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What is the best school I could get into for economics and a career in Investment Banking?

flsurferflsurfer 1 replies2 threads New Member
Okay so a while back I had posted in the general discussion about what my chances are for a few UCs that I was interested in bu I've decided I likely wouldn't be able to afford the out-of-state costs. So right now I want to know based off of my stats, what my best options are for a major in Economics and minor in finance for a career in investment banking/private equity/hedge funds. My top options that I've thought of are University of Florida because it's in state and NYU Stern because of it's prestige and location.

Grades: (calculated at end of of first semester junior year, second semester had straight A's so should go up a little)

UW GPA: 3.7
W GPA: 4.15

Test Scores:

SAT: 2020 (Reading: 680 Math: 650 Writing: 690)
ACT: 29 (first time, probably taking again in fall going for 31+)


AP Environmental Science 4, AP Human Geography 5, AP Lang will find out this summer (expacting a 4 or 5)
took 3 consecutive years of Spanish
All honors, AP, or Dual enrollment
Will graduate high school with A.A. Degree

Senior schedule (early admissions/full time dual enrollment)

General Chem w/ lab
Western Civilizations 2


Founded the school's surf team/club in 8th grade
I compete around the state regularly and around the country annually through ESA and NSSA (surf competitions)
NHS treasurer for upcoming senior year (10-12)
Quill and Scroll member (11-12)
NEHS member (11-12)
Mu Alpha Theta member (11-12)
Homecoming committee (9-12)
Prom committee (11-12)
Thespian Troupe member (9-12)
various school plays and musicals

Community Service:

Will graduate with 150+ hours mostly through one organization (Marine Resource Council, local environmental organization to save the Indian River Lagoon and educate the public about the pollutants and danger of reckless fertilizer use and pollution)

Work experience:

Worked 20+ hours/week (during school) from July '14 - present and full time during the summer

I think some of my weaknesses are leadership positions, not super high test scores and only 3 AP's.
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  • bomber1bomber1 30 replies18 threads Junior Member
    One of my dad's friends is in investment banking and when he worked for Bank of America, his 3 favorite schools to recruit from were university of Chicago, Stanford, and Georgetown
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  • LearningLoverLearningLover 125 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Seconding UChicago. Sometimes seems like everyone here does ibanking/consulting/sales & trading. Goldman/Credit Suisse take the most people.
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  • deeeznutsdeeeznuts 481 replies21 threads Member
    edited December 2015
    Deleted: Realized this thread was old and advice was worthless
    edited December 2015
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