Best Path to HF from Undergrad

I'm currently a freshman at Wharton. I want to go directly to long/short HF after I graduate, but I understand how rare it is for people to land offers straight out of undergrad. Assuming, I have the grades and technical skills needed, can anyone suggest a best path? Even if I do land good internships going forward, will it be enough? Is it better to just work hard and try for a top PE/IB then go from there?

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Mar 31, 2021 - 1:10am

Tbh, I feel like distressed isn't the move. I'm a senior at Wharton/Harvard, and I could've went to SPC if I wanted to; I chose MF PE instead. To the OP, L/S out of college is hard, at least the L/S funds you probably have in mind. In most cases you can't get to a top tiger cub from undergrad, even if your friends praise you for getting into WTIG :). Shortest path to L/S is probably MF PE for 2 years then go to HF. Keep working, and besides, you'll have so many more HFs to choose from after MF PE than from undergrad...too bad you will never take a class with J Siegel

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Apr 1, 2021 - 7:26pm

Thanks for the insight. I'm sophomore at Wharton and am hoping to get into MF PE with the goal of L/S down the road. Would I be able to PM you?

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Apr 1, 2021 - 12:51am

Samlyn and Starboard have a history of taking strong wharton kids if you are not interested in Silver Point

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