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Besides that, you usually need a significant amount of work experience to get into the top schools for MBAs.
Recruitment on the west coast consists of Stanford and UC Berkeley only for most investment banking lists I've seen. I haven't seen a top investment bank have UCLA on their recruitment schedules at this point or any other CA school.
That doesn't stop some people though; it's simply somewhat harder without firms coming onto campus.
And is I-banking the only pathway to get into PE or corporate banking?