Student Life

Join a diverse and incredibly talented community of students, alumni, faculty and staff at the Carlson School. The Carlson MBA experience will transform you personally and professionally, and impart the confidence and skills to lead you anywhere in the world. You’ll work hard and forge lifelong memories in one of the most vibrant cities in the United States.

Clubs & Organizations

Socialize, lead, and learn from your fellow students by joining one of 20+ student clubs and organizations that represent an array of professional, social, cultural, and athletic interests. From the Carlson Marketing Network and Consulting Club, to Outdoor Adventures Club and Partners Club, there are countless ways to get involved.

Living in Minneapolis

The Carlson School is positioned in the heart of the thriving Minneapolis-St. Paul metro, a business community that includes 16 Fortune 500 company headquarters, and offers endless career opportunities, exceptional quality of life, and a vibrant social scene.

Culture & Community

The Carlson MBA program attracts the best and the brightest individuals from across the country and around the world. Each student brings their own experiences and skills to enrich the program, and together they form a tight-knit class dedicated to helping one another succeed. 

Made up of approximately 200 full-time students, the Carlson MBA community has developed a collaborative, welcoming, supportive culture that is unmatched among MBA programs.  

Your classmates will inspire you, broaden your perspectives, enrich your learning, and contribute to an unforgettable MBA experience.

A Powerful Network

Access the Carlson School network and discover a new world of opportunities.

The network is made up of:

  • 200 full-time Carlson MBA students
  • 53,000+ Carlson School alumni in 95+ countries
  • 142 full-time faculty
  • 55 career coaches, advisors, and staff
  • 1,000+ part-time and executive MBA students
  • 2,500+ undergraduate Carlson School students
  • Thousands of family members and partners
  • Hundreds of partner companies and organizations
  • 445,000+ University of Minnesota alumni

Photos: Life at the Carlson School

Join your classmates in enjoying all the community has to offer. Carlson MBA clubs host an array of professional and social activities on campus and throughout the Twin Cities area.

MBA Student life

Popular MBA Activities and Events

A small sampling of the hundreds of Carlson MBA events that students enjoy


  • Weekly MBA Happy Hour
  • Prom & Homecoming Dance
  • Carlson Charity Auction
  • Global Gala
  • Partner & Family Events
  • Volunteer Events


  • Career Competitions
  • Career Treks (San Francisco, Seattle) 
  • Speakers & Conferences
  • Company Site Visits
  • Company Networking Events
  • Company Information Sessions
  • Corporate Reception


  • MBA Football Tailgate
  • MBA Golf Tournament
  • MBA Ping-Pong Tournament
  • Intermural Sports

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