Target Schools For Consulting Megathread

Top Targets: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Wharton

Mid Targets: Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Duke, Upenn (Non-Wharton), MIT

Low Targets: Cornell, Georgetown, Umich Ross, UVA, Northwestern

Top Semi-targets: Berkeley Haas, WashU Olin, Uchicago

Mid Semi-targets: USC Marshall, Carnegie Mellon, Vanderbilt, Emory, Indiana Kelley, Boston College, UT Mccombs, UNC, Rice, Caltech, Georgia tech

Low Semi-targets: Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Wake Forest, Tufts, SMU, UIUC

Top LACs excluded

Comments (108)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:22pm

Looks about right, although John Hopkins has enough prestige for its students to land good MBB/T2 jobs, just like any target.

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
Hayek, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Even after living in Washington, DC for many years -- I rarely ran into JHU graduates (I'm excluding the masters/grad programs--just undergrad). You'd think that arguably the best undergrad in the area would send more folks to DC. I don't know if it was just my work/social groups but I've often wondered where the JHU grads all end up.

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Jul 7, 2020 - 6:28pm
Giannis34, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think the that there is a misconception regarding UVA placement for consulting. MBB doesn't really care if you're in McIntire or not. Strong applicants with Econ/Stats degree always will get a good look. In fact, the Systems Engineering major has a better per capita placement in MBB than McIntire.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:37pm

^this is correct. also a couple of niche clubs have great placement (University Guide Service w/ Bain)

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:52pm

For consulting, W gives a slight advantage, but MBB still heavily recruits from the other schools and I'd say still top target. In fact, consulting is the biggest industry people go into from CAS and third for the engineering school. The difference is much bigger for finance.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:32pm

In terms of consulting, I have heard of students at UCLA placing well. Yet there is also not a huge interest in consulting/finance at UCLA as it is more of a research/pre-med oriented school. From friends and associates I would say UCLA fits in as a mid-semi target similar to vandy, emory, unc, and a tad below USC Marshall

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 8:55pm

For UCLA's junior class summer this year, they only managed to send 2 kids in total for MBB in the US, and it was 2 kids to Bain. McKinsey and BCG didn't take anyone. EY-Parthenon took 3, LEK took 2, Deloitte S&O took 1. I would say UCLA does really poorly in consulting recruiting going by those stats.

Then for the lower tier offers, KPMG took 2, ZS took 1 or 2, and Keystone took 2.

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
throwaway0138581, what's your opinion? Comment below:

High school buddy just placed out of OSU -- this is not true, in a good year they have 2 McK (OCR) and 1 BCG. They just had their first placements at Bain, OW, LEK, Parthenon. Up and coming but not a "target" (although if UIUC is on the list OSU could be on there)

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm

yeah, it's through OCR like i said. everything you said here is accurate except OSU had 3 BCG, not 1.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:37pm

There's no specific top or low target like IB in consulting. you either go to their target or you don't. Also IU is no where near USC and others in that league since USC places well at Bain. I'd add Top LAC's like Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin to the list as well

Jul 7, 2020 - 6:45pm
kjwsjhdeoweioefnqeibqo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is actually not true. IU places nearly 10 people into MBB every year. The economic consulting major has a near 70% placement rate into consulting firms and the median salary is $73,000 for that major.

USC is about equal for consulting.

And yes, I completely forgot top LACs

  • Prospect in Consulting
Jul 8, 2020 - 8:16pm

What does it mean that X school is better than Y school for placing people into consulting? Let's say they are of equal prestige generally.

Does that mean firms just tend to take more people from school X or do they have a larger presence, offer more opportunity to meet consultants, and other benefits at school X compared to Y, despite both being good schools?

I hope that makes sense! Also the fact that IU places 10 people into MBB, and other similarly low numbers, makes me very nervous about the coming fall.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 7:01pm

USC has twice as many consultants than IU (including Kelley) at MBB. Not saying it's not a target but wouldn't be in the same tier.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 7, 2020 - 7:38pm

Indiana Kelley places better for big4 consulting/t2 consulting. USC places better with MBB.

Both very good schools for consulting, but I'd give a slight edge to USC.

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:47pm

I didnt realize consulting was considered Investment Banking at first. Then I saw it was a ranking thread and knew it belonged in this forum.

