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Preparation for graduate ivy league

Piedpiper4344Piedpiper4344 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited June 2017 in Graduate School
I'm getting ready to start my first semester of undergraduate at Wofford College, my long term goal is to go to an Ivy League, preferably Yale, for my Master's in Finance. I want to know what I should be doing now to prepare to be competitive.
4.2 unweighted GPA
30 ACT
Semi Finalist for Elks MVS scholarship
Extensive volunteer work as well as leadership and study abroad
Dual Credit College Work
4.0 GPA
Vice President of NSLS
I will be doing 10 hours of community service/ nonprofit internship.
In addition was offered the Faculty scholarship at TCU as well as a full ride to Wofford College and Monmouth University.

Replies to: Preparation for graduate ivy league

  • IvytIvyt Registered User Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    Take as much math, business, and econ classes as you can. Get finance related internships and master programs like excel
  • BeaudreauBeaudreau Registered User Posts: 1,010 Senior Member
    edited June 2017
    @Piedpiper4344 - None of the high school stuff matters any more. You are starting with a clean slate.

    It sounds like you are asking about a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with a finance concentration. You will need great grades, significant work experience, and high GMAT scores.

    According to the Yale MBA website, the average admitted student had 3-5 years of full time work experience. http://som.yale.edu/programs/mba/admissions/application-information/faq The most recent class averaged a 3.65 GPA and a 730 GMAT (96th percentile).

    Yale does have a program for direct admission for college seniors who want to start an MBA right after college. http://som.yale.edu/programs/mba/admissions/silver-scholars#whowerelookingfor

    There is a separate forum on College Confidential for MBAs, so you could get more information there. http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/business-school-mba/ I lurk on the Graduate School forum because my son will be applying to engineering PhD programs in December.

    I had some interest in your question because I got an MBA almost 30 years ago from Michigan. Even an old guy like me was able to learn everything in this post from a quick visit to the Yale MBA website.

    Good luck!
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,780 Super Moderator
    First of all, the athletic conference the Ivy League is even less important for graduate school than it is in undergrad. There's no doubt that all of the Ivy League universities are still top-notch for graduate education, especially in business/finance for the ones that have business schools, but there are lots of other universities with excellent MBA and/or MSF programs. Don't limit yourself to 8 universities. Think broader.

    As was mentioned, nothing you did in high school will matter any more. The best things you can do in college are maintain high grades, take on leadership experience (so running for SGA or other organizations on campus), and doing some internships and/or part-time jobs while you are in college. As was also mentioned, most business and finance students have 3-5+ years of work experience before attending those programs, so plan to work after college.
  • peterquillpeterquill Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    I'm getting ready to start my first semester of undergraduate at Wofford College, my long term goal is to go to an Ivy League, preferably Yale, for my Master's in Finance.

    As Beaudreau mentioned, I'm quite certain that Yale doesn't offer a Master's in Finance as such. They do offer a 'Master of Management Studies in Systemic Risk' which caters specifically to regulators and central bankers; somehow I doubt that that program matches the OP desires.

    For that matter, most of the Ivies do not offer a Master's in Finance.

  • xraymancsxraymancs College Rep Posts: 4,278 Senior Member
    There are a number of rankings for Master of Finance and you might be surprised to see the top US schools on the list.


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