Need help choosing a Semi-Target school

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Hello everyone,

I have been following WSO for a few months now and just recently (now) decided to create an account for advice on a MAJOR decision in my life, choosing an undergraduate university. I am seriously interested in IB work, hopefully at a BB, but unfortunately I didn't work hard enough at high school to be looking at Target schools. Although that is a huge factor for opportunities at BB's, I still want to pursue that goal. Here are some schools I'm looking at, and I was wondering if people in the IB/BB world could rank them according to how prevalent they are in the field (1-9). Boston College, Villanova, Lehigh, Wake Forest, Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers, U of Miami, Maryland College Park. This will not be my only way of determining the school, as I have looked at most of these schools and will not be choosing solely on prestige.

Also, for anyone who has the knowledge or experience, what would advice would you give for someone like me about to start this process of working through college and moving into the business world, especially from a non-target school like these (ex. networking, getting good grades etc.) ?

This is an extremely stressful time for me and I would greatly appreciate any responses. Thank you.

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Comments (15)

Oct 25, 2013

In my opinion - BC should be your number one. I've also seen a good amount of bankers come from Indiana

oston College, Villanova, Lehigh, Wake Forest, Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers, U of Miami, Maryland College Park

Oct 25, 2013

BC, Indiana, then the rest. Any reason you aren't considering UMichigan?

Oct 25, 2013

Def not Wake Forest, Rutgers, U of Miami or Maryland.
I know of a couple coming from there, but the others are stronger.

Probably BC/Indiana/Villanova equal - then Penn State/Lehigh equal IMO. Not an expert, but just vibes I get having interned with people from some of those schools

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Oct 25, 2013

bc and villanova are the only ones i even come close to respecting out of that list, and in my opinion, those are also the only schools that won't cause your interviewers to ask you 'why did you go to your college?'

what kind of college grades and sats did you have? you can't aim higher?

Oct 25, 2013

Are we really calling these schools semi-targets now? Way to dilute that word completely..

What happened to berkeley, michigan and uva being semis?

Oct 27, 2013

this. Penn State, Marlyand College Park, Miami are semi-targets now?

Semi-targets should have at least some of the BB coming for IB positions. Schools like Berkeley, Emory, Vandy, etc. are semi-targets, basically schools that are well known and prestigious but not a "full target" for IB.

Oct 25, 2013

Btw guys i'm in high school if you didn't know like somebody didn't pick up. 3.6 gpa UW (at a prep school though), 5 ap's, lots of honors, 2000 sat, over 300 service hours. I really screwed up my junior year with a 3.2 which is making me look at schools like these. i am from New Jersey and Princeton is way out of my league, which leaves me with Rutgers which would be 10-15k a year, though I didn't really like it there and it's business school is bad. Unfortunately college admissions are getting substantially tougher to the non-ivies and top publics, with schools like UMichigan and UVA with scores of 2100+ for out of state students.

Thanks for the suggestions so far, applying in a week. So the general consensus would be 1) BC, 2) Nova, 3) Lehigh, 4) PSU ?

Oct 27, 2013

I can tell you with a very strong opinion what I think this is.

1) Indiana
2) BC
3) tie, nova and lehigh
4) everything else

Edit** source, I go to one of the schools you listed and have interviewed for a number of FO roles at BB/EBs and gotten "why did you go to xxx" every single time

Oct 27, 2013
turnyasystemup:

I can tell you with a very strong opinion what I think this is.

1) Indiana

2) BC

3) tie, nova and lehigh

4) everything else

Edit** source, I go to one of the schools you listed and have interviewed for a number of FO roles at BB/EBs and gotten "why did you go to xxx" every single time

Disagree with this.

Oct 27, 2013

Whatever school you go to, make sure to get A's. Then, transfer. You're going to have a very hard time without coming from a target school. Plan ahead. Cornell takes a lot of transfers, as does NYU stern, and many other tier 2 schools.

Oct 27, 2013
realestate101:

Whatever school you go to, make sure to get A's. Then, transfer. You're going to have a very hard time without coming from a target school. Plan ahead. Cornell takes a lot of transfers, as does NYU stern, and many other tier 2 schools.

you're kidding about stern, right? maybe CAS but stern has a ridic low transfer rate. as does Cornell AEM and CAS.

Oct 27, 2013
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