Getting a job at a Top 50 private equity firm as a pre-MBA is VERY challenging. They take very few undergrads out of college (see Can an Undergrad get a job in Private Equity or Venture Capital?). Below I have outlined the profile of the typical Associate (pre-MBA) at one of the Top 50 firms. I have added some rough percentages around each of the categories so that you can get a sense of the frequency of each credential. These are not scientific percentages, but I think they are fairly representative of the actual numbers. The best way to test it, if you don’t believe me, is to visit any of the Top 50 private equity fund websites and take a look at the backgrounds of their employees.