At Haas, teamwork and collaboration yield great rewards. Students are members of a close-knit, supportive peer network that draws on both shared experiences and a diversity of ideas and backgrounds to build bonds that last a lifetime.
The Haas School is home to a fascinating, vibrant community marked by a nonstop schedule of activities developed by and for students. The reason for this has to do with the personalities of the students themselves. Berkeley MBA students frequently speak of a welcoming atmosphere that encourages involvement.
Among the school’s greatest assets is the community of fellow students, who form a lifetime network of friends and professional contacts. The relatively small size of the MBA program (only 240 students enroll in each entering class) permits students to get to know all members of their class. Students represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations. About a third of the students are from outside the United States, representing more than 30 countries.
As a complement to their coursework, students get involved in clubs and community service. They organize major conferences, put together panels of executives, and assemble ski trips to nearby Sierra Nevada resorts. Students take advantage of the university’s wide range of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and conferences. Consumption Functions bring together the whole school for food, fun, and camaraderie.
UC Berkeley has a long tradition of social responsibility and a commitment to creating a better world. In keeping with that spirit, Berkeley MBA students get involved to make a difference. Almost the entire MBA class participates during the year in one of the many fun events that are a part of the Challenge for Charity-talent shows, charity auctions, and sports competitions that help raise money for the Special Olympics and other organizations. Many Berkeley MBA students volunteer as mentors for disadvantaged high school students through the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program. Nearly 100 percent of these high school students go on to college, many to top schools.
The cooperative, team-oriented nature of the Berkeley MBA program encourages students to work together productively and harmoniously. Haas students are ambitious and driven to succeed, but they also understand the value of studying together and socializing together-and they always seem to do it in high gear. They embody the California mantra: work hard and play hard.