Here is a breakdown of welcome weekend:
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Registration and Lunch, 55 Hillhouse Avenue
• Club Fair, Caulkins Courtyard, 56 Hillhouse Avenue
• Tours of SOM, Every 15 Minutes Leaving from Registration Area
• Laptop Program Information, 55 Hillhouse Avenue
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Welcome, Joel M. Podolny, Dean & William S. Beinecke Professor of Management
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. What Does Leadership Mean to You?, Amy Wrzesniewski
2:45 – 4:30 p.m. Partners Club Gathering, Walking Tour of Yale University
4:10 – 5:00 p.m. Behavioral Finance: What Is It, and How Is It Useful?, Nicholas C. Barberis, Stephen & Camille Schramm Professor of Finance
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Reception with Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Students, Peabody Museum
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner, Hot Tomato’s and Bentara
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast, GM Room
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Financial Aid and Loan Forgiveness Overview, Karen Wellman, Financial Aid Office
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Overview of the Career Development Office (CDO), Allyson Moore, Director, CDO
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Partners Club Gathering, 56 Hillhouse Avenue, Room A48
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Career Panels (select the panel that most interests you)
• The SOM Approach to Careers in the Nonprofit and Socially
Responsible Business Industries, A53
• The SOM Approach to Careers in Consulting, Marketing, and
Technology Industries, A60
• The SOM Approach to Careers in Healthcare, Leadership
Development Programs, and Energy, A74
• The SOM Approach to Careers in Investment Banking, Investment
Management, Private Equity, Diversified Financials, B60
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch with Current Partners, Hosted by the Partners Club
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch with Alumni and Students (I did an apt tour during this event)
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. International Experience Presentations
3:00 – 4:45 p.m. SOM Club Activities
• Yale University Tour
• Outdoor Activities and Ice Cream Social
• East Rock Park Hike
• Absolut Marketing (Games and Trivia)
5:00 p.m. Champagne Toast, Hosted by the Food and Wine Club, Caulkins Courtyard
5:30 p.m. End of Welcome Weekend
-New b-school will be finished in 2010...very exciting although i will not get to enjoy it.
-Adding to staff in order to raise class size to 200 then 250 then 300 once the new b-school is in place (300 will eventually be the magic number)...they are trying to get the staff in place now which is great for current students.
-SOM is going after high caliber profs from other schools....PE prof from Wharton just joined the SOM staff.
Questions about Welcome Weekend
1. Did you meet any other admits that were seriously debating between Yale and another school?
Most of the admits had Yale in their top two. Out of the students who attended about half had made the decision to attend SOM. Other students were considering Columbia, Duke, Virginia, etc. There was not a common thread to other schools being considered.
2. Did you see the grad housing? How was it? Where are most admits planning on living?
There is no set grad housing although the school does offer two or three apt buildings for grad students. Most of the SOM students live on Mansfield Street (party street), in East Rock, or downtown. Try to find a place that pays for utilities as this is not a fixed cost and could range in the 300 to 400 dollar range in winter for a 1000 square ft. My apt will be in East Rock about a half mile from the business school. Yale offers a shuttle service that picks students up and takes them where they want to go. This is great for the cold months.
3. Was there any commonality that you could see in all the admits?
While Yale is an extremely diverse background, a lot students seemed to either come from a nonprofit background or have aspirations to eventually do something in that field. Even the I-Bankers had nonprofit ideas they would like to achieve 10 or 20 years from now. Another common thread was how respectful everyone was of what other people wanted to accomplish or have already accomplished. From IB to Nonprofit to consulting everyone seemed really interested in everyone else. Also, it was a funny dynamic to see people in IB going into nonprofit and people in nonprofit who now want to go into finance. I am not sure you would get the same level of diversity and understanding at other business schools.
4. From what you could tell, were most single or married/in a serious relationship?
I would say about 10% had signigicant others with them. The class will be about 35 to 40%. I am married and my wife did not go.
If anyone has more questions, let me know.
"Lunch is for wimps."