George Washington University Placement

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Hi,

I'm currently a student at George Washington University. I have just finished my 2nd year, and through a connection I have an internship with a small M&A advisory firm in NYC. I became interested in Banking at a very late stage in my college career (relative to most people here on this site). I only became active in pursuing a career in banking during the end of this previous school year. Due to this late start, I was only able to apply to one school as a transfer student, Baruch College in NYC, due to the fact that they have rolling admissions with no deadline. I applied there without doing much research into their recruiting prospects. I have since been accepted and I need to know what the potential placement would be like at Baruch compared with Placement from GW. I have no idea what the placement is like from neither my current institute nor Baruch, due to my late start. The only reference I saw from searching on this site was a list of schools that interns came from at a BB this year. This list included 3 GW students and no Baruch students. However, this was only a list of 1 bank and i'm not sure how accurate it was because UVa also only had 3 interns at this given BB.

So to people in the industry and those that have been through the summer recruiting: Would you say my chances at breaking into banking are better at GW or at Baruch?

Thank you

Comments (13)

Jul 8, 2007

Coming from a transfer from GW to it's DC rival, don't transfer to Baruch. Leverage the "international experience" you got at GW over the Stern-like CUNY. I actually have a friend going into Goldman Sachs S&T this Fall from GW so all hope is not lost.

Jul 8, 2007

I may have misunderstood, but does your post imply that on campus recruiting is a lost cause at GW?

What do you mean by Stern-like? In terms of recruiting, educational experience, potential work experience?

Thanks

Jul 8, 2007
GWBanker:

I may have misunderstood, but does your post imply that on campus recruiting is a lost cause at GW?

What do you mean by Stern-like? In terms of recruiting, educational experience, potential work experience?

Thanks

I should have been more clear. If you have a good resume (high GPA (3.7+) with good financial internship experience and campus involvement) you will have a good chance to get an interview from some (maybe not all) BB banks from GWU. This has been confirmed to me by many personal examples that I have seen among my graduated colleagues.

As for transferring to Baruch, I would tell you to think long and hard regardless, but Baruch can't claim to do better than GW in recruiting. GW as you know has a new business school, good professors, and the people at the Fowler Career Center are amazing. If you haven't already, go speak with Logan Coker there; he's a great resource. Also, in a big school like GW, it is important to actively search out like-minded individuals who dont just talk about getting good jobs but are actually putting their nose to the grind and working hard. They will help push you further and teach you a great deal. Baruch is merely a CUNY-underfunded school that tries to mimic Stern and will always be compared to Stern in everything it attempts. This is why I say GW has an "international" appeal to it; because it is unique and BB's find value in that. PM if you have more q's

Jul 8, 2007

double post

Jul 8, 2007

Are you going to transfer to Baruch just because you "think" the prospects for I-Banking are higher there? Or do you not enjoy your school, overall, and are looking for a change of pace?

Please don't transfer if you're having a good time and are getting a solid education. What happens if you decide in a year that you don't want to do banking, or it doesn't work out?

Besides, Baruch is only lightly recruited from what I hear. It's not like you're transferring to Wharton. College is supposed to be the best time of your life. Sure, getting good grades and internships is very important, but make sure you're having fun as well. You certainly won't be able to experience that when you're working 100 hrs/week at an investment bank, post-graduation.

Please note that I am still in college, but still feel that my advice can be of some value.

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Jul 9, 2007

In a paraphrase:

"GW is merely a school that tries to mimic Georgetown and will always be compared to Georgetown in everything it attempts."

Jul 9, 2007

Retake SAT, get into a decent school (If your paying for GW, clearly money wasnt the reason you picked it), and retake college. HTH.

Jun 10, 2009

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Dec 27, 2007

I work with a guy from GW, smart guy, down to earth, not a tool at all. I think there are definitely opportunities if you are smart, work hard and not a douche.

Jun 10, 2009

I have a friend that went there. Apparently the B-school is more geared towards government contracting. I think Deloite + PwC recruit on campus but more on the govt. side. I don't think MBB come on campus.

I heard that GS came on campus for IB?? can anyone confirm this?

Jun 10, 2009

Booz Allen H. also comes for gov. consulting positions

Dec 28, 2007
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