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Cornell ($) vs Emory ($$) vs Darden

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Hello everyone,

My deposit deadlines are coming up quick. I need some assistance/advice in selecting a program to attend. Any insights are appreciated!

Background: 28 year old male, US citizen, 5 years of work experience in financial services

Post-MBA Goal: Transition into an equity/fixed income research role at a big investment management firm. I'd like to avoid the bulge bracket investment banks that offer roles in their research/asset management divisions if possible. Preferably, I want to end up at a firm like Wellington Management, MFS, Manulife, PIMCO, etc. I understand Boston is a big hub for investment management roles on the east coast and I'm open to ending up there post-MBA.

Generally, I've had a tough time locating statistics on investment management job placements at each of the three universities. It seems that very few MBAs recruit for these positions compared to IB/consulting. My thoughts on each school:

Cornell:
Biggest global brand value even though Darden might rank better
Ivey League
Not thrilled about living in Ithaca (not an outdoor person and I hate winter)
IM recruiting trek to Boston
Big alumni network
Student run investment fund
Small scholarship

Emory:
Great reputation in the Southeast
Solid consulting/banking placement stats
Get to live in a major city with access to several F500 companies
Wasn't able to find many alumni in prominent investment management roles
Smaller alumni network
Half tuition scholarship

Darden:
Big state school that consistently ranks in the 10-13 range (US News)
Seems to place well for investment management roles (Boston trek)
Charlottesville is beautiful as is the UVA campus
Sizeable alumni network
Case method
Student run investment fund
No scholarship

At this point, I'm leaning towards Cornell mainly due to the brand value and global reputation the university enjoys. I would love to hear people's thoughts on which school you would choose and why! Thanks for the help!
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darden is the best school overall and seems the one you like the most. given the cornell scholarship is small, i'd go with darden here.
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The rule of thumb is that if you are looking for a specialty track and something as competitive as investment management, you need to go to either the school that has IM companies recruiting on campus or go to the highest ranked one.... and sounds like both of which would be Darden.

Likely you would still be recruiting off campus, unless the investment management companies only take MIT/HBS folks.

(Larger programs are also helpful because with some luck one of your classmates will come from the investment management background and can give you a few pointers and references. Your classmates will be some of your strongest networking opportunities.)
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