Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Student Life

Outside the classroom, graduate business students can develop new interests and broaden their networks of SCU students and alumni by participating in Student Life activities. The Graduate Business Programs Student Life team provides a richer graduate business experience for the student body by organizing quarterly signature events, professional development programs, and social networking opportunities. Additionally, the Student Life staff is responsible for supporting the programming efforts of the Inter-Network Council (INC) and the graduate business student networks.


GBP Inter-Network Council (INC)
The Inter-Network Council is comprised of all GBP Student Network presidents, the INC Chair, and Vice Chair of Events and Marketing. Together, the INC leadership team coordinates co-curricular and extra-curricular programming by collaborating with various departments and the GBP staff.

GBP Student Networks
The purpose of Santa Clara University Graduate Business Networks is to:

  • Promote, coordinate, and implement student activities
  • Strengthen channels of communication among students, faculty, and administration of the Leavey School of Business, the University community, and the Silicon Valley Business community
  • Enrich the co-curricular and extracurricular aspects of student life in the Graduate Business Programs
  • Develop and enhance the leadership skills of network student presidents.

GBP Student Networks accomplish this by offering graduate business students a variety of opportunities to network with classmates, alumni, and industry professionals through panels and presentations. Students create the networks with the support, guidance, and direction of the GBP Student Life team. Networks hold meetings twice a quarter and members are expected to attend at least four of six meetings during the academic year. All graduate business students and alumni are eligible to participate as members in the Networks.

Current active networks include:

  • Entrepreneurs Connection
  • Finance Connexion
  • Food and Agribusiness Networ
  • Information Systems Connexion
  • International Business Network
  • Marketing Network
  • Net Impact
  • Sports Business Network
  • Women in Business

All graduate business students are encouraged to join at least one network in order to maximize their experience at Santa Clara University. For more information, contact the Student Life website at:


New Student Orientation consists of a series of mandatory sessions that are designed to acquaint graduate business students with the resources and tools they need to succeed while attending Santa Clara University. New Student Orientation is held in fall, winter and spring quarters. Once students have submitted their enrollment deposits, they are contacted by e-mail with information and specific dates for these events.

New MBA and M.S. students participate in orientation sessions designed to prepare them for the graduate program. Orientation acquaints and sensitizes students to the overall structure of their respective curricula and its rigors and demands. It also provides an overview of general administrative procedures for each program. In addition to meeting faculty and fellow students, new MBA and M.S. candidates have the opportunity to learn about academic and co-curricular activities within the School of Business. New students are invited to network with current students and alumni who can share their experiences while in the program and after graduation.

Specialized orientation sessions are held for the Executive and Accelerated MBA Programs and for the M.S. programs.

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