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Dec 24, 2020 - 3:35pm

You have a solid chance of getting into one of the two and they're both pretty good for placements , they are a lot better than some of your other applications like penn state. Northwestern is a little bit harder, but definitely doable

Dec 24, 2020 - 1:51pm

Your stats and resume are extremely weak, but might as well shoot in an application to every Ivy, Vanderbilt, Chicago, Northwestern, Stanford, Duke, Rice, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, MIT, CalTech, JHU, Williams, UTA, UVA, Mich, ND, etc. It'll be expensive, but you might get lucky and slip through the cracks and get accepted. It's a numbers game, so might as well take the chance right now.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Dec 24, 2020 - 3:25pm

Don't apply to LACs.  Buddies there either transferred out or struggled heavily to find IB roles.  They hate most of the sjw student population and there is typically no finance major, generally it's econ which will do absolutely nothing for you in IB.  Have friends at Williams with 3.7 GPAs and they really struggled to secure interviews.  Some even told they didn't get internship offers purely because they have "no technical experience or coursework" i.e. they went to an LAC. 

Instead, look at places with a legitimate Finance major or well-known accounting programs. UVA, Wake (has top accounting), Lehigh, Carnie Mellon, etc.  Semi-targets will get you just as good of an offer as any target if you work hard. Trust me, I went semi-target and anyone worth a shit found IB, Consulting, big 4 TAS. Just gotta have that BS in Finance.

Dec 24, 2020 - 3:37pm

I appreciate the thorough comments. Considering I have no LAC's (other than Richmond and then Dartmouth which doesn't fit the LAC category). My school places well into Lehigh and CMU, so maybe I should consider sending apps there. Regarding my list, do you think it is thorough enough? For example, if I end up at PSU Smeal or IU Kelley would that be bad?

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Dec 24, 2020 - 4:56pm

I think you need to remember almost 1/2 the students at Williams/Amherst are athletes. Of course they will take the 3.6 lacrosse player over a 3.7 finance hardo. Especially if most of the alumni on the street were also athletes.

Dec 24, 2020 - 3:59pm

I'm a high school senior so I will obviously not try to provide any advice related to the industry and college. However, I would really suggest changing your essay. AO's usually look down on biz and fin majors, because unless executed with a lot of finesse, such essays will simply make you seem like a money hungry kid. Of course, it is a bit different if you're applying to an undergrad biz school, but I think you still will have to take a humanitarian approach. Colleges, esp the more prestigious ones, want intrinsically curious students. Source: I go to a top 5 boarding school, where we've been essentially bred to perfect our college applications throughout high school. This is also exactly what our college counselors tell us.

Goodluck!!! :)

Dec 24, 2020 - 4:34pm

My essay was split in two parts, one about my jewelry business and how I struggled to transition to an online store bc of covid and the other half was about my Tiger Global Case Comp 3rd place finish. Although the 3rd place may have fit your criteria, I think the jewelry biz part was unique and far away from the 'money hungry' title. Congrats on Columbia by the way! Just out of curiosity what were your ECs to land an Ivy selection?

  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Dec 24, 2020 - 4:26pm

Vanderbilt, ND, W&L, USC, UVA. For match/safety schools look at UGA, SMU, UNC, and BU, with some effort you can place well.

Agree with the above post, your essay is likely not doing you any favors.

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