UVA ECON vs IUB kelley economic consulting or finance

I am a junior at Kelley school(graduate in 2022) of business. Last month I received an offer from UVA college of art and science and decide to transfer to UVA. However, my friend told me the placement of UVA econ is lower than IUB Kelley. I hesitate about whether it is worth transferring from IUB Kelley to UVA econ. Could you give me advice? i am an international student, and I plan to find a job on consulting, data analyst or equity research in Asia(HK, Shanghai, Singapore) or US.

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  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Jun 11, 2020 - 6:21am

I work at one of the large name economic consulting firms (CRA/NERA/Analysis Group/Compass Lexicon) and can tell you that internally we have a list of "preferred" schools for recruitment which includes Indiana but not UVA. I'm sure this changes by firm and I only speak for mine, but as far as US recruitment goes for economic consulting you are likely better off at Indiana. Can't add insights for Asia, but I suspect that after any local targets, firms defer to universities that are already "preferred" for recruitment purposes in other continents.

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:41am
theopendoorcloses, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Pack it up boys. IU Kelly is a "preferred" school for Economic Consulting, they truly are the Harvard of the Midwest

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jun 12, 2020 - 4:41am

You're just a high school prospect, so you wouldn't know. Anyways, average salaries came in for class of 2020 and Economic consulting students at Kelley made $74,000 median base salary and Deloitte/BCG/L.E.K were top ten employers for the major.

To put that in perspective, Rice Econ students make an average of $73,000 base salary and Northwestern Econ students made $79,000 median base in 2019. All 3 schools had above 80% student reporting.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Jun 12, 2020 - 3:08am

Economic consulting major is top-tier at Indiana. Would argue that consulting recruitment for this major is better than a lot of semi-target econ programs.

I've heard UVA Econ is great as well.

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:48pm
Frank Slaughtery, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes transfer - much better school/network/brand with significantly stronger recruiting overall.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 17, 2020 - 5:24am

Dude at least do sum research before you give this guy life advice.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 17, 2020 - 5:23am

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