What is the tea on Boston College as of 2021?

I really like the school, and it is the only school on my school list that genuinely meets all my needs and wants for a college experience. However, I was wondering is it a strong enough school for me to get looks/internships for?

 

Asian-American 3.8 1560 Sat

Already Accepted:

Fordham GSB RH -- Basically 80% of my tuition will be covered thru scholarships/grants

UNC-- I applied early, but I really do not like the school culture. Im not a huge party guy, I don't wanna move to far from my parents, and I just didn't ever mesh well with any student that decided to enroll to UNC from my school.

UVA-- Again, another school I realized I don't really like upon acceptance. Plus I'm paying OOS.

 

Denied:

Georgetown MSB- bruh my brother is an alum and an incoming IB Analyst for GS.. this one stung lololol

UMICH- Bruh

Other remaining schools on my list are basically the t20s. However, with the exception of  Boston College, I am very disconnected with all of these schools. I guess this comes with the fact that I never actually researched WHY I would want to attend the school other than the ranking.

 

Comments (18)

 
  • Analyst 3+ in IB - Gen
Feb 7, 2021 - 12:30pm

Only worth going if you get into the business school, CSOM. It's not HYPS but with a good GPA you can go to any bank, most of the BBs recruit on campus and the alum base is great and happy to help out fellow eagles.

Source: went to BC, at a BB now. Have buddies from my grade at just about every bank across BBs, EBs, top MMs etc.

 
  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Feb 7, 2021 - 1:46pm

The placement is better at UVA, but no reason to be miserable in college just to have a slightly higher shot at SA. Plenty of BC alums on the street, if you network early, grab coffee occasionally in NYC, and keep your grades/involvement up you should have a solid chance at an IB SA

 
  • Analyst 3+ in IB - Gen
Feb 9, 2021 - 12:31pm

Agreed here probably, one other thing to consider is, (and someone correct me if it's changed since I went thru the process) that the undergad business school at UVA only starts after 2 yrs and you have to apply as a freshman/sophmore, whereas at BC you're admitted directly to the business school and can start taking finance courses right away

 
Feb 9, 2021 - 11:16am

Hey man, I'm on the same boat as you, and although I probably have no fucking clue what I'm talking about, from scouring over LinkedIn, and as much placement data as is publicly available, I got about the same conclusion as the 1st guy who commented. I've decided I'm going there 'cause I also didn't get into my top choices (fuck Wharton), but I'm still hell-bent on the best IB possible. Idk if you've already decided that ur going, but priv message me so we can chat about it, it'd be hype to get to know someone in as similar of a situation as me, not to mention we have almost identical test scores and gpa lol. 

 
Feb 9, 2021 - 11:41am

lmao no worries, go to the top right corner, hit the mailbox, then hit the blue messages text, and type in my username to send me the message after selecting send a message

 
Feb 9, 2021 - 11:22am

BC's still very competitive, and a smaller class makes it more likely for kids like u and me to stick out. Plus, the alumni network might not be as vast, but they are incredibly loyal since they have the stereotype of being overlooked. 

 
  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Feb 11, 2021 - 9:52am

I think BC really punches above its weight/ranking in IB. I've seen many alumni at tier 2 BBs (Barclays, UBS, Credit Suisse) and balance sheets (Jefferies/RBC), as well as the occasional Eagle at GS/MS/JPM and EBs as well. Like others have said, if you hit the 3.7+ GPA threshold in the business school and connect well during recruiting, I think there's a solid BB/MM offer awaiting you.

With that being said, if I were back in your shoes and assuming same all-in costs as BC, I would probably pick UVA (and UNC, but less so) if these were my three choices. Personally, I think there is a huge cultural overlap between these three schools, so if you don't like the vibe at UNC/UVA it's likely you might not like BC. The main distinction then being is the relatively stronger name brand connected with UVA. No one will question you going to UVA, whereas BC tends to get overlooked by its Boston neighbors and Catholic peers (Notre Dame/Georgetown).

 
Feb 11, 2021 - 10:20am

Thank you for the advice. I'm curious, if I land an SA at a tier 2 BB sophomore year, do you think it's feasible to land an internship to GS/JPM/MS?

My brother did something like that at Georgetown, but he won't tell me how he did it/ process because he wants me to figure everything out... so here I am on WSO lol

 
  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Feb 11, 2021 - 11:00am

That's hilarious. Your brother sounds like a Mr. Miyagi type.

I would say back when I was recruiting (years ago), this switch was pretty feasible (even for EBs/tier 1 bulge brackets). I personally had the experience of switching from a MM IB SA to a lower-BB IB FT (basically one of the ones I mentioned above) with fairly meaningful effort but it was doable. Some decent banks would still have 5 seats open given issues with SAs with returning offers trading up. Even the MS/GS kids would consider FT lateralling into elite PE/HF Analyst roles or EVR/CTV. What I have been hearing now is that most FT classes are actually overstaffed with SAs to mitigate the risk of banks having to recruit FT.

Regardless of what anyone on this forum says, years after you start FT you're not going to care if you ended up at Credit Suisse (still a great bank) versus GS/MS/JPM. Sure, you might get more looks from top private equity funds in the latter bucket, but more likely than not those will be structured as two-and-out programs and you'll be looking at finding another PE role or MBA. More important is probably finding the most well-rounded group at the bank you end up at (with somewhat humane senior/mid-levels that have decent mandates) and building a good support network there.

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 4:32pm

LVL 1 Rookie

I really like the school, and it is the only school on my school list that genuinely meets all my needs and wants for a college experience. However, I was wondering is it a strong enough school for me to get looks/internships for?

 

Asian-American 3.8 1560 Sat

Already Accepted:

Fordham GSB RH -- Basically 80% of my tuition will be covered thru scholarships/grants

UNC-- I applied early, but I really do not like the school culture. Im not a huge party guy, I don't wanna move to far from my parents, and I just didn't ever mesh well with any student that decided to enroll to UNC from my school.

UVA-- Again, another school I realized I don't really like upon acceptance. Plus I'm paying OOS.

 

Denied:

Georgetown MSB- bruh my brother is an alum and an incoming IB Analyst for GS.. this one stung lololol

UMICH- Bruh

Other remaining schools on my list are basically the t20s. However, with the exception of  Boston College, I am very disconnected with all of these schools. I guess this comes with the fact that I never actually researched WHY I would want to attend the school other than the ranking.

I'm going there in the fall for their full-time MBA program. 

 

 
Feb 18, 2021 - 4:49pm

Little late to this poll, but I'd consider Fordham GSB. I'm currently getting buried in debt at t1 school, and wonder how much less stressful it would be at a school that gave me merit $, but doesn't have the t1 status.

At the same time, you could view school as an investment as an IB salary will obviously help you (a lot) with student loans.

Just my 2¢

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