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Wellesley VS. Northwestern where should I go

Would like to go ibd/ consulting after graduation, as an international student from China, which school should I choose for my undergraduate study? #career-path #banking #consulting

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Krishna’s Answer

Great question! There are both great schools. However, I would say Northwestern is better known nationally and internationally. Wellesley is more of a local known school. Regarding career paths for consulting or banking, I recommend Northwestern for its well-known reputation and rigorous academics, particularly at Kellogg. Kellogg is one of the best business schools in the nation and a great way to get known and recruited for top positions post-graduation.

Hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Thanks Krishna!!!! ❤️❤️ Linda X.

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Yuka’s Answer

Do not know much about Wesllesly but can speak to the Northwestern experience. Many of my closest friends at Northwestern found the experience quite rewarding. Some of them just started their careers in companies like Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Capital One, as well as other well-known firms. There are a few majors in NU that I would recommend you consider: Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Economics, and definitely check out the Kellogg Certificate for undergrads! The Kellogg School of Management administers a program leading to an undergraduate certificate in either financial economics or managerial analytics, and I heard that the technical skills taught in the certificate program can be really helpful to your future work in investment banking/consulting.

Thanks a lot Yuka!! Linda X.

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Dan’s Answer

I know several people in consulting and the path to landing a first job in this field usually goes like this:

1. Attend a good school
2. Have a competitive GPA
3. Get involved in extracurricular activities. Show leadership.
4. Network to get internship and job opportunities.

Northwestern and Wellesley are both great schools so congratulations on achieving #1. I would say that Northwestern has a stronger national reputation so they probably have an edge in the school category, but you can definitely get the job you're looking for coming from either school. Numbers 2-4 are more about you and your experience. I think that you should look at both schools and see where you think you would be more comfortable and more successful. If you strongly prefer one school over another, go there because you're more likely to be happy, get involved in clubs, get leadership positions, and these are all things which will help boost your resume.

Hope that helps.

Thank you Dan!! Your answer inspires a lot!! Linda X.

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Sindhu’s Answer

Linda, both are great schools and I don't think you can go wrong with either. I can't speak to investment banking. I've worked in consulting for many years, and Northwestern is a school that the strategy consulting firm I used to work for recruits undergrads from every year. I've worked with several associates Northwestern who had very successful consulting careers. That said, Wellesley College has a fantastic reputation, small class sizes, and so many famous alums. I personally haven't encountered a lot of Wellesley graduates in consulting, but that may just be a result of the smaller class sizes so there are less graduates in the consulting world.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Thanks Sindhu!! Wish everything goes well with you ❤️ Linda X.