schools with strong presence on the street.

I am currently a high school Junior with decent stats 3.7 GPA and 1440 SAT nothing IVY material but I would like to ask for strong schools on the street both private and state for an average kid like me.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Dec 23, 2020 - 4:21pm

UMich Ross, UVA, Penn State, UT Austin BHP, UCs, UNC Chapel Hill all come to mind. I'm sure there are more with decent alumni presence

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Dec 23, 2020 - 4:42pm

Basically this, well-known strong state schools will have a group of students into IB each year. Look for ones that have a student fund or some other type of finance club that feeds into Wall Street and aim to get into that, and that should be the equivalent of semi-target placement at least. 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Dec 23, 2020 - 10:10pm

Candidly, if you are an out of state asian / white male, getting into Michigan, Chapel Hill, and the UCs will be difficult with a 3.7 and a 1440 -- these are almost certainly below the averages for people in those categories that are admitted to these school. I know a lot of kids with 3.9+, 1550+ stats that were rejected from Ross, UNC, UCLA, and Cal. Penn state should be doable, but am unfamiliar with UT or UVA so can't comment there. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 16, 2021 - 3:04pm

Not debating Penn St because I didn't know this, but do they really have strong OCR??

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Dec 23, 2020 - 7:23pm

Avoid BYU unless you're fiending to get married at 21.

  • Analyst 1 in HF - Event
Dec 23, 2020 - 10:45pm

If you're LDS-or not bothered by the Honor Code-and interested in IB then BYU is a no-brainer from a purely financial perspective. Tuition is far far lower than any of those other schools (even in-state) and placement to BB/EB banking is solid-I think even better than the comment above alludes to. For the last several years (until 2020), placement was 25-30+ each year. Competition isn't even that fierce for spots, as most people in the business school are put off by the hours/lifestyle of IB.

full disclosure, I went to BYU and did IB before moving to the buyside. Feel free to DM with questions.

Dec 23, 2020 - 6:51pm

Yes I am looking into those LACs not so sure bout how strong Lehigh is though I've been getting mixed comments on that school. Notre dame is definitely a reach but I will try it ,what do you think about wake forest.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Dec 23, 2020 - 7:50pm

I would say Lehigh might have a bigger presence on the street than the other Patriot League schools mentioned. Lehigh is just a bigger school which means it can just place more kids into IB relatively (not comparing quality of schools). ND is step above 

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Dec 23, 2020 - 11:56pm

Stats look solid for IU Kelley. Also worth looking into Claremont McKenna and Emory

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Dec 24, 2020 - 2:48pm

I would add WashU and Emory to the list as well

Since your stats fall around the middle 50% for many of these schools, it's crucial that you craft the best application essays you possibly can to have a solid shot at them

and since you're still a junior, try to build up your ECs and awards too

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Dec 26, 2020 - 9:32pm

would add ohio state fisher to your list given the stats. i think UNC and the other schools listed are reaches. Penn state would be doable as well. OSU is good value option given cheap cost and send 35+ or so to banking per year

  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Dec 27, 2020 - 11:28pm

low for the first two, maybe for colgate. even OSU fisher wouldnt be a slam dunk. I think the average sat is 1450 or so??

edit: nvm its 1350, im sure youll be fine there. 

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