Back Office Target Schools

Let's face it- not everyone is cut out for the front office. Some people were born to bring in revenue, others were born to be a salary expense. Back office jobs don't get the love they deserve here which is really unfair to those whose future in finance is limited to clearing trades an a tertiary city. I wanted to provide a breakdown of the target schools that place well into the top back office groups.

Feel free to add to the list, suggest movement up/down

Super Target:

University of Delaware (Lerner)


Boston University (Questrom)

Loyola University Maryland (Sellinger)


UC Irvine (Merage)

Penn State (Smeal)

Boise State

University of Tampa (Sykes)

Fordham (Gabelli)


University of Oregon (Lundquist)

San Diego State University (Fowler)


Jacksonville State

University of Utah (Eccles)

University of Texas - San Antonio

University of Massachusetts - Boston

University of South Carolina (Moore)

Notable Non-targets:

Cal State Northridge (Nazarian)

University of Rhode Island

Comments (21)

  • Intern in RE - Comm
Jan 8, 2022 - 11:53pm

I can't tell if this is a joke or not, but if it is, this is so incredibly douchey and pretentious.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jan 10, 2022 - 11:36pm

In all seriousness though, back office jobs at a BB are better than many jobs in the US and getting them isn't a walk in the park. I know for JP Morgan back office you need above a 3.4 and they do recruit at specific schools. I know it's really hard for people here to believe it, but some people really struggle getting a 3.4 at a nontarget. If you want to bag $55k a year with a 5% bonus clearing trades at JPM Ops in Newark, Delaware, UDel is a pretty good place to go.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jan 11, 2022 - 10:34pm

Oh for sure. The people here are some of the most competitive people out there who will only shoot for whatever the "best" is. For many others, these are great opportunities that people compete for. If you're a 3.1 at University of San Diego, PIMCo ops would be a coup.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jan 11, 2022 - 6:13pm

I would assume  a lot of HBCUs due to the amount of diversity programs which only hiring into back office roles. I was going to apply to a program at GS/MS/JPM only to see that it was only ops, compliance, and engineerings. No IB or ER

Pisses me off that these firms tout programs like this only to gatekeep front office roles.

Jan 11, 2022 - 11:37pm

Funny enough I believe a lot of my minority friends were placing into IB Opps through these programs. It's always ironic when they're the most vocal about their bank and giving advice to other minority prospects while literally being in the least desirable role at the company.

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  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jan 11, 2022 - 6:35pm

OP here, this post was intended to be sarcastic and a parody of the typical target school ranking posts. That said, it is actually somewhat serious in the sense that there are certain schools that have back office OCR and are popular with back office departments.

Back office jobs are good jobs that have great benefits, great hours, and pay that greatly exceeds the median pay in the US. Plus, if you're the one who reads "back office" as an insult, aren't you the pretentious douchebag?

  • Senior VP in IB-M&A
Jan 11, 2022 - 7:09pm

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