Beyond the MBA Classroom: Blind Dates at the Stanford GSB

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.

The Blind Date program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business was established in 2010–2011 to help students meet and get to know more of their classmates. “You sign up to say, for example, I’m available for coffee at the following times and want to meet two new people,” explained a first year with whom we spoke. “Then an algorithm matches people. You might know them, you might not, but it’s a good way to meet people. I now know 250–300 people in my class, in just eight months. This was a student-initiated activity by one guy in the class [of 2012] who knows computer programming and is very social.”

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

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