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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List of schools
Below is a non-exhaustive list of target schools, separated into U.S. and International (sorted alphabetically).
U.S. Target Schools
- U Chicago
- U Pennsylvania
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.
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: