Absolute top tier targets for management consulting

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Which target schools have statistically the most recruiting opportunities and representation at MBBs and T2s?

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Dec 24, 2018

Top Targets - Ivies, Stanford, MIT, Michigan, Berkley, UCLA, Texas, Rice,Vanderbilt, BYU ( don't understand why, but for some reason it places really well). Honestly just look at top 50 USNews rankings most school will place decently well, the higher the better they'll place. I think Texas, and BYU places relatively well compared to their ranks but that maybe because Texas is a top school for south/south west region. The higher the rankings the better the network and the better it'll place. If you want a direct correlation to the best placing schools, look at top business schools in order that's usually the case in placement. Prestige + B school rank

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Dec 24, 2018
confusedkid:

Top Targets - Ivies, Stanford, MIT, Michigan, Berkley, UCLA, Texas, Rice,Vanderbilt, BYU ( don't understand why, but for some reason it places really well). Honestly just look at top 50 USNews rankings most school will place decently well, the higher the better they'll place. I think Texas, and BYU places relatively well compared to their ranks but that maybe because Texas is a top school for south/south west region. The higher the rankings the better the network and the better it'll place. If you want a direct correlation to the best placing schools, look at top business schools in order that's usually the case in placement. Prestige + B school rank

Not sure about T2, but for MBB I wouldn't say Berkeley, UCLA, Texas, Rice, Vanderbilt, and BYU are top- targets. (While they recruit there, the placement #s are not as good, especially on a % basis)

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Dec 24, 2018

(I'm from south west) correct me if I'm wrong which I probably will be but recruiting is generally based on office locations, so in overall terms those don't place as well because I don't think you'll see a lot of people from Rice or Texas in the NYC office but you'll see a lot more in the Dallas office. So for the south west region their relative targets. Overall targets are your usual -> HYSMP, northwestern, michigan, Berkeley, etc

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Dec 26, 2018

Not sure what that cnetusa character is talking about above, but Texas, Rice, Vanderbilt, and BYU are target schools for all 3 MBB as well as lots of T2, and they place about as well as others, in comparison to how many apply (not everyone at those schools end up applying). McKinsey does global recruiting system so it's not as office specific:for example, out of my class, we have people going to Cleveland, San Fransisco, Dallas, DC, etc. For Bain and BCG it's a little more office-based: for example, my school recruits to Bain Dallas and Houston (with one guy going to Tokyo), and BCG Dallas (with one guy that went to DC, he's got family there).

If you're really asking, though, "Which school should I be going to in order to get an MBB offer?" then the best bet is to go wherever you think is best for you in terms of fit and personality that has on-campus recruiting. It's takes some time, but you can network and practice and eventually land an offer as long as you put the time into it. It's tough, but it's totally possible. Hell, if someone like me can get an MBB offer, I'm sure that anyone can work into it.

Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions, though! I'm always happy to help.

-KHC

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Dec 27, 2018
kindheartedconsultant:

Not sure what that cnetusa character is talking about above, but Texas, Rice, Vanderbilt, and BYU are target schools for all 3 MBB as well as lots of T2, and they place about as well as others, in comparison to how many apply (not everyone at those schools end up applying). McKinsey does global recruiting system so it's not as office specific:for example, out of my class, we have people going to Cleveland, San Fransisco, Dallas, DC, etc. For Bain and BCG it's a little more office-based: for example, my school recruits to Bain Dallas and Houston (with one guy going to Tokyo), and BCG Dallas (with one guy that went to DC, he's got family there).

If you're really asking, though, "Which school should I be going to in order to get an MBB offer?" then the best bet is to go wherever you think is best for you in terms of fit and personality that has on-campus recruiting. It's takes some time, but you can network and practice and eventually land an offer as long as you put the time into it. It's tough, but it's totally possible. Hell, if someone like me can get an MBB offer, I'm sure that anyone can work into it.

Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions, though! I'm always happy to help.

-KHC

I agree with what you said, but OP asked for top targets

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Dec 25, 2018

Emory also surprisingly places really well (BCG, Bain, McKinsey, and the Big 4 all recruit on-campus)

Dec 26, 2018
undergrad20:

Emory also surprisingly places really well (BCG, Bain, McKinsey, and the Big 4 all recruit on-campus)

I went to Emory for Undergrad in the early 2010s. We placed 1 person at McKinsey while I was there and I've only heard of one other. We place moderately well at the other two, though. I can't compare to other schools, but I don't think we're a "target".

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Dec 26, 2018

I would say HYPSM + Wharton lead everyone else by a fair margin, and within that, Harvard and Wharton lead.

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Dec 27, 2018

https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-searc...
This is ~7 years old, so may have changed somewhat. There are a number of schools that MBB recruits from for regional offices, but if you're interested in top targets, look at the national list: HYPSM + Penn, Duke, Dartmouth, Brown. Probably Cornell/Columbia by now as well.

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Dec 27, 2018

Bain and BCG actually don't recruit at Cornell. In fact, a lot of Cornell undergrads are struggling to get placed in T2 summer internships.

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Jan 6, 2019

Is that business as usual or just happened recently?

Jan 6, 2019

Business as usual. McKinsey only recruited on campus the last two cycles and just a couple of kids have gone to BCG/Bain and in their case it was always diversity programs or an unusual connection. Cornellians work in MBB (Tom Peters who wrote In Search of Excellence went to Cornell) but it's almost unheard of right out of undergrad.
I think it's because for whatever reason consulting has historically not been a big focus for undergrads; Cornell kids always leaned much more heavily toward banking or other industries. That has started to change in the past 5 yrs but MBB and even t2 firms have been slow to ramp up OCR.

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Jan 7, 2019

Does LGBTQ+ count as diversity?

Jan 7, 2019

Right on the money. I would just add that tier 2 strategy firms are able to fill their smaller classes with plenty of students from closer schools in the Boston/NYC area (NESCACs + Ivys + etc.) so they don't need to drive all the way up to Cornell to recruit. But I would add that all of these firms + Bain and BCG probably have some Cornell alumni in their ranks who would be prime networking targets, so you can get there, it just takes more effort

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Jan 8, 2019

Makes a lot of sense, proximity plays a huge role in whether or not employers do OCR at Cornell unfortunately. When there's not a critical mass of employees at strategy consultants like in finance who push for more Cornell recruiting it's just more convenient to hire kids from BU, Tufts, etc. etc. in addition to the usual suspects for consulting schools.
Second the point about networking. It's a little more hit or miss than banking because you don't have as many people who are fresh out of school to reach out to, but on the flip side when you find a receptive alum they usually have enough clout to pull for you because they're a few rungs above analyst level.

Jan 10, 2019

Agreed. I've been out for a little while now, but Dyson school heavily focuses on IB, not consulting. Most who ended up in consulting went to Big4 in my class from what I remember.

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Dec 27, 2018

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Jan 7, 2019
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