📌Seton Hall vs Rutgers vs Auburn

I’m currently a sophomore looking to transfer and pursue a career in investment banking. I’ve been accepted into the following schools and would love to get some feedback from the community to help me decide which one to commit to:

(Non-Target) Seton Hall Stillman School of Business:

Offers access to the Hall Street Fund (a Student-Managed Investment Fund, SMIF).
Has recruiting options with Blue Owl Capital.

(Non-Target) Rutgers School of Business (New Brunswick):

Cannot join the Road to Wall Street program since it’s only for freshmen.
Their SMIF is phasing out.
I’m not fully aware of their recruiting options, but they do have a large alumni network and a big name.

(Non-Target) Auburn Harbert College of Business:

Has the Financial Management Association (FMA) program, which provides access to the Auburn SMIF.
Strong recruitment pipeline.
Offers numerous case competitions, which I enjoy participating in.

I’m still waiting on decisions from two more schools, including one target school, but these are my current options. I’m really torn on what to do and would greatly appreciate any feedback or insights, especially regarding recruitment opportunities, program quality, and overall reputation in the IB world. I know in the end hard work and strong networking will pay off where ever I end up but I'd love some takes.



If you’re a sophomore (rising junior now), recruiting for banking has already came and went. If you’re a rising sophomore, none of these schools will help you very much, it will be a grind and you should just go to whichever one you like/vibe with more. Auburn definitely sounds like the most fun for two years


I'm a rising sophomore with a real estate summer analyst internship lined up for the summer. Unfortunately, I was more focused on transfer applications these last three months than on summer IB internship opportunities (even though I didn't get accepted into any target schools at the moment). I'm definitely going to be on the grind wherever I end up and hope I'm not too behind in the cycle. I am leaning more toward Auburn because of the FMA program, the network, and the feel of the actual school and area itself.

Thanks for your feedback.


Auburn, you seem to already like it more and the environment is much better socially than the other 2. Good network and a good pipeline mixed with a good social scene makes it the best option, IMO. Have fun


Thank you so much for your input! I appreciate your perspective, and I do feel like Auburn is a great fit for me. The strong network, good pipeline, and vibrant social scene which are all big pluses.


wouldn't SHU feed into Blue Owl's Short Hill office, or can you recruit into NYC? interning at BO and did notice a lot of SHU students


Yes, SHU has a great connection with BO, plus there is recruitment options for NYC. I've actually submitted my deposit to SHU, especially since I have a full ride. Financially, it’s extremely hard to pass up on SHU as they have the curriculum I was looking for and a SMIF, which were the biggest must-haves for me in colleges I wanted to transfer to. Honestly, the biggest curveball for me at the moment is that I was waitlisted for Georgetown McDonough School of Business. If I hear back from them, which I won't know until the latest by July 15th, the real question becomes: Is going to a top 10 target school worth 200k+ debt, or is a non-target school with zero debt better? The transfer process has been wild, especially coming from a first-generation student.

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