of months I wanted to provide a place where people can post their profiles, ask questions or seek help. I've...
Ok, so I am a current senior in high school and I am in a predicament. I want to go into <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> before getting my <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">mba</abbr> and then <abbr title="asset...
<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 10/1/2014 and ranks #23 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content...
Just re-joined the full-time working world after two years at H/S/W caliber <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> program. Attended b-school after ~9 years in the US military working in the special operations community. While in b-school, I did...
So - I just got all my R1 decisions back and found out I got into MIT Sloan and Berkeley Haas! I was a low GPA candidate - ended up with 2.96 from a T30 "semi target" school. Major in Econ, Minor in Math. A caveat about my grades - my lower grades were in upper level math courses...
Hi all, Longtime reader and writing as a small way of “giving back.” I’m in my second year at H/S/W and thought I’d share some thoughts and insights. My background is traditional – think <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> / Consulting / <abbr...
The question is simple: if you could go and redo college, what changes/different decisions would you have made in your pursuit of a high finance career? It can literally be anything from which group of friends you surrounded yourself with to what type of internships you did/didn't do, or...
All, Over the past two months, I have seen several threads asking for advice on applying to Princeton Bendheim's MFin program, what the school is looking for, and many other questions. People on the forums have pointed to me because I go to school there, and they think I have some clue...
Deo et Patriae
About one year ago, I did [this AMA](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/finished-1st-year-at-hbs-ask-me-anything-ama) about finishing my first year at HBS. Two years ago, I did [this AMA](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/headed-to-hbs-in-the-fall-ask-me-anything-ama) about being...
Hey everyone, Just took my GMAT this morning and scored 760 (IR8/Q50/V44), which is at the 99th percentile. While this is certainly not the limit of what many of you could score, I think my experience going through the process might be valuable to share, so I'm hoping at least a few...
Inspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in <abbr title="Top 7 MBA business...
Hello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle. <h3>Background</h3> I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no...
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Reasons why you shouldn't do this 1. Look at how frequently <abbr title="Top 7 MBA business schools">M7</abbr> <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration graduates">MBAs</abbr> do this and look at how frequently University of Phoenix...
**EDIT**: Changed rankings to place Ivey in 1st place instead of UBC Sauder PMF as people I've talked to think it's unfair to compare the top 7 kids at Sauder to entire schools. And, to be fair, the top 7 kids at Ivey/QC place comparably to Sauder PMF kids and Sauder as an entire...
I'm pretty new to the forum and have been using it as a very useful informational supplement to my post-USMC career. I have been Pm'ed by several guys about flying/military in the short time I've been on the forum. I was also surprised to see how many of the young guys/girls were...
Hello Stern hopefuls. I am currently a student at Stern, and in an effort to procrastinate applying for internships/jobs next summer (yes, it starts this early) I decided to write some things I wish I knew when applying to Stern. Being one of the only direct admit business school programs in the...
I've been a long time browser on this website and just wanted to share my experience. <h4>Here are my stats before we start:</h4> <ul> <li>UG: Service Academy - 2.3 GPA</li> <li>Grad: Big D1 Sport School - random MS with accounting and finance...
Hey guys, This topic is not for people who moved from banking to buy side post <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> and make huge sum of money. Assuming if you have a finance background (non-IBD) and go to <abbr title="Masters in Business...
I've seen a few posts on here discouraging others from pursuing a career in sales as it relates to <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> admissions. In particular, some have argued sales doesn't look great at <abbr title="Top 7 MBA...
Hi folks. I was lucky enough to have been accepted to both the Harvard and Stanford <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> programs. I would really appreciate any advice/thoughts on things I should consider while making this decision. Here is some...
I posted once earlier, but now I've narrowed my choices down to Vanderbilt and direct admittance to the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (and KLLC membership). I would graduate Vanderbilt with up to $50k in debt and leave IU without any. Also, I love to travel...
So I went to an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> info session for a top 10 business school the other day, and I was the only person in room of 20+ people that wanted to do anything remotely related to finance. Not only that, but after mentioning I...
When I applied the class profile said 500 students per year. Well, there are 644 BBAs in the class of 2021 and people are saying there could be nearly 700 BBAs in my class of 2022 after cross-campus transfers next summer. I feel like this dramatic growth diminishes the cachet. And doesn't...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This one was originally posted 6/30/2015.</em> I get a ton of emails and answer a ton of posts asking similar questions so I thought I would answer the most common ones I get here...
