Wharton is King

If one graduates from what can only be described as the best school in the world - that is, of course, the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, it is possible to get any job at any investment bank or get a Finance PhD or Masters from any school. Those who graduate from mediocre schools like Harvard and Stanford also have a decent shot at these opportunities. Those who graduate from piles of s**t schools, such as NYU or UC Berkeley or University Michigan, you have no chance.

I say this as someone who personally graduated from the best school in the world - the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania - and who now works in Private Equity, where I earn a few million dollars annually and fly exclusively in First Class almost exclusively between New York, London, and Hong Kong, where my tickets often cost in excess of $30,000.

I would recommend you all to apply to the Wharton School, as indeed it would guarantee you any job or PhD placement you so wished for, but it would be a waste of time seeing as you wouldn't get in anyway. Being the best school in the world, naturally, the Wharton School is very exclusive and closed off, especially from the common populace, such as yourself.

Comments (41)

  • PM in HF - EquityHedge
Jun 25, 2022 - 9:24pm

Wharton is a good school, exiting into PE isn't bad. Let's try for HBS and a top hedge fund next time!

  • Prospect in IB - Cov
Jun 26, 2022 - 3:31am

If one graduates from what can only be described as the best school in the world - that is, of course, the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, it is possible to get any job at any investment bank or get a Finance PhD or Masters from any school. Those who graduate from mediocre schools like Harvard and Stanford also have a decent shot at these opportunities

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  • Intern in IB - Restr
Jun 25, 2022 - 10:13pm

Wharton? Ohhh its that place next to Temple right? I knew a guy who went there, he really loved the Nittany Lion Fund!

  • PM in HF - EquityHedge
Jun 26, 2022 - 10:42am

I do believe that is the case. My hedge fund (think Tiger/Lone Pine/Viking/Axe Capital) only hires out of HBS.

Jun 26, 2022 - 1:29pm
lopasdasdpasd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

He's talking about undergrad buddy… not business school (MBA)…. Great reading comprehension skills for a "PM at Viking" which there is no way you are. Also, there are many wharton MBAs at those companies u listed, just perusing LinkedIn

Jun 26, 2022 - 1:45pm
lopasdasdpasd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

He's talking about undergrad buddy… not business school (MBA)…. Great reading comprehension skills for a "PM at Viking" which there is no way you are. Also, there are many wharton MBAs at those companies u listed, just perusing LinkedIn

Jun 26, 2022 - 1:45pm
lopasdasdpasd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

He's talking about undergrad buddy… not business school (MBA)…. Great reading comprehension skills for a "PM at Viking" which there is no way you are. Also, there are many wharton MBAs at those companies u listed, just perusing LinkedIn

Jun 26, 2022 - 1:45pm
lopasdasdpasd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

He's talking about undergrad buddy… not business school (MBA)…. Great reading comprehension skills for a "PM at Viking" which there is no way you are. Also, there are many wharton MBAs at those companies u listed, just perusing LinkedIn

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 29, 2022 - 8:00pm

Harvard people literally cannot stop telling people they went to Harvard

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jun 26, 2022 - 5:34pm

as if anyone has the choice between Wharton, HBS, and GSB.

  • Teller in Non-profit
Jun 27, 2022 - 1:04am

"If one graduates from what can only be described as the best school in the world - that is, of course, the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania"

Of course, first name that came to mind

  • Consultant in Consulting
Jul 3, 2022 - 10:42am

This post is funny because at the same time there's a very popular thread in the IB forum where people are discussing how Wharton recruiting has fallen off a cliff.

Jul 20, 2022 - 4:20am
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