Employment & Careers
More than a quarter of the entering class came from finance and an additional 20% from consulting; the overall class is more diverse than you might think, with consumer products, energy, technology, and government/military all strongly represented.
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You’re a quant. The wealth of expertise at Chicago Booth puts it among the top three choices of most candidates interested in finance; the school’s data-driven approach extends across the curriculum into areas like marketing and entrepreneurship.
Lack of cohort structure. Because of the flexible curriculum, after the LEAD course, Chicago Booth doesn’t have the strong cohort/learning team structure that you might find in other schools. Instead, teams tend form on an ad hoc basis and vary by class. The benefit is that you end up with broader relationships than you might have at another school, but they might not be quite as deep as if you’d spent your first semester or year with the same tight-knit group.
Student environment. As one student put it, “We work hard and we play hard.” Chicago Booth offers plenty of opportunities to have fun, but given the rigorous curriculum, the students also hit the books. Sleep is usually the casualty between these forces, with even former investment bankers reporting they have more to do than they have time to do it!