Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Student Life

The Graduate Business Programs Student Life team provides the services and resources for students during their time in the program. The GBP Student Life team also provides leadership opportunities for interested students and partners with student leaders to provide quarterly events open to the entire graduate business community.

The Student Life team advises and supports the student networks in programming, community services, mentoring, and other outreach activities. GBP student networks actively participate in new student orientation sessions, annual Inter-Network Council (INC) events, as well as other special events held throughout the year.


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 manages co-curricular and extra-curricular programming by collaborating with each other 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
  • Information Systems Connexion
  • International Business Network
  • Marketing Network
  • Net Impact
  • Real Estate 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 help graduate business students succeed. Students beginning the program in fall attend the orientation session in September. Students entering in winter and spring attend the orientation session in March. Once students have submitted their enrollment deposits, they are contacted by e-mail with information and specific dates for these events.

New MBA/MSIS students participate in orientation sessions designed to prepare them for the graduate program. Orientation acquaints and sensitizes students to the overall structure of the MBA/MSIS curricula and its rigors and demands. It also provides an overview of general administrative procedures for the MBA/MSIS programs. In addition to meeting faculty and fellow students, new MBA/MSIS 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 in the fall for the Executive and Accelerated MBA Programs and in June for the M.S. in Finance and Entrepreneurship Programs.

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