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Investment Banking from Brown?

WATTBAWATTBA Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
I have seen some old threads about this but would like any new/updated opinions if possible.

How easy is it to get into investment banking from Brown compared to some other target schools like Duke, NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, Northwestern, etc? Obviously Brown is not at the level of HYP + Wharton, but I am curious as to how much on campus recruiting occurs at Brown from the top level banks and boutiques.

Something I have read is that although there is less recruiting in general, the number of students looking to go into banking/wall street is much lower at Brown so there is less competition.

Also, do most people looking to work in finance choose the BEO or economics major?

Replies to: Investment Banking from Brown?

  • arwarwarwarw Registered User Posts: 1,311 Senior Member
  • bruno14bruno14 Registered User Posts: 2,051 Senior Member
    I know plenty of my classmates at Brown who went into IB/finance, so I wouldn't be concerned about the prospects.

    Don't know about how it's seen now, but when I was at Brown, BEO was seen as a "soft" concentration. More people tended to go into finance from Econ, Applied Math, CS, etc.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,225 Forum Champion
    edited March 2016
    I know you don't want to hear about how it was, but as a senior during the height (or I guess bottom) of the recession, if anything you will have it better than my classmates did. I didn't know a single IB/finance person who didn't get a job. It was incredibly bizarre during the 08 election cycle to hear all the talk about how hard it was for Americans to find a job when my CS friends were having employers falling over themselves to give job offers to Brown students and all my IB/banking friends were going on interviews and getting offers everywhere. Even the people I knew who had Lehman contracts going in to senior year before they went under were either hired by Barclay's or picked up by someone else.

    BEO was introduced during my junior year at the earliest (might have even been senior year), but I still didn't know any wall streeters who were doing it. Like bruno14 says, Econ, Applied math, AB engineering (less coursework than traditional ScB) were what they were doing. I know two BEO grads, one is in education and their longterm goal is to be head of a prestigious private school, the other is a lawyer who has kind of bounced around a lot.

    Maybe it's different now, but even during the recession there was SO MUCH recruiting going on. It was oppressive, and I know a lot of us non CS, non IB, non consulting people complained about it a lot (and it has changed since then). In the late 00s, It felt like literally no one other than those 3 industries came to Brown and the career office didn't really offer you anything unless you were going into one of those 3.
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