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Top undergrad schools for finance

stockwhiz24stockwhiz24 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited August 2007 in Business Major
What are the best undergrad schools for finance? Would greatly appreciate it if someone could post some of the rankings.
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  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    1. Wharton
    2. Ross
    3. Stern
    4. Haas
    5. McIntire
  • CalcruzerCalcruzer Registered User Posts: 4,832 Senior Member
    Continuing down the list (and clarifying which universities these schools of business are at):

    1. Wharton (Univ of Penn)
    2. Stern (NYU)--actually is ranked ahead of Ross for finance--but lower for business in general
    3. Ross (Michigan)
    4. Haas (UC Berkeley)
    5. McIntire (Univ of Virginia)

    6. Sloan (MIT)
    7. Kelley (Indiana)
    8. Kenan-Flagler (UNC)
    9. Marshall (USC)
    10. Goizueta (Emory)
  • aquamarineeaquamarinee Registered User Posts: 3,028 Senior Member
    Can you post the rest up to maybe 15? Thanks
  • CalcruzerCalcruzer Registered User Posts: 4,832 Senior Member
    I'm doing this all from memory--so I can't guarantee the exact order as listed in USNW. Also, keep in mind that Business Week has a different order than USNW.

    But my best guess is that these would be the next 8.

    11. Texas
    12. Illinois
    13. Cornell
    14. Villanova
    15. Notre Dame
    16. Georgetown
    17. Wake Forest
    18. Boston College

    Also, I should clarify--this is for undergraduate programs. For graduate programs you would have to include Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Northwestern, UCLA and Duke
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    There are various types of programs in finance. If you are interested in the normal finance program, what has been posted above is probably accurate. However, if you are interested in financial planning concentration or minor in undergraduate school or even for graduate school, you should consider:

    1. Texas Tech
    2. Bentley College
    3.Towson University ( in Maryland)
    4. Maybe UCSD ( not sure if the offer undergrad courses in this)
  • irishbluesirishblues Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    Kelley is pretty high. I'm suprised.
  • KahlenKahlen Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    irishblues : kelley's is pretty reputable for its biz sch man!
  • CalcruzerCalcruzer Registered User Posts: 4,832 Senior Member
    taxguy,

    I agree with your assessment on the first three schools, but UCSD's financial planning program is in the grad school only.

    I quite familiar with the Bentley and Towson programs--my son applied to Bentley and we toured the school during their open house (it ended up being his #2 choice), and my wife graduated from Towson's business program.

    Texas Tech is not a program people think of quickly, but they have made a real specialization out of financial planning.
  • aquamarineeaquamarinee Registered User Posts: 3,028 Senior Member
    1. Texas Tech
    2. Bentley College
    3.Towson University ( in Maryland)
    4. Maybe UCSD ( not sure if the offer undergrad courses in this)

    It's pretty sad how I have never heard of any these universities, except UCSD. Do employers respect UCSD's grad finance program though?
  • redhare317redhare317 Registered User Posts: 1,449 Senior Member
    As taxguy indicated, corporate finance and financial planning are completely different fields. I would say accounting is better preparation than finance for the latter. There really is no need for a specialized financial planning concentration, as there really is no core curriculum for a CFP certification.
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    redhare317, actually there are six specific courses that are required for the CFP exam. Towson does offer those six. Schools like Bentley and Texes Tech have even more offerings in addition to the required six courses.

    Aquamarine, Bentley started out as a specialized school for training in both finance and accounting. They, therefore, have very strong programs in both areas. The fact that you never heard of them doesn't negate the quality of their offerings. Don't discount them in those two subjects. They also have a phenominal trading room with a ticker tape that rivals that of any stock brokerage office with lots of the top software for stock analysis.. It is quite an operation, and I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in finance check out this school.
  • ReadyToBeDoneReadyToBeDone Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Well, its no official ranking but i love and respect Jim Cramer and he says if he was going to school for finance he would go to Boston College:

    http://www.bc.edu/schools/csom/departments/finance/
    (scroll to bottom of page and click link for short video)

    That guy has made tens of millions in the finance sector and become a celebrity from it so his opinion must be worth something.

    (fyi, yes im biased and heading to bc finance next year)
  • JCoveneyJCoveney - Posts: 1,504 Senior Member
    Wharton, hellz yeah

    And dear god don't go to Texas Tech
  • redhare317redhare317 Registered User Posts: 1,449 Senior Member
    If you're interested in investment management, here are the CFA Institute Program Partners:

    http://www.cfainstitute.org/cfaprog/university/partners.html

    These are schools that teach at least 70% of the CFA exam material as part of the curriculum. A lot of these schools are graduate (MS in finance or MBA) and international (mostly Europe). However, there are some undergraduate finance program partners in the U.S. as well:

    Marquette University
    University of Richmond
    Virginia Tech
    MSU
    University of Missouri-Columbia
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    I should note that there is a difference between the CFA and CFP. CFP is more for personal financial planning.CFA are for analyst positions. It is not as entrepreneural as the CFP. This is what makes finance so interesting. There are a lot of options.
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