Hello Wall Street Oasis Community,
As a senior in highschool, I have one of the biggest life decisions ahead of me: where to attend college. As a preface i'm a pretty motivated student as I have engaged in equity research and co-foundend a VC backed start-up.
I have never been faced with such a crucial decision.
In college I want to pursue Finance (with a qunat emphasis). I am deciding between the following schools:
Georgetown Mcdonough School of Business
Pro: Very strong placement into Wall Street (Specifically, quite phenomenal into Bulge Bracket, 15+ to Goldman each year)
Con: Not very good relationships with HF or AM industry. Do not offer quantitative finance. Do not have an alternative investment fund club. Very cliquey
Pro: Decent relationships with AM and HF industry (Tiger Clubs), good relation with EB and ok with BB. Lots of investment clubs varying from Stocks and Trading Club to AIF. Also I am in state.
Cons: I have to apply to McIntire my second year (66% acceptance rate)
Pro: Was a direct admit to Ross. Strong alumni network. Lots of clubs. Pretty similar to UVA (slightly better) and I know that I am already into their business school. Offer mathematical risk management.
Cons: Big class size meaning harder to be a top student. Located in mid-west so harder to network. More so better for consulting
Carnegie Mellon Tepper:
Pro: Best quantitative finance program (computational finance) in the country. Unparalleled research opportunities for finance especially as finance becomes more technical. David Tepper graduated and created whole new business facility. On the come up
Con: Semi-target for IB and not heavily recruited from. Most CMU Tepper grads decide to go to west coast.
Right after college I don't really know if I'll go into IB(the buy side, TMT, or FIT, I don't know) or HF industry as I like both. My only concern with the IB field is that it is a cyclical industry and when I graduate (22') the economy will probably be bearish (especially true for M&A). Where as for the HF industry as long as there is volatility, there is a profit to be made.
Im not looking just to make it, but to thrive and do well.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and helping a brother out!
Any insight would be invaluable!!