Columbia GS or Swarthmore?

Hi guys I am a first year applicant of fall 2021 who has more than one year gap year experiences. I am struggling with two offers - Columbia GS or Swarthmore College. I'm interested in IB and hedge fund, planning to study math and CS.

Columbia GS has great location, alumni networking but I am worrying that will recruiters treat GSers as the second class citizens (compared to CC and SEAS)?

I love Swarthmore's academic and vibe but it's a pretty small college so I am worrying about whether I will be disadvantaged on school's reputation, alumni networking and location.

Please feel free to give me your suggestion! Thank you!

Comments (10)

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Apr 8, 2021 - 9:31pm

Would definitely go to Swarthmore over GS. Smaller but stronger alumni and less competition for positions. Unfortunately GS is not perceived as being the same as CC/SEAS, and people reviewing your application will probably be from CC/SEAS. GS might also impact your on campus experience (getting into proper clubs, etc). 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Apr 8, 2021 - 10:42pm

Swarthmore and don't look back. The smaller alumni network should be able to respond at a higher rate and be able to build connections faster. 

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 8, 2021 - 11:40pm

There are plenty of successful GSers at Columbia. If you prefer Swarthmore go for it but you should not be concerned about being a "second-class citizen" at Columbia if you're not CC/SEAS. That extends to Barnard as well, everyone has access to the same recruiting.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Apr 10, 2021 - 6:41pm

100p true. I am a SEAS grad, some of the smartest people at Columbia are GS and when I was in club leadership we made sure to recruit GSers.

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 8, 2021 - 11:42pm

honestly, can't make a wrong decision here. You can get incredible outcomes either way.

Apr 9, 2021 - 1:43pm
mgszn, what's your opinion? Comment below:

if you like to party go to columbia. swarthmore sucks balls in that department speaking as a student

Apr 10, 2021 - 7:02pm
kiril, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I graduated from GS last year. Having Columbia on the resume is definitely a plus for recruiting. Didn't recruit for IB but had no issues with getting eyeballs from family offices, hf and investment research type of roles, not to mention that I'm an international student

Apr 10, 2021 - 7:56pm
Psil, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What is the difference been columbia college and columbia gs? 


  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 11, 2021 - 10:04pm

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