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07 Apr 2012, 11:32
I've been a lurker for a while, and a frequent visitor to GMAT Club. Many of the posts I've read over the past year have helped me prepare for the GMAT, choose schools, and improve the quality of my applications. So thanks to your help, I was accepted to 2 really great programs (the only ones I applied to) - Georgetown (McDonough) & the University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler).

I've worked primarily in marketing and corporate strategy but would like to make the switch into investment banking. I've talked to students and alums at both schools and from the feedback I've received, each of these schools provide numerous opportunites in banking, even for career changers. I know it won't be easy, especially since neither is a major feeder into Wall Street like Wharton or Columbia, but I still feel confident I'll end up reaching my goals.

So before I make my final decision, I was hoping I could get the advice of the wonderful people that helped get me to this point! I know UNC is ranked higher, but it seems like every major bank, as well as several MM and boutiques, recruit at Georgetown - and when you factor in average salary data, Georgetown definitely seems to outperform its ranking. Does anyone have a strong opinion of either, especially with regards to investment banking positions?

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07 Apr 2012, 17:10
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I've been a lurker for a while, and a frequent visitor to GMAT Club. Many of the posts I've read over the past year have helped me prepare for the GMAT, choose schools, and improve the quality of my applications. So thanks to your help, I was accepted to 2 really great programs (the only ones I applied to) - Georgetown (McDonough) & the University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler).

I've worked primarily in marketing and corporate strategy but would like to make the switch into investment banking. I've talked to students and alums at both schools and from the feedback I've received, each of these schools provide numerous opportunites in banking, even for career changers. I know it won't be easy, especially since neither is a major feeder into Wall Street like Wharton or Columbia, but I still feel confident I'll end up reaching my goals.

So before I make my final decision, I was hoping I could get the advice of the wonderful people that helped get me to this point! I know UNC is ranked higher, but it seems like every major bank, as well as several MM and boutiques, recruit at Georgetown - and when you factor in average salary data, Georgetown definitely seems to outperform its ranking. Does anyone have a strong opinion of either, especially with regards to investment banking positions?

First, congrats on having two great choices. Second, I would research not only which companies recruit at each school but also which jobs they are recruiting for. Be careful of going to a school because Goldman or Morgan Stanley recruits there only to find out they aren't recruiting for IB positions.

That's the only advice I can give as I did not research either of these schools and banking is far from my area of expertise.
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I've actually researched this quite a bit and am deciding between those 2 too (and USC for other reasons)...you're right about recruiting at Gtown...pretty much every major bank recruits there for i-banking. They seem to have a strong undergrad pipeline to NYC, so the banks show up for the UGs and figure they might as well take a few MBA's...

UNC has stronger ties to Charlotte banking but also places pretty well in NYC. Paul Parker (the head of global M&A at Barclays) is a UNC guy and takes a ton of MBA's every year. And the proximity to Duke helps (banks come for Duke, check out UNC too).

These banks recruit at Gtown: JP Morgan, Citi, BA/ML, Wells Fargo, Nomura, BMO, Lazard (Barclays, DB, CS, Goldman, UBS recruit but not on-campus)...

The UNC list: Barclays, Wells Fargo, BA/ML, MS, Suntrust, UBS, Jeffries...

I would ignore the rankings...in terms of i-banking/corporate finance, they're essentially peer schools.

Hope that helps...good luck with your decision...
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09 Apr 2012, 09:12
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I've actually researched this quite a bit and am deciding between those 2 too (and USC for other reasons)...you're right about recruiting at Gtown...pretty much every major bank recruits there for i-banking. They seem to have a strong undergrad pipeline to NYC, so the banks show up for the UGs and figure they might as well take a few MBA's...

UNC has stronger ties to Charlotte banking but also places pretty well in NYC. Paul Parker (the head of global M&A at Barclays) is a UNC guy and takes a ton of MBA's every year. And the proximity to Duke helps (banks come for Duke, check out UNC too).

These banks recruit at Gtown: JP Morgan, Citi, BA/ML, Wells Fargo, Nomura, BMO, Lazard (Barclays, DB, CS, Goldman, UBS recruit but not on-campus)...

The UNC list: Barclays, Wells Fargo, BA/ML, MS, Suntrust, UBS, Jeffries...

I would ignore the rankings...in terms of i-banking/corporate finance, they're essentially peer schools.

Hope that helps...good luck with your decision...

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09 Apr 2012, 10:19
I was faced with a similar decision so I have researched this as well.

UNC places a slightly higher percentage of graduates in financial services. Georgetown places a slightly higher percentage of graduates in consulting. Each seem to place about equally in the Northeast.

That being said, I don't think you are sacrificing either quality of education or opportunity by choosing one over the other...unless you have particular companies or locations you want to target as mentioned above. Otherwirse, think about where you want to live after, each school's curriculum, and the lifestyle you want to live while attending school. These are important factors to consider and each school will provide a very distinct experience in those regards. I would try to talk with students and alum that are not 'official' admission ambassadors if at all possible.
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09 Apr 2012, 12:15
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I would agree with jmr71483. You will essentially have the same opportunities from both schools, so it really comes down to which you prefer from a fit standpoint. I think the Georgetown brand has a little more cachet (especially outside of the East coast), and DC itself is an amazing city. UNC has more of that Southern charm feel to it and Chapel Hill is the quintessential college town - so it just seems like a fun place to "escape" to for a couple of years. I've met really impressive students and alums from both schools.

As for me, it's still a toss up...
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