ACTUAL (NON-AUTISTIC) TARGET SCHOOLS TIER LIST 2020

Super Targets: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Wharton
Targets: MIT, Penn, Columbia, Georgetown, Duke, Brown, Dartmouth UChicago, NYU Stern, Berkeley, Cornell, UVA, UMich Ross

That's it. That's literally it. Don't overcomplicate things. If you're going to get worked up between the marginal differences between schools in the same tier, please check your mental health. There is so much more that matters when it comes to personal college selection (social life, girls, campus, overall vibe). Besides, because the differences in IB opportunities are so small, it will come down to YOU and NOT the college when it comes to recruiting. Your interviewing and social skills will matter WAY more than if you went to NYU Stern vs Duke or whatever. I don't understand the over-complicated rankings with the 10 tiers bullshit. They're pretentious.

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Comments (18)

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:00pm

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Apr 29, 2020 - 2:35pm

This is retarded. The other list was prob the most accurate list Ive seen on this site. The reason it was good is because it helps delineate for students how much easier getting into IB is per each different school. Students can then use that data as a factor when deciding where to go to school (they will add in sports, girls, and fun into their individual evaluations and weight them to their preferences). Your shitty and lazy list puts Columbia into the same category as UVA... This doesn't help students when they realize all of UVA biz school is gunning for IB and that the % chance of getting into IB is much lower than at Columbia.

Mind you I didn't go to a target school (due to not being able to afford those schools/not being a resident in CA,VA, or MI) However, I have been at a BB and I do see where most students come from and the other list provides a much more realistic view of the chances of your "average" student at said school getting an IB offer. I know it looks ridiculous and as you say "autistic", but it gives students a better view and ultimately this is what will help them in their final determination of where to spend the next four years of their life and for some its an investment north of $280,000 (that's a house in most areas) so yeah it is important for them to know what they are getting themselves into and more info the better.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2020 - 2:39pm

You don't think Columbia, which is in NYC, also has a bunch of kids gunning for IB? Columbia still a lot better than UVA, but it doesn't really matter which school you end up at. If you really want IB, you have to stand out regardless.

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Apr 29, 2020 - 2:43pm

I agree that Columbia undoubtedly has many kids also gunning for IB, and I agree that at the end of the day it comes down to the individual (for the most part), however, I think that looking on an "average" student basis, coming from Columbia will give you a much better chance, and this is evidenced in offer rates as a % of those interested from a school like Columbia as opposed to UVA. Also, let's not forget that at top BB there are spots "reserved" for target schools and I know this first hand from speaking to both a recruiter and an MD who headed up a recruiting team for a specific school who said each school is allocated spots and then there is a general non-target recruiting team that deals with all other schools. This makes the chances even greater for those "super-targets"

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Apr 29, 2020 - 3:03pm

If many banks have a decent presence at the school then its target school- I would consider UVA to fit this description

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:52pm

BRUH this is what im talking about. "Random state schools" smh. Dartmouth is a fine school and is definitely a target. I just forgot to put it in. I bet you're a real pussy slayer, huh? How much puss have you slayed bro

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Apr 29, 2020 - 3:08pm

I think it's a great term. See: the comment above yours. I also did go to one of the schools on the list, thanks

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Apr 29, 2020 - 3:35pm

this seems to come up time and time again, as it probably should given the importance of your pedigree in breaking in. Can the mods make like one master sticky list that's like crowdsourced from like a survey of the WSO population and curated over time/updated every year or two if any new schools come into play. Otherwise it feels like there's too many cooks in the kitchen and it gets beaten to death in confusion. particularly for the semi-targets and whatnot where there are so many cuspy names. no one should be putting up debates on Harvard vs. Princeton vs. Duke. etc. At that point seriously just go where you feel is the best fit. I can get why the semi-targets deserve conversation but it's been attacked from every angle. would probably help all the high schoolers if there was a master survey on WSO from people that are certified 25 years and older who have been in the industry for at least 3 years and have the actual insight into the recruiting pipelines. I feel like that would be more value add than interns coming in back and forth. I'm sure this has changed, but When I was back in banking and part of the campus recruiting team, they literally had a list of all the schools that were allotted guaranteed super day slots and how many. so like Wharton would be like 14 and Harvard 15 and Duke 9 and Stern 10 and Penn State 3 and whatnot. really granular stuff that would lend much more insight.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2020 - 4:07pm

Interesting to know some of the slot allocations, not too many surprises I guess. What kind of bank were you at?

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