UCLA Clubs to showcase their elitism

Saw that post about UCLA being a horrible school. Really want to showcase their finance and consulting clubs. I was in two of them, fyi, so I've seen the goods and bads of them and have friends in each. I'm only listing which clubs, in my opinion, are relevant enough for a mention. Sorry if anyone's offended.


Bruin Asset Management - If you get into this club, you're pretty much guaranteed into an investment banking job. It's seen as like getting into Harvard to some people. Very elitist. Girls in the club are really nice, but the guys tend to be kinda dicks. Always has a token minority male (usually one at a time).

Bruin Value Investing - Also a solid club, a bit weaker than BAM, but you're almost just as guaranteed for an investment banking job if you really want it. Developed reputation for being sexist within the past year or two through business gossip circles. The girls in this club are all kinda similar (international and soft-spoken).

Bruin Investment and Trading Group - Relatively new club. Their strong members do really well in recruiting, but they also have their fair share of weaker members. Club is rising though, and either way, if you work hard, you will probably land a banking job because the resources are there.

Bruin Hedge Fund - A strong finance club but has an extremely high concentration of Asian international students, which does affect their placement into top jobs. If you're looking to recruit in Asia, this is the place to be, and US recruiting isn't bad either with their American kids.


Bruin Consulting - Consulting club top dog. Incredibly fratty and white, so if that's your personality type, you'll fit right in (you'll probably be fine if you're another race too, the club is just predominantly white). This is usually where MBB and Tier 2 offers go to, but is split between the UC and TBG as well. Kiss up during coffee chats and be an attractive woman and you're on your way in.

UConsulting - A close contender to BC. Consulting club that has a strong focus on educating their members, they've been on a huge rise these past few years because of their super solid accelerator program. Placement within recent years has been very strong, in consulting and tech because they choose to recruit a good amount of Stats majors. Club has a good diversity of races.

The Bruin Group - Like BIT Group, it's relatively new but their placement appears to be pretty strong. Focuses on start-ups. Placement is solid across various fields. For a consulting club, it strangely places a good amount of members in investment banking as well, which could be a pro and con. Really really yellow Asian.

180 Degrees Consulting - Also relatively new, a bit older than TBG. Focuses on social impact and non profits, and they're a chapter club, since there are also other 180s at other schools. Has a decent training program, and members place decently well, but for some reason, a lot of them end up in Deloitte Tech Consulting (which is not REAL consulting, but to each their own).

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Comments (13)

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
May 16, 2020 - 6:41pm

How tough is it to get into BAM and BVI? The other guy said very competitive, very low acceptance rates.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 16, 2020 - 6:43pm

Acceptance rates tend to waver between 2.5-4.5%, I think. Ranked by acceptance rate from lowest to highest, it would be BAM, BVI, BIT/BHF, and for consulting, it's BC/UC, TBG/180.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 16, 2020 - 7:02pm

Wow, that is elitist as fuck. That basically means you have to be URM or be friends with current members before you apply. If you're a regular guy without connections, I feel your odds are slim to none for getting into the top clubs.

May 16, 2020 - 9:41pm

Yes it's definitely possible, I know plenty of people that have. Only thing you really need is internship experience, so make sure you do that freshman/sophomore year

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  • Intern in IB - Cov
May 16, 2020 - 9:46pm

Student at a similar university (target) with very selective student organizations. While it's true that you don't need to be in these clubs, I can tell you that your life will be 10x easier if you are in at least one of them. That's because you'll meet so many people who are pursuing the same career, and you can leverage that network. Many firms will reach out directly to clubs, and you won't find out about these opportunities if you're not in the club. Similarly, a club member could be putting together a resume book for the firm that they're returning to for FT. In any case, you want to be in these clubs to stay in the loop. You can also find great mentors through these clubs. Many alumni from these organizations will also pull for you when you recruit.

  • Investment Analyst in PE - Other
May 17, 2020 - 10:18am

Yes - it is, but UCLA is not a silver spoon club. You will have to work for it, all the opportunities are there for you.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Oct 11, 2021 - 11:19am

Seriously this guy is just grouping everyone into supposed racial and ethnic dominance heiarchies and then making broad generalizations.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Oct 11, 2021 - 9:39am

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