LAC vs Undergrad Business School

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Hi,
I am a high school student in the college admissions process, and I'm considering a variety of schools. I'm quite interested in attending a liberal arts college(think Williams, Middlebury, Amherst, etc.) and pursuing IB/MBB-->MBA-->MF PE/HF after graduation, but I am worried that some of these schools(particularly non W/A schools) will limit me. How much stronger are recruiting sessions/employment opportunities at an undergraduate business school(UVA McIntire, Ross, Stern, Emory, etc.) than a highly ranked LAC? I would appreciate insight from graduates of either type of school.

Thanks

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Comments (21)

Mar 28, 2018

You can do fine from either, no ones going to scoff at the LACs you mentioned. Smaller alumni base, but very loyal and also a result of scale.

Mar 28, 2018

Thanks for the insight. Your username/IB tag imply that you were an athlete at a small school like the ones I mentioned and were able to break into the industry. Could you perhaps speak about your experience and briefly outline the steps you took to land an offer?

Mar 28, 2018

I can tell you that the opportunities from Williams and Amherst are VERY good.

I would personally pick McIntire and Ross over a school like Middlebury, but you'll be fine from either.

Mar 28, 2018

What about Stern/Emory vs. Middlebury?

Mar 28, 2018

Midd overall better school, but for banking id go with the former

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Mar 28, 2018

I would disagree and say Midd > Emory for NYC IB, but Stern definitely would offer a more straightforward route to NYC IB.

That being said I'd still go with Midd because that caliber of LAC has a strong (relative to size) alumni presence and they are fiercely loyal. They love to help and the email response rate is extremely high.

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Mar 28, 2018

I'd say its pretty much the same chance, but yeah def different processes

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Mar 29, 2018

Love the long term view that you have taken for planning your career path, but I'd encourage you to simultaneously (and primarily) focus on the immediate future... Right now you should focus on getting into and enrolling in the best school (in terms of employment placement) that you possible can

Now, my two cents: I went to McIntire and can say that all of MBB and all of BB IB actively recruit on grounds... That said, two of my family members went to small liberal arts, one to Bowdoin and one to Amherst, and both were presented with more opportunities than they could have ever asked for...

I would stay away from Emory if you can get into one of the above

May 31, 2018

What makes Emory such of a turn-off here? McIntire/Ross etc are definitely a tear above, but I'm curious as to why Emory doesn't have the IB prestige to match a reasonably strong reputation.

May 31, 2018

NYU is probably the best on the list. there's a huge dropoff in LACs after williams/amherst.

May 31, 2018

Interesting thread. I'm actually at one of the schools.

I'd say Stern dominates your ranking

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May 31, 2018

is Stern better than Georgetown? I was under the impression of the opposite.

May 31, 2018
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is Stern better than Georgetown? I was under the impression of the opposite.

There's absolutely zero chance I'd ever attend Stern undergrad over Georgetown. The rest of NYU undergrad really brings it down a notch presteeeej-wise.

May 31, 2018

In terms of finance, Stern is better than Georgetown but not by alot. Kid from Georgetown will be just as competitive and it will come down to other qualities in the resume. Stern, I think jst has better access to the Street but I could be wrong.

May 31, 2018

Career placement shouldn't be the only criteria you look at when you go to a school. As more likely then not you will change your major and you may discover that you don't want to do finance (I know very hard to comprehend to a high school student). Things like your intended major, campus location, quality of faculty, student body and M/F ratio are all very important criteria also. If you have to ask then Georgetown and NYU are your best bets. Not just for investment banking but also because they have exceptional reputations in other fields of study.

May 31, 2018

If you're certain you want to try banking, the b-school school route will probably get you there easier--even if not a top one. After Williams and Amherst, there is virtually no OCR at LACs.

And when someone is looking at your resume in a few years for a banking job, your story will probably make a lot more sense if you're coming from a b-school than an LAC. I had to put a lot of effort into justifying (during interviews) why I wanted to do banking coming out of an LAC.

That said, there are plenty of people from LACs in banking, and I have never once regretted going the liberal arts route.

May 31, 2018

be economics at UTA. In finance, your school name is everything. UT-Austin has a gazillion times more weight down there, and everywhere else in the country.

May 31, 2018
May 31, 2018