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Diversity at Columbia

Columbia Business School is committed to promoting diversity in all its forms by recruiting students from an array of professional backgrounds, socioeconomic upbringings, racial and ethnic identities, and geographic locations. Nowhere is this commitment more apparent than in MBA clusters and learning teams, which are designed to bring together students from a range of backgrounds to help them learn together, both about the material and one another.

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“During my second year, I served as president of the BBSA. The organization supports black prospective and current students and helps them do well and get the jobs they want. I was the beneficiary of all that support, so it was important to me to make it continue for people in the future.”
—Jennifer Randle ’06

Student Initiatives

We are constantly finding ways to further promote diversity, particularly through our more than 100 student organizations. These student-led groups provide opportunities throughout the semester for all students to celebrate the many different cultures present at Columbia Business School, and many are also involved in the career recruiting process and student-run conferences. The goal behind clubs affiliated with particular affinity groups is not only to provide a network of support for those students, but also to promote collaboration among clubs across our community.


In addition to the fellowships and scholarships designed to foster diversity in the Full-Time MBA Program, Columbia Business School is also closely affiliated with several national organizations that work to improve the diversity of leaders in the business world.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Columbia Business School is a partner school with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national nonprofit organization that has made groundbreaking progress to correct the dramatic under-representation of minorities in leadership positions. MLT actively works with business schools to increase the presence of minorities in MBA programs as preparation for leadership roles in corporations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial ventures.

National Black MBA Association

The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for African Americans by providing innovative programs to stimulate intellectual and economic growth, building partnerships with the nation’s top business associations, and increasing awareness and access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities.

National Society for Hispanic MBAs

With more than 8,000 members in the United States, the National Society for Hispanic MBAs works to foster leadership by Hispanic professionals through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanic students for leadership positions in business, so that they will be poised to provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.

Riordan Fellows Program

The Riordan Fellows Program assists recent college graduates who are considering graduate education in business management. Its core purpose is to educate, prepare, and motivate these individuals to competitively apply and succeed in top MBA programs and management careers.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity provides educational and career programs to young people from underserved communities to maximize their opportunities for educational and professional success. More than 6,000 students have graduated from Sponsors for Educational Opportunity programs and work in a wide range of industries and locations.

Ten School Diversity Alliance

The Ten School Diversity Alliance (TSDA) is a joint effort by the nation’s leading business schools to affect and influence the diversity of MBA campuses, organizations, and the global community. Through TSDA, Columbia Business School partners with the following institutions to promote greater diversity in the business world: Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Chicago Booth School of Business, UVA Darden School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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