When it comes to university research, there’s one metric business school students seem to value above all others: Rankings.
Judging by the stories Poets&Quants readers clicked on the most in 2022, rankings or articles analyzing rankings data made up half of the 10 most read stories of the year. Whether it’s our own proprietary undergrad business school ranking, salaries and bonuses at the top schools, or universities that provide the best bang for the buck, quant-oriented business students want to see the data – and organized in hierarchical lists.
But don’t despair, poets. There are several selections on this year’s list for you as well. These include our popular collections of the top undergrad professors, Best and Brightest business school majors, and the business schools to watch in the coming year.
Whether you are a poet or a quant, we hope you enjoy taking a look back at the year that was. Our list of the 10 most-read stories of 2022 is presented below in descending order.
10. 2023’s Top Colleges & Universities For Quality & Price
It’s a dilemma facing most aspiring college students: Should they prioritize prestige or price when choosing a business school? As the cost of undergraduate degrees continues to rise, is a top-tier college degree worth the top-tier price tag?
In October, the personal finance website WalletHub.com released its annual college ranking for 2023. It compared more than 1,000 schools to find “the top-performing schools and the lowest possible costs.”
Poets&Quants looked at the top 50 schools in WalletHub’s report, and it was our 10th most popular story of the year.
9. The Top 25 Feeder Schools For Investment Banking
For business students lured by the sky-high salaries in investment banking, this ranking from Wall Street Oasis is a must read.
WSO is an online community, news site, and career center for people working and aspiring to work in finance related fields. Its Investment Banking report collects data from employees working in the field to determine which schools the 10 large Bulge Bracket Banks target in their hiring and recruiting. Not surprisingly, Harvard University and New York University are the top feeder schools for a career on Wall Street.
While Northeastern and Ivy Leagues certainly have an advantage in big bank recruitment, there are plenty of surprises as well.
If your heart is set on a career in investment banking, knowing which schools banks like to target for the bulk of their recruiting and hiring is valuable information. But what about for students already enrolled in a school not on those top feeder lists?
“What I always say is it’s hard to get one of these jobs even at a target school. At a non-target school, it’s a little bit like swimming upstream, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get there,” Patrick Curtis, founder and CEO of Wall Street Oasis, told Poets&Quants in February.
“Keep your GPA high, and if you are at a liberal arts college, try to make your background a little stronger in financing with some online courses. More importantly, you just have to make genuine connections with people who work in the industry, even if it’s just a few alumni. Reach out to them, have a phone conversation, follow up with them.”
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