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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 5, 2022 - 12:16pm

WashU and Georgetown >> Vanderbilt especially for IB

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2022 - 12:01pm

This is not true, washu is worse than vandy for ib, Georgetown might be better.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2022 - 4:26pm

I am pretty sure iu Kelley places better than half those schools on the list

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Apr 5, 2022 - 12:49pm
EBITDAX_addbacks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Vandy is an incredibly good school and most professionals recognize it as such. Idk why they're underrepresented in IB. I'm an alum of one of the other schools you mentioned, and I can attest that many of those schools are very research or sciences focused and you'll be behind the 8-ball coming out of them since their business programs are weak. It took me longer to catch up on the technicals to people who had gone to business-focused schools (so I was a weaker candidate early on in my career), but now I'm far ahead of my peers since the technicals can be learned over time but true novel critical thinking is innate or really only fostered in those sorts of educational environments.

Apr 5, 2022 - 1:06pm
HQ, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's a good school that historically enrolled southern students that more often than not stayed in the Southeast. The demographic has changed a lot of the past few years as it's gotten increasingly competitive and the pipeline to NYC has gotten a lot stronger but it still has a lot of roots in the southeast and isn't as northeast focused as other schools. Also it doesn't have a business or finance major to offer so people who think they're dead set on finance in high school (lol) probably see that as a setback. Hasn't ever been a disadvantage in my experience. If you need 4 years to figure out the math and strategy involved in IB, you're probably stupid

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2022 - 12:02pm

I am an incoming freshman, can any vandy alums say how good recuriting is or nyc ib

Aug 1, 2022 - 1:18pm
elkbrain, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Vandy has pretty good placements. Lots of on campus recruiting. Lots of on campus presence from regional banks ofc, but pretty good placement rates with firms like BofA, Barclays, Goldman, etc. The lack of finance programs puts you at a disadvantage, but there's plenty of on-campus clubs that focus on professional development. Just check the placement rates of Vanderbilt FDP (Vandy IB student-run prep program) online and you'll see that anyone that's motivated early on year gets an IB/PE role if they want it.

  • Teller in Non-profit
Aug 1, 2022 - 2:54pm

I was sus because those placements were red-hot, but it seems their selective finance club has a good amount of placements in MO/BO

I think Vandy's a great school, but it's really regional. High semi-target, so you can get IB if you talk to alumni and interview well enough, but quality of groups probably isn't so great. Probably about 30-40 kids a year get IB based on PeakFrameworks' data that says 15 spots/year for bulge-brackets and top EBs. I would say similar to Notre Dame in terms of quality, lesser in terms of spots.

  • Associate 1 in ER
Aug 1, 2022 - 3:30pm

I went to Vandy. Absolutely loved it, but will be honest with my pros/cons.

pros: Overall incredible student experience. Nashville is significantly, by a factor of 2.17-2.53 billion according to recent studies, more fun than just about any other college town you could end up in. The student body is consistently rated as happiest in the country by Princeton Review (not a clue how they get that, could just pull it out of their ass but it felt true to me). Incredibly selective and higher ranked (according to US World, if you're a Umich grad and you want to cry about it CVS is doing a 2-for-1 on tissues) academically than all of the other names mentioned, so it's definitely a prestigious degree. Plenty of high quality alumni

cons: Umich and Georgetown both seem to provide better educations on finance. At Vandy you pretty much have to do econ as a major with finance courses as a minor. Umich/Gtown also have a better NYC presence. Vandy really took off in terms of academic performance (becoming a top 15 school) in the past few years, whereas the others have been respected for longer, so they have a stronger alumni base in positions of power, especially Wall Street. I will say in my recruiting I came across plenty of Vandy MDs and PMs, but the other two are more prominent. 

IMO, Vandy's recent outperformance will help it continue to climb the ranks as it places kids at top shops/MBAs. They'll be in those top positions in 10 years and the lines will blur. All 3 schools are fantastic and you'll have ample opportunity to reach any position in finance from all 3.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2022 - 4:22pm

was it hard reaching out to alumni, Ik that we have very few in ebs

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:33pm
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