Yale vs. Princeton vs. Wharton Undergrad

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'm really thankful to have been accepted into all of these amazing schools! I'm currently interested in studying economics; I would be majoring in Econ/Math at Yale and ORFE at Princeton. My end goal is to hopefully work in buy-side, and I'm wondering if any of these schools will restrict my opportunities in the future.

Some background/context:

*Socially, I really did not vibe with the people and the culture at Wharton. I hated how prominent a role frats played on campus. Princeton was much better, but I still didn't like the eating club system as it created a divide between upperclassmen and underclassmen and only seems to distance friend groups.

*My visit to Yale was amazing, and I really liked talking to all the Yale students and exploring its campus. I'm worried about the strength of its job placement compared to Princeton and Wharton. Firms like Silver Lake that I would want to work for only recruit from Wharton, and I'm worried that I'll have to work much harder at Yale to have a chance of getting the same opportunities.

*Princeton's course rigor scares me, I have a couple of friends who are studying 24/7 and barely scraping along in ORFE there.

*I'm not 100% set on finance, but I can't imagine myself pursuing any other career (if that makes sense)

*Extracurricular Interests: I'd want to pursue entrepreneurship and startups, consulting groups, other finance-related EC's.

Thank you for all your help! I really appreciate it.

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Apr 28, 2019
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Firms like Silver Lake that I would want to work for only recruit from Wharton, and I'm worried that I'll have to work much harder at Yale to have a chance of getting the same opportunities.

You'll likely need a 3.95+ at Wharton to be competitive for the 2-3 SilverLake spots a year. That is not an easy thing to achieve. Getting a top buyside spot, at any university, requires a lot of hard work. Additionally, SilverLake recruits associates out of the usual BB/EB groups--you'll have plenty of access to banking recruiting at all three schools.

It sounds like you really liked Yale. Go to Yale--it's an incredible school.

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Apr 28, 2019

How any high school kid knows what the 'buy side' consists of, or can name a fund like Silver Lake, is beyond me. Guess that's why I didn't get into these schools.

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Apr 28, 2019

https://www.leveragedsellout.com/2006/06/how-gopal...
One of the more helpful and respected finance blogs makes some strong points in favor of Princeton. Would highly recommend you read this and reconsider.

Apr 28, 2019

I went to one of these three schools and would tell you that you will turn out just fine--with regards to potential buyside recruiting down the road and otherwise--at any of these three schools. Go to the school that you feel is the best fit for you personally--sounds like that's Yale for you.

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Apr 28, 2019

Not surprised you didn't like Penn or Pton and preferred Yale...sheesh

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Apr 30, 2019

Who tf says PTon? That's not a thing my man.

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Apr 30, 2019

actually it is but aight

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Apr 28, 2019

Honestly I would say Wharton is better if you are dead set on finance. I have friends at all three schools and I think that Yale is the coolest.
I know it is too late, but it sounds like UC Berkeley or Stanford would be a great fit for you.

Apr 29, 2019

Went to another ivy and majored in ORIE as it is termed there. I worked really really hard for an "unimpressive" (think 2.9/3.0) GPA by finance standards. Engineering school is no joke and will be a very different college experience than other majors.

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Apr 29, 2019
JuniorMInion:

Went to another ivy and majored in ORIE as it is termed there. I worked really really hard for an "unimpressive" (think 2.9/3.0) GPA by finance standards. Engineering school is no joke and will be a very different college experience than other majors.

If you think imaginary engineering is hard, I can't imagine how you would fare in EE or Chemical Engineering

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Apr 30, 2019

Princeton network is way more valuable than Yale or Wharton.

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Apr 30, 2019

Choosing between 3 schools of this caliber based off of perceived buy side placement will lead you to make the wrong decision and end up with a worse college experience. Always pick the place where you fit in the most whether it be a school or a job when there is this little difference in opportunity between them. You'll be happier when you choose based on fit which will lead to getting more involved, performing better, and getting the best chance at going wherever it is you decide to go next.

I promise you no one at any of the schools you listed is kicking themselves for not going to another unless it's because they chose the wrong fit

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Apr 30, 2019
  1. You said "I'd want to pursue entrepreneurship and startups, consulting groups, other finance-related EC's." This doesn't sound very Yale to me. Do you have any other outside interests? Also, Yale has the whole society system and Greek Life is supposedly growing and playing a much larger part of the social scene.
  2. Greek Life culture at Penn is definitely large but if you're at Wharton you're more insulated from it if that's what you want. But maybe stay open-minded to these things?
  3. I don't know why you would major with ORFE unless you want to be a quant/trader. Everyone in IB/PE from Princeton that I know were not engineers. You may be shooting yourself in the foot in terms of your GPA.
  4. Are you really using your real name for your WSO profile? If so, you are easily findable on Google.
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Apr 30, 2019

Is it a terrible idea to email people at Silverlake and other places you like and actually ask them? Who would know better than them?

They could be in a position to give you an interview in 3 years. You seem well-mannered and "switched-on" as people say in the UK. I doubt you'll say something stupid that makes them reject you when you apply in 2-3 years. Be careful though.

Apr 30, 2019

If you want to enjoy your life, go to Yale.

Also everyone at Wharton / Princeton wants to work in finance, and so it looks like they "place better" but students at Yale have more varied interests.

You'll be fine recruiting from any of these schools so go wherever you think you'll be happiest.

Apr 30, 2019

Go to the school you like best, seriously. None of those schools will close off doors for you.

But would also recommend changing your username, pretty sure I found you in like 10 seconds.

Apr 30, 2019
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Ty

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