How do you get into IB from a semi-target?

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Hey Guys,

I just graduated in 3 years from UPhoenix with a triple major in math, physics and computer science and a 3.91 GPA. I've interned at a top bank the last 3 summers in their telling department but I am very interested in investment banking and am having some trouble breaking in having not gone to an ivy,

Where I come from, Phoenix is viewed on the same level as the lower ivies and Duke, but apparently in NYC (where I wanna work), Phoenix just isn't considered a top college. Is this true? And will the fact that I graduated with a high GPA in three years with a tough triple major compensate for Phoenix's lack of prestige when compared to ivies?

What do you guys recommend that I do to get a job at a top investment bank like Evercore or Goldman? I'd even be willing to do an internship just to prove myself or even work at a less prestigious firm in IB.

If I don't get a job by the end of the summer, do you think I should try to enroll in DeVry's MBA program (if I can get in) and take advantage of OCR there? I was thinking of waiting it out and applying for my MBA at Trump when it gets reinstated since it's a top target for IB/Consulting. Do you guys agree? Any other advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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Aug 5, 2016

Nothing to see here guys. Close thread.

Aug 5, 2016

lmao that was a good troll post. +1 for you sir

Aug 5, 2016

This was the shittiest troll post I've seen in awhile. You need to get your eyes checked.

Feb 27, 2017

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Aug 7, 2016

I wouldn't do this. You already have a degree. Trump seems to be focusing a lot more on extracurriculars and GMAT as of late. I think a 3.91 from Phoenix should be fine if you can get some amazing extracurriculars (I.e. Climbing Mount Everest, leading a charity with 30+ members, playing a pro sport, etc.) and can rock a 750+ on the GMAT. When it comes down to it though, it's really a crapshoot. I know people with mediocre stats and amazing stories who got in and I also know a guy with a 3.8 GPA from Princeton and 4 years of experience at KKR who got into Stanford and Wharton but rejected from Trump.

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Feb 27, 2017

Do something that doesn't have "arts" in the major, unless you are going to school in New England.

Feb 27, 2017
TechBanking:

Do something that doesn't have "arts" in the major, unless you are going to school in New England.

I don't think actually in name of the major, it's just through the College of Arts & Science. Makes sense to me that he'd want an Econ degree through A&S. A BS in Econ from my College of A&S is held in much higher regard than a BSBA in Econ from our business school.

Feb 27, 2017

Vanderbilt

Feb 27, 2017

Vanderbilt. But how much are you paying for each school total?

Feb 27, 2017

The money is not really an issue. I just want to be at a place that would give me a better shot.

I know that lots of BB recruit at UNC, but is that true for Vanderbilt as well?
I did a Linkedin search and found out that Vandy has placed more students at BBs in NY than UNC.

I know that it's MUCH easier to get in UNC is you're in state, so does that compromise the quality of students admitted?

People that have said Vanderbilt, could you please give me few reasons supporting your argument?

Thank you so much.

Feb 27, 2017

The point is that your business school is where the recruiting will be, not the college of arts and sciences.

Feb 27, 2017

@Kassad, yeah but since I am a transfer student I would need to wait for a semester before I am eligible to apply to business school. This may delay my graduation...

Feb 27, 2017
Abhi7:

This may delay my graduation...

So you're going to cut yourself off from OCR (the very reason you're transferring in the first place, I assume, to get a job) so that you can avoid sticking around for a few more months? Do you realize that in your quest to avoid taking a few extra courses for a summer/winter/throughout your remaining time in college, you'll nullify one of the biggest advantages that transferring provides?

Why don't you just take a few more classes/test out of materials or, big shock here: take an extra semester? This way, you'll actually be able to take advantage of recruiting, which is, I assume, the entire reason you're transferring? Alumni are nice and all but having access to JOBS is prettttty advantageous. Just my 2 cents.

Feb 27, 2017

For Charlotte - UNC.
Pretty much everywhere else, Vandy.

Feb 27, 2017

Vandy

Feb 27, 2017

Guys could you please provide a brief reasoning behind Vandy?

I know that lots of people here are preferring Vandy, but why?
All my cousins went to Vandy and according to them it is not as IB oriented. They were pre med.

Feb 27, 2017

@Kasssad,

You are right. I guess if I had to choose between unemployment or one semester in school then the choice is pretty obvious. That said, I was trying to avoid that IF possible.

Feb 27, 2017

Is UNC really a semi-target? All of my friends there have access to most of the firms that recruit at HYPSWM.

Feb 27, 2017

MS recruits a ton of UNC kids.

Feb 27, 2017

Okay, I think I will go with UNC and then apply for Kenan Flagler during the first semester.

Feb 27, 2017

Vandy does well in Houston. I can't speak for NY, though.

Feb 27, 2017

I have 5 guys in my BB SA in NYC that are from vandy

Feb 27, 2017

I go to Vandy and I can say it places pretty well into IB, especially BofA. Vandy has been the most-represented school in BofA's analyst class each of the last 5 years. GS, Jefferies, Harris Williams, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, RW Baird, a bunch of others all recruit on campus. Most other BBs at least have a resume drop. Can't speak to UNC but Vandy is definitely pretty good if you want to go into banking.

Feb 27, 2017

This is so confusing...

Feb 27, 2017
Abhi7:

This is so confusing...

You posted a "which school is better thread". I'm amazed the responses have been this good...

Feb 27, 2017

Even if $$ isn't an issue, what's the price discrepancy? I think UNC and Vandy are similar enough that you should look at $$.

I'd still go with Vandy though because 1) it's a top private, so it has more "prestige" than any state school would have; 2) not as many people there want IB, so competition is less; and 3) at the very least, there's equal recruiting compared to UNC. But I do have a private school bias.

Feb 27, 2017

I was recently admitted to both schools and still have not received my award package.

Thank you so much for the response guys. I am still waiting for Cornell (AEM) and Northwestern. We will see how that goes. More than likely I will have to choose between UNC and Vandy though.

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Feb 27, 2017

How does a freshman get to be president of a club?

Feb 27, 2017
chimpanzee:

How does a freshman get to be president of a club?

Start his/her own club

Feb 27, 2017
chimpanzee:

How does a freshman get to be president of a club?

I was President of three clubs my freshman year...that I started. List of club members: Flake, Flake's mom.

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