Indiana (Kelley), Georgia Tech (Scheller), UGA (Terry) for Undergrad? - Aspiring IB

Currently a senior in high school, set on finance and interested in Investment Banking in the long term. Mainly looking to chose between three schools, Indiana University (Kelley), Georgia Tech (Scheller), UGA (Terry). I am a Georgia Resident so from a financial perspective Scheller and Terry are the better options; Kelley would set me back 50k a year whereas GT and UGA would be ~10k. But from a roughly objective point of view, does anyone have any advice on which school would position me better for recruiting? From my knowledge Kelley has a semi-target presence among BBs and EBs in NYC and Chicago whereas Scheller and Terry are typically non targets. I think recruiting at GT is mainly banks in the Southeast like Truist (Suntrust Robinson Humphrey), Deutsche Bank, Raymond James, etc. With my goal to get into a top EB or BB in NYC, any ideas on which option is the best? 

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Mar 1, 2021 - 1:58pm

GTech - easy answer especially considering the financial difference. GTech is a non-target for IB but it is a solid school for other disciplines so you do have successful alumni. Also, I believe Georgia allows you to study at other Georgia schools such as Emory which is more of upcoming semi-target whose alum you could leverage if you cross list/take courses at the school. Kelley is great for IB but not worth the premium you would be paying in comparison on GTech considering that its still a large state school with heavy competition to get into its IB program. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Mar 1, 2021 - 6:24pm

If you're in-state, and the timing is still possible, I would apply to UGA. The in-state scholarships also apply there and it's much better then GT for banking. Also, I would look into the GT/Emory dual-degree program down the road. 

Mar 1, 2021 - 10:19pm

I did also get into UGA for Finance. I wasn't sure how they did recruiting wise so I gave GT the slight edge in my mind. Is there anything in particular which causes you to consider UGA better for banking?

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Mar 1, 2021 - 10:48pm

Yes. Look into the Corsair society at UGA. It's their take on Kelley's IBW but is much easier to get into and still places decently well across MMs and BBs. For almost any other subject I would take Tech over UGA but for business and finance especially, UGA is far superior. 

Mar 1, 2021 - 9:56pm

Easily Scheller. Plenty of Scheller undergrads get top IBD gigs at BBs and EBs every year. GT has one of the biggest student-managed endowments and it's dominated by Scheller students. Otherwise the school is really fun, especially as a Scheller student. Most are in greek life and classes aren't insanely hard like engineering, though you have plenty of opportunities to study or minor in STEM fields like computer science. If you qualify for in-state scholarships, then the price is unbeatable. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Mar 1, 2021 - 10:50pm

How many BB/EB placements has GT had over the last 5 years?

  • Trader in S&T - Comm
Apr 1, 2021 - 12:36pm

GT by a country mile. no matter what IB prep society you get into, in the Southeast you will always be considered a sharper candidate from GT vs UGA

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Apr 1, 2021 - 1:13pm

As someone who went to a southern target. I am shocked by all these people saying GT over UGA. The Corsair society at UGA is better than any program at GT. GT is excellent for engineering and consulting but UGA is better for finance. Haven't met many people at top BBs/EBs from GT but have met multiple from UGA. 

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