Beyond the MBA Classroom: FOAM Parties at Stanford

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

At the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), Arjay Miller Scholars are those students in the top 10% of each class; the distinction was named after former GSB dean Arjay Miller. Happy hour events held every Tuesday night (the GSB has no classes on Wednesdays) are called Friends of Arjay Miller (FOAM) parties, playfully suggesting that only the “friends” of Arjay Miller scholars—rather the studious Arjay Miller Scholars themselves—are the ones going out on the town that night. FOAM parties areoften themed, and as a part of Vegas FOAM, which typically takes place in March, students dress in traditional 1970s attire and fly together to Las Vegas (a short trip from the San Francisco Bay Area) for a night of fun before returning to school the next day.

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