The 11 best colleges for a job on Wall Street

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Columbia University in the City of New York/Facebook

Ever wonder where Wall Streeters come from?

It turns out that many of them – at least the ones based in New York City – went into finance from one of 11 schools.

That’s according to Emolument, a salary benchmarking website that collects self-reported pay data.

Emolument surveyed 1,541 NYC-based front- and back-office investment banking professionals. It did not include staff like those working in HR or communications.

Beyond these 11 schools, there were another 1,000 or so reported in Emolument’s database, but each represented less than 1% of Wall Street professionals.

Here are the top colleges.

Andy Kiersz contributed to this article.


Stanford University — Stanford, California (1% of respondents)

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Linda Cicero via Facebook/stanford

University of Michigan & Ross School of Business — Ann Arbor, Michigan (1%)

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REUTERS/Mike Stone

University of Chicago & Booth School of Business — Chicago, Illinois (2%)

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The University of Chicago/Facebook

Baruch College — New York City, New York (2%)

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Baruch College/Facebook

Rutgers University — New Brunswick & Newark, New Jersey (2%)

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Via Flickr

MIT & Sloan School of Management — Cambridge, Massachusetts (2%)

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MIT Sloan School of Management/Facebook

Cornell University — Ithaca, New York (3%)

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Cornell University/Facebook

Harvard University & Harvard Business School — Cambridge & Boston, Massachusetts (3%)

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Harvard Business School/Facebook

University of Pennsylvania & Wharton School — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4%)

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University of Pennsylvania/Facebook

New York University & Stern School of Business — New York City, New York (7%)

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NYU Stern School of Business/Facebook

Columbia University & Columbia Business School — New York City, New York (8%)

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Columbia University in the City of New York/Facebook

Here’s the full tally one more time.

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Andy Kiersz/Business Insider