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I am currently a student at USC, but have a transfer plan option to Cornell, specifically the Dyson School, and am wondering if it's worth it to transfer? I know that I'll have a much better college experience here and have lived in SoCal my whole life. But I also know that Cornell will be better for Investment Banking jobs later on. I guess my question to you all is: do I have a chance of breaking into the BB or elite boutiques from USC or would Cornell be the only way to do that? I'm very happy here right now but I don't want to kill my post grad opportunities.

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Dec 13, 2017

Network well, have a good GPA and you'll be able to land IB interviews esp if you come from Marshall you should have access to most firms in LA. NYC might be trickier but its def possible (from socal myself and know of people that landed NYC IB).

Undeniably Cornell would place you better but I'd be depressed living in Ithica

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Dec 13, 2017

Was in same position--PM me if you want

Dec 15, 2017

Don't transfer. In my opinion, you don't want to have a track record of switching schools just for prestige, especially given you come from a pretty good school as is. Just work hard where you're at and enjoy your college experience. That is, unless you have a really good reason for transferring aside from prestige/easier access to NYC IBD recruiting.

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Dec 15, 2017

maybe if it was an ivy besides cornell. tbh, kind of an overrated school.

USC is great in its own right and cornell isn't all that much better factoring everything in.

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Dec 15, 2017
cjh1498:

I am currently a student at USC, but have a transfer plan option to Cornell, specifically the Dyson School, and am wondering if it's worth it to transfer? I know that I'll have a much better college experience here and have lived in SoCal my whole life. But I also know that Cornell will be better for Investment Banking jobs later on. I guess my question to you all is: do I have a chance of breaking into the BB or elite boutiques from USC or would Cornell be the only way to do that? I'm very happy here right now but I don't want to kill my post grad opportunities.

If you said Columbia U, I'd say go for it. Cornell? ehhh up to you

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Dec 15, 2017

Made the transfer to Cornell myself last year, feel free to pm

Dec 15, 2017

I also had the transfer option to Dyson and ended up taking it. I transferred from a similar school to USC in terms of culture and prestige. PM me and I can explain more about the pros and cons of the decisions.

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Dec 15, 2017

USC is a huge target for all LA and most SF offices. Most BBs and some EBs recruit on campus. There will also be less competition at USC opposed to Cornell where every other person will be gunning for banking. Don't sacrifice your college experience for marginally better placement. If you want IB you'll get it from USC.

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Dec 15, 2017

This. I'm a banker in LA, we recruit from USC every year, so does everyone else. If you want NYC, maybe a different story but probably still easier at USC than Cornell.

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Dec 16, 2017
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