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Welcome Letter


This letter has been mailed to all prospective Better Halves whose students provided their information on the school application. If you did not receive the letter and feel that this was in error, please contact us.

Dear Better Half,

On behalf of Columbia Business School and the Better Halves Club, we would like to welcome you to the Columbia Business School community. We recognize that the next few years represent unique opportunities and challenges for you while your student  is in the MBA program.


The Better Halves Club is an organization dedicated to creating a network for the partners and families of students, and connecting them with the resources of Columbia Business School and New York City. Whether you are new to New York City or have lived here for several years; are working, studying, or staying at home, the Club is for you. Members of the Club are authorized to audit courses at Columbia Business School, obtain student ID cards, and use the university gym and libraries. Social activities encompass all interests with events such as hiking in Storm King State Park, a Harbor Cruise, a private tour of Brooklyn Brewery, trips to local museums, and CBS Better Halves Matters.


The Club also assists its members with professional development. We organize resume and interview workshops, networking sessions, a LinkedIn group, guest speaker seminars, a language exchange program, and student-price tickets to industry conferences. At 250+ members, the Club is one of the largest on campus and therefore offers the chance to meet people in all industries, from the arts to accounting. Finding a job in New York City isn’t about what you know, but whom you know, and many members have found opportunities through our network.


The Club, with the support of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), hosts an orientation to run concurrently with the student orientation. They plan an exciting week full of activities such as a Resources Breakfast, One World Observatory, a tour of Eataly, a dinner to meet current members, and more.


Your student has chosen Columbia Business School partly because it is in New York, at the very center of business [tm]. Beyond CBS, New York City has much to offer. The possibilities to expand your cultural horizons are endless, given the wealth of museums, art galleries, and concerts in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. There is never a dull moment in a city with 23,500 restaurants, a world-class fashion scene, and an exuberant night-life to entertain you. Whatever your background or interest, New York City has something to offer.


We look forward to you joining us here.


Welcome to the Columbia Business School community!


The Better Halves Board

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