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IMPACT Week (Orientation)

The words that make up the IMPACT acronym embody the Tippie MBA Experience. Activities focus on getting to know your new classmates and team-building. You will register for your first semester of classes, learn about the services available, meet faculty, and interact with second-year students. You are also introduced to the case method and complete your first case analysis and presentation.


Please plan to arrive in Iowa City in sufficient time to complete all of your personal arrangements before orientation begins. Limited free time during IMPACT Week is available for last-minute errands, but it is strongly recommended that these be kept to a minimum.

Above all, plan to be fully involved and enjoy your Tippie MBA Experience!

Don't forget to complete the pre-MBA checklist before arriving for IMPACT.

Attire Information

Business Professional: Women: business suit or dress; Men: suit, sport coat, tie

Business Casual: Women: dress pants/skirt, blouse; Men: dress pants, sport shirt

Casual: Jeans/shorts, t-shirts, walking/running shoes

TENTATIVE 2015 IMPACT Schedule (subject to change)

Monday, August 17: Student Success
Attire: Casual
Time Activity Location
8:00-8:30 AM Check-in, Continental Breakfast Howe Galleria, Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
8:30 - 9:00 Tippie School Welcome from the Dean S401 PBB
9:00 - 9:30 Overview of IMPACT S401 PBB
9:30 - 10:30 Ice Breaker S401 PBB
10:30 - 10:45 Break  
10:45 - 11:45 Tippie Alumni Speaker on Student Experience S401 PBB
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch Downtown Iowa City
1:15 - 2:15 Tippie Toolkit S401 PBB
2:15 - 2:30 Break  
2:30 - 4:45 Scavenger Hunt Downtown Iowa City/Campus
Tuesday, August 18:  Professional Development
Attire: Business Casual
Time Activity Location
8:00 - 8:30 AM Transportation to Levitt Center for University Advancement Meet Cambus at Jefferson Street (McBride Hall)
8:30 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast/Announcements Levitt Center
9:00 - 12:30 PM Working Effectively in Teams Levitt Center
12:30 - 3:30 Etiquette Lunch + Dressing for Success Levitt Center
3:30 - 4:45 Karthik Gunasekaran - Class of 2014 Levitt Center
4:45 Optional Evening Activity - RSVP here Airliner
Wednesday, August 19: Community Engagement
Attire: Tippie MBA Polo (provided on Monday)
Time Activity Location
8:00 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast/Announcements S401 PBB
8:30 - 10:30 Academy Insider S401 PBB
10:30 - 11:30 Career Services Overview S401 PBB
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch PBB
1:00 - 4:30 Philanthropy in the Community Iowa City locations
Thursday, August 20: Teaming Experience
Attire: Business casual
Time Activity Location
8:00 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast / Announcements Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
8:30 - 11:30 Diversity Training S401 PBB
11:30 - 12:30 PM Lunch S401 PBB
12:30 - 2:00 Introduce Business Canvas Model S401 PBB
2:00 - 8:00 Business Canvas Model overview and Teamwork session PBB & PC rooms
Friday, August 21: Pulling it all Together
Attire: Business professional     
Time Activity Location
8:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast / Announcements S401 PBB
9:00 - 11:30 Business Canvas Model Presentations PBB rooms as assigned
11:45 AM- 12:45 PM Lunch and Awards; announcement of finalists S401 PBB
12:30 - 3:30 MBA Tradeshow Old Brick
3:30 - 4:00 Closing Remarks PBB
Saturday, August 23
Attire: Casual     
Time Activity Location
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Excel Boot Camp Pomerantz Center (PC)