Berkeley-Haas 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.
From networking mixers to annual conferences, guest speakers to school-wide events, there's always something happening at Haas. And, as a member of the active Berkeley MBA student community, you will have the opportunity to not only attend these stimulating and exciting activities, but also to participate in creating and planning them.
UC Berkeley and Berkeley MBA students have a long tradition of social responsibility and a commitment to creating a better world. Almost the entire MBA class participates in Challenge for Charity events – talent shows, charity auctions, and sports competitions to 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 program (YEAH). Nearly 100% 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. Berkeley-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.
Dozens of individual and team competitions challenge students to come up with solutions to real-world challenges. Competitions created by Berkeley MBA students include the Berkeley MBA Latin Business Challenge, the Education Leadership Case Competition, and the Global Social Venture Competition. Students also gain experience through LAUNCH, the UC Berkeley Startup Competition.
A wide selection of annual conferences, organized by students, gives you the opportunity to shape and address top issues in a range of industries. Widely acclaimed annual conferences include: