Prefrosh Preview: A guide to the McDonough School of Business
Business students get special treatment
While your non-MSB friends will have to put up with the utterly ineffective UIS (at least for a little longer), business school students get access to technological resources that actually belong in the 21st century. Chief among them is the MSB Tech Center, a competent, accessible alternative to UIS. Located on the first floor of the Hariri Building, the Tech Center is staffed with trained students who can help you troubleshoot most computer issues during walk-in hours.
In addition to tech support, the Tech Center also facilitates all the other technological services that MSB students get access to, which includes the MSB’s printing services. Despite what students from other schools might think, not actually free (check your bill for a $75 “MSB Lab Fee”), but the 1000 pages business students are given to print each semester are still a better deal than paying at Lau. They’re a lot more convenient too: using the iPrint software, students can print to nearly every printer in Hariri and pick up their paper on the way to class.
Even the MSB’s one previous technological weak spot, e-mail, has been turned into an advantage starting this semester with the transition from the cumbersome Groupwise system to Google Mail. And unlike the other schools’ UIS-provided Google Mail, the MSB’s offers a wide array of other services, including Google Docs, Calendar, and Talk (a.k.a. GChat).
Learn how to pronounce “Hariri”
The MSB’s Rafik B. Hariri Building opened to much fanfare last fall, but the shine’s still fresh on the University’s new crown jewel. It’s not a stretch to call Hariri the nicest building on campus, and it’s certainly the most modern, with all the amenities you need to get you through your four years in the b-school. The building is home to nearly all MSB classes, as well as professors’ and administrators’ offices.
However, classrooms and offices only take up a small portion of Hariri. A large part of the building’s interior consists of the Simone McDonough space, four open floors filled with plenty of seating that make great places to study. If you’d prefer to be a little less out in the open, there’s also the undergraduate commons located on the first floor and a number of breakout rooms that can be reserved for groups. There’s not an overwhelming amount of room, but it’s more than enough to attract the jealousy of the masses cooped up in Lau.
The Hariri Building is drawing the attention of those outside Georgetown too. The MSB has been eager to show off its new home, and has attracted numerous luminaries to speak in Lohrfink Auditorium. In the past semester the building has played host to such business leaders as Richard Branson, Ted Leonsis, and Bill Marriott. Of course, Georgetown doesn’t just let the MSB hog its new prime real estate, bringing in speakers with more broad appeal, like Karl Rove and the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.
The curve: Your newest enemy
The MSB is known for its strong focus on group projects, but when you’re not working with your classmates, you’ll technically be competing against them. Last fall the MSB implemented a mandatory grading policy for all undergraduate core classes, forcing professors to curve grades to an average GPA of no greater than 3.33 and give no more than 35% of a class A-range grades.
Don’t worry—things still aren’t too cut-throat. The curve shouldn’t have you sizing up your competition on the first day of class, but it’s good to keep in mind a few months earlier when you’re setting your schedule. Before you spend your time mining RateMyProfessor for the easiest classes you can find, remember that any puffed-up grades will be eventually be pulled back down.