List of Target Schools

A comprehensive list of target schools for investment banking hiring. ​

What is a target school?

Target schools are the main universities investment banks recruit from.  The reason they are called a target school is that the banks actively “target” their students by holding information sessions on campus and traveling to the school to conduct first-round interviews.

In recent years, banks have been expanding the scope of their recruiting practices and looking for talent from a wider range of schools.

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Harvard Target School Example

List of schools

Below is a non-exhaustive list of target schools, separated into U.S. and International (sorted alphabetically).

U.S. Target Schools

  • Amherst
  • Bates
  • Bowdoin
  • Brown
  • Colby
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Harvard
  • Michigan
  • Middlebury
  • MIT
  • Northwestern
  • NYU
  • Princeton
  • Stanford
  • Swarthmore
  • U Chicago
  • U Pennsylvania
  • Wesleyan
  • Williams
  • Yale

International Target Schools

  • Business School Sao Paulo (BSP)
  • CEIBS – China Europe International Business School
  • Esade Business School
  • Fudan University – School Of Management
  • HEC Paris
  • IE Business School
  • IESE Business School
  • IMD Business School
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
  • London Business School (LBS)
  • Manchester Business School
  • Melbourne Business School
  • Nanyang Business School
  • Queens University
  • SDA Bocconi
  • Tsinghua University – School of Economics and Management
  • University of British Columbia: Sauder
  • University of Cambridge: Judge
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Oxford: Saïd
  • University of Toronto: Rotman
  • York University: Schulich

Working at an investment bank

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at an investment bank? Investment bankers make a lot of money but work extremely long hours (up to 100 hours per week) to complete whatever their clients demand of them to close a deal.

To learn more about investment banking, check out our overview of what investment banks do and explore our Career Map to find the right path for you.

More resources

What if you didn’t go to a target school?  Fear not, there are still many opportunities to work into investment banking, however, it will likely require a lot of networking.  Check out these additional resources to help you in your investment banking job search:

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