At HBS, breakthrough moments can happen any time: in a late-night discussion among peers, during a journey along India's east coast, in service to a neighborhood nonprofit—or simply while relaxing in a Spangler lounge or competing on the tennis court. While formal education is concentrated within academics, the transformation of potential into leadership is realized through every aspect of the HBS experience. To explore student life here is to investigate multiple ways to learn, to connect, to lead.
“I'm originally from Mexico, but I've been living in New York for the past five years.”
Being prepared to lead means being prepared for a multilingual, multicultural and international environment. Just as leadership is nurtured in the HBS classroom, so too is our collective engagement with a diverse world. We not only welcome, but embrace, a student body enriched by individuals who reflect many nationalities, cultures, interests, and points of view. Our sections are not merely representative of HBS as a whole, but of the world at large; each learning team encourages individual contributions while reinforcing our personal responsibility for the well-being of the larger community.
The core of our participatory learning model, the case method, continually reinforces our students' ability to absorb multiple perspectives while synthesizing their own viewpoints. In addition, the MBA experience offers numerous pathways for collective engagement, including:
- Student clubs representing more than eighty cultures and interests
- Career Treks and Global Immersion Experiences to business and cultural centers around the world
- Admissions Outreach Events that actively attract and welcome a truly diverse student body
While being a student at HBS is an exhilarating and rewarding experience, life sometimes presents challenges that can interfere with your ability to do your best work. For times when students need someone to turn to for support or advice regarding academic issues (such as class participation, student life adjustment, academic planning, or international student acculturation) or personal concerns (such as stress management, counseling, crisis management, disability accommodation, therapy referral, health maintenance, or relationship and family issues) MBA Support Services members are available to help you.
Students at HBS have access to the University Health Services' (UHS) satellite clinic in Cumnock Hall for general healthcare. Services include primary care, internal medicine, mental health services, and nutrition counseling. Additional services not available at the Cumnock clinic are available at the main branch of UHS at Holyoke Center in Harvard Square.