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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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Leadership Groups

At Columbia, we're proud of the active role our students take in influencing policy and practices at the School. To foster student involvement in the administration, we have several student leadership groups that work closely with one another and the administration to ensure that Columbia is constantly evolving to be an even better environment for our students.

The Student Leadership and Ethics Board is composed of first- and second-year MBA and EMBA students who develop programs focused on ethical decision making and principled leadership. Students are selected based on an interest in leadership and ethics, as well as academic and work experience. The board interacts with faculty, staff, alumni and students to develop, support, organize, and market extracurricular events. Events include high-profile speakers and experiential learning activities such as films, role-playing activities, events featuring improvisational actors, and other creative sessions as determined by the board.
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The Career Fellows Program is a Career Management Center (CMC) leadership initiative that employs and trains second-year students to provide career management skills, advice, and support to classmates during the job-search process. Selectively chosen through an application process to represent a wide array of industries, functions, and geographies, Career Fellows offer industry exploration and education, networking best practices, résumé and cover letter reviews, pitch preparations, and mock interviews. Career Fellows further develop their own communication, leadership, and lifelong career management skills through working closely with the CMC.

The Dean’s Advisory Board, composed of students, is devoted to discussing the student body’s feedback and vision regarding new and current programming with Dean Hubbard. This group has a tangible impact on the community, and has helped launch bold initiatives like the Columbia Startup Lab.

Columbia Business School's student council enriches and broadens the student experience. Interacting with students, the administration, faculty, and the external community, Student Government promotes an environment of energetic, engaged students who are proud to be lifetime members of the Columbia Business School community.
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The Hermes Society is composed of selected students who voluntarily serve as representatives of the Admissions Office and the Columbia Business School student body. Members participate in and represent the student perspective at information sessions on campus, welcome admitted students to the community, organize and facilitate Columbia Connect (open house) events, and meet with applicants to answer their questions. Applications are accepted each semester from students who have completed at least one term at the School.

Each cluster elects Honor Board representatives to serve on a committee that works closely with the administration and faculty to resolve any breaches of the honor code. Honor Board members often help to prepare their clusters for exams, and work to ensure ethical behavior is demonstrated by their peers.
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The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is comprised of students who are elected by their clusters to serve as their international student representative. In addition to supporting international students through initiatives focused on career opportunities, community involvement, or academic achievement, ISAB organizes International Week on campus in both the fall and spring, setting up activities to celebrate the diverse cultural mix of students at Columbia.

Peer advisors are students who have been selected through an application process to help guide new students through the first-year transition to Columbia. Peer advisors are actively involved in Orientation and, as part of the Program on Social Intelligence, they coach and advise first-year learning teams. Peer advisors go through extensive leadership training and work closely with OSA, faculty members, and departments throughout the School as liaisons to the first-year class.
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The David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series is an unparalleled learning opportunity for the entire Columbia Business School community, attracting renowned business leaders from around the world to provide a forum for students to exchange thoughts and ideas with the most important people in business today.
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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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Notes to the Next Class

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The Curl Ideas to wrap your mind around

5 Key Concepts For Every Chief Operating Officer

Alexander Tuff '03 discusses five key concepts every Chief Operating Officer should know.

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Startups for a Better World

More and more alumni entrepreneurs are launching ventures to serve the greater good.

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Columbia Business School Professor Predicts How Changes in Banking Laws Could Fuel Emerging Economies of Tomorrow

New research tracks emerging countries’ economics activity after law changes and finds a boost in access to credit; increase in employment rate; increase in productivity and sales for firms

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Power Isn't Enough: Study Reveals the Missing Link for Effective Leadership

New research from Columbia Business School shows that powerful leaders fail to listen properly and take others’ accounts into perspective, jeopardizing the impact they could have

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How Can You Be Entrepreneurial in Any Organization?

Vince Ponzo '03 demystifies the entrepreneurial mindset.

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Why China's Bubble Won't Burst

Fundamentals that aren't going away give China a shot at sustained high growth for the foreseeable future.

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Modi's Five Waves of Change

Each wave has the potential to boost India's GDP by at least a half percentage point, says Adil Zainulbhai, chairman of the new Quality Council of India.

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The Age of Vulnerability

In the United States, upward mobility is more myth than reality, says Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz. Downward mobility and vulnerability, however, is a widely shared experience.

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Angel Investing: The New Alternative Asset

Carefully selected and managed portfolios of personal angel investments can produce an average annual return of more than 25 percent.

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Top Ten Questions Asked

Here are the most frequently asked questions by current students.

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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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