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  • Associate 1 in PE - Growth
Jan 13, 2022 - 10:17am

In-state UT-Austin or Michigan can give you a solid run. People mock it on this forum, but in-state Indiana could be a pretty sweet gig if you get the investment banking workshop. Could also add some UC schools-Berkeley, UCLA, etc. Key is really being in-state. I've made a comment like this before, but if you are a non-target who has a near perfect standardized test score (the kind that would have allowed you to go to a target if you had the money), a 3.8+ GPA, and aren't afraid of people or awkward, a non-target won't hold you back.

I think a great deal of people underestimate how many people are interviewing for these roles and overestimate their qualifications. If you have a 3.6 GPA and a sub 31 ACT, you didn't fail to get into IB because you weren't at a target, you likely just weren't an impressive candidate for the pool of people applying to the roles.

  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 13, 2022 - 11:33am

If you live in virginia, go to UVA. I just paid my tuition for second semester, a grand total of $9000. Its truly a no brainer. 

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 13, 2022 - 11:34am

UT Austin in state is like 15k a year.

UCs would be around 25-30k a year

Dunno about Mich or Indiana and can also check out UVA.

Like others said - in state tuition from a semi-target state school can set you up plenty.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 13, 2022 - 11:42am

If you're in-state for Florida then UF can be a good deal if you get into the MSF program. About 5k in tuition per year and you can potentially get good placement in some top firms. Obviously it's more of a gamble for it to work out.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 19, 2022 - 12:24am

I went to Cornell AEM. Although I transferred in.

It was cheap as hell to go there because of financial aid. I come from a lower middle class background. If you are in a similar boat, depending on the school (whether or not they have large endowment funds) it could be a very cheap process. I came out with 10k in debt. They literally covered 30k a semester, I was a NYS resident/ went to a New York state community college so got the reduced rate of 35k instead of 50k. Note: I went to a CC for two years then transferred in. If money is a problem going to a CC for two years, absolutely killing it, will put you a way better position for admissions than out of HS. Just my $0.02s

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Jan 19, 2022 - 11:54am

There is really no option unless you are in-state or get a scholarship. I'm guessing you're from NJ, I was from PA so my in-state was alright but not great as well - comparable to Rutgers maybe. UT Austin, Michigan, Virginia, UC Berkeley are the best bets for in-state. UCLA, UNC, and Indiana are also decent. You could also try getting in-state at these schools after getting in. In terms of schools that offer scholarships - USC, Emory, and Vanderbilt have a decent amount. None of these are true targets though - most T20 schools are considered targets and most of them don't offer scholarships. My recommendation - go to a school with at least a pathway to high finance (a lot of public schools do) then do everything you can from when you get onto campus to make yourself a competitive candidate. Do multiple internships, join finance orgs, learn about the industry and markets as soon as possible, and network early on. If you are going to save $100k-$150k, it's honestly probably worth putting in the extra work. 

  • Trader in S&T - Comm
Jan 19, 2022 - 1:27pm

if you are STEM minded, in state at GT is virtually free. To be fair 51,000 people applied this year 

Jan 19, 2022 - 1:33pm

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