Best classes for investment banking

As the title says. I'm going to college soon and would like to know which classes to look out for. Thanks

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Sep 6, 2021 - 4:25pm

Get the ones with the easiest professors. Honestly that helped me the most from a class POV during recruiting.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Sep 6, 2021 - 4:50pm

Like the others have mentioned, start speaking to upperclassmen (these relationships will also helpwhen you need more advise re: recruiting), use rate my professors.

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Sep 6, 2021 - 8:14pm

The only class that was super relevant was accounting. I also took a class on how to effectively communicate using presentations (bc easy A) and that actually also ended up being kinda useful.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Sep 6, 2021 - 9:36pm

Your GPA matters more than the classes that you take, so don't overload yourself. Accounting classes will be the most useful and I would recommend taking them, but if you can't maintain a solid GPA it won't matter what classes you take. So for the first few semester take a relatively easy course load.

Sep 6, 2021 - 10:28pm

Obviously take the core classes like the required math and English. But you university will require you to take a lot of BS humanities and liberal arts classes that you need to graduate regardless of major. These classes a lot of time will be easier(not all the time, check with upperclassmen), and taking some of them first can inflate your GPA for recruiting.

  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Sep 6, 2021 - 10:28pm

You should major in finance if your school offers that - will probably be 1.5-2 years of accounting within that anyway. Econ if there's no finance major, but you will have to teach yourself some accounting and finance to get past the technical portion of interviews.

Banks do not look at, ask about, or care what classes you take beyond being a finance major. Completely second whoever said easy classes. You want a 3.7-3.9 GPA to get into IB, GPA and internships are MOST important.

Look on ratemyprofessors for the easiest classes, usually 100 or 200 level classes in various subjects. Ask your friends each semester what classes or professors they have that are easy and keep a running list on your phone (maybe you don't get in this semester but you will in the next one). And try to get a finance internship for your freshman summer.

Sep 6, 2021 - 10:32pm

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