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.
According to a Chicago Booth first year with whom we spoke, Thursday Night Drinking Club, or TNDC, is a “tradition that everyone goes to and a weekly staple.” This event is organized by six second-year students (“chairs”) who are hand chosen by the previous year’s chairs and who select a new location each week where students and their partners/families can gather in downtown Chicago. A member of the Dean’s Student Admissions Committee told mbaMission that TNDC is “just one part of the vibrant city-based social environment of Booth,” and a recent alumnus remarked, “I think that our Thursday night events were really great because they provided an avenue for all students to come together and hang out outside of school.” Noting that attendance regularly numbers 200–400, a first year we interviewed remarked that “Booth frequently takes over the venue.”
For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Chicago Booth and other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.