WashU/WUSTL

How good is Washington University in St. Louis for breaking into IB? Have heard it's a semi target but have also heard about fantastic placements in the recent class (more EB than BB though). Curious how it stacks up against places like Notre Dame, Emory, Georgetown, etc

Hard to find many of them on the street though, could be due to the smaller size of their ugrad bschool??

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Jun 15, 2022 - 5:45pm
mrchicken, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lots of high net-worth families with loads of connections FWIW. Their exclusive IB program has been growing a ton recently. Starting to hit semi-target status across the street and have dozens of people in their recent class landing in NY/SF/LA/Chicago now. EB and BB placement relatively equal across the board, probably leaning a bit on the EB side. Reputation is highly dependent on how many people actually stay on the street-could see a much easier recruiting outlook for undergrads in 4-5 years.

Don't know too much about the other schools you mentioned, but I'm pretty sure ND lands best in Chicago, Emory in SE.

WashU might be a little more geographically diverse in terms of placements. I would attribute that to its central geography + being a high net-worth bicoastal feeder (partially due to being a Wharton reject haven-speaking from experience).

Jun 15, 2022 - 6:48pm
mrchicken, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Personally think it'll slowly build from there in terms of firm placement towards the top of the league tables, especially if they maintain their cohort numbers in the coming years. Hard to predict interest, but they have recently maintained ~90-100% cohort placement by the end of each recruiting cycle; I don't see that swinging much lower going forward.

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Jun 15, 2022 - 6:48pm

1 to Moelis - diversity women hire, 5 to Gugg which recruits on campus, Maybe 4-5 to GS (more financing though), 5 Evercore (one DCM though), 1 Centerview, 1 PJT, at least 1 Lazard (more got offers)

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Jun 17, 2022 - 1:05pm

Some more context:

  • ~6ish years ago, placements from WashU were terrible. I remember entering as a freshmen and having immediate doubts as I saw virtually nobody from the school going to IB internships, with everyone going MBB
  • Changed 4 years ago with first breakout classes going to Gugg (now on-campus), and then with people hustling hard to get to JPM, GS in particular
  • Since then, there's been a pretty good acceleration of recruiting -- anecdotally, I've started to see way more washU kids reaching out for buyside recruiting from places mentioned above. I know folks from my network who went to: Moelis (several), LAZ (several), CVP, Gugg (a ton), GS (several), JPM (several), PWP (several), JEF, bunch of other notable BBs / MMs. Looks like recent grads are doing even better in terms of numbers and breadth
  • They heavily started emphasizing their IB club, which for better or worse offers a pretty streamlined pipeline, with recent alums being overall very helpful in recruiting / connection / networking

The small UG business class size is also helpful IMO, since half of them wanna do MBB (so less competition). It's also easy as shit so easy to get a high GPA (less applicable for on-campus recruiting tho).

Not sure if this is helpful, but at the very least on par with ND and Emory, who have probably had better success historically but similar now.

Jun 18, 2022 - 7:51am
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