Fordham VS Northeastern & more

Hi I'm currently a high school senior and am looking to breaking into high finance I do not have a specific position in mind(aiming for a buy side position) but I was wondering if those familiar with the industry could shed some light on the schools i have and let me know what would be the best course of action in terms of choosing a school that would set me up for success in the financial industry.

Schools: Fordham(Gabelli),Syracuse(Whitman), Northeastern(D'Amore-McKim),Pitt(Accepted School of arts and sciences), Rutgers New Brunswick(Accepted School of arts and sciences)

I'm aware that the schools I have listed above are not target schools but currently I'm leaning towards Fordham and any help what so ever in helping narrow down my decision would be appreciated. 

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  • Analyst 1 in AM - Other
Mar 27, 2021 - 8:25pm

Northeastern is your best bet bc you will be able to land internships in Boston. Can def land FO BB if you prep well-enough. 

IK a couple losers at NE but it's def the best out of that pile

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Other
Mar 27, 2021 - 8:35pm

If you are top of your class at Fordham you should also be able to land FO jobs. I personally think you would have a much easier time landing your first internship at NE which would make it easier for you to break into a BB during your Junior SA

Either will get the job done. You will still need to be towards the top of your class. I just think Northeastern is closer to semi-target status in Boston whereas you will have to be scrappier no matter what at Fordham.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Mar 29, 2021 - 11:53am

Personally, if you want to be in FO finance and want to land a job in NYC, then Fordham is the way to go. I am a senior and going to be working at top BB, and almost all of my close friends are also working at BB's or at the very least MM/EB's. Yes, Northeastern is a good school, but you are going to have a focus more on firms that are in Boston. Also, the Co-op program is not really necessary or an advantage in securing an internship in finance. Although Fordham is a "non-target", you are going to have access to many alumni, networking events, recruiting events, that either are brought to the school specifically for finance majors, or in the close vicinity of NYC. As long as you keep your grades up, (i.e. 3.6/7+), all you have to do is just put a tad bit more effort in networking, then maybe some other "target" schools and you will be fine. We have a program sophomore year called finance scholars which you can apply into and they hold specific sessions/invitation-only events for those students which played a significant role for me at least. 

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  • Intern in RE - Res
Mar 29, 2021 - 3:15pm

Yea i rlly dont understand y the co op program is so hyped up-u can take a sem off at any school for an internship and get credits the only different seems to b that NEU requires it

Apr 8, 2021 - 11:32am

Because only neu students have access to the co-ops that's like the whole point lol

Because only neu students have access to the co-ops thats like the whole point lol plus a lot of them recruit for SA at the same time

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 8, 2021 - 11:56am

Not a Fordham alum but close friend was and so have a lot of insight into it from him on how recruiting goes. Tbh I feel like it is a Fordham vs Northeastern here and personally feel like it depends on which city you want to be in for college. Northeastern probably places better, but is in Boston. Fordham does not place as well but as an above comment said, if you are driven and take advantage of being in NYC, then you can land interviews. If I was in your shoes, I would base it off what city I want to be in for college. For me that would be Boston, but that is because I was born and gone through my K-12 schooling in Manhattan. Base this off your personal goals/desires. 

Apr 8, 2021 - 3:21pm

I'm also from the Tri-State area and my goal is to work in NYC with a buy side position another thing I should mention NEU was that I was offered guaranteed transfer after successful completion of a year of 6 courses in a NEU satellite campus in London. But I'm certainly intrigued by the CO-OPs however I'm not sure if NEU's business school has the same prestige as Fordham. If you know someone who went to NEU or are familiar with the business school please share your experience or knowledge about the I know Northeastern is a well recognized school but if you could shed some light on the business school specifically I would appreciate it.

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
Apr 8, 2021 - 4:00pm

I am not too sure about how NEU school is perceived on the street. I went to a top target so I followed what I guess is the more cookie cutter, tried and tested path to finance. I have a couple of friends at NEU who landed ER and IB positions at BBs and MMs. Don't know anyone at EBs from NEU but am sure they exist. Both NEU and Fordham are semi-targets in my view as they both have some recruitment. Given the guaranteed transfer thing, I would just go to Fordham instead. Cornell has a notable guaranteed transfer scheme but Cornell is a strong target and NEU is not. Remember not everything is about your job. College is supposed to be a fun time. I would go to Fordham and aim to get high grades so that if you decide that it is not for you, you can try and transfer out to a higher target. 

Sep 27, 2021 - 5:54pm

Fordham (Gabelli school of business) over Northeastern any day of the week, not even a question. Only exception is if you want to stay in the Boston area after school. If you go to Fordham, get good grades and network, you can land FO IB role at any of the firms. School has been placing significantly more into IB roles every year. I dont get the hype behind co-op program, you can also intern during the year at Fordham, but in NYC (while also networking for the junior internship in person). Go to Fordham and don't look back.

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