UCL vs. Warwick vs. CASS for BSc

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Hi All!

Year 13, got offers from Warwick and CASS for Management, and from UCL for IMB (information management for business).

Which one would give me the greatest chances for breaking into M&A at a top BB?

I know the courses aren't great but have a solid CV (3+ internships) + decent CFA lvl. 1 knowledge

Thanks!

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Jan 27, 2019

Warwick for better course, quality of life and employment prospects.

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Jan 27, 2019

Would also suggest Warwick.

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Jan 27, 2019

I saw a lot more undergrad UCL students than the other schools at consulting/banking events and interviews.

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Jan 27, 2019

Warwick and UCL are equal in terms of being targets. Personally know people at almost every BB and EB from both including the courses you mention.

Decide between UCL sand Warwick based on other factors and choose where you think you'll be happier.

Feel free to PM me.

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Jan 27, 2019

I made a switch from one of the aforementioned schools and I have to say that it comes down to what you prefer i.e living in a small town, where virtually nothing is open after 5 p.m on Sunday or in a huge city? The quality of life aspect must not be ignored. In terms of IB recruitment, being in London helps as you don't need to get a 1 hr train to get to your interviews. Also, UCL have had people go to PE MFs straight after undergrad, but I haven't seen anyone from Warwick who has made that move. But again, it could be just my poor observations.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that IMB at UCL and Management at Warwick are two VERY different degrees. If you are confident in your passion for programming, then go to UCL. The Management degree at Warwick actually gets a lot of stick but it's very well structured in my opinion. If you have any questions then feel free to PM me.

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Jan 28, 2019

UCL for a better student life.

Warwick is quiet. Also Management is a bum course. Do something like Economics if you really want to be noticed.

Both are reasonable for jobs. You'll also find it easier to network into IB if you're already in London.

You can do CFA level 1 during Uni - so if you have the cash its certainly going to get your interviews vs the Competition.

Other option is to look at a MSc after in Finance from somewhere like Cass.

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Jan 28, 2019

Warwick=UCL>Cass.
As simple as that purely for IB. Then it comes down to which student experience you'd want.

Jan 28, 2019

If it were for another course, the decision would be more difficult.

For management however, Warwick is one of the best universities in the UK with LSE Bath and St Andrews.

At Warwick, not only would you have the opportunity to study abroad at top universities (including Wharton), but also to do an industrial placement (1 year work experience during third year) at companies like GS, Bridgepoint, HSBC, Lazard, UBS, BAML, Liontree amongst others given you are an outstanding student.

I think the decision is ultimately down to whether you'd like to live in London or not. I personally decided not to study in London and it was the best decision I could have made - I truly value the social aspect of campus universities. Many of my friends that decided to study in London ended up regretting it and wishing they had gone elsewhere.

Not being in London will not hurt your chances of getting a SA or Spring week as long as your school is at least a semitarget, as networking events will be held on campus for you. Warwick is not very far from London anyhow.

Both are very good schools, you can't go wrong with either. Let us know what you decide.

Jan 28, 2019

Thank you so much for you responses everyone, really appreciate it. Currently tending towards Warwick, but still waiting from LSE....

Jan 30, 2019

I have personally seen more UCL alumni in IB than Warwick although both are well represented. I would suggest UCL as it is far easier to attend networking events, interviews, do coffee chats, and London is FAR better than Coventry.

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May 31, 2019

UCL and LSE have the most alumni across all investment banking and especially IBD positions. There was this deprecated LinkedIn ranking that showed that. I've personally met a lot LSE and UCL people (more LSE than UCL) and way less Warwick. Quick search on LinkedIn will prove you this.

However, if you do value something outside prestige, brand names, etc, the courses are way different. At UCL you also have Management Science which is more quant heavy compared to IMB which is kind of like the "easier" one.

May 31, 2019

Thanks for the info everyone, midway through exams and firmed UCL, so will see what happens....

Sep 23, 2019
Ilya K.:

Thanks for the info everyone, midway through exams and firmed UCL, so will see what happens....

what did you select?

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Sep 23, 2019
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