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Olin vs Simon vs Carroll [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2014, 10:53
I've been admitted to these 3 schools, all with around 40-60% aid.

My concentration will be finance and I hope to move into equity research/investment research/portfolio management.

I am 28y/o, with no work experience which is relevant to my career goals, I have been working in retail banking the past few years.

I know that going by the "rankings" Olin is superior but that Rochester and BC are known as finance powerhouses. I have no geographic preference save for one location providing better internship opportunities. Because I have no related experience it is important I am able to secure a relevant internship to my career goal.

It seems to me that BC/Rochester may be in a better location for equity research, on the other hand Olin seems to be held in higher regard. But due to the other 2 schools' strong reputation in finance, I feel like I'm comparing apples and oranges!

Any thoughts or insight are greatly appreciated!
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Re: Olin vs Simon vs Carroll [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2014, 11:25
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It is a tough one!
The finance rankings are higher in Carol and Simon but weak for Olin; it is the opposite picture for the overall rankings.

Some facts:
  • I can say that in Simon, the financial research is big and you will be connected with professors and other students looking for the same goals. At the same time, recruiting will be slightly cumbersome esp with a 4-hour drive into NYC.
  • I don't know much about Boston college but the rankings rate them higher than Simon in Finance
  • In Carroll you will probably face a very stiff competition from the HBS and MIT being right next door so for top finance jobs you are probably shot.
  • Olin is a strong school in St.Louis that can soon be a strong top 20 (21 right now).

The Subjective Stuff
I would settle on between Carroll and Olin. I think Simon is a bit remote and is not strong enough in terms of placement/rankings/program to outpace either Olin or Carroll. This would lead me to gravitate towards more of a lonely ranger big-shot in town Olin. At least you don't have to share town with a different bschool. You can say I am from Olin and be proud of it as the best place in town. Everyone will stand behind you (unlike in Boston, you will be a third/fourth tier), and the best spots in town will be available to you. Now, I don't know how good the market and financial industry is in St. Louis. There is probably at least something but not as great as Boston/NYC/Chicago area.

Suggestions:
1. Research of what employers are within 200 mi range that you would consider - Keep in mind that Chicago is ruled by Booth and Kellogg (though always exceptions)
2. Put a list of potential employers in the country and check with the career services or on their site to see who got in there from the school - you may surprised.
3. Consider if this is really the job/career goal you want to get. If you potentially change your goals (many do - as many as 75%), you are better off in Olin which is not so finance-heavy and focused


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Re: Olin vs Simon vs Carroll [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2014, 12:19
Thank you for the insight, I'm going Olin for now, but still waiting to hear from a few others. So this may be just the first difficult decision :(
Re: Olin vs Simon vs Carroll   [#permalink] 28 Feb 2014, 12:19
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