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Find the perfect complement to your academic life by joining one of the many clubs and organizations on campus. Many students even start their own. Get involved in a community service project or volunteer for an event. It's a great way to meet like-minded students, expand your circle of friends, and enrich your experience.

Consider taking on a leadership role in the Graduate Business Association (GBA) or the Dean's Advisory Board. Or help to bring top-name speakers to campus through the Silfen Leadership Series. There are more than 100 events and conferences happening here each week, one to match every interest.

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Alumni Relations

As a Columbia Business School student, you are already a member of the School’s global alumni network. With more than 40,000 alumni in this worldwide community, interaction between students and alumni can be a dynamic part of your experience during business school and beyond.

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Alumni Search

The Alumni Search is a great way for students to connect with Columbia Career Network (CCN) mentors and other Columbia Business School alumni.

As members of the Columbia Business School network, students can use the Alumni Search to connect with alumni, identify CCN mentors, search for alumni by industry affiliation, or locate alumni in a specific geographic region. This tool can be extremely effective in identifying potential event speakers, mentors, and alumni contacts within your chosen field.

If you encounter a problem acquiring contact information for any graduate, please contact Megan Shaughnessy at If you cannot locate alumni contact information through the Alumni Search but have found it online through other sources (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), please e-mail so that the School can update its records and provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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Columbia Career Network Program

The Columbia Career Network (CCN) is a program that strengthens the School’s 40,000-strong global community. It serves as the umbrella identifier for every instance where students have the opportunity to engage with the Columbia Business School network, which encompasses alumni, faculty members, staff, executives in residence, and others who are dedicated to career education of Columbia Business School students.

The CCN connects students with alumni who have identified themselves as mentors. To locate a CCN mentor, use the Alumni Search tool; CCN mentors are identified by the CCN-mentor designation on their entries and will appear at the top of your search results. Industry-based mentoring can help you attain a better understanding of your industry and can lead to a long-term relationship resulting in mutual benefit.

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In the Classroom

The School’s own accomplished alumni frequently serve as classroom guest speakers. Faculty members maintain relationships with many former students as part of their commitment to bridging theory and practice in the classroom.

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SocNet is the School’s internal social networking platform. Use this online resource to stay connected with your classmates and other members of the School community. You can also use SocNet to connect with alumni.

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Student and Alumni Clubs

Students have the opportunity to engage with alumni through events organized by student and alumni clubs; these events occur throughout the year and are held around the world.

Student clubs organize a multitude of events that feature alumni, including lectures, conferences, happy hours, meetings, and brown-bag lunches. The David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Speaker Series is a collaboration among students, faculty members, and alumni to attract top-level executives (who are often Columbia Business School alumni) to speak to students.

Columbia Business School has more than 65 alumni clubs located around the world; these organizations help to maintain close ties between alumni and the School. Many clubs participate in the annual Worldwide Alumni Club Event, which is open to current students, alumni, and incoming students; the 2012 Worldwide Alumni Club Event saw record participation. The 2013 Worldwide Alumni Club Event took place in June 2013.

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York hosts more than 60 events each year for the 20,000 alumni residing in the tri-state area. The CBSAC/NY offers a discounted student membership rate and offers exciting opportunities for alumni engagement.

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On the Road

There are many opportunities to travel and meet alumni around the world that are coordinated through the Chazen Institute’s Global Immersion Program or international study tours. Other centers at the School and the Career Management Center also offer travel opportunities. Finally, alumni clubs often host receptions in conjunction with student trips, offering additional opportunities to engage with the alumni network.

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Through the Centers

Each of Columbia Business School’s centers, programs, and institutes offers unique opportunities to engage with alumni. These programs span a range of topics, interests, and functions; they promote original research, partner with companies and institutions, design coursework, and promote public discourse on a variety of issues. For more information about these programs and opportunities for engagement, please contact the centers directly.

