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Top 15 Best Colleges to Prepare You for a Finance Career

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Students aiming for a career in finance should have strong foundations in economics and math, great interpersonal skills, and a keen ability for problem-solving. The following 15 colleges on this list are some of the very best places to develop these necessary skills.

 

These schools don’t necessarily have undergraduate finance programs, but they graduate a significant number of students who go on to careers in finance. This is largely due to their quality of education in related majors, such as Economics, and their ability to train students in critical thinking. The prestige, recruiting partners, and alumni network of these colleges also give students a big leg up in the competitive field of finance.

 

See the complete list of top schools to prepare you for finance careers.

 

Top 15 Best Colleges to Prepare You for a Finance Career

 

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School Name Location Acceptance Rate (2019) Middle 50% SAT Scores Middle 50% ACT Scores
1. Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4.5% 1460-1580 33-35
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 6.7% 1520-1580 34-36
3. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 5.8% 1460-1570 33-35
4. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7.7% 1460-1550 33-35
5. Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.3% 1440-1550 32-35
6. Columbia University New York, NY 5.3% 1460-1550 33-35
7. University of Chicago Chicago, IL 6.2% 1500-1560 33-35
8. Yale University New Haven, CT 6.1% 1470-1560 33-35
9. Duke University Durham, NC 7.8% 1500-1560 33-35
10. Cornell University Ithaca, NY 10.6% 1400-1560 32-35
11. California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 6.4% 1530-1570 35-36
12. UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 16.8% 1350-1540 30-35
13. Boston College Newton, MA 27% 1340-1480 (2018) 31-34 (2018)
14. New York University New York, NY 15% (2020) 1350-1530 30-34
15. Northwestern University Evanston, IL 9.1% 1450-1540 33-35

 

1. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 4.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,788

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1580 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 6.7%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 4,602

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1520-1580 SAT, 34-36 ACT

 

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3. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Acceptance Rate: 5.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,267

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1570 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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4. University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Acceptance Rate: 7.7%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 10,183

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1550 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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5. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Acceptance Rate: 4.3% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,087

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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6. Columbia University

Location: New York, NY

Acceptance Rate: 5.3%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,202

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1480-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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7. University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Acceptance Rate: 6.2%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,552

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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8. Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Acceptance Rate: 6.1% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,964

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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9. Duke University

Location: Durham, NC

Acceptance Rate: 7.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,682

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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10. Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, NY

Acceptance Rate: 10.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 15,182

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1400-1560 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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11. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Location: Pasadena, CA

Acceptance Rate: 6.4%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 948

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1530-1570 SAT, 35-36 ACT

 

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12. UC Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, CA

Acceptance Rate: 16.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 30,853

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1350-1540 SAT, 30-35 ACT

 

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13. Boston College

Location: Newton, MA

Acceptance Rate: 27%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 9,927

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1340-1480 SAT, 31-34 ACT (2018)

 

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14. New York University (NYU)

Location: New York, NY

Acceptance Rate: 15% (2020)

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 26,733

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1350-1530 SAT, 30-34 ACT

 

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15. Northwestern University

Location: Evanston, IL

Acceptance Rate: 9.1%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 8,231

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1450-1540 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

Learn more about Northwestern and what it takes to get accepted.

 

There are many more colleges that will prepare you well for a career in finance. See the complete list of top schools for finance.

 

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Lily Fang
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Lily Fang is 2018 grad of Amherst College with a degree in math and French. She has called three countries “home”: the U.S., France, and England. In her spare time, she trains for marathons and writes for her travel and running blog.