<h3>AMA</h3> Given round 2 results are just out (congrats AdMITS!) and inspired by a few of the other people (@Masterz57", @OpsDude", @TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at MIT's Sloan...
Just graduated college and was fortunate to be accepted to the 2+2 program at <abbr title="Harvard Business School">HBS</abbr>. When I was going through the application process there was a noticeable lack of business school info on <abbr title="Wall Street...
Okay, so I'm a high school senior from a lower middle-class background who's been waitlisted/rejected from about 10 or so targets/semi-targets. Going into the college application process, I thought I had a real shot at most of them (I have a 35 on the ACT, decent ECS) but I think I was...
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I've found this site to be incredibly helpful but noticed there is limited information out there on the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> programs outside of the top 25, so I thought I would put something together for UM's <abbr...
Hello all, I have been wondering lately what some of the top schools for recruiting is (outside the Ivy League ), which place reasonably well, and have strong relationships and connections to Wall Street. Preferably northeast, however, if the school fits the criteria then that will do. Open...
A few months ago, I was speaking to a colleague about investing in a team of entrepreneurs in Africa. He said that he liked the team, but was a bit surprised one of the partners was a graduate of Harvard Business School. “I’m always confused,” he said “when I speak to someone who could...
Hi! I'll forgo the story unless anyone asks for it but, I dropped out of university to be a chef, found success in that career, but the job is becoming physically unsustainable as I age. I want to attend university with a definite career goal this time, and my only other real interest...
Coming up with a list of schools I'm applying to - one of the things I'm not so keen on with the <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> is the party culture (just a personal preference really, not a diss). I know school cultures vary, and...
Hi, I am an international student who just get admitted into Wharton Full time <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> (2019 intake / Class of 2021) without any fellowship. To pay for the <abbr title="Masters in Business...
Ok guys, building on my post last year, I wanted to start something for this years applicants. Anyone applying this year, with a 2015 start and 2016 graduation, feel free to post your profile, ask questions or just add some comments. Looking to help and give advice to anyone applying in this...
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2018 guide (obviously based on my experience and from various rankings) TARGET: Oxbridge, <abbr title="London School of Economics">LSE</abbr>, <abbr title="London Business School">LBS</abbr>, IBS STRONG SEMI: Warwick, UCL SEMI: Cass,...
For the record, I have no intention/ability to do this. I'm just curious if it's even possible to buy your way into Harvard (or any elite business school) the same way you can buy your way into their undergraduate programs.
I noticed a few tech titans younger siblings are computer science majors (snapchat's kid sister is current <abbr title="Credit Suisse">CS</abbr> at Stanford). And most of the summer interns are minoring in computer science — especially gunner Asian kids.
Hello, my daughter is admitted to NYU Stern undergraduate, but has been offered only 11K scholarship that leaves approx. 66K to be paid out of pocket and I expect it to increase 3 to 4 % year or year in next 3 years. She has also gotten admission into UT Austin’s Mccomb business school’s...
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What's going on here? I'm a 2nd year at a <abbr title="Top 7 MBA business schools ">M7</abbr> b-school graduating soon, and aside from banking, finance job market has been horrendous. On-campus recruiting was mostly banks and some long-only mutual funds. The...
I was accepted to Wharton, Harvard, and Columbia for <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> class of 2020. Harvard with no money. Wharton with ~40% tuition. Columbia with 100% tuition. Pre-MBA experience is <abbr title="investment...
Below is a snippet of a <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> job posting requirement for an Associate role. REQUIRED BACKGROUND: **Resumes without SAT scores will NOT be considered**. 1. <abbr title="Masters in Business...
Long story short, I didn't get the exact job I wanted out of college (non-target private school in northeast) and am working on the product rather than securities side in fixed income. I want to transition to a capital markets or trading, or research role where I can interact more with the...
Hi monkeys, I am a current high school senior who is 100% deadset on going into finance. I applied Early Decision 1 to Wharton at UPenn, and I will find out if I am going to be rejected this Friday. My stats are decent (1580 SAT, 3.9 UW GPA), but I really do not have any exceptional...
