Around 40% of the graduating class pursues finance, unsurprising given Columbia’s proximity to Wall Street. Of these students, a large majority go into investment banking, with others pursuing hedge fund management, investment management, private equity, and venture capital. Columbia’s outstanding real estate offerings within the MBA program produce many students who accept positions in the real estate industry, making it among the top business schools for placing students into this space. Columbia holds a strong reputation in the luxury retail goods arena, and also offers courses studying this space. Therefore, graduates hold distinct advantages when pursuing jobs in this industry.