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Other than the obvious Oxbridge, what other universities do consultancy firms (e.g. MBB) mainly recruit from? Is it similar to IB?
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Question above^

Other than the obvious Oxbridge, what other universities do consultancy firms (e.g. MBB) mainly recruit from? Is it similar to IB?
MBB firms do campus recruiting at the following UK universities:

McKinsey
- Bristol
- Cambridge
- Durham
- Edinburgh
- Imperial
- LSE
- Oxford
- St Andrews
- UCL
- Warwick

Bain
- McKinsey's 10 universities plus...
- Bath
- Nottingham
- KCL
- QMUL
- York

BCG
- Bain's 15 universities plus...
- Birmingham
- Exeter
- Glasgow
- Lancaster
- Leicester
- Loughborough
- Manchester
- QUB
- Sheffield
- Southampton
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Question above^

Other than the obvious Oxbridge, what other universities do consultancy firms (e.g. MBB) mainly recruit from? Is it similar to IB?
This is what I've gathered for RECRUITMENT purposes, not necessarily how they target universities (I'll outline those later):

- Oxbridge are given a pretty substantial leg up in the recruitment process (MBB classes are usually 60-70% Oxbridge).

- LSE/Imperial are given a smidgen more weighting

- then you have everything else

Now that's just in terms of how university is weighted in the recruitment process. Consulting firms do, in fact, actively target and visit a larger set of universities than this (info can be easily found by searching up the university's name on their campus recruiting site, if there's a full blown page - logo, events listed - dedicated to the uni it'll be targeted):

McKinsey:
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL (visits for postgraduate events only)
Warwick
Imperial
Durham
St Andrews
Edinburgh


Bain:
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL
KCL
Warwick
Imperial
Durham
Edinburgh
Bristol
Bath

(On the website but no formal page with logo etc - not targeted)
Nottingham
QMUL

BCG:
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL
KCL
Warwick
Imperial
Durham
Bristol
Edinburgh

(Website hides program information - less targeted)
St Andrews
Bath
Nottingham
Manchester
Lancaster
Birmingham
Exeter
Glasgow
Leicester
Loughborough
QUB
Sheffield
Southampton


Oliver Wyman:
(Website doesn't hide anything - target)
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL
Imperial

(Hides insight program but visits campus - less targeted but still a target)
Warwick

(Website hides information about insight program, not as targeted; semi-target)
Durham
Edinburgh
Bath
Bristol






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This is what I've gathered for RECRUITMENT purposes, not necessarily how they target universities (I'll outline those later):

- Oxbridge are given a pretty substantial leg up in the recruitment process (MBB classes are usually 60-70% Oxbridge).

- LSE/Imperial are given a smidgen more weighting

- then you have everything else

Now that's just in terms of how university is weighted in the recruitment process. Consulting firms do, in fact, actively target and visit a larger set of universities than this (info can be easily found by searching up the university's name on their campus recruiting site, if there's a full blown page - logo, events listed - dedicated to the uni it'll be targeted):

McKinsey:
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL (visits for postgraduate events only)
Warwick
Imperial
Durham
St Andrews
Edinburgh


Bain:
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL
KCL
Warwick
Imperial
Durham
Edinburgh
Bristol
Bath

(On the website but no formal page with logo etc - not targeted)
Nottingham

BCG:
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL
KCL
Warwick
Imperial
Durham
Bristol
Edinburgh

(Website hides program information - less targeted)
St Andrews
Bath
Nottingham

Oliver Wyman:
(Website doesn't hide anything - target)
Oxford
Cambridge
LSE
UCL
Imperial

(Hides insight program but visits campus - less targeted but still a target)
Warwick

(Website hides information about insight program, not as targeted; semi-target)
Durham
Edinburgh
Bath
Bristol

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Your list isn't comprehensive.

You've missed out on A LOT of universities, especially for BCG.
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Do you know if it's common for people to apply to Investment Banking AND Consultancy internships?
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Your list isn't comprehensive.

You've missed out on A LOT of universities, especially for BCG.
Instead of slating my list, you could suggest the universities I've missed. That would be more productive.

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Do you know if it's common for people to apply to Investment Banking AND Consultancy internships?
Very common. However, people focus more on IB as there are way more firms to apply to in general.

I've seen a trend of previous FO summer analysts applying for grad positions in their final year at consulting firms. Meaning, they reject the return offers they get from their banks to switch over into consulting.



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Instead of slating my list, you could suggest the universities I've missed. That would be more productive.

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Or you could scroll up to the post above you and see the more comprehensive list I provided
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Or you could scroll up to the post above you and see the more comprehensive list I provided
Fair game, didn't notice it! I'll update mine and tier off the universities based on the information (or lack thereof) provided for each.

Thanks dude

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Or you could scroll up to the post above you and see the more comprehensive list I provided
Btw, I think York University on Bain's site is the Canadian one.

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Very common. However, people focus more on IB as there are way more firms to apply to in general.

I've seen a trend of previous FO summer analysts applying for grad positions in their final year at consulting firms. Meaning, they reject the return offers they get from their banks to switch over into consulting.



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Fair game, didn't notice it! I'll update mine and tier off the universities based on the information (or lack thereof) provided for each.

Thanks dude

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Btw, I think York University on Bain's site is the Canadian one.

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Happy that this was resolved Your list does have more analysis in it.

I thought this was a possibility as well, but thought to include it in case I was wrong. I'm not sure if the Canadian one's reputation is stronger than the British one's.
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Thanks!! What are the targets and semi-targets for McKinsey? Seems unlikely that all 10 of them are targets.
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