Post-admit questions welcomed. I hope this AMA can help you if you're looking at <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr>, <abbr title="Masters in Finance">MSF</abbr> or MMS in your early careers. I also have friends who...
It appears that people are trying to change the para---dig(m)! <a href="https://poetsandquants.com/2018/08/29/mba-apps-take-a-shocking-plunge/">Link to the article</a> Any thoughts monkeys?
I just took the GMAT this past weekend and scored a 760 (Q49 / V44), so while everything was fresh on my mind I wanted to make a post here about the process that I went through. I know that there are a few threads like this already out there, but when I was trying to figure out how to tackle the...
I'm Betsy Massar, founder of Master Admissions</a>. I'm glad to be here on Wall Street Oasis back with kindred spirits. Right out of Harvard Business School I worked for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs"...
Hi there! From what you' ve heard/seen throughout your whole career, what are the best school for a <abbr title="Masters in Finance">MSF</abbr> in Europe? (I know that it depends on the field we are considering, let's say for <abbr title="investment...
I see so much hype around this website about attending a target school, and that it is very difficult to break into a good finance career without a target school background. However, is it worth it to carry the debt of these schools? At what point would you consider the advantages of a target to...
Apparently, there is a 19 old attending at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey school of business. According to this <a href="http://poetsandquants.com/2017/03/12/meet-19-year-old-mba-student/">article</a> he is quite the prodigy. [quote] The Los Angeles native...
Since there is not a ranking of US <abbr title="Masters in Finance programs ">MSFs</abbr> I elected to make one. I’d like to thank ANT/TNA for his great list on MSFHQ.com it is an invaluable resource for anyone considering an <abbr title="Masters in...
An interesting article on the Financial Times talks about [a new trend of MBA's going into banking in order to work with the tech industry](https://www.ft.com/content/db26ea1c-47a2-11e8-8ee8-cae73aab7ccb): [quote] The banking sector is holding its own as an MBA employer. But it is doing...
Second Year student here. Successfully made the transition from Finance to Consulting. Love the culture here. Chicago is cold as balls. Saw how recruiting worked out for people- internship and then full-time wise, so I finally feel that I'm in a position to give my overall opinion here....
Looked through top <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">mba</abbr> class profiles and it looks like a lot of averages for class 2019 went up again substantially: Stanford 737 <abbr title="Harvard Business School">HBS</abbr> 730 Kellogg...
Deo et Patriae
I was fortunate enough to be accepted into <abbr title="Harvard Business School">HBS</abbr> in Round 2 and will be heading there this Fall. I have never done an AMA on this site before and I feel that now might be a good time to do so. I hope that sharing my experience with...
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Good for them. "The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support "so-called" trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students...
[quote]What we’re trying to do … is to strengthen our impact for our students and the greater community,” she said. “We have to do that by being relevant to the changes in the market.”[/quote] <a...
Not my experience, but I saw this on Medium: [What I learned at Harvard Business School](https://medium.com/@aravindkrishnan_92595/what-i-learned-at-harvard-business-school-2800b16d31f5) written by [Aravind Krishnan](linkedin.com/in/aravind-krishnan-8bb57350) While I am not opposed to the...
After seeing an <abbr title="Harvard Business School ">HBS</abbr> and CBS thread on their reflections on the first term of their <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> programs, I thought I'd do the same. Thank you to...
Because of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">my gmat score</a></span> and the dismal state of <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> applications, I know it...
I went to London Business School primarily to transition from working for the Clinton Foundation to a job in impact investing. At London Business School, I used a variety of resources at my disposal to improve my financial acumen. I built <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Michigan is now ranked seventh. Booth is tied for first with Harvard. No other big changes except maybe Yale dropping out of the top 10. <a href="https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings"><abbr title="Masters in Business...
<h3>1. What “smart” looks like</h3> Once you get accepted into business school, it soon dawns on you that for the first time in a while, you’ll be sitting in class with some incredibly smart people. Of the thousands of people that applied to the program, these are the people...
So I've been looking up a lot of random profiles on LinkedIn and the conclusions are 1. Top 10 <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> school kids nearly all have great career outcomes. The lowest ranked school which provides decent...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this was originally posted 8/25/15 but we know @TNA" loves answering these questions so bumping up again to the top</em> With the <abbr title="Masters in Finance ">MSF</abbr> recruiting cycle quickly approaching, I thought it would...
