MBA candidates at Auburn speak very highly of their peers. Many are “busy [juggling] their work and family” so at times it can “be hard to connect with them outside of the classroom.” Fortunately, they are still “very friendly” and are always “helpful when doing projects together.” Students are also quick to report that their classmates are “easy going” and “highly intelligent.” For the most part, they all seem to make a concerted effort “to contribute their opinions and share in class.” This appears to be greatly appre¬ciated as they often “provide [great] insight” and “bring great examples of real-time issues.” Another student attempts to illuminate life at Auburn by stating, “There seem to be distinct groups: younger students, who participate in activities and clubs and hang out on campus vs. those like me, who come to school for class and then leave as quickly as possible.” And while one graduating student claims that her peers are “interested in learning, but not overly involved in activities,” another student delights in telling us that the school holds “an annual international festivity [and] several masquerade balls as well.” Additionally, “tours and trips to different places are available.” Athletics play an important role in the social life on campus, particularly in the Fall, where SEC football reigns supreme. Auburn’s football team won the BCS National Championship in January 2011, and tailgating activities before each game provide an opportunity to network with alumni and other students. Intramural sports are popular; outstanding golf courses are nearby, and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are 3 hours away by car. Since 2008, an International study trip of 10 days in length has been built into the cost of the program; each Spring groups of students and faculty travel to desti¬nations to learn about doing business in those countries. Previous student groups have gone to Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, South Africa, and many other coun¬tries. Students say that this trip is a highlight of their Auburn experience. Atlanta is a 2 hour drive from Auburn, and provides a popular big-city weekend road trip destination, as well as permanent employment location for many students after graduation. Nearby Columbus, and Georgia, Alabama also offer plenty of entertainment options and distraction from schoolwork. Sports enthusiasts rejoiced when Auburn acquired the Biscuits, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, while the Columbus Cottonmouths provide an outlet for ice hockey enthusiasts. Columbus is also the home of Fort Benning, one of the Army’s largest bases.