Yale vs UChicago vs Brown vs Duke

Hey all, my brother just got into Yale, UChicago, Duke and Brown. Wanted to get people's insight on these schools and how they compare for IBD/ Consulting/ PE recruiting our of undergrad. I personally don't know much about any of these so would really appreciate any advice. Currently seem to have narrowed it down to Yale, Duke. UChicago.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Mar 31, 2020 - 1:59pm

Yale or Brown. Heard Brown is a great school socially with a shit ton of grade inflation. Also have heard from people that there frankly aren't many people gunning for IB, so you tend to stand out a lot with very faithful alumni. Brown actually may be a better pick, but I'd still do Yale every time personally.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 31, 2020 - 2:42pm

Brown student, can confirm it's a great school socially and grade inflation is rampant here. Considering linkedin returns hundreds of alumni at GS/MS/JPM it's a damn good school for IB, esp since only a few go for it each year. We also send a bunch of people to MBB and a handful to PE. I didn't apply to Chicago because I enjoy living (and their overly-theoretical education sounds like it would get old fast) and I chose it over Duke because of the academic freedom and no +/- grades here. But I gotta admit that Yale has the stronger brand name, so it'd be really difficult to choose Brown over that.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Mar 31, 2020 - 3:19pm

Another Brown student checking in- I would probably take Yale, but Brown is very underrated for IB.

  • We have rampant grade inflation, so easy enough to have a 4.0 or at least a very strong GPA if you work hard.

  • Not much IB recruiting competition, so its easy enough to get prominent roles on campus in things like the investment group and to stand out as an applicant.

  • Considering the number of kids recruiting for IB, placement is ridiculously good. Harvard/Yale/etc might send more in absolute numbers, but I actually think Brown, per student interested, might place better. Only a handful of kids every year go for top banking jobs and I've never heard of a kid recruiting and not landing something. Multiple students in the past 2 years have gone to GS, MS, Barclays, PWP, Centerview, Moelis, Evercore, etc. Also place well at next-tier places like Jefferies, Blair, Harris Williams, etc.

  • Consulting recruiting here is as good as anywhere. Tons of kids go MBB, they recruit a lot on campus. Bain especially (we are on of their top schools).

Yale is probably better in the end, but don't count out Brown as its probably a much fun experience and you can easily land a top job.

Most Helpful
Mar 31, 2020 - 3:31pm

Congrats on these offers. At this point you know you can't go wrong.

That being said, I'm a little surprised by the responses. Brown is a great school that would get you to IB, but can't see a coherent argument for picking it over Yale. I would pick Yale or Duke, with Duke you get the access/placement/prestige but with a much more fun student experience.

Good luck!

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Mar 31, 2020 - 4:05pm

Dukie here. Congrats on the offers!

All fantastic schools, though Yale has the strongest brand name of the three.

I think it comes to your preference and feel/fit about these three schools. The three of them will you give a top notch education and great (IB) recruiting. There are many, many alumni from all 3 schools on the street.

However, those three schools are VERY different in terms of student life, sports, location among others. For my part, I loved Durham, Carolina weather, basketball, the campus etc. I visited New Haven multiple times and hated it, while I thought Providence was okay. Personal preference, and obviously many people prefer the Northeast and don't care about basketball.

Tldr; outcomes similar, choose according to your fit to the school and environment

Edit: ruled out UChicago

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Mar 31, 2020 - 6:24pm

Yale or Brown, depending on your interests. Yale has a stronger brand name, but Brown has grade inflation + pass/fail + less competitive culture.

I chose between Duke and Brown and ended up choosing Brown when I made my decision a few years ago, and really loved the experience (ended up at an EB). Will say though that Brown is a much stronger school for consulting compared to banking, as it is a top target for pretty much all the top consulting firms.

If I was in your shoes I would probably choose Yale based on prestige, but you can't go wrong. Would not go to UChicago, talking with my co-workers and apparently recruiting has ramped down a bit there and a ton more kids are interested in banking + rampant grade deflation, so the road becomes a lot harder.

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