One of the best ways for prospective business school students to learn about how well they might fit with an MBA program is by interfacing with enrolled students who come from a similar cultural background. To facilitate this research, top business schools are offering diversity events this fall to provide aspiring MBAs an opportunity to attend educational panels, interact with alumni and students, and glean strategic insight regarding application development. Additionally, and depending on the school, prospective students who are not from underrepresented groups but share and uphold a school’s diversity mission can also attend. Note that some MBA programs require interested candidates to register, or even apply, to participate or attend.
This in-person event on Thursday, October 27, 2022, is open to all prospective Wharton MBA students who are first-generation college graduates. The event will include panel discussions with Wharton faculty, staff, administrators, and/or current students about the Wharton MBA experience as well as a Mock Application Admissions workshop.
Berkeley Haas will host an on-campus symposium on October 15, 2022, for both prospective and current students as well as faculty, staff, and alumni to discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The school’s website notes that prospective students from “traditionally underrepresented backgrounds” in graduate business schools will learn about the “remarkable diversity” at Haas through speakers, community-building opportunities, and information sessions.
This on-campus event will take place on September 30, 2022, and is designed for all prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds and underserved groups. Participants will hear from and interact with admissions officers, representatives from Yale’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, diverse student club members, faculty, and more. The event will kick off on September 29 with optional activities such as a live class visit and dinner in downtown New Haven. A follow-up online session about funding your MBA will be held on October 5.
Established in 1982, this annual MBA Workshop is hosted by leaders from the school’s Black and Latino MBA Organization and will be held on November 17–19, 2022. The workshop is limited to approximately 80 prospective students on an invitation-only basis and is designed to provide insight into Duke Fuqua’s admissions process, allowing candidates to network with the existing Duke community and as many as 100 minority alumni. Interested prospective students are welcome to apply by October 10. Invitations to the workshop will be sent on or before October 18.
Johnson Means Business (JMB)
Cornell Johnson’s JMB event is an annual student-led offering for the program’s candidates from LGBTQ+ and underrepresented backgrounds. The event will be held October 21–22, 2022, and interested candidates must submit an application by October 5. Participants will gain insight into application strategies, network with students and alumni, and take part in the annual Johnson Inclusion Summit. In addition, participants who submit their MBA application by the January deadline will receive an invitation to interview for the 2022–2023 application season.
On November 18–19, 2022, Anderson will host this event as part of its broader Embracing Diversity Week, allowing prospective students to build community with enrolled students, network with alumni, and learn about the school’s inclusive culture. Interested candidates can applyby the early deadline of October 15 or by the regular deadline of November 9. Applicants who apply by the early deadline will receive a decision email on October 21; otherwise, decisions will be released within two weeks of submitting an application.
Vanderbilt Owen will host its Diversity and Inclusion Symposium on November 4, 2022 (during Discover Vanderbilt Business, taking place on November 4–5). All prospective students are encouraged to attend and will be able to participate in a mock class, learn more about the school’s commitment to diversity, and connect with students, staff, faculty members, and alumni during the two-day Discover Vanderbilt Business event.