How is Wash U viewed?

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Strongly considering Wash U Olin. I've heard good and bad about it. Does it have good Chicago connections? Also, as I'm not entirely certain about ibanking, what other aspects does it offer? If I wanted to work on the west coast in tech, would it be impossible to get into? Thanks

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United States - West
United States - Midwest

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May 18, 2015

washU is fine
but there are better schools competing in the Chicago area (Michigan, Northwestern, Chicago, etc)
also some schools with less business school rep than washU are closer to chicago area with larger class sizes (UIUC, Wisconsin, IU, Purdue, etc)
also, do try a few early actions with the ED if that's what you want. If washU turns you down for ED, then you'd be in trouble if you don't have other EAs and you'd have less choices to pick from. I made that mistake back then

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May 19, 2015
ib_2020:

High school junior strongly considering Wash U Olin Early Decision this fall. I've heard good and bad about it. Does it have good Chicago connections? Also, as I'm not entirely certain about ibanking, what other aspects does it offer? If I wanted to work on the west coast in tech, would it be impossible to get into? Thanks

washuIBanking2020

Wash U isn't generally known for its business school but I can tell you that Olin UG placements are fantastic and its reputation is rising. If you look at the BSBA employment report, it highlights 98% placement 3 months after graduation with a median base salary of $60,000 (13% IB placement). All of the UG's I spoke to either went to BB's or to MBB. That said, Wash U places much better in NY then it does in Chicago. In general, people from St. Louis don't like Chicago, and vice versa. Additionally, a lot of the UGs, for whatever reason, are originally New Yorkers (high % Jewish population as well).

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May 19, 2015

How would you compare it to Amherst, Vandy, and Northwestern, and do the people who get to ibanking from WashU only get them because they have connections?

May 19, 2015
ib_2020:

How would you compare it to Amherst, Vandy, and Northwestern, and do the people who get to ibanking from WashU only get them because they have connections?

Lots of IB placements are people without connections. Definitely more Stifel, William Blair, Baird, Piper Jaffray type placements than BB, though.

May 19, 2015
ib_2020:

How would you compare it to Amherst, Vandy, and Northwestern, and do the people who get to ibanking from WashU only get them because they have connections?

Can't compare it to those schools. I don't know anything about them. If I had to guess, I would say that Amherst and Northwestern are better and Vandy is on par. You should do more research.

May 19, 2015
ib_2020:

How would you compare it to Amherst, Vandy, and Northwestern, and do the people who get to ibanking from WashU only get them because they have connections?

You have great schools to compare with. I would agree that overall Vandy is par and Amherst/Northwestern is above
However, they're not directly comparable because of some external reasons.

Vandy is a southern powerhouse with Emory as its only competitor around
Amherst is a LAC but obviously very well-established.
Northwestern will be a strong bet, and it is only 20 mins from Chicago downtown.
WashU though, will probably be the only school that offers BSBA major. You probably only have Economics major for the other schools.

Aug 11, 2015

Coming from a BB in nyc, it's okay, but not a core school so need to have a very good resume to get a look. Midwest MM ibd and consulting placement overall are solid.

Aug 11, 2015

I know of a few that graduated win 2010

Aug 11, 2015

I only know one that graduated in 2010 and went BB.... but otherwise

we have a lot at JPM fig

a few in BarCap Index, Portfolio and Risk Solutions (Research division), 1 in Industrials

Goldman Sachs - Mostly sales, 1 research, 1 prop trading,

Citi - 2 in banking that I know of

Credit Suisse - 1 in HC banking

Oh and there is a MD at Blackstone (don't know his name and yeah its not a BB)

Let me know if you need names.

Recommend the finance trek (assuming you are a freshman/sophomore) as you will meet a lot of alums.

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  •  Aug 11, 2015

Dang, weak showing for Wash U. Nah I'm a senior, and just want to see where we have alum, and maybe hit them up in the city sometime. I know of a Blackstone analyst and that's pretty much it.

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  •  Aug 11, 2015

Actually, I'd love to have names, but the alumni may have a problem with having their info given out on a message board. I figure they would probably be open to it if their info was given out to Wash U students only, but that means I would probably need to filter through group membership requests more vigorously somehow. What do you think?

Aug 11, 2015

send me a pm

Aug 11, 2015

I went to the NY trip and picked up lots of business cards from recent alums. Be more than happy to share them.

Let n be a fixed positive integer greater than 1...

Aug 11, 2015
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