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Mar 27, 2008 - 9:20pm

If you want to be a value investor Columbia is the #1 B-school, maybe NYU if you want to go into to S&T

Mar 27, 2008 - 11:39pm
If you want to be a value investor Columbia is the #1 B-school, maybe NYU if you want to go into to S&T

I've always thought Stern to be more geared towards IBD thank S&T

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Mar 28, 2008 - 2:31am

when i was helping with summer associate recruiting on the sell-side, we had had a number of resumes from both stern and columbia. i would say that the resumes from columbia were by and large stronger than the ones from stern. there were good candidates from stern too, but overall, i just personally thought the ones from columbia looked tangibly better on paper.

Mar 28, 2008 - 9:12am

CBS is far more respected

-------------- Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot
Mar 28, 2008 - 6:31pm

That should help. I think they are a little tighter on who qualifies as a legacy (i.e. they don't care if your second cousin went there), but every b-school app I've seen at least asks if your parents went there.

Mar 28, 2008 - 11:28pm
Also, it helps more if your dad is an "active" alumni (i.e. he gives money to the school regularly).

How would B-schools treat it if you put that your father is an alumni, but they know he's been a deadweight and hasn't given anything back?

Mar 29, 2008 - 6:17am

My friend worked in my college alumni office - even deadweights help because a lot of people become active in giving when their kid gets in.

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:40am

Just a glib remark I guess. I find that all the Wharton people I meet are dreadfully boring to be around (just a stupid generalization of course). Columbia guys usually aren't boring, but they can be pretty arrogant. That said, their level of knowledge is excellent, and the school has great finance pedigree. Stern's good too (Damodharan advantage), but not good enough to turn down Columbia for.

Of course, very little of that has to do with which school is better for career prospects etc. Just a joke.

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:41am

Another Chances: Stern or Columbia (Originally Posted: 03/19/2012)

BA Economics from Top 10 School (Top 5 to a few people)
GPA: 3.38
2 years public finance consulting firm (financial/management consulting to local/regional/state govs)

I know this is hardly enough info- but it does give you the broad strokes.
Assume everything else about my application is "average"

So above average UG Prestige, below average GPA, below average W/E years, above average GMAT.

Chances at Stern or Columbia?

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:42am

If you have M7. As it stands now.. with 2 years and a sub-3.7 GPA... I don't see it happening at Columbia.

For reference, I'm attending Columbia for MBA class of 2014

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:44am
If you have M7. As it stands now.. with 2 years and a sub-3.7 GPA... I don't see it happening at Columbia.

For reference, I'm attending Columbia for MBA class of 2014

What are your stats?

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:45am

I would recommend:

  1. Try lateraling to a better consulting firm with a more established track record of sending kids to Stern or Columbia. Lateraling is difficult but possible with hard work and networking. Doesn't need to be MBB. All the top 10 or 15 consulting firms definitely send kids to Stern and Columbia. Deloitte, Big 4 consulting practices, Accenture, Huron, etc., should be targets.

  2. Take 2-3 classes at a nearby (but well-respected) university to improve grades or demonstrate you're serious about school. That, along with the outstanding GMAT score, can overcome the poor undergrad GPA.

  3. Do some extracurriculars. Doesn't need to be anything out of this world, but find some way to get involved in a leadereship position in the community. This can be a differentiator on apps.

All of this will take 2-3 years, which is good for you anyway. You only have 2 years of experience now, and the average at these schools is 4-6 years. So you'd be right in range 2-3 years from now.

Good luck!

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:46am

Any Shot at NYU or Columbia? (Originally Posted: 07/29/2013)

Top 65 Non-Target. 3.52 GPA Accounting Major.

Going into my second year at a Big 4 in Internal Audit. Realizing that my only way into IB or anything in finance is through B-school. Do I have any shot at getting into NYU or Columbia's MBA programs? Any recommendations as to how I can better my odds? Should I stay at Big 4 for a few more years or try and get a junior role in finance?

Thanks a lot for any help!!

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:47am

Solid GMAT would help - I can recommend the Manhattan books.

It's hip to be square!
Mar 30, 2008 - 6:48am

Solid GMAT is a must. Also, you are going to need some interesting EC's since your background is pretty boring - adcomms buy into that shit big time.

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

Mar 30, 2008 - 6:50am
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