Top MBA / MF PE Chances from a State School

I am interested at some point in working for either a top MF PE shop (think Apollo, Blackstone, KKR) and potentially one day getting my MBA from a top business school. I currently go to a top 15 public state school (think University of Texas, U of Wisconsin, U of Washington) and have a solid GPA. I also will be returning FT to work at a top BB investment bank full time next summer that in the past has had a solid reputation with placing analysts at top PE shops. Was wondering if anyone knew if state school kids also have a shot at the MF PE shops. I've heard that even if you go to a top BB investment bank, headhunters will still overlook you if you lack a "brand name" ivy league school on your resume and have also heard that Top B-Schools will do the same. Thoughts?

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Nov 10, 2016 - 7:48pm

If you're at a top BB you have a solid shot. FWIW I know multiple people from UT at KKR, TPG, Apollo, BX et al. Most were at GS/MS/JPM type banks though, think it would be harder from a mid tier BB. Not saying it's impossible but having one top tier brand on your resume helps a lot.

It matters much less at most MM funds – they generally want people with good deal experience that can be more autonomous because they don't have the resources to train you like a megafund does.

If you're at a upper MM or MF, you will more likely than not get into HSW, no matter where you went to undergrad.

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