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.
Candidates who decide to attend Chicago Booth can look forward—with about 500 of their closest friends in the community (partners are invited as well)—to the school’s annual ski trip, which takes place over winter break. The trip shifts locations each year, but in 2010, more than 200 Chicago Booth students and partners practically took over Sun Valley, Idaho. Said a student ambassador in a January 2011 Chicago Booth student blog post, “The winter trip was, as it always is, a big deal at Booth, and the co-chairs went above and beyond in ensuring that the trip this year was something no one would forget.” Also, members of the Chicago Booth Ski and Snowboard Club participate in the annual Tuck Winter Carnival (at Dartmouth), for which many of the country’s top business schools send teams to compete in a ski race—though we learned the event tends to be more about beer than competition.
For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Chicago Booth and 14 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.