Best Liberal Arts College for Finance?

Hi there. I am considering liberal arts schools for college. I actually would like to get into i-banking and i think that the financial aid liberal arts schools offer are very tempting and a good way to save. so what schools do you think are the best for i-banking especially in NYC? Also, what to major in? Economics?

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May 11, 2012

williams and amherst. study what you're interested in and get good grades.

May 11, 2012

Williams and Amherst are the top overall liberal arts schools. They also happen to be the best for finance. Keep in mind they are not easy to get into, at all.

May 11, 2012

Williams.

May 12, 2012

What about claremont mckenna?

May 14, 2012

Pomona College has been named one of the nation's top 10 best value private colleges by The Princeton Review. The listing, which places Pomona at #6, was published this week in the book The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, which profiles the top 75 public and top 75 private colleges and universities.

In each group, the top 10 colleges are ranked, with the remaining 65 in alphabetical order. The top 10 best value private colleges, in order, according to the Princeton Review are: Williams College, Swarthmore College, Princeton University, Harvard College, Rice University, Pomona College, Washington University, Yale University, the California Institute of Technology and Hamilton College.

In December, Pomona College was selected as the nation's #1 best value liberal arts college by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, and last fall was named to the Princeton Review's "2012 Financial Aid Honor Roll."

Hope this help!

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May 28, 2014

In general here is a quick list I can think of

Good for Finance: Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Washington and Lee, Hamilton, Colgate, Claremont
Bad for Finance: Haverford, Swarthmore, Vassar, Carleton

Don't know much about the others. In general top schools will be fine for finance because they place anywhere. Schools like Hamilton, Colgate, and W&L tend to be preppier which means richer alumni/parents which means job opportunities. Even though schools like Swarthmore, Haverford, and Vassar are ranked higher than Hamilton, Colgate, W&L, they are more academic schools and have less ties to wall street. That's not to say you can't make it, but I'm pretty confident in saying that there are fewer big time alums in Finance at those schools.

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May 28, 2014

Excellent point.

Swarthmore is #3, and you'd think it'd be good for Finance recruiting, but it's horrible because most grads are "save the world" types.

Colgate, Hamilton, Colby place much better.

Dec 15, 2015
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Excellent point.

Swarthmore is #3, and you'd think it'd be good for Finance recruiting, but it's horrible because most grads are "save the world" types.

Colgate, Hamilton, Colby place much better.

Disagree on Colby. Went there and have not been impressed by the network really.

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Dec 14, 2015

Actually, those listed as Bad for finance particularly Swarthmore and Haverford are doing better in recruiting into those areas. They now have the Quaker consortium with UPenn so that Swatties, Fords, and Mawrters can take classes at Wharton. In addition, HC has created a Finance affinity group for alumni. The group works with current students to mentor them into getting finance roles. The CCPA has been pushing to show grads that they can do more than expected with a liberal arts degree so alumni with MBAs have been brought back for events for Tri-co (bryn mawr, haverfors, swarthmore) students. The economics department has been doing a better job of connecting students to alumni with events and an econ newsletter.
I do agree that tri-co students are still save the world types.

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May 28, 2014

Most people don't know that Dartmouth College is a liberal arts school. You should definitely look into that. Our econ dept is pretty strong as well.

May 28, 2014

Agreed. I would say that Dartmouth is right up there with Williams/Amherst. It will have a slightly different feel than Williams/Amherst, but it has the Ivy league prestige and a lot of strong alumni connections.

May 28, 2014

I expect to get dumped on for this, but Macalester college in Saint Paul actually does really well. You'll never hear of it as a top lib arts school for finance because so few kids *try* to break in from Mac. Those that do place well. The alumni network is tiny but every single one will hustle hard for you.

I would give it a look!

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