Best time to get into top tier management consulting organizations is right after under graduation or after Business School. Recruitments primarily happen through campus placements at both undergraduate and graduate levels. It is important to shortlist universities from where consulting companies recruit regularly.
While students compete with their classmates in the campus recruitment process, students applying from non-target universities are competing with applicants from around the country.
Students from non-target universities do apply for various roles as well, but the intake is restricted, just by design.
These are some of the target schools for top tier consulting schools for Post MBA roles in the U.S. (Numbers indicate the % of students getting recruited into the management consulting industry every year).
- Tuck School of Business (44%)
- Darden School of Business (35%)
- Fuqua School of Business (35%)
- Booth School of Business (33%)
- Columbia Business School (32%)
- Kellogg School of Management (31%)
- Sloan School of Management (30%)
- Wharton School (25%)
- Berkeley Haas (25%)
- Harvard Business School (21%)
- Stanford Graduate School of Business (18%)
And, these are some of the target schools for top tier consulting schools for Undergraduate roles in the U.S.
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Texas at Austin
- Yale University
- Harvard University
- University of Michigan
- Northwestern University
- Stanford University
- Cornell University
- University of Notre Dame
- Columbia University
- Georgetown University
- Princeton University
- Duke University
- UC Berkeley
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
These universities offer a plethora of opportunities for students to learn about the industry and interact with professionals on a regular basis. For example, Shankar Krishnan, a current undergraduate student at UC Berkeley highlights that
“There are many consulting clubs dedicated to students interested in consulting as a career. For example, there is a marketing consulting club, tech consulting club, a non-profit consulting club, start-up consulting club among many others. The level of exposure is unparalleled”.
The best part about studying at these universities is that you would be eligible to apply for consulting roles irrespective of your majors.
Tip: If Consulting is your long-term career objective, choose your university wisely. Prioritize university over majors.