Liberal arts college or Babson?

I am currently a freshman in a fairly prestigious liberal arts college in upstate New York majoring in economics. I'd like to enroll in an IB analyst program (hopefully in Houston, failing that Chicago) after college and then get a JD/MBA. I am considering transferring to Babson to increase my chances. What should I do?

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Nov 3, 2015

Is your liberal arts school at top 50 overall or a top 30 liberal arts? I go to a liberal arts that's top 50 overall and I got tons of interviews through networking with alum. Liberal arts makes you different and makes you interesting. Be unique, get good grades, network your ass off and have fun. It worked for me for SA recruiting this year.

Nov 3, 2015

Similar response to above. Very dependent on the rank of the school as Colgate/Hamilton would be one story whereas St. Lawrence / Hobart and William Smith is a completely different one.

Nov 4, 2015

I'm at St. Lawrence.

Nov 3, 2015

I thought the only reason to do economics was if you went to a school like Harvard that didn't offer an undergraduate business/finance program.

Nov 4, 2015
Haus:

I thought the only reason to do economics was if you went to a school like Harvard that didn't offer an undergraduate business/finance program.

...his small liberal arts school may not offer an undergraduate business/finance program...

Nov 4, 2015

So if it isn't a target school, and you're studying a liberal arts major, is it worth the investment?

Nov 4, 2015

Article today in WSJ : http://www.wsj.com/articles/parents-fears-confirme...
I also went to a liberal arts school, non-target, and am currently an unpaid intern as small sell side shop (graduated in May). getting a few interviews now but in my opinion, I strongly suggest pursuing a school with an established and highly regarded business school.

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Nov 4, 2015

Huge difference is top tier liberal arts. A nescac, oberlin, Kenyon, Denison and some two schools in Minnesota put a decent amount of kids into finance. There was two babson kids at my super day..neither got offers. Two liberal arts kids who went to nescac and one in Minnesota did...

Nov 5, 2015

And here I thought the distinction was a BA versus a BS. I know some economics programs, for instance, are more application based and give you a BS and some are more theory based and give you a BA.

That said, who cares?

Dec 5, 2015

Babson College is not the best feeder to Ibanking. However, every year BAML recruits few students from Babson and all the other aspiring i-bankers tend to focus on middle market boutiques (Rothschild, William Blair, Harris Williams, Piper Jeffray, etc.) But I have also seen couple students break into GS IB (SF) too. The opportunities are definitely there, but you really have to work hard at Babson (Grade deflation, limited on-campus recruitment).

Dec 5, 2015
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