Mod Note: This post features the top 50 undergrad schools from 2014 - check out our most updated rankings on the WSO Investment Banking Report and the 2018 Recruiting Report. You can also check out another detailed post about target schools on Wall Street Oasis.
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The argument of how hard it is to break into Investment Banking from a non-target vs. target schools is one that has gone on for years on WSO. Which undergraduate institution gives you the best shot at the top investment banks? How hard is it to get in from a "non-target". While this infographic is not perfect and will likely not end the debate, it does give us a nice proxy of the top schools or a "Power Ranking" to the top 50 colleges and universities for overall "Investment Banking Recruiting."
Below you will find a detailed matrix of The Top 50 Undergraduate institutions for Wall St. Recruiting across all the bulge bracket banks and elite middle market & boutiques. A school only gets credit for a specific bank if it is one of the "top schools" for that bank. In other words, just because 3 people got an interview at Goldman Sachs from Non target XYZ doesn't mean it should be included in this list. Our goal was to give each of you an idea of where the WSO members are getting interviews from...which gives us an idea of the recruiting trends of these firms and what their top target school list looks like.
This does not mean you can't break in if you don't go to one of these schools or if your school is not listed (I went to Williams College and given the size of the student population, there is a surprisingly strong connection to Wall St)! In fact, some of the top ranked schools are also some of the most competitive. You need to ask yourself, do you really want to be in that culture where the competition is the toughest? What is going to give YOU the best odds of breaking in?
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Missed an earlier part of the 2014 WSO Community Rankings - Investment Banks? Click below:
Part 1: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Release Schedule
Part 2: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Career
Part 3: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Interviews
Part 4: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Promotions & Fairness
Part 5: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Compensation
Part 6: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Senior Management
Part 7: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Prestige & Pride
Part 8: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Lifestyle
Part 9: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Overall Rankings
Want to Learn More About Investment Banking Recruiting?
The Investment Banking University Recruiting Report shares 7 key takeaways based partially on the data discussed above and sheds light on the schools that banks are recruiting from. This is an extremely helpful resource when looking to determine which schools to apply to.