Also, this dude's post history is wack

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:49pm

This looks correct, but you forgot top LACs (Williams, Amherst)

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 6:53pm

For consulting, W gives a slight advantage, but MBB still heavily recruits from the other schools and I'd say still top target. In fact, consulting is the biggest industry people go into from CAS and third for the engineering school. The difference is much bigger for finance.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 7:35pm

Just out of curiosity, how many of those in Engineering/CAS do you think are doing a dual degree with W? I know that a good amount at Wharton end up getting a second degree as well, so I feel like some of that information may not show up in placement data for Engineering/CAS. Could be completely wrong though.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 8:50pm

No you're right, that definitely skews the data, as around 30% of W gets a dual degree, but its difficult to separate the data. FWIW, in my experience I know many single degree non W students who land MBB. Cant put a number on it, but its not hard to get an interview at MBB from any school at penn

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
wannabeibplz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Do you have numbers for this?

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020 - 7:22pm

I'd also put UIUC and Georgia Tech in there somewhere, each place ~12-15 per year into MBB

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Jul 8, 2020 - 12:41pm

Yeah Georgia Tech should definitely be higher than Low Semi-target, this year placed 18 into MBB, according to the career center. All 3 have strong on-campus presence as well. Can't personally speak to UIUC though.

Aug 11, 2020 - 7:20pm
asdfjf12432, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm considering attending Brown over Dartmouth in the fall. Wondering if you could give some insight as to why Brown places well in consulting. Are there any programs, clubs, or orgs on campus that help prepare students?

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jul 7, 2020 - 8:58pm

UCLA is super ass for consulting recruiting. For UCLA's junior class summer this year, they only managed to send 2 kids in total for MBB in the US, and it was 2 kids to Bain. McKinsey and BCG didn't take anyone. EY-Parthenon took 3, LEK took 2, Deloitte S&O took 1. Accenture Strategy took 2? I would say UCLA does really poorly in consulting recruiting going by those stats. Strategy&, Oliver Wyman, AT Kearney do not recruit at our school.

Then for the lower tier offers, KPMG took 2, ZS took 1 or 2, and Keystone took 2.

UCLA's really not good for anything in business lol - even for IB/S&T/Buy-side combined, they only send at most 30 a year, and almost half that number is through diversity programs.

Jul 7, 2020 - 11:42pm
autonomous, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Because OP is an 18 year old and putting down associate on WSO is the closest he is getting to working in IB

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Jul 7, 2020 - 11:09pm
wannabeibplz, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  1. You really think Haas is less of a target than UVA, Williams and Umich, Amherst? Don't they churn out Booz, McKinsey and BCG analysts? Isn't it also ranked higher than Columbia,Yale, Stern and Dartmouth by USNWR and Poets and Quants?

Per USNWR MBA RANKINGS (2021): 1. Wharton / Stanford 2. Northwestern 3. Booth 4. MIT Sloan 5. Harvard 6. Berkeley Haas 7. Columbia 8. Yale 9. NYU Stern 10. UVA 11. Dartmouth Tuck

  1. Where are schools like CalTech, UIUC, Georgia Tech, Norte Dame?

I smell East coast opinions.

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Jul 8, 2020 - 12:51pm
wannabeibplz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Undergrad rankings are even better for Berkeley. They're #3 in Undergrad Business.

Per USNWR Undergrad business rankings (2021):

  1. UPenn Wharton (Fisher M&T + UG)
  2. MIT Sloan
  3. Berkeley Haas (MET + UG)
  4. UMich Ross (UG)
  5. CMU Tepper
  6. NYU Stern
  7. UT Austin
  8. UNC
  9. UVA
  10. Cornell
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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jul 8, 2020 - 4:19am

Can confirm that Berkeley sends 20+ to MBB each year. Definitely comparable numbers to Mich, Georgetown, etc. The difference is that a ton end up in SF offices so take that as you will.

Jul 8, 2020 - 12:47pm
pm461, what's your opinion? Comment below:

A little biased bc I go there but I think Amherst is definitely a Mid Target - strong on campus presence from two of the MBBs and some T2's (I.e. Parthenon, ATK) and we consistently place multiple people at each firm every year (4 or 5 going to Bain as AC right now) including those that aren't on campus

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
wannabeibplz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

yes but on average Amherst sends fewer people to MBB than Haas. Still a decent school regardless.

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Jul 8, 2020 - 2:21pm
becsjwb, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Vanderbilt is definitely a mid to low target, especially out of undergrad. Business school, not so much, but undergrad is up there for sure

  • Prospect in Other
Jul 8, 2020 - 6:49pm

UT as a whole sends 10+ to MBB every year, places extremely well in the texas offices. Dallas/Houston classes are full of UT

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
wannabeibplz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

what banks are actually based out of Texas? Goldman, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, BAML, Jeffries, Evercore, Centerview... are all based out of NY. UT attracts great interest in Texas, but what banks are native to Texas? Or are you citing people that go to NY from Texas?