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Uris Unplugged

Uris Unplugged is a semiannual opportunity for current students to engage with alumni in an informal context. The Graduate Business Association’s Alumni Committee organizes this informal lunch for students and alumni based on industry interest and affiliation. For more information, contact Shardee Caesar ’13, vice president of alumni for the Graduate Business Association; or Marisa Totino, associate director of young alumni and student relations, at 212-851-4305.

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At the Very Center of Business

See how Columbia Business School puts you at the very center of business, where chances for success revolve all around.

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Since 1916, Columbia Business School has lived at the heart of the business world, New York City, building symbiotic relationships with leading innovators and global trendsetters and offering students exposure to the very pulse of industry.

Today, we continue to enjoy daily insights from the influential figures driving current practices. Our renowned faculty members are leaders in their fields, producing groundbreaking research across areas, and our worldwide alumni network continues to grow and impact change. At the Business School today, we’re celebrating our place at the very center of it all.

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Surf the Social Stream

Follow the School's social conversation on our Connect Online page, which puts #CBSAtTheCenter of social media.

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The strength of our School lies in our community, and the community connects online. Our Connect Online page makes it easy to see what the community says about what puts #CBSAtTheCenter of so many lives.

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The Core: Experience the Impact of Knowledge

The Columbia Core Curriculum imparts unparalleled perspectives that inspire and challenge, and connect the dots to success.

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The Columbia Core Curriculum is informed by thought leadership from the world’s leading-edge business environment. Our faculty's groundbreaking research influences business practices in every sector while our curriculum develops leaders who can create opportunity in any situation.

In an MBA program at the very center of business, you’ll learn to respond dynamically to any challenge. You'll gain the skills you need to succeed in a fast-moving, competitive business environment and see how to create opportunities where they once seemed impossible. At Columbia, at the heart of New York City, you’ll learn it all from the most influential figures in industry today.

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At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success.

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Information on courses and all bidding-related information (including statistics) can be found on BOSS (Business Online Selection System). To see important dates for the Business School, navigate to the MBA Academic Calendar tab in BOSS.

More information regarding independent studies can be found on the Indepedent Study webpage , and you can pick up the required form, as well as additional information, in Uris 105. Students may register for up to 3 credits of independent study per term (the study can be either 1.5 or 3 credits). Independent studies are designed to be independent of the classroom experience and may not be used as a means of adding a seat to a full course.

More information can be found on the Cross-Registration webpage. MBA students may count up to six credits of graduate-level coursework at other schools within the University toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.

Membership on the dean's list is awarded at the end of the first term to students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA. In subsequent terms, membership is awarded to all students who achieve a 9.25 weighted term GPA.

First, meet with a club advisor in OSA, who will connect you with the Student Government’s VP of clubs and careers. You’ll be required to fill out an application form, collect signatures from potential club members, plan out your first year’s budget, and make a presentation to the Student Government’s club committee.

Many local vendors accept a voucher in lieu of cash payment. You can pick up the voucher from Financial Planning in Uris 216. Vouchers are essentially blank checks that you give to the delivery person upon arrival and can include a tip. Vendors send the voucher is sent back to Financial Planning as an invoice and the funds are debited from your club account.

Only students pursuing an MBA degree can join Business School clubs. Business School students seeking MS and PhD degrees are not eligible.

All loan funds - federal or private - are sent to the University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office electronically via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Once the SFS office is in receipt of the funds, they place the amount(s) onto your tuition bill as a "credit" to your account. You do not need to pick up any physical checks. Any loan amounts above tuition and fees will be refunded to you. Direct deposit helps to expedite the refund process.

Refunds are issued within 7–10 days of funds arriving at the University. Assuming your loans are in place for the earliest federally allowable date, your refunds should reach you within a week following the first day of classes. For the fastest refund processing, please sign up for direct deposit on

Students who face higher costs due to extenuating circumstances may request a budget increase by submitting a formal appeal along with appropriate documentation. If approved, the budget increase allows students to borrow additional loan funds, subject to lender or Department of Education approval. Appeals are not an entitlement and can be turned down by the Appeals Committee. Learn more about appeals and download the appeal form.

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