NYU CAS Econ to BB?


I was recently admitted into NYU's class of 2026 as an economics major at the College of Arts and Sciences. I have a few questions:

  • What are the prospects like for CAS Econ students compared to Stern students? 

  • Do CAS Econ students have access to Stern recruiting? 

  • Which minors should I add to make myself more attractive in the hiring process?

  • How feasible is an internal transfer into Stern if it turns out that it's absolutely necessary for what I want to do (BB Investment Banking)?

Before any of you ask, the reason I applied and got in for Cas Econ rather than Stern is that I wasn't confident enough in my stats, and ultimately wanted to play it safe. CAS in itself is incredibly difficult now (9% acceptance last year), so I felt that Stern would be far out of possibility considering it's even more difficult. Yes, I could have applied and got into less competitive business schools, but I ultimately decided that I like NYU too much as a whole to consider some of those as options for my first choice (Early Decision) school.  

Any advice would help, and thank you in advance!

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 5, 2022 - 3:14pm

Stern student here, have quite a lot CAS friends who also recruited for IB so here's my observation:

  • The top kids from CAS are not less competitive than the top or Stern kids. As long as you know that you want IB early on and grind, you will be prepared.
  • With that said, CAS students do have a slight disadvantage in accessing recruiting resources, and most of it has to do with clubs. I would say the majority of Stern clubs don't take non-stern kids for leadership positions (you can still go to general meetings though) so you might lack access to some alumni, career workshops, etc. Perhaps a good news is that a lot of Stern kids also don't have that much club involvement, network solely by themselves, and end up in great places. So you are on the same boat as them, just make networking a habit. 
  • In terms of minors, obviously you should minor in Business Studies (at Stern), and choose other majors/minors based on your interest and course load.
  • I am not sure about the exact transfer success rate into Stern, because it varies year by year, depending on how many kids in your class want to transfer, and the spots are usually a fixed amount.
  • In short, IB recruiting from CAS is difficult but doable. BB/EB recruiting will be more difficult, but I knew several CAS people first ended up in reputable MMs and lateraled. Obviously, if you can transfer to Stern it will help, but I don't think you should freak out about it.

Hope some of my 2 cents helps and congrats on your acceptance.

Jan 5, 2022 - 3:23pm
op.48No.1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for your comment! I will probably do the business studies minor along with maybe a math or data science one. From your comment, it seems as a whole like the IB placement is difficult but possible, so I'll just try my best. Again, thanks!

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 27, 2022 - 7:38am

From what I have heard, Evercore has a strong preference for Stern kids over CAS kids - I think ~8-9 placed into M&A for 2023. 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 27, 2022 - 7:37am

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