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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 4, 2021 - 11:59pm

WSO has so many Kelley junkies it is actually atrocious. It's a fine school, sure. Really reputable with some really smart people doing great things. However, it is not the miraculous wonder target school that so many make it out to be. OP, there are a number of better schools that you can shoot for. Don't let the Kelley groupies sway you if it's what you want to do. Plenty of reasons to transfer and if you're thinking about that in the context of explaining it in an interview, you have time to figure that out and get crafty if needed. Good luck, don't be swayed by the Kelley kids who hype themselves up to cope with getting rejected from UPenn. If you end up not transferring, you'll be fine - just grind. If you end up transferring, you'll be fine - just grind.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 5, 2021 - 10:06am

Didn't actually mean to reply to you my b. But lmao no, nothing about your comment says "this is a sarcastic joke." If that was in fact the intention, then I'm sure you can understand the confusion given the number of aforementioned groupies on this site

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 5, 2021 - 12:25am

Current kelley sophomore/rising junior here. Coming in originally I also planned to transfer to a more elite business program and ended up doing a fair amount of research on the topic. From what I learned, in my opinion it's a lot more trouble and a lot less beneficial than you might think.

DISCLAIMER: before y'all start throwing MS at me, these are some very broad generalizations based on what I've seen. I'm sure there are plenty of one-off counter-examples, but hopefully this saves someone a few hours of googling

First off, transfer acceptance rates are extremely low at most IB target schools- I'm talking a small fraction of their normal acceptance rates (which are already low). Harvard and Stanford are pretty much out of the question. Realistically you're gonna be looking at places like Cornell, Michigan Ross, USC, and UVA, which are known for being more transfer-friendly. Now of course all these universities are leagues above IU for overall prestige, but specifically for IB recruiting the advantage is not going to be significant when you consider how it actually works:

the biggest problem with transferring is that you're pretty much thrown headfirst into recruiting as a sophomore with NO NETWORK. you'll have maybe 5 months to make nearly 2 years worth of connections. More importantly tho at a lot of places you'll end up at a disadvantage or miss out completely on the selective finance "pipeline" clubs and other opportunities, many of which have processes starting freshman year.

So you really have to think long and hard about whether the brand name alone is gonna outweigh those factors. In my case they didn't. considering you have a full ride and are saving 100k+ for out of state tuition, I'd say that tips the scales even more.

Of course everyone's situation is different so take this with a grain of salt and by all means do your own research, apply and see what happens. Just make sure you've really taken everything into consideration before making the jump. Hope this helps, good luck

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May 5, 2021 - 9:55am

Thank you for the info. I will take that into consideration. Btw do you know where other Kelley kids transferred if they decided to? I know it may be hard but I am specifically looking at Columbia

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 5, 2021 - 10:06am

idk about columbia but i know people who transferred to northwestern, cornell, vandy, UVA, and NYU stern. not all of them were trying to go into IB tho

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