Montreal High Schooler looking to break into IB in the U.S (Preferably new york)

Hi , i'm almost done with high school , looking to apply to a cegep (2 yr program after 11th grade) in montreal or directly a university in the U.S. I really want to become an Investment banker as it was always my dream.

  1. How do i get into a target school if I want to go to the U.S , are the SATs enough along with an extracurricular (such as violin)

  2. How can I secure a scholarship supposing i want to get into NYU 

  3. Is desautels good for investment banking in the U.S or will it be a struggle to break in?

Thanks.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 16, 2021 - 9:00pm

if you are planning on going to the US, do NOT attend Desautels. Exits to the US will not happen, it is that simple. You will have more chances of recruiting for NY by going to a local non-target (Pace, Fordham, etc.) than Desautels. Plus if you are a good student these low-tier schools can offer you scholarships (partial, if not full). SATs will be important but it is not the whole picture. US applications were focused on "holistic candidates" in my day (GPA, SAT, Extracurricular, essays, etc.), don't know if anything has changed with COVID.

Source: went to Desautels and a current 1st year analyst at a Big 6 canadian bank.

 
Feb 16, 2021 - 9:05pm

Well what's your GPA/Class rank and SAT score? Do you have any awards for playing violin? Any other ECs? Sports? BTW NYU is steadily becoming very selective and this year is poised to have an acceptance rate of around 7% overall, and far less for Stern.

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 4:29am

Answering your original question, easiest route is get into a target school in America. Contingency plan should be to absolutely destroy it at Ivey/Queens (BB and EB have OCR). The HIM program at McGill is just as good but very selective entry process. Graduated from a top 6 school (so no bias here), worked in PE and have friends that do recruiting.

 
  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Feb 18, 2021 - 10:05am

12% acceptance rate, very tough to get into (will vary based on other factors like your race tho). I don't know your family's financial situation, but it'll be like 70k all in per year. Because it's a public school in the US, most of the financial aid they give out goes to Michigan residents and there's not much left even for US residents from other states.

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