If you want a job at an investment bank, try picking a school in a cold weather state with a nice view of the Atlantic Ocean. Your odds would appear to be much better.
A new survey from Wall Street recruiting firm Vettery found that 65% of the 2014 investment banking class hailed from just 30 schools, according to Quartz. The top 10 features exactly zero universities that are west of the Mississippi, and just one – Duke – that is south of the Mason Dixon line. The other nine are Northeastern schools. And just a handful of the top 30 would be considered Western schools.
The top home for future investment bankers is no surprise. The University of Pennsylvania sent 30% more students to investment banks than any other school. It’s the top ranked program for a Wall Street career on virtually every list, whether looking at undergraduates or MBAs. NYU finished second, which is also not much of a surprise.
Harvard’s positioning on the list came as a bit of a shock – seven other schools send more students to investment banks, including Duke and the University of Michigan, according to Vettery’s numbers, which aren’t all-inclusive but do represent a large sample size.
It appears the fallout from the financial crisis – lower pay, fewer jobs and a negative stigma – have hurt Wall Street’s draw at Harvard more than at most other top schools, like say Penn or NYU. Roughly 16% of Harvard graduates took jobs in finance in 2014. That’s down from an eye-popping 47% in 2007.
But perhaps the biggest takeaway from the list is how few schools Wall Street recruits from. The 65% number is actually down from last year, when the top 30 schools produced 70% of investment bankers.
The reason for the selectivity is two-fold, the obvious one being that banks like to recruit from top schools. But there is also the issue of Wall Street’s recruitment style. Banks do most of their work on campus rather than online. Banks are very persuasive recruiters when they get face-time, as we’ve learned. And you can only be at some many schools.
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