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Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2013, 09:03
I have an acceptance from Columbia and am currently in the interview process for Wharton, so this is a bit premature, but I'd like to get some guidance on the differences between these schools for my career goals.

I'd like to work at a hedge fund post-graduation (likely value or event-driven). Currently, I am at a well known fund in an investment role, but not doing direct investment research. So I have to make a functional, but not an industry pivot to get the role I want.

Wharton has a great reputation and the undergraduate network as well, which is very strong. Columbia has a great value investing program (though not quite sure how the industry views it) and is located in NYC, which provides great access for school-year internships. It also seems to have a decent hedge fund network.

I live in NYC now and would have a personal preference to stay (family, etc.), so unless Wharton provides me with a meaningful advantage vis-a-vis career options or a fellowship, I'd probably choose Columbia. What do others think?

Oh and I am also in the process for Chicago, but have largely discarded that option because of its location an its poor placement into hedge funds (career report shows only 2 people took jobs in HF/Mutual Funds in each of 2011 and 2012). Am I crazy for doing that? Is there something that I'm missing? TBC - it's a great school, but it just seems like Columbia is the stronger choice for what I want to do.
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Re: Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2013, 07:48
Toymba wrote:
I have an acceptance from Columbia and am currently in the interview process for Wharton, so this is a bit premature, but I'd like to get some guidance on the differences between these schools for my career goals.

I'd like to work at a hedge fund post-graduation (likely value or event-driven). Currently, I am at a well known fund in an investment role, but not doing direct investment research. So I have to make a functional, but not an industry pivot to get the role I want.

Wharton has a great reputation and the undergraduate network as well, which is very strong. Columbia has a great value investing program (though not quite sure how the industry views it) and is located in NYC, which provides great access for school-year internships. It also seems to have a decent hedge fund network.

I live in NYC now and would have a personal preference to stay (family, etc.), so unless Wharton provides me with a meaningful advantage vis-a-vis career options or a fellowship, I'd probably choose Columbia. What do others think?

Oh and I am also in the process for Chicago, but have largely discarded that option because of its location an its poor placement into hedge funds (career report shows only 2 people took jobs in HF/Mutual Funds in each of 2011 and 2012). Am I crazy for doing that? Is there something that I'm missing? TBC - it's a great school, but it just seems like Columbia is the stronger choice for what I want to do.


i agree with you on the assessment of wharton vs columbia - only because i have an accomplished friend with pe experience at wharton now who is trying to get into hedge funds and wishes he'd done cbs's value investing program.. i think cbs gives you what you need
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Re: Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2013, 00:03
I am still s junior in college and will not apply to business schools for a good 3-4-5 years but I cannot see how can any school besides the Harvard name outweights the Columbia NYC advantage when applying to hedge funds , i-banks, VC and so on.. I am not even sure that Wharton is a better option than Stern in that regard.

Think of all the time and money you will lose traveling to NYC for interviews...
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Re: Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2013, 13:34
Well, looks like I'm lucky enough to have the choice in front of me. So far I've heard conflicting things. CBS provides some great training, but Wharton has a slightly better reputation and probably a stronger network. Tough choice!
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Re: Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 06:32
No difference. Both schools are good enough to get you an interview if your CV is right.

From then you are on your own

I would probably say that Wharton has the stronger alumni base however
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Re: Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2013, 02:58
I'm at Wharton. You don't get any help as an MBA to get into HF. I think Columbia's VI program will help you out more. Don't get me wrong, Wharton MBA's do get into HF, but you have to do a lot of leg work by yourself AND generally speaking they are better prepared than Columbia kids - they tend to have experience in either top HF, PE or buy-side (lots of friends from Citadel, KKR, Bridgewater, Quant-funds. I got accepted to Columbia as well, and have maintained relationships with friends there. I have no doubt it would be much easier for me to find a HF job there.
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Re: Wharton or Columbia for Hedge Funds [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 18:35
Both schools will absolutely get you where you want to go, but in my opinion, CBS is going to put you right where the action is in terms of value-investing via location alone.

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