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Columbia in the summer. And by students I meant actual, current students. Not prospies such as myself.
Oh OK! Now I got you! Yeah, the students themselves tend to be really casual. I thought you were saying that students who were visiting were wearing hoodies and shorts.
Now that would be funny!
Did campus visits (no classes) to Kellogg and Chicago in July; most were in biz casual. A few guys were wearing polo shirts + shorts, 2 of their wives were even wearing beach-y cover-up dresses - those folks stuck out but in a bad way
thanks. i posted the original question. i'm thinking biz casual but i'm probably going in a dress shirt and khakis. i think even suit pants and black shoes might look a bit stuffy and out of place.
I think it probably depends on the school and the person. Going back to my Tuck example, most of the other people visiting were in finance, so they were all in slacks and dress shirts and black shoes. I, on the other hand traded the slacks for a pair of dark khakis and the black dress shoes for a pair of brown loafers.
I personally wouldn't give a crap as a current student on how you were dressed. Actually, I would: if you wore a suit and were not coming from work, I would giggle and joke about it .
If I had to meet other prospects, I would probably dress as usual in this kind of weather: shorts, T-shirt or polo and slashes. Too hot for anything else. I wouldn't expect prospects to dress up differently. But maybe current students receive specific instructions to dress up properly - which is plain stupid in my eyes, but who cares about what I think anyway
For the interview though, anything less than a suit means that you're taking stupid and useless risks. _________________
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I've been to a couple school events and IMO it's sorta off putting when people try too hard. Even when you try to have a conversation with them they seem to always be in "impress" mode. Putting your best foot forward is one thing but do it while stilling being who YOU actually are.
I could see a top school hosting an event at a water park to give prospective students an opportunity to interact with current students in a social atmosphere and people would still show up wearing business suits.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...