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The Top 10 American Schools and Universities for a Career in Finance


Much talk has been made recently of the value of college degrees, and of the importance of getting specific and focused college degrees that can lead to a high-paying job and a rewarding career. While many majors and programs of study can be a bit murky, there is one area - business, and more specifically finance - that is anything but complicated when it comes to getting a solid job and having a long-term, successful career.


While there are many schools out there that do a great job preparing students for a world in business or finance, here are the top ten that will put you on the right path towards a high-level finance career:

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1- Georgetown University (McDonough Business School)

Georgetown's McDonough School is possibly the best finance-focused school in the nation, and it comes with an added perk - students have close and intimate access to all that Washington DC has to offer in terms of federal government finance jobs and political connections to work after school.


2- Cornell (Dyson Business School)

Cornell's Dyson School is an underrated gem, the toast of a school that also boasts very high level hospitality, tourism, and agriculture programs for those looking to mesh business and finance with other areas and industries.


3- North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School)

Kenan-Flagler is the flagship business school of the American south, and hosts a variety of programs and has a wide range of finance specialties. Students go on to careers in New York City, Chicago, and other financial centers around the world.


4- Pennsylvania (Wharton Business School)

The Wharton School may be the most famous business school on the list, and for good reason; with an amazing pedigree and countless famous alums, Wharton provides amazing connections to the top business jobs in the world for students upon graduation.


5- Emory (Goizueta Business School)

Goizueta is a hot up and coming school that has recently gotten lots of attention deep down in Atlanta and around the world. Atlanta hosts the Center for Disease Control, too, and many Goizueta students will mix their finance background with public health and medicine.


6- Notre Dame (Mendoza Business School)

Notre Dame's Mendoza Business School provides top-notch working opportunities for internships and after college, as well as giving students a close up view of nearby major business metropolises like Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest.


7- Boston College (Carroll Business School)

Boston College (and the next school, Boston University) are smack dab in the middle of one of the most bustling cities in the country, and provide many an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience.


8- Boston University Business School

Situated in the heart of Boston, BU provides internships and great job prospects and placements for students who come out of their challenging and well-respected business program.


9- Wahington University (Olin Business School)

Washington University is one of the midwest's finest universities, and its business school is no different in what it offers students. The best students out of St. Louis attend Wash U, and the strongest finance students succeed from there.


10- New York (Stern Business School)

New York University has a top-notch business school as to be expected, and the finance wing also does a good deal of work and research in the fields of arts and entertainment financing, so those looking to mesh the two may find a home at NYU.


Related: How to Become an Investment Banker

New York University has a top-notch business school as to be expected, and the finance wing also does a good deal of work and research in the fields of arts and entertainment financing, so those looking to mesh the two may find a home at NYU. 


Related: How to Become an Investment Banker

 

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