The MBA Student Experience

At Weatherhead, small MBA class sizes mean one-on-one interaction with academic pioneers and industry leaders. Our faculty excel in teaching as well as research, and the opportunity to share their insights and excitement in the most up-to-date and creative areas of management studies is one that Weatherhead students prize.

Because students tend to learn from one another as much as from teachers, teamwork is a prominent feature of many classes; Weatherhead students find that personal growth and support during the program often comes from the development of a new friendship. Read about some of these experiences on Life at Weatherhead, a blog written by current students, alumni and staff.

Class Profile and Diversity

The diversity of our student body enriches the Weatherhead experience with different perspectives. In addition to Dynamic Weatherhead Women in Business and the Multicultural Business Student Association, student groups that support diversity include local chapters of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).

Enrollment at a glance

Entered fall:
Total enrolled:
U.S. minority:
GMAT (average):
GPA (average):
Work experience (average):
5.3 years
4.1 years

Top undergraduate majors

Entering fall:
Business (including economics and finance):
Liberal arts/social sciences:

GBSA and Student Clubs

The active Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) along with Student Clubs provide opportunities for professional development, local community service activities, engagement with employers and social gatherings such as cultural dinners, happy hours and wine tastings with sommeliers.

Incoming students can run for a GBSA leadership position or join, revive or start a new student club with the assistance of the Weatherhead Student Experience Office. Here's a list of the student clubs:

Internship Culture

Many Weatherhead MBA students draft their career plan before they arrive to campus and begin applying for internships their first semester in the program. They also access the Weatherhead Career Management Office’s career resources, participate in career fairs, attend employer information sessions on and off-campus, and take advantage of their personal networks as well as professional gatherings throughout the city of Cleveland. Read more about Career Management.

Around the Neighborhood

Weatherhead is nestled in the heart of Cleveland and its arts and cultural district—University Circle—students enjoy living, learning and playing in one of the most concentrated areas of health care, education, and arts and culture in the world. University Circle boasts 15 museums and cultural institutions like the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art, four medical centers including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, 10 religious organizations, more than 30 restaurants, and a total of eight education centers.

Weatherhead is also within walking distance of the city's "new downtown" called Uptown. Uptown includes emerging favorite spots such as a specialty market, a local ice cream shop, pubs, the campus bookstore, the city’s new Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and casual- to fine-dining restaurant options.

Access the following websites to learn more about Cleveland, check out this video to learn why Weatherhead students love Cleveland, and read Life at Weatherhead, a blog written by current students and alumni.