Thoughts from everyone? The one that stands out to me is Ross being placed above Fuqua and Yale SOM... 2014 U.S. News & World Report <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> Ranking 2014 Rank & School Index Score 2013 Rank 2013 Index Score...
Hey fellow monkeys, was browsing around and saw this. I'm definitely considering B-School down the line (still in undergrad) but thought this is still some great information to know beforehand - and might be interesting to a lot of you considering an MBA. Berkeley and Stanford are...
I hosted a <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> webinar (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/event/webinar-my-application-to-wharton-7pm-et-12215">link here</a>) on Thursday, December 3rd about my application to Wharton and how I got in, despite...
What is the best way to gain impressive finance-related work experience while completing an undergraduate degree at an Ivy League university? I know most students take time off during summer to do internships, but what can someone do during fall and spring semesters to prepare for an investment...
Are you better off making $55K to $100K staying in a career like corp fin for life or taking on $200K in debt to get into a top 20 <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration ">MBA</abbr> school to get into these high finance jobs?
IMO when your opportunity cost for attending <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> is in 7 digits, it's a bad financial decision (but could be a good personal decision). What is your take?
Ok, I am poor and ill informed and desperate. I have admits to a Columbia Business School Msc program and also to Georgetown's <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr>. Which one would be better overall perception to finance employers in...
Dances With Newfoundland
Interesting blog post from Fortune, which talks about how prominent PE firms such as GTCR are no longer requiring their associates to attend business school. Rather, promising associates are being promoted from within. A similar trend is happening at MBB consulting firms, which used to kick...
Hi <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, I wanted to give back to the community now that my <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> admissions journey is over. I've left some facts and thoughts below, would by more...
<em>Mod Note (Andy) - we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/18/2015.</em> I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to give back to the community who really helped me out more than I could ever ask for. Quick shout out to a few...
Every year I do a post like this on about this date for students seeking admission. Most MSF/MMS program start their application cycle around this time so it is usually helpful. Prior years Q&A are listed...
Hi all, here's a follow-up to a profile review I gave a while back (shitty WE, good raw stats). Since I can't link my old posts, here's what I wrote: "So I graduated from UCLA with a Sociology degree, and got a 3.9 GPA. But I sucked terribly at networking and finding jobs,...
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I studied finance at a non target and had my first internship working on middle-market <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> deals. I was unable to land an offer in banking and I hated the thought of working a mundane, <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Personally, I prefer the Super Targets for one stop shopping, but is there anyone out there that likes the regular ones or even the mini-ones (heard of them but never experienced).
Want to get everyone's thoughts on my upcoming B-school decision. I'm a management consultant looking to make a career switch. I've loved my time at my company, but I've only ever been a consultant, and I want to try something new. I'm not tied to a specific role /...
Hello, everyone. This fall, I'll be a freshman at a target school. I know it might seem ridiculous to start planing for next summer already, but I don't feel comfortable without a plan. Anyhow, I've read that even while going to a target with a good GPA, it's hard to...
Monkey in Acquisitions
Some very interesting data on the wealth distribution before and after attending various US colleges. This is not for the business schools, but the overall college, but interesting nonetheless: <a...
Professor Deepak Malhotra is pretty much the best instructor at the Harvard Business School. He is the winner of numerous teaching awards, his Negotiations Class was over 10x oversubscribed (600+ students applying for 60 spots) this year, and his student reviews are downright flawless. This...
Hey all, This is my first post on here but I've been a long time lurker. I am a recent graduate of one of the service academies. I recognize that my number one priority for at least 5 years is to serve my country and be the best officer possible. However, I know at some point that I...
Stealth elite college that will lead to high-status [banking] career or miserable place full of neurotic weirdos that will more likely lead to being overcome with regret and depression?
Hey buds, This post comes down to this fundamental question: can prestige of an undergrad school justify debt? I'm choosing between Claremont McKenna, and a full ride from UIC (state school in Chicago). I would have to pay for room and board at CMC, which would total around...
Forget everything about HBS guys having MAD SWAGGER.. [this guy has to take the cake](https://law.yale.edu/brandon-levin) for the most prestigious academic background of all time. I can't even imagine what it's like for him to walk around wearing yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and HBS swag...