And with that, WSO data offers a breakdown of which firms are the most challenging to get into. Outside of MBB firms, consulting firms with the most challenging interviews — according to WSO users — are Arthur D. Little, A.T. Kearney, and Oliver Wyman. Though challenging, these firms are not impossible to break into. Penn, UT-Austin, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grads show up at Oliver Wyman while Berkeley, Penn, University of Michigan, and National University of Singapore each show a slightly higher presence than other schools at A.T. Kearney.
DATA PROVIDES JUST A GLIMPSE
Finally, schools to keep an eye on if you’re hoping to get into consulting: University of Toronto, UT-Austin, and Penn State. Per WSO’s May 2018 data report, these schools had the highest percentage increase in their overall representation across all consulting firms. As far as MBB is concerned, University of Notre Dame appears to be gaining more looks from McKinsey, NYU for Boston Consulting Group, and for Bain more attention being paid toward USC, Georgetown, Boston College, University of Cambridge, and Northwestern.
It’s important to note that shifts in WSO’s reporting are constant and they are ongoing as new users self-report and contribute to the data set daily. Likewise, the size of WSO’s data set shows that its user data is just a glimpse into which schools serve as feeder schools into consulting.