Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31

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Harvard’s Best and Worst Student Clubs


Academics may draw you to a business school, but it’s the clubs that keep you there. Chances are, you won’t develop much of a network from class. You build your relationships in less formal settings. Travel is certainly one. But clubs are easily underrated aspect of business school life.

Here, you can set yourself apart. You can practice leadership and showcase your talents on a stage that sometimes resembles the workplace itself. You can learn from their peers and even rub shoulders with alumni and faculty. Clubs are literally the place where you’ll meet your next business partner (or find your next job).

The challenge, of course, is identifying the clubs that offer the most value for the 10-15 hours that you can devote to them. And that was the impetus behind a survey conducted last spring at the Harvard Business School. Sponsored by The Harbus, clubs were rated on a ten-point scale (“10 being extremely satisfied, and 5 being neutral”) using six dimensions:

  • “Dues (dues are reasonable relative to member benefits)
  • Social (club provides opportunities to socialize with other members)
  • Career (club provides opportunities to pursue career interests)
  • Events (events are reasonably priced given club dues and are well organized)
  • Communication (frequent and clear communication with members)
  • Leadership (club leaders interact with members to gather feedback and organize events effectively)”

In the end, The Harbus collected 196 responses – roughly 10% of the class – covering 54 of the school’s 70 clubs.

So which club scored the highest? That would be the General Management & Operations Club, with an 8.3 score overall. However, the club includes certain drawbacks according to one respondent. “This club is very big and I didn’t feel like I got to know many people in it. It is helpful for job posting awareness but I will likely not join it next year.”

Ironically, the lowest-rated club also came with the highest sample size (25 respondents). Earning a 5.2 overall, The Harbus added that the score represented “clashing extremes,” including high scores on social and communication and low scores for dues, career, events and leadership. “Way too expensive, given how much all the events cost afterward,” noted one respondent. “I decided not to renew my membership because I wasn’t getting enough out of this club.”

Another notable was The Women’s Student Association, which earned a 7.6 mark. According to The Harbus, the club scored high in “dues, events and communication,” but missed the mark when it came to “social and leadership.” Cumulatively, Harvard clubs averaged a 6.8 score. The Harbus added that “Communication” (7.4) was the highest rated category overall among the clubs.

For scores and feedback on other clubs, click on The Harbus link below.



Source: The Harbus