Carnegie Mellon University

MBA students doing trust activity

MBA BaseCamp Orientation

Tepper MBA students kick off their experience with a unique, month-long orientation where they begin preparing for academics and career planning, with a focus on the summer internship interview process.


Unlike many B-school orientations, BaseCamp does not just focus on campus directions, lockers, and meet-and-greets.

BaseCamp help students quickly acclimate so that academic and career planning is accelerated. It includes workshops, networking with fellow classmates, faculty, and alumni, and sessions that detail how the fundamental disciplines integrate in business environments.


We’re one of the smallest top B-schools, and one of the many advantages of our small size is that everybody will know you. From professors to classmates, you will be known as a key member of our community.

While we like numbers, we don’t think our students should be treated like one. There are no cohorts and no large auditoriums of hundreds of students. Alongside the networking, BaseCamp offers sessions on ethics, diversity, and working in teams, as well as off-site team-building activities.

Leadership and Communication

We believe leadership and communication are valuable assets for leveraging the rare ability to address complex, unprecedented business issues. Beginning with BaseCamp and continuing throughout each mini-semester, the Accelerate Leadership Center program will guide you.

Their goal is to strengthen your leadership and communication skills through personalized leadership assessments, training workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and provide a framework for you to develop and execute your personalized leadership action plan.

An Integrated View of Business

The Tepper MBA program is a popular choice for career switchers. We understand the desire and the components of career changes and ensure that broad knowledge is a component part of your career planning.

BaseCamp features modules that explore the various functional areas (operations, finance, entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing) and how they integrate within companies and organizations. These modules assist in career planning, giving you a broad understanding of the numerous options for internships, employment, companies, functions, and roles.