This is part of our comprehensive ranking of the World’s Best Business Schools.For all their perceived buttoned-up conservativeness, business school students—especially those at top tier schools—like to get down and let loose.
Business school parties are legendary for their over-the-top costumery, drunken debachery and general racousness.
Most parties are themed, which means dressing up in costumes, looking as ridiculous as possible, getting drunk, and generally having a good time—something students would NOT want recruiters to see.
Wharton students love their costume parties, looking for any excuse to dress up in animal prints, boas, and vintage '70s, '80s, and '90s duds.
Between the foam party, the white party, the '80s party, Wharton's fight night, and a school ski trip to Park City, Wharton students have plenty of chances to get down and dirty.
But perhaps the craziest event is Wharton 54, a Studio 54-themed party that's sponsored by Out for Business, Wharton's LGBT professional and social club. This alcohol-fuelled homage to the disco fabulousness of the 1970s usually takes place in one of Philly's hottest gay clubs, with students dressing up in skimpy, vintage '70s attire.
Each cohort (both 1st and 2nd year students) nominates a 'Shot Boy' and a 'Shot Girl' who run around in tiny and usually sparkly outfits pouring shots down people's mouths.
Each year Kellogg students pack up their ski gear, warm sweaters, and crazy costumes (they really love their costume parties) and hit the slopes together.
The annual Kellogg Ski Trip changes locations every year--this year will be in Steamboat--but each night means another wild party.
After skiing all day and having the requisite apres-ski drinks, students don different costumes--'80s, Wild West, and more--for nightly theme parties.
The students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)--which we ranked the #1 business school in the world--know how to party.
At the helm of the school's wildest parties are the school's best and brightest: 'Arjay Miller Scholars' (students in the top 10% of the class).
In honour of Arjay Miller, the former dean, there are weekly Friends of Arjay Miller (FOAM) parties. Usually this means alcohol-fuelled themed happy hour events that creep late into the night.
The FOAM parties culminate in Vegas FOAM, where the business school students don vintage 1970s-inspired attire and fly together to Vegas for a crazy night of partying before returning to school the next day.
You think your parties are classy?
The students at INSEAD party in chateaux. Yes, chateaux. As in those incredibly gorgeous historic French mansions.
The INSEAD Europe campus is located in Fontainebleu, France, which means that it's in the heart of the land of chateaux.
INSEAD students take advantage of this prime location by partying in nearby chateaux, including Chateau Fleury (where they have a 007 party), Chateau Villecerf (where they have a crazy Halloween party and eat from late-night food trucks), Chateau Tavers, Chateau Montmelian, and the ultimate chateau of chateux: the Chateau Fontainebleu (home to only the fanciest b-school black-tie parties).
London Business School is widely renowned as the most international business school in the world. So it makes sense that their parties would also be globally-themed.
The annual flagship event at LBS is Tattoo, a huge party with over 1,100 students partying at over 20 regional clubs that celebrate over 50 nationalities.
Each club represents a different nationality, serving specialties from that country: the German club might serve beer in massive steins, the Japanese club might serve sushi and sake, and the French club might serve cheese and quiche Lorraine.
Each nationality performs some sort of entertainment representing their country and then the party rages on well into the night.
Tuckies take their parties seriously.
There are heavy-drinking events year-round, but the biggest party of all is the Winter Carnival, a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, contests, partying, and drinking in February.
Throughout the weekend, teams compete in ski and snowboard races (teams choose their own uniforms--think 1980s neons, Hawaiian-themed clothing, business suits, and nothing but speedos), an awesome '80s ski party, Tuck 'Tails, a serious hot dog eating contest, and a Big Lebowski bowling party.
It's not just Tuckies who compete either. Students from business school all over the U.S.--including from as far away as Stanford--trek to Hanover, New Hampshire, for the festivities.
But it's not all self-indulgent fun: the money raised at these competitions goes to a nonprofit organisation.
To celebrate Diwali, the Indian 'festival of lights,' Booth's South Asian Business Group sponsors a big Diwali party, where students take a boat cruise around Chicago's Lake Michigan for the night.
Students spend the night on a 3-floor cruise ship, celebrating all things Indian.
There's Indian dancing (including a Bollywood-style performance), booze, and a massive buffet with all sorts of Indian delicacies.
Most people wear saris, kurtas, and other Indian clothing to get into the spirit of the holiday.
Each August, Fuqua kicks off the new academic year and welcomes new MBA students to campus with an epic introduction to party life at Fuqua: the '80s party.
To prepare students for this celebration, Fuqua suggests appropriate attire: feathered hair, leg warmers, and anything bright for women, and mullets, stonewashed jeans, and Miami Vice sports jackets for men.
The school also provides an educational primer on all things '80s, telling students to watch classics like Top Gun and Footloose and instructing them to listen to '80s legends, like Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper.
The most exclusive event of the year--and the hottest ticket on campus--is HBS's White Party, sponsored by the European Club.
Tickets to last year's Ibiza White Party (costing $30-$35) sold out in just 20 seconds. (About 460 tickets were sold.)
Students come to this event--decked in head-to-tie whites--to see and be seen. There's a DJ, booze (often sponsored by a liquor company), and exclusivity--all the components you need to have a hot party.
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