Chances of Landing MF PE from mid-target?

Note that by "mid-target" I mean schools that are a tier below the super targets HYPSW, so think UPenn CAS/UChicago/Columbia/Cornell. Are there students from these schools who get a MF analyst gig? Can any alumni comment on this? I'll be a student entering one of these schools soon, and I want to know all the feasible career options available so I appreciate the info.

Edit: I am well aware that getting these jobs is highly highly competitive. I'm just wondering how possible it is. I did a linkedin search and a few names popped up, so I wanted to hear more from you folks.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 18, 2020 - 12:57am

I mean, yes it's possible, but these roles are competitive from any school. I dont know anyone who solely recruited for MF PE from undergrad so I wouldnt get too fixated on a specific area before you even start college. Not sure what exacty youre looking for, because no one can give you a percentage chance that you have of landing a position. Check our LinkedIn and see where the alumni for your school work

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Aug 18, 2020 - 4:10pm

Yeah would echo this. Saw a post on another thread where a guy from Harvard was shut out of MFPE recruiting. WSO really hypes up HYPSW. There are kids from all the ivies that get MFPE, but very very few because it is the most competitive thing in finance. You won't have a much better chance at Yale vs Columbia for example. Really comes down to personal connections.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Aug 18, 2020 - 7:52pm

Cornell Hotel sends a couple people to BX REPE and smaller REPE funds. That being said, I wouldn't go to hotel for the sole purpose of trying to get a REPE job because your thoughts on your career could change and still very few people get the job.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 18, 2020 - 4:20pm

Lol you do realize that 2 of the 3 BX PE FT positions last year were filled by Columbia kids? The other one was the harvard valedictorian.

  • NA in Other
Aug 21, 2020 - 4:22pm

I go to one of the schools you mentioned. I and a friend got MF offers/are going there. I know two other kids also going to a MF from my school. It's definitely possible. Just work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone, ignore the noise on campus, and see how the cards fall. And despite what everyone on this forum says, getting an MFPE analyst role isn't the end all be all. If you go to a banking or consulting role and join an MF 2 years later, you are in the same position as the kids who went straight to the MF

Aug 21, 2020 - 10:44pm

I went to a non-target and am going to an UMM / MF so yes you absolutely can

“If you ain’t first, you’re last!” - GOAT
Sep 18, 2020 - 2:33am

No did IB. at a top BB in a top group which definitely helped a ton obviously

“If you ain’t first, you’re last!” - GOAT
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