Arizona State Finance Program

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Hey all,

I'm currently a high school senior considering ASU as it would be the cheapest option for me. Would the finance program at ASU be good enough for getting me into Risk Managment, Corporate Finance, Asset managment, etc? My ultimate goal would be investment banking but that is simply an unrealistic expectation coming from ASU.

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Oct 20, 2018

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Nov 2, 2018

My friend worked at a BB last summer, and out of the 4 interns in his group one was from ASU, and he said he was by far the best summer analyst. It really depends what you make out of it, toughest part would be to stay focused at a place like ASU. But, if you know you wanna do banking already you can definitely get into it from ASU.

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Nov 2, 2018

Ridiculous statement to say that it's "simply unrealistic" to get into banking.

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Nov 9, 2018

What about U of A? I know a few people who broke into IB via Eller

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Nov 9, 2018

I know that their business school is actually pretty good compared to the rest of the school.

If you get into their undergrad business school it's not "completely unrealistic".

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Nov 12, 2018

Went to ASU myself so can give some insight. ASU is a large state school with a very solid regional business program.

That said there is basically an insignificant PE/IB presence in AZ, and the school is not a target for IB. They do have a program called Investment Banking Scholars which takes about a half a dozen top students each year and has a solid track record of placing all those students in BB IB. Plus, there are the kids who get there by networking etc. so there is a small contingent who makes it to Wall Street.

The real gem of the undergrad (and grad) business program is the Ops/Supply Chain Program. The supply chain program at WP Carey is well-known and they have a separate career fair dedicated just to students in that degree. That career fair attracts a wide variety of F500 including Amazon, Apple, Chevron and others. Additionally, you get various supply chain practices for 2nd/3rd tier consultancies. (e.g. Not MBB but wide variety of others)

But you have to want to do ops work. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing. (Tim Cook was an ops/scm guy for example)

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Jan 26, 2019

The real gem of the undergrad (and grad) business program is the Ops/Supply Chain Program.


Dec 4, 2018

Currently go here (MS). We have several people place into IB/PE/PE Real Estate and it's still fall semester. Work hard, talk to professors, people at career fairs etc and let your intentions be known.

ASU has a huge network you can reach out to and the career staff at Carey can put you into contact with people in whatever field you want to be in.

I highly recommend.

Dec 4, 2018

IB is definitely not out of the question. I came from a smaller town and went to a state school as well, and worked my way up from a middle market firm to a large BB firm. Feel free to message me if you would like to discuss or want any tips, as I was in the same position as you were. Good luck.

Dec 19, 2018

I'd say ASU is a solid program. Don't let the non-target stigma crush your hopes and dreams. It's definitely something that can help open or close certain doors, but just because you're at a non-target doesn't mean you can't get to where you want to be. People recognize good people from solid programs...

Keep your nose clean, perform, and put yourself in a position to get to where you want to'll get there.

Jan 3, 2019

Worked with a couple guys from ASU during a summer program and would reiterate a lot of what has been said above. If you can kill it and get into their selective IB program, definitely not out of the question. Recruiting will be a lot easier for shops/regional offices on the West side of the country but IB is well within reach.

Would also highly recommend getting plugged in with a shop to work during the school year in Phoenix. Know of at least a couple boutique shops that hire mid-year student interns and getting that kind of experience plus the resume builder early in your college career (freshman or sophomore year if you can talk your way into it) would be a game changer. Non-target stigma is easy to beat if you're ready to grind. Best of luck.

Jan 3, 2019

WP Carey grad here. As others have mentioned, it is not impossible to break into banking. As long as you keep a strong GPA, get into the IBIS program and stay the Finance course, you will have a fair shot with strong networking to break into a banking role.

Can't emphasize enough though that getting into the IBIS program is incredibly important and I believe there might be a couple other programs like a Management Consulting program as well that would look good on a resume.

Jan 3, 2019

ASU is what you make of it. I'm a junior here and have had multiple internships while maintaining Deans list each year. Majority of the student population is pretty lazy/ unmotivated so if you're prepared to grind you can easily stand out.

Have a good GPA, Network, don't act like a typical ASU student, and be prepared to grind.

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Jan 4, 2019

Go for IB, stay for the ladies.

Not too high, not too low

Jan 26, 2019