How do I-bankers or consulting firms view UPenn College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students

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I want to break into either consulting or I-banking. Trying to decide which school is the best fit to break into consulting or I-Banking. Do most firms see PennLPS like Columbia? A lot of my friends from Columbia have broken into investment banking. Just curious.

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Comments (11)

Nov 15, 2016

Search around on linkedin and see where people with the degree are working. That's probably your best bet.

Dec 19, 2016

I have looked on Linkedin; however, Penn also awards College of Arts and Science diplomas to Penn LPS students, so they are indistinguishable from regular Penn students, which is fine because Penn LPS looks at applicants SAT scores, essays, and grades, and then makes their final decision with an interview.

I am just trying to see what hiring managers on here think. Thank you!

Dec 19, 2016


May 16, 2017

From which Columbia School - School of Professional Studies?

Please advise which School, which degrees.

Columbia SPS?

Dec 19, 2016

Columbia University's School of General Studies.

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May 16, 2017

Bump. Undergrad right? If so, NYC advantage is a strong relevant factor.


May 16, 2017

A Penn LPS degree is not nearly as valuable than a degree from trump university

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Dec 19, 2016

I think your comment is an unfair assessment, specifically given the fact that the program is prestigious, requires SAT scores, interviews, and so forth. That said, can you please elaborate on your comment?

May 17, 2017

Dude, he's joking

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Jul 7, 2017

Hi Smitherson1,

I have experience in this area as I go to a professional studies school on the east coast(NYU SPS). I actually applied to Columbia but didn't get in but was accepted to NYU.

Here is the good news and bad news:

Bad News:
What I can tell you is that prestige does carry a lot of weight when it comes to recruiting(you probably already know that). For instance, there is no way in hell I get the same recruiting privileges as NYU Sternies do, as they would more than likely get better opportunities at major BB and consulting firms. In fact, Stern students apply through our regular OCR program but also have an another recruiting platform that they can utilize. You can liken that to the Penn LPS program and students from Wharton. We all know Wharton students will have a leg up when it comes time to recruiting for these firms so competing with them will be extremely difficult if not impossible. Columbia GS versus Columbia is virtually the same as they do not have a separate "elite" school.

Good News:
Despite not going to NYU's most prestigious school, I still have access to NYU's general OCR. Additionally, everyone I know in my class puts "New York University BA in Marketing " etc while students from Stern will put stern on their resume. So it doesn't really matter which school you go to (outside of stern) the NYU name is still looked favorably upon. Likewise, you're not going to be able to put "Wharton" on your resume but the "Upenn" or "Columbia" name will still get you in the door for most major firms. For example, I was able to land a Corp Dev internship at a major F500 firm this summer and I know of a close friend who got into Millenium Management(Hedge Fund) this summer in MO.

At the end of the day if you've gotten into any of those two programs you're in great shape. Chances are that you'll have access to a lot of on campus recruiting resources. I can attend any OCR event(except sterns) and apply to any company that recruits at NYU. From my research, you will have similar access at both Penn & Columbia. However, networking will be crucial as those elite schools will probably be applying for the same jobs as you and your grades have to be on point(~3.5+).

*Side note: Most people in these programs will tend to be a lot older than your traditional programs(CAS, Stern, Wharton) who accept students straight out of high school. The age range is around 25+ at Columbia and 23-30+ at my school. I would imagine Penn LPS is the same in terms of age demographics. Something to keep in mind when choosing which school you want to go to if you're searching for a certain classroom experience.

msg me if you have any specific questions!