Wharton vs. Georgetown

Hey everyone! I'm an incoming first year student. I was going to Wharton but recently decided that I'm going to attend Georgetown instead and pursue the Business & Global Affairs major between the SFS and MSB.

My goals are to work abroad for my career, likely in Europe or the Middle East. My parents work in PE/foreign service so I'm used to moving around and love experiencing new cultures. Ideally I would work in VC somewhere internationally -- really interested in Georgetown's VC program.

AIso love learning about foreign policy and think Georgetown gives a better balance of people interested in finance and foreign policy. Looking for a more intellectual college experience rather than just finance/accounting.

True, Wharton is the preeminent institution for business but I don't have to work at BX PE straight out of undergrad. Want a solid finance job but also other unique experiences.

Also thinking about doing a Fulbright or something before an IB analyst gig if possible.

So yeah - would appreciate anyone's experiences with either school (not meant to be an immature post with people bashing each other's college)...thank you!!!

Comments (26)

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 8, 2022 - 5:44pm

Georgetown's easily a top 10 school for foreign service, and it's really easy to get internships on capitol hill during the school year

  • Research Associate in AM - Equities
Aug 9, 2022 - 1:30pm

Gtown is undisputed #1 for foreign service and for politics in general easily Top 2-3

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 8, 2022 - 6:51pm

Easy to get IB (and possible to get anything else you want) from either school. I also turned down wharton for another top 20 ranked school and it worked out completely fine.

  • Analyst 2 in AM - Equities
Aug 8, 2022 - 6:54pm

Having been through recruiting from both sides of the table, I can assure you that going to one or the other won't materially affect your recruiting chances at BBs/EBs. They're both targets, and once you get the first round your personality is 20 times more important than your school. Choose based on fit.

Aug 8, 2022 - 8:14pm
silvestria546, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you all for sharing your insights! I think I'm going to go with my gut and go with Georgetown. Seems like I'll have the same opportunities and will be a better fit given my interests.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Aug 8, 2022 - 8:21pm

Georgetown. You won't have to deal with people thinking you go to Penn State

  • Research Associate in AM - Equities
Aug 9, 2022 - 1:31pm

The trouble is you will have to deal with people thinking you went to George Washington or George Mason

It never ends

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 9, 2022 - 12:08am

I am rising senior at GU. First good choice. Second the dual degree is awesome and I have friends in the first cohort who love it.

Aug 9, 2022 - 3:06am
CashBuffer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're making a lot of wrong assumptions about Penn & Wharton which obv impacts decision-making. But it looks like you already made up your mind.Β 

  • Associate 1 in IB - Cov
Aug 9, 2022 - 6:51am

If you want to do IB and want to go to Georgetown, I would be a finance major, not global business or whatever you mentioned. I can't see that major helping your IB recruiting, only hurting. Source: I am a Georgetown undergrad alum.Β 

Aug 9, 2022 - 4:37pm
freshman trying to figure it out, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Either you enjoy throwing away your future, or you didn't get into Wharton and want people to make you feel better about going to Georgetown. If you actually did get into both you should've gone to Wharton no competition

Aug 10, 2022 - 1:30pm
cs12345, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey, I'm a current rising junior at GU and have done/will do internships in HF/IB (very involved with finance clubs on campus as well). Not doing BSBGA, but have friends who are and love it. The experience here at GU is incredible. Feel free to pm if you want to talk more about GU and finance here.

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Aug 21, 2022 - 7:24pm
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