Really depends on what you want to do. For great functional skills, the best colleges are ones like NYU Stern or UPenn's Wharton that have programs specifically tailored to prepare you for a career in finance. Other examples are UC Berkeley's Haas and Georgetown's McDonough. These programs differ from pure liberal arts colleges that also are heavily recruited by finance companies but don't specialize as much (eg Princeton only had one accounting course available years ago). Other small colleges that have good business programs include Pomona, Bentley, Baruch, etc. Best gauge is to see where alums from a college have landed after college.
Completely agree that many different types of schools can help you find a good place in business. I went to Pomona, got an economics degree, and landed on Wall Street after graduation thanks to supportive alumni who helped me prep for interviews and pave the way for me. It's important to remember that beyond the tactical skills taught in the classroom, internships and the alumni network can be very helpful.
One program that I think is really great and often gets overlooked is Northeastern. Their business program is 5 years long, and builds in internships during the school year to give you a chance to actually work in different fields before picking a job.
According to US News and World Report, the best college for Finance are:
- University of Pennsylvania
- New York University (NYU)
You may want to also consider schools with strong business schools overall like Boston College or Babson.
Also see the answers to the question "What colleges should I attend to get a business degree?" (Not specific to finance, but will help provide other options)</body></html>
My favs on the East coast are
Consider a school that would offer a five year program that would allow you to graduate with a BS and MBA ala Pace U in NY
The university of Pennsylvania is a highly rated school for finance.
A good place to look at school rankings is online US News. Schools such as Michigan, Univ. of Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, MIT and others are on their list.
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>
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