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How good is Dartmouth for Finance job placement?

tchit87tchit87 74 replies15 postsRegistered User Junior Member
I am researching colleges for next year, and at first glance, Dartmouth would not be a place I want to go. (60% of students in Greek Life, daily partying, kinda dull campus). However, it is known for placing a ton of kids into finance and consulting jobs, which is where I hope to go. How pre-professional is it? Does it have many resources for actually helping kids get into a job or is it just a result of who they accept? Will it give me an upper hand over any other school of equal level (Cornell, Brown, UChicago, Northwestern, many others)? And also, I want to take classes that will prepare me for these careers. For that reason, should I consider Dartmouth in spite of the negative aspects of it? I mean.... the people who go to Dartmouth aren't all people who party, join frats, or do outdoor activities, right? Also, does anyone agree with me that Dartmouth's campus is not impressive?
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5484 replies10 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    If it seems like a place you wouldn't want to go, don't. There are so many other options that can put you on your desired path. These are 4 years of your life that will be unlike any others. Get it right!
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  • AboutTheSameAboutTheSame 3086 replies44 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just a father, but I totally disagree with you that the campus is not impressive. Actually, I take that back. It's not impressive, whatever that means to you: it's beautiful and welcoming and charming.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33093 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 27
    It's like a lot of things in life. If you do the work, get the grades and the right experiences, grow in thinking and it shows, you can land in finance. Recruiting is solid at all tippy tops. If you're doing the right research into targets, you'll find this.

    Find where YOU can fit and thrive. Find the colleges that will want your record, what you offer that they want. First and foremost, they're going to be interested in your four years there, not college as a vehicle to some career.
    edited July 27
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3391 replies49 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Dartmouth is one of the most beautiful campuses that I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot. What makes you think that its not impressive?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 6604 replies39 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    There are plenty of great schools that will set you up for a career in finance. If you aren't feeling Dartmouth, don't apply. There are more than enough schools where you can find a good fit.

    (FWIW, I'm not a Dartmouth fan either).
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  • ConsolationConsolation 22862 replies184 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 12
    Others have offered valuable insights, but regarding partying and frats...
    #1 I *strongly* doubt that there is more partying at D than there is at most places;, and
    #2 The frat scene at D is not like that at SEC schools, Big 10, and so forth. It is much more diverse, and people join frats at D who would NEVER consider doing so elsewhere. And who, frankly, would probably never get into frats elsewhere.

    Dartmouth has a liberal arts focus, as well as a significant presence in the financial world. If you want to go to a school where the focus is more vocational, I suggest you avoid the Ivies, except perhaps for Wharton. Certainly, schools such as Columbia and the U of C, with the core, will not suit you.
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  • PublisherPublisher 7586 replies79 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 12
    Dartmouth is a heavy party school. Anyone claiming otherwise is misinformed or trying to mislead you.

    Dartmouth College offers no advantages in job placement over the schools that you mentioned (Chicago, Northwestern, Brown & Cornell).

    Dartmouth College is a great school with outstanding job placement, but it is a party school.

    P.S. I love Dartmouth's campus, but for those who have attended prep boarding schools, it is a bit of "been there, done that".

    As an aside: I have never met a Dartmouth student or alum whom I didn't like. Really nice, down to earth people.

    Also, it is important to understand your tolerance for a competitive atmosphere. In my opinion, Dartmouth College has the best academic schedule of the 5 schools named in your original post. Three classes per trimester (quarter) is perfect. Chicago, Northwestern & Cornell are more intense academically while Brown is similiar to, or more relaxed, than Dartmouth.
    edited August 12
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