You can find countless threads regarding best schools to help you break into finance, and those are obvious. However, I don't think I have seen a thread about best overall schools. As you know, finding a Bank with the right culture is very, very important, so I don't know why culture at colleges isn't as stressed, when 4 years is often a lot longer than most new-hires will spend at a bank, and as an alum you will interact with you alma-mater a lot more than your first bank.
The Absolute Top:
Wharton: Obviously the absolute best for finding a job, but it also backs it up with a work hard, play hard culture with a big Greek life and a strong social scene.
Vanderbilt/UVA/Duke: I've grouped these together because they all share the same strengths. They're in the south, which is undeniably better than the north for college, and a lot of people would agree for life too. All have strong Greek life, sports, social scenes, and place well for after school. I don't think any other schools can match both the high placement and life at school.
Second Tier: Stronger Academics
Cornell & Dartmouth: Both are considered second tier targets but still place incredibly well and have OCR. Great Greek life, but their sports are mediocre and they have a bunch of disturbing liberal protests and SJW drama on campus, as well as it already touching the 40's up there.
Second Tier: More Enjoyable
University of Texas: Places decently well, Bunch of BB have OCR, Evercore particularly recruits heavily here. This also gives you the quintessential college experience as well. HUGE school spirit, big southern Greek life, tailgates, in a great city but doesn't have an urban campus.
Other Finance Target Schools:
NYU: Places great for banking for its school and location. But you're going to school in Manhattan, this has got to suck. No football games, no tailgating, extremely expensive.
Yale/Harvard/Brown/Columbia: Again, culture. If you go here, you will absolutely come out with any job you want, after 4 years of dealing with SJWs and no freedom of thought. Also, there are no undergraduate business schools at any of these colleges.
Princeton: Honestly cannot comment on much about the culture as I don't know anyone that goes here. I would rank this higher than the four above as they have a financial engineering program even though they don't have a UG B-school.
Any UC School: places well, horrendous culture. Professors docking points for not being a bleeding heart, very rough on the non-far-left.
SMU: Places well, enjoyable, only reason this isn't grouped in with Vandy/UVA/Duke is it has a really shitty culture. Very stuck up, if you aren't from a very wealthy family the social life is rough. This could also be evident at Vandy/UVA/Duke, but just isn't something I've heard first hand.
Villanova: Business School is highly regarded, strong alumni network. Good sports, Greek life is subdued, close to Philly night life.
Colby: Have a friend here that enjoys it. Small School in Maine, earning its spot because they have a program to do two years at Colby, then 3 at Dartmouth to earn an MBA.
I know this is going to receive a lot of heat but is my take. I did leave off a few schools (UChicago, Georgetown, MIT) as I cannot comment on their cultures, and if anyone can comment on that, please do so. Do you disagree with anything on my list? Looking forward to hear what you have to say Monkeys.