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  • Prospect in Other
Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm

was talking about MBB but have insight into BB/EB as well. UT sends a bunch to NY BB/EB/others especially JPM/GS/MS/Evercore/Point72. There is a strong pipeline to houston Evercore as well. This year, Texas sends to not only the above but also to Moelis/Lazard/Barclays/UBS/PJT/WF/SIG.

A quick search on LinkedIn for "Wall Street for McCombs" will give you all sorts of results. Has a near 100% placement for BB/EB

  • Prospect in Consulting
Jul 8, 2020 - 8:10pm

What is the differentiating factor between rankings here? Is it by how many interns + full time folks are taken at MBB and otherwise relative to the size of the class?

Does the geography matter? I know UCLA and USC are nice schools, but the LA offices/Socal offices of MBB can be small.

Also where do people get the data? I've talked to my career center and they told me they don't have that information (or wouldn't give it to me, I wouldn't know the difference).

Also, I wonder how virtual recruiting will change things. Will firms be able to reach more people or give more interviews? Is networking directly gonna be more important since there aren't traditional info sessions where students meet consultants?

Sorry for the brain dump of stuff here.

Jul 8, 2020 - 8:58pm
Giannis34, what's your opinion? Comment below:

n = 1 sample size. But someone from my high school who went CalTech / Harvey Mudd with a 3.3 got offers from two of the MBB in the LA office, while those with 3.8+ at USC/UCLA regularly get their resumes thrown out. Though to be fair this kid was 10 times smarter than me and those schools are notorious for grade inflation.

Jul 8, 2020 - 10:25pm
surcitycredit09, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Williams, Amherst get out of here lmao. What a joke.

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Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
surcitycredit09, what's your opinion? Comment below:

School is non-target as .... Sure a few kids go here and there. BB only recruit from there because you can get some decent liberal arts kids from there. Completely different world from an Ivy.

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  • Intern in Consulting
Jul 8, 2020 - 11:51pm

What is this based on? UChicago sends fewer than 4 people to MBB annually on average and NYU Stern doesn't even have MBB OCR.

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
wannabeibplz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

NYU sends 30+ people to MBB every year per their career center. Booth should send even more people to MBB...

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Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
Stonedawgrunaway, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is UChicago really worse than Ross for consulting recruiting? Is this because the student body leans hard towards finance roles (IB/Trading/HF)?

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
Atlcalling, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There is no way Emory, Vandy, CMU, WashU, UChicago, and UCB aren't low targets. I'm looking on Linkedin and over 100 grads from each school work at Mckinsey.

  • Prospect in Consulting
Aug 11, 2020 - 7:20pm

No, Emory, Vandy, and don't have 100 grads at McKinsey. CMU may have about 110 at McKinsey, but at the other BBs they only have 50 combined, UChicago is seen a better for IB, while NU is for consulting in Chicago. UCB is much larger, so it's per capita placement isn't good.

I would raise Georgia Tech to a high semi target, as they dominate consulting in Atlanta. Atlanta is a pretty big office for MBB, it is only smaller than Chicago, Boston, NYC, and San Fransico in the U.S. About equal in size to the Washington D.C. office.

Aug 11, 2020 - 7:20pm
Chosenmonkey74, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If Atlanta is so good for consulting won't Emory place a bunch too? I've also heard that Emory has a very good reputation for consulting especiall at MBA level

 

 

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Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
monk3y99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dartmouth undergrad is a solid target tho mainly just for Bain (~15 to Bain, ~3 to McKinsey, 0 for BCG)

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
cubsfan1234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How many from Vandy for each firm and what majors are recruited the most?

Also definitely on the up, if not a semi to mid target now, will be in 5 yrs.

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
cubsfan1234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How many from Vandy for each firm and what majors are recruited the most?

Also definitely on the up, if not a semi to mid target now, will be in 5 yrs.

Jul 8, 2020 - 11:52pm
stablecashflows, what's your opinion? Comment below:

vandy is solid-ish for consulting. regardless if u work youll get it. great school

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Aug 11, 2020 - 7:20pm
Dasquirrel007, what's your opinion? Comment below:

NYU is definitely known for IB of course, but there are still a lot of undergrads that go into consulting. There is a decent handful that go to MBB every year and it is a huge Big 4 feeder, and Parthenon/LEK/Kearney all recruit on campus. For MBA, it's definitely an MBB target; all three recruit on campus and there are tons of Stern alum at each of them.

Aug 11, 2020 - 7:20pm
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