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Mar 30, 2021 - 7:25pm

Both place well and you can't really go wrong from that perspective. Stern probably places more students on a numeric basis but everyone wants to do IB so it's as competitive, if not more. than you would probably find at Gtown. Gtown will probably give you the more typical college experience versus Stern (NYC is a diff animal for a college experience) and may be a better option if you're not a 100% sold on what you want to do.

Mar 30, 2021 - 7:30pm

lol you can succeed from both, pick the one that looks more fun. it really makes no difference! looking back, im glad i didnt go for the highest placing school and chose the one i rly liked. you still get into IB if youre at a target (like gtown) but ones a lot more fun


Mar 30, 2021 - 7:36pm

Probably Georgetown on a per capita basis, but would say it's pretty close. Anecdotally, everyone I know who wanted to do IB from both schools winded up getting an offer at some bank (summer / FT) and most of my friends went on to do PE from both post banking. I agree on the campus / atmosphere point but depends on what you prefer.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2021 - 11:14pm

Recruiting while not in the business school at Gtown is pretty difficult from what I've heard, so you're going to need to transfer into business. If you can't do that, Stern wins easily

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Restr
Mar 31, 2021 - 12:20am

Doesn't really make that much of a difference, just may need to answer why you chose Econ/college vs business school. I'm an MSB grad and I personally know people from every undergrad school get sa/ ft IB roles. 

Mar 31, 2021 - 12:26pm

to be completely frank, clubs don't matter that much since most don't do exclusive events and even if they do they really don't make a difference. it's all ab effort


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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Mar 31, 2021 - 12:31am

Current senior at Stern so I'm biased

Recruiting: You can surely break in from both, but I'd say placement is better at Stern due to location (it was super easy to coffee chat/network pre-Covid) and number of alumni in the industry. Most people I know (minus internationals) that wanted a BB/EB/MM IB job landed one.

Culture: Before coming to Stern, I thought it would be hypercompetitive and cutthroat, but that's really not the case. Sure you'll come across a few hardos, but most people are actually very supportive of each other during recruiting.

College Experience: A lot of people who don't go to Stern/NYU say that we have no campus, but I disagree. Most buildings around Washington Square Park (basically our quad) are NYU residence halls and academic buildings so it definitely feels like a "real" college campus. Greek life isn't huge but it's there if you're interested. As a result, a lot of the partying happens in apartments and bars/clubs (if that's your thing). Outside of school, there's an endless number of things you can do from trying restaurants to watching broadway musicals to exploring different boroughs/neighborhoods. Definitely not for everyone, but if you want to experience living in a big city and have the budget, you'll enjoy your 4 years at NYU.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Mar 31, 2021 - 1:05am

I'm an international (China/India) at Stern. In terms of recruiting, it's definitely harder for internationals due to a shrinking number of firms that sponsor. I managed to land a job at an EB/MM but consider myself quite lucky because my firm has historically sponsored even when Trump was in office. In terms of OCR, there's still a good number of international-friendly firms that come to campus (Evercore, Credit Suisse, Citi CMO/S&T, BofA, GS to name a few).

Visa issues aside, I noticed that internationals from China struggled in US recruiting due to cultural differences and lack of English proficiency (mostly for IB, S&T is a diff story). Those who went to International/American high schools in their home country or boarding schools had more success in US recruiting since they adapted more easily. Canadians and Singaporeans also recruit quite well. Those who didn't find jobs in the US went on to BBs in HK/SG.

Mar 31, 2021 - 2:56am

I think this depends on what you're looking for in a college experience. I would imagine Stern has a more competitive and cut-throat type of vibe while Gtown (while still competitive) will be a bit more chill. I would also say Gtown is better if you're undecided (which I was when I was entering college). It would be much easier to go to a top law school or other program from Gtown then it would be from NYU

Mar 31, 2021 - 10:37am

To add a data point, I've probably seen an equal amount of grads from both those schools in IB/PE, which makes me think GTown on a per capita basis probably has an edge. I agree with other posters that it's also probably offers the better college experience. And don't worry at all about being in Econ there - I've had a couple of friends say it was actually easier to do it that way (less of a curve than MSB, and a pretty easy story to spin). Congrats on the choices! 

Mar 31, 2021 - 10:48am

Just wondering, why are you deciding whether or not to attend Stern before NYU has released regular decision results?

If you were admitted through early decision to NYU, you'd be contractually bound to attend, so why would you even bother comparing Stern to Georgetown?

Don't mean to come across as aggressive - just genuinely curious. 

Mar 31, 2021 - 5:14pm

NYU grad here. In addition to traditional EA programs, NYU typically does early release of decisions for students selected for any of its merit scholarship programs (e.g., Presidential Scholars / MLK Scholars).

I received my admit notice like March 17th - but that was ~6 years ago.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Mar 31, 2021 - 11:36pm

Hey, I'm currently a student at Georgetown going through recruiting. I don't think there's a significant difference one way or the other in terms of placement, from an institutional point of view. If you end up going to either Stern or the College at Gtown, what will be impactful in recruiting is your quality as a candidate and your preparation, as you already have a brand-name on your resume. I think Georgetown is probably the better bet, especially in terms of optionality. I think that certain schools (UMich Ross, NYU Stern, etc.) act as great conveyor belts to finance, but the flip side of that is you might have a one-dimensional experience, with all of your peers gunning for IB from day one, and the classes and clubs oriented towards that field. The great thing about Georgetown in my opinion, is that it has great placement, but the school isn't explicitly focused on finance: you'll meet plenty of people that want to go into consulting, government service, law, academia,  medicine, and yes, IB/PE/HF. As an undergrad, I think you should try to keep your options open and have as varied/diverse of an experience as possible. Feel free to pm with any questions, happy to help. 

Edit- also I should add that yes, NYU is unique in that it allows for in-person networking and lots of finance-related opps on site, but I personally prefer the flexibility/lower effort of phone calls, and there's plenty to do in D.C. as well in terms of internships 

Apr 1, 2021 - 1:59pm

Seems like, as with Princeton and Yale, Georgetown will have a significantly better per capita placement rate and a more diverse (in terms of career aspirations, not race or socio-economic status) student body which could be seen as an edge. Thanks!

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