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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Getting Formal at Chicago Booth

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.

Early in the first year of the MBA program, students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business have a semiformal evening at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. This event, organized by the Office of Student Programs and Events, is exclusive to first-year students and their partners and is intended to help facilitate friendships beyond the school’s central Harper Center. Students can tour the magnificent aquarium and then enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Because the event can sometimes get a bit raucous, buses are available to return students safely to campus—that is, unless they continue on to afterparties downtown. Later in the year, students from both years enjoy the Winter Formal, donning tuxedos and cocktail dresses. Students told mbaMission that they enjoy these opportunities to get their energy pumping and break up the long winter with a party. Next follows the Spring Fling, which students we interviewed likened to an American prom.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Chicago Booth and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.




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