Black Business Students Association

The Black Business Students Association (BBSA), established in 1973, promotes the well-being of the BBSA members, serves the community, and assists with professional development. The BBSA provides Black business school students personal, professional, and academic support for a successful Columbia Business School experience.

Through programming such as the BBSA first-year Welcome Retreat, Alumni Mentorship Program, and recruiting panels, among other activities, BBSA membership is an important resource and community for Columbia Business School's Black business school students.

The BBSA also works closely with the Office of Admissions to host events for prospective Black business school students. Diversity Matters, an annual afternoon event highlighting diversity and inclusion at Columbia Business School, will be hosted in conjunction with the Black Business Students Association, Columbia Women in Business, Cluster Q, the Hispanic Business Association, and the Military in Business Association this fall.

Together with the Office of Admissions, the BBSA and the Hispanic Business Association (HBA), will also hold a full-day event for Black, African American, Hispanic, and Latino prospective students this fall, Spotlight On: BBSA & HBA. Spotlight On: BBSA & HBA will provide insight into the BBSA and HBA community at Columbia Business School and allow prospective students to learn more about student life, academics, financial aid, and the admissions process.

To learn more, we encourage you to reach out to the BBSA. You can also watch a pre-recorded webinar, where you will hear about the club and community from members of the BBSA and gain an understanding of the holistic MBA application process from members of the Admissions Committee.

Prospective students are also welcome to attend the annual BBSA Elevate conference. Click here for information on the 2018 conference.

The diversity team of the CBS admissions committee sets aside time every month to meet with women, military, LGBTQ, Black, and Hispanic prospective MBA students. Ask a member of the admissions committee your questions about the MBA program or the admissions process and share your story during a 20 minute one-on-one chat. Click here to sign up for a one-on-one chat.

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Fall 2015 Cross-Registration Dates

  • A-term, B-term, and Full-term electives: 10:00 am on Thursday August 20th until 4:00 pm Tuesday September 8th.
  • B-Term electives: 10:00 am Wednesday October 21st until 4:00pm Wednesday October 28th.