Duke/Georgetown MSB/NYU Stern College choices

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Hi,Help!
Our high school senior son just got accepted to Duke undergrad, Georgetown MSB, NYU Stern.He wants to go into IB/Finance. Which college would be the best choice for him as far as internship/recruitment on campus and job opportunities long term especially with the Big 3/4 banks/consulting firms?
Also how would you rate the 3 for college experience/satisfaction?
Does Georgetown MSB undergrad carry the same weight/prestige as the Duke name for prospective employers?
Cost wise all are the same.
Thanks

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Apr 11, 2018

Congratulations to your son - this is a great list of schools.

All three of these schools are very well represented at the top banks and consulting firms. I think trying to rank Duke vs Georgetown is splitting hairs. I'm sure there are subtle differences in recruiting/placements that others may be able to highlight, but ultimately your son's opportunities after school will be much more a function of what he accomplishes over four years rather than which brand is on his resume.

NYU is very respected and places a ton of kids into top firms. But, i) as I understand it, it's much more competitive, to the point of having a reputation of a cutthroat culture, and ii) if your son changes his mind and wants to do something other than finance (he's 18, after all), NYU doesn't have the same prestige of Duke/Georgetown outside of the NY finance world. Unless your son really wants to go to school in Manhattan, I find it hard to justify paying the same price for NYU.

Apr 11, 2018

Agreed. I would also choose one between Georgetown and Duke. I suggest visiting both campuses and get a feel and see which one your son prefers.

Apr 11, 2018

duke will hold more weight should he decide not to go into IB. However, georgetown has amazing career services and actual undergrad business whereas duke is econ with finance concentration.

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Apr 11, 2018

Duke! He will get into IB if motivated enough at any of those schools. I would simply go to experience Cameron Indoor as a student.

Apr 11, 2018

Thanks.Does Carnegie Mellon-Tepper fall in the same category as the other 3 schools?

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Apr 11, 2018

Nope. It's in a lower tier compared to those three.

Apr 11, 2018

Georgetown has a very detailed employment report from like 2014 that has the jobs taken by every student across all majors. They appear to be equal if not slightly worse than Duke for IB and def worse for consulting.

"Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry."

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Apr 11, 2018

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Apr 11, 2018

I can only speak to Duke since I almost decided to enroll there myself, but the vibe seemed absolutely amazing. Placement-wise they do extremely well; I know Apollo has taken notice of Duke for their sophomore program, for example. Definitely go with the Blue Devils -- the campus is beautiful, the weather is fair, the students are intelligent without a doubt, and I'm sure they have a strong recruiting presence.

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Apr 11, 2018

Georgetown MSB for IB has a large number of alumni on the street. Also combined with the fact that it's much closer to NYC, makes for frequent visits by alumni looking to recruit. There is multiple placement annually at nearly every EB, as well as huge numbers of BB and MM alumni. I would make my decision based on location, whether you want to study econ or business and if you want more of a fratty school (Duke) vs. one that is less oriented like that.

Apr 12, 2018

Gtown student here. Not too familiar with WSO but please PM if you have any questions

Apr 17, 2018

I agree with the other posters about NYU Stern. I've heard its quite cutthroat.

Between Georgetown and Duke, they are both about the same. Have your son go with gut-feel.

Apr 17, 2018

Duke is as good as Columbia/Dartmouth/Brown and is way ahead of Cornell which is infinitely better than Georgetown. I'd pick Duke over all the other 3 schools mentioned above. Its a no brainer for me.

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Apr 18, 2018

I would go to Duke, especially if you are unsure if banking is right for you. Duke has fantastic placement at top tier consulting firms and even at PE firms in recent years. In terms of majors, everything at Duke will be solid.

Apr 19, 2018

Georgetown all the way - Jesuit education mixed with great IBD placement? That is the move here

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Apr 19, 2018

Am I the only person saddened that a parent is using WSO as a glorified College Confidential? The kid should make their own choice.

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Apr 19, 2018

What makes you believe it won't ultimately be up to the kid? I see nothing wrong with a parent getting involved and educating themselves using as many sources as possible - especially if they're footing the bill. My college selection was up to me, but I certainly valued my parents' opinions.

Apr 27, 2018

Definitely not trying to use this forum as CC. Both of us are professionals but not in the field of finance, so were looking for input from insiders. Despite us footing the entire bill, it is ultimately our child's choice-we just want to be supportive and give him resources to make an informed decision. Just nervous that Duke Economics major would be too theoretical without enough practical exposure unlike Gtown-MSB.
Thanks for the support @HighlyClevered

Apr 20, 2018

Duke, and it's not even close. Unless he absolutely wants to live in New York, then NYU. But overall, Duke is way above both those schools, whether it's academically / environment / weather / sports etc.

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Apr 20, 2018

I'm surprised NYU isn't mentioned more. I have had the opportunity to visit the campus and meet a lot of people at Stern and I honestly believe they are misrepresented as being cutthroat. I don't doubt that there are those students who are of that nature, but I don't think it's above and beyond what would be found at MSB or Duke.

I would strongly recommend going to Georgetown or NYU simply because of the business school experience and the idea that you would have the opportunity to cluster with people of similar experiences and end-goals.

Prestige is the same for these schools and if there is a difference then it's negligible. There is a strong opportunity from all of these schools to be able to pursue a career in finance or consulting.

I will also say that the experience of being in a large city like New York and D.C. is invaluable. I think you can really grow and experience things that are not really possible while in high school or at a less urban school.

Apr 20, 2018
MarkBaum:

I'm surprised NYU isn't mentioned more. I have had the opportunity to visit the campus and meet a lot of people at Stern and I honestly believe they are misrepresented as being cutthroat. I don't doubt that there are those students who are of that nature, but I don't think it's above and beyond what would be found at MSB or Duke.

I would strongly recommend going to Georgetown or NYU simply because of the business school experience and the idea that you would have the opportunity to cluster with people of similar experiences and end-goals.

Prestige is the same for these schools and if there is a difference then it's negligible. There is a strong opportunity from all of these schools to be able to pursue a career in finance or consulting.

I will also say that the experience of being in a large city like New York and D.C. is invaluable. I think you can really grow and experience things that are not really possible while in high school or at a less urban school.

Can't comment on Georgetown, but Duke is definitely more prestigious than NYU Stern; sure for finance both are solid targets, but Duke is much better for consulting and for anything outside of finance.

I agree on the city experience, though.

Apr 20, 2018

Duke is also more prestigious than Georgetown. Not even comparable. If you want to do banking, you'll certainly get great ops. Duke is one of the few schools where all the banks recruit from (check the recent WSO report).

City experience sucks. NYU doesn't even have a campus, are you kidding me? You have your entire life to enjoy the city, there's no point to be a broke and underage student in NYC. Go enjoy the Carolinas, the weather, greek culture, sports, cheap life, and whatever else, and come to NY after graduation.

I live in NYC and love it, but would have hated it as an undergrad. Worst college experience ever.

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May 3, 2018

Duke undergrad is an opportunity that your son should absolutely not be turning down, especially given his other options. The prestige of the name and strong alumni network will pay dividends for years, regardless of field. This is a relative no-brainer.

May 3, 2018
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