Bridging the B-School Class Divide

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The cliques that form at a top MBA program, such as Harvard Business School, appear to be a lot like the ones in high school. As the New York Times reported, MBA students from wealthy families tend to stick together. Among the revelations in that Times report, and in an earlier front-page story, was the existence of a secret cabal of ultrawealthy students, called Section X, known for its decadent parties and travel. With many Harvard MBA students stretching to make ends meet—nearly two out of three get financial aid—the result, as described by the Times, is a corrosive class divide.

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