Recommended schools for statistics and mathematics?

<p>Hello guys, I am currently a sophomore with a cum GPA of about 3.8
I do plan to do 5 APs (Stats, Econ, Chem, Physics, Calculus) before i graduate which should bring my GPA up to about 3.95. I am looking to go into Investment Banking/Accounting. I am yet to take the SAT, but I predict myself getting a score of about 2100-2200. Lets just say that I'll have 2 SATIIs by the time I submit my applications for universities halfway through senior year. And yes, I am an international student at an American school.</p>

<p>What colleges should I be looking at?</p>

<p>And if you guys could help me out, what APs, if not the ones that I have listed, should I take?</p>

<p>Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Northwestern University
University of California-Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Pennsylvania</p>

<p>You should also look at University of Wisconsin and Carnegie Mellon.</p>

<p>Princeton and Harvard have crazy math programs...or so i hear.. :D</p>

<p>IBanking & Math...check out MMSS at Northwestern.
MMSS</a>, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University</p>

<p>Accounting is very very different from IBanking though and most top-25 schools don't have accounting programs. You can go into IBanking with any major but you have to have an accounting degree to go into accounting.</p>

<p>well then what major should I apply for if I really want to get a good IBanking job right out of college?</p>

well, with my grades and everything else i posted up in the thread, does it really look like i have a shot at princeton or harvard? :P</p>

<p>Best undergraduate business schools for finance are Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), NYU, Virginia, UC-Berkeley, Michigan, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. Also, Indiana is not as great overall, but their finance program is strong and they have a special Investment Banking program. The University of Illinois and Texas are very well-known for their Accounting programs. Other top business schools are at Notre Dame, Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Emory, North Carolina, and USC. </p>

<p>Best undergraduate economics programs are at the schools mentioned by Alexandre above that he thinks you can get into--along with Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Stanford (which I think he left out since the stats probably wouldn't get you in). </p>

<p>With your projected statistics, you could get into many of these schools (probably all except the very top Ivies, Duke, Stanford, MIT and Wharton--and Chicago and Northwestern would be 50-50.)</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>

<p>so is IBanking more to the business or math side?</p>

<p>certainly business more than math. If IBanking is what you would like, then you should look into Wharton and other highly regarded business schools. IBanking firms typically recruit at only the most elite business schools. While that's not the only way to get in, that would be your best chance. Although personally I don't see why anyone would hate themselves so much as to pursue IBanking. </p>

<p>The quantitative analyst positions in firms like goldman sachs and the like would be the exception, and they would expect/like quite a bit of mathematical knowledge in their candidates in addition to some finance.</p>

<p>another question: is it very possible for me to become an accountant/investment banker straight out of my undergraduate program?</p>

<p>Very possible to become an accountant straight out of undergraduate. Most people do that. You will be working crazy hours and trying to pass the CPA exam your first year out of school.</p>

<p>^with an accounting degree, you can easily become an accountant. You don't need CPA to do be an accountant.</p>

<p>Well, both caltech and Mit offer topnotch math programs. Both schools use Apostol for introductory Calculus. One of the highest level Calculus books out there. </p>

<p>Then theres Berkeley, which has one of the highest ranked math programs in the nation. But unfortunately, they use Stewart for intro Calc, basically a easy cookbook. You don't get to see much until upper div. </p>

<p>Then theres Harvey Mudd, a liberal arts school. They have a great math program thats very interpersonal with ample research opportunities. Its required that you do a senior thesis. Great deal for undergrads. </p>

<p>University of Chicago is pretty good from what I hear. They offer a Spivak based honors calc course.</p>

Then theres Harvey Mudd, a liberal arts school. They have a great math program thats very interpersonal with ample research opportunities. Its required that you do a senior thesis. Great deal for undergrads.


<p>I agree that Mudd is a great place for math, but we don't offer a statistics degree and I don't think that going to Mudd would be a great route for IBanking. Also, not all math majors are required to do a senior thesis. Math majors have the option to either do Clinic (research projects for private companies) or a thesis.</p>