IU Kelley Investment Banking Workshop admission questions

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I'm a senior in high school who is going to be attending IU this fall. I hope to join the investment banking workshop one day. I know you apply during your sophomore year, but what can I do during my freshman year to increase my chances to be admitted to the program, besides just hitting the books hard? I know it's best to get to know the members that are in the workshop, so what is the best course of action to go about that? How do I get to know the people in the workshop? Do most of them live in a certain dorm or fraternity? Any and all advice or answers would be greatly appreciated.

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Feb 24, 2018

Just get a 3.7+, join the banking club, do the case competitions and find a club or two that you're passionate about and do that. Be warned that pledging a frat can/will fuck up your gpa.

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Mar 6, 2018

Kelley alum here (non IBW but had numerous friends in), in regards to the LLC, half of the kids I know from the LLC ended up not even majoring in business/getting into Kelley, so being a direct admit is not a requirement. In the workshop, there's usually a mixture of fraternities, but also a handful of GDIs. My recommendation would be to find other freshman also interested in banking (either through the banking club or just conversations with people) and work together in both preparation for the interviews, and networking strategies.

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Mar 8, 2018

I didn't go to Kelley, but in the investment group I joined in undergrad, the initial key to interview success was conversational fluency in the various transactions and securities that we invested into. Check out sharpelbows.co to familiarize yourself with the way LBO models are built and stress tested. Although the LBO is a fairly specific type of model that won't cover everything you need to know for an interview, it is a popular interview topic for clubs.

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Mar 8, 2018

What do you mean you're at a better ranked non-target?

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Mar 8, 2018
BTbanker:

What do you mean you're at a better ranked non-target?

higher ranked on usnews, but bad ny finance recruiting. Indiana U is ranked low actually for virtually every subject outside of business, but the ib workshop is amazing. However, the website says that it's basically impossible to get into as a transfer, and I don't want to be stuck there not in the ib workshop.

http://kelley.iu.edu/ibn/IBW/workshop.cfm?do=apply

edit: IU is ranked 83rd and 72% acceptance rate

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best...

Mar 8, 2018
tkid3400:
BTbanker:

What do you mean you're at a better ranked non-target?

higher ranked on usnews, but bad ny finance recruiting. Indiana U is ranked low actually for virtually every subject outside of business, but the ib workshop is amazing. However, the website says that it's basically impossible to get into as a transfer, and I don't want to be stuck there not in the ib workshop.

http://kelley.iu.edu/ibn/IBW/workshop.cfm?do=apply

edit: IU is ranked 83rd and 72% acceptance rate

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best...

Yeah, if you're at IU, you really need to be in the workshop to get into banking, but there are kids in their IB seminar that get offers too (that's for juniors and seniors).

Mar 8, 2018

I went to IU. Yah, you only go to IU for Business, Music, a scholarship, and perhaps Journalism/Education.

IU has strong recruiting for the workshop, but a lot of the elite companies just interview the workshop kids only. The gulf between workshop kids and non-workshop kids are huge in terms of recruiting opportunities. GS/Lazard/Blackstone just go to the guy leading the workshop and says "give us 3 resumes." I took the IB class there with that professor and knew several workshop kids.

A lot of the non-workshop placements just come from cold calling/networking. You're better off where you're at IMO if you're not going to be in the workshop.

Mar 8, 2018

How do non workshop kids place into Chicago Boutique and MM banks?

May 5, 2018

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Mar 8, 2018