Emory vs IU kelley Honors Undergrad

My goal is to work in high finance(I'm not exactly sure what I want to do though_ and I'm not really sure in what. Which one of these school's is better? I personally like both but I gel a little better with kelley but the Emory brand name is stronger overall because Emory is a top 20 college. It also seems like IU feeds very well into BBs in a way that Emory does not. I was looking at the placement reports and it seems like while Emory grads make a little more on average(70k vs 65k), it will be much easier to be at the top levels in Kelley. I believe Emory's student body has the caliber of many targets(UMich, UVA, Notre Dame, Cal, NYU,Georgetown) in terms of their academic potential(GPAs and SAT scores)(Emory average GPA is a 3.93 unweighted and average SAT is a 1500) but they don't place as well as they should. I feel like the small difference between Kelley and Emory will be compensated by the fact that I will be an honors student at Kelley and that it will be easier to be around the top than at Emory where the top 1/3 of the class will be Ivy caliber. Any advice will be appreciated. What do you recommend me to pick ? which one is better in your opinion? 

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Jan 18, 2021 - 9:36pm

A lot of Emory kids do not want to go ib. Percentage wise Emory sends probably more to ib than places like penn state and iu kelley when done by percentage. You have to remember Emory is a pre med school first and foremost. Most Ib kids are Goizueta finance which is usually around 100. They usually end sending 40 to well known firms top MM/EB/BB. They get a lot more attention from EBs then BBs, they have OCR from Lazard which is usually 3 spots and PWP which is around 2 i believe. Jefferies and Citi also do OCR there. Just a better explanation of Emory for you, from what I've been told by peers is that a lot of the best and brightest aspire to be doctors at Emory most of the time so the competition for ib is less stiff than you think.

Jan 18, 2021 - 10:23pm

Thank you so much! So would you say IU Kelley Honors would be better for me or Emory. I personally feel like I would enjoy IU more but also I've worked really hard in high school to get into a school like Emory but I'm willing to pick the option best for my future. Do you think I would more likely have a better outcome from Emory or Kelley Honors? At least by recruiting it seems like Kelley might edge out Emory and that it may be easier to do well at Kelley due to a weaker overall student body but honestly I don't really know



Jan 18, 2021 - 10:43pm

You seem set on IU Kelley so I would go with what your head wants. At the end of the day if you really want my opinion I'd pick Emory, then go into goizueta. At the end of the day Emory kids have gotten into Citi with a 3.5. At IU you need to get into IBW to even have a shot at BB and IBW requires a 3.9. What ever you think would be easier to achieve as Emory is a more academically challenging school then go with it.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 19, 2021 - 2:41pm

You seem to be leaning toward Indiana over Emory because you think there will be less competition at Indiana and easier to be at the top. However, there are simply significantly fewer students gunning for IB at schools like Emory than semi-target public state schools, therefore there will be less competition at Emory for BB/EB gigs.

Jan 20, 2021 - 4:44pm

Thank you I'm definitely leaning towards Emory after all the responses. Also how would you compare Emory to UNC Chapel Hill?



  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 20, 2021 - 5:24pm

Hmm, not sure. Those two are both semi-targets and pretty close. Recruiting at both would also be split between NYC and southern offices.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 20, 2021 - 5:13pm

I believe Emory's student body has the caliber of many targets(UMich, UVA, Notre Dame, Cal, NYU,Notre Dame)

Notre Dame's student body must be incredibly high caliber for you to mention it twice 

Jan 20, 2021 - 9:52pm

Haha Notre Dame does indeed have a strong student body but I typed that by mistake



Jan 22, 2021 - 5:18am

This may be of assistance to you from a student in Kelley not me but:

IB kelley

Hi, I wanted to make a how-to thread on how to get an investment banking job for Kelley students. This questions appears on this forum at least twice a week, so I think this post would answer some questions.

  1. So the easiest way to get into ib from Kelley is the IBW. You will need around a 3.9 gpa to get in. It is a very competitive process, but very rewarding. You can get in by getting a 3.9 gpa, good extracurriculars, and networking with other IBW kids.
  2. The 2nd easiest way to get an ib job out of Kelley is the Capital Markets and Banking Workshop (CMBW). You will need a 3.7-3.8 gpa to get in. It's also a bit competitive, but also very rewarding. There are current members who are interning at Houlihan Lokey, Baird, etc. Although, half of these will be Cap markets and half will be IBD placements.
  3. The 3rd easiest way is the Real Estate Workshop. This is less competitive than the other two (you need a 3.5-3.7 to get in). 1/3 of these placements are REIB, while another 1/3 will be for REPE. This workshop is great if you are interested in real estate, but if you strictly want IB, focus on the first two workshops.

If you do not get into any workshops, you are not doomed. You will still be competitive for MM banks and boutique banks in Chicago as long as you have a 3.6+. There are also PE/HF firms in Chicago (and other midwest) that recruit at IU and respect the brand. I will say, however, that there is a big drop-off in recruiting if you are not in the workshops. Top banks like GS, MS, and JP will only recruit from the workshops. With that being said, if you have a good gpa and network a bit, you will have a good chance at a FT IB job.

This is me again I just want to remind you getting into the IBW has nothing to do with you being in the honors program you having a 3.9 GPA to even be competitive is your best chance however at emory a 3.6 and above should be sufficient but the fact is it seems like you enjoy the Kelley feel much more and at the end of day I believe you should attend should be one you feel comfortable with and believe you will be able to excel that's all from me.

Jan 22, 2021 - 11:01pm

Ok thanks for the comprehensive answer. This really has given me perspective. I'm definitley leaning towards Emory then. Also how would you compare Emory to UNC



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