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.

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“For me, HBS has been all about the people and the shared experience we’ve had.”

A truly diverse student body is the foundation of the HBS experience. The case method classroom interaction is enriched by classmates from diverse industries, functions, countries, and experiences. This diverse community of students reflects a world of different talents, beliefs, and backgrounds.


U.S. Ethnic Minorities

HBS is committed to increasing diversity and opportunity in business education. The Class of 2020 is comprised of 26% US ethnic minorities. 



Back in 1965 the first cohort of women graduated from HBS. Fast forward 50+ years, and the Class of 2020 is 41% female.


LGBTQ+ Community

HBS provides a supportive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students on campus.


Members of the Military

HBS welcomes veterans of US and international military services.  Every year, HBS classes include former members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.


International Students

HBS students hail from all corners of the globe. 37% of the Class of 2020 is international (by citizenship). 


Partners and Families

For 30% of the student body, attending business school isn't a solo venture. Partners and children are integrated into every aspect of life at HBS.