Prospective Student Events

Discover Thunderbird at an on-campus, on-location or online event

Campus Preview Weekend & Thunderday

For most prospective students, one visit to Thunderbird's campus lets them know they've found their academic and cultural home. Meet with our faculty, staff, students and alumni during Campus Preview Weekend or Thunderday -- and discover the Thunderbird mystique for yourself. Highlights include a case presentation by faculty; sessions on our curriculum, unique global experiences, internship opportunities and campus life; networking opportunities with the T-bird community; and, our signature Regional Night event hosted by current students and featuring the food and culture from a particular region of the world.

2014 Campus Preview Weekends

March 28-30

November 7-9

2014 Thunderday

June 14

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Complimentary accommodations are provided on Friday night for Thunderday and on Friday & Saturday nights for Campus Preview Weekends.  

Campus tours

Visit our main campus in Phoenix, Arizona and enjoy a student-led tour of the grounds and facilities that help T-birds thrive. Experience the diversity of Thunderbird's campus and the rich culture in and around Phoenix, the fifth largest U.S. city. Campus tours take place on Fridays. To schedule a tour, please contact with at least one week advanced notice.

Fall 2014 tour dates coming soon!

Class visits

Experience our Executive MBA program for yourself by sitting in on a class. To schedule an EMBA class visit, email

Executive MBA class visits dates 

May 16-17

May 30-31

June 13-14

June 27-28

July 11-12

 July 25-26

You may also request to observe one of our full-time degree program classes (available Monday through Thursday). To schedule a full-time program class visit, please contact us at with at least one week advanced notice.

"First Tuesday" networking events

Thunderbird alumni chapters have a long-standing tradition of meeting once a month in a designated location to socialize and network with other alumni in the area. As a result of this tradition, a "T-Bird" graduate can be traveling to Atlanta or Beijing or Paris or Buenos Aires or Singapore, and he or she will have the opportunity to join the monthly gathering of fellow T-birds. These “First Tuesday” events welcome prospective students for international networking and idea-sharing opportunities with our exemplary alumni.

Information sessions

Information sessions are held on-site in locations around the world. They offer you the opportunity to meet Thunderbird faculty, students and alumni and gain valuable insight into how Thunderbird can move you forward in your global business career.

Executive MBA info sessions




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town
7325 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Free valet parking 

Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thunderbird campus
Herberger 236 

Executive Lecture Series

View Thunderbird faculty in action and network with current students, alumni and staff. Each event will feature a one-hour lecture by a Thunderbird faculty member, followed by networking at the Pub.

Executive Lecture Series




May 13, 2014 
6:00 - 7:30pm 

Thunderbird Campus
- Yount Auditorium

"Winning customers through organizational excellence" -- Sundaresan Ram, Ph.D.
Companies often fail to achieve excellence, despite having great products or services in their portfolio. A major cause for this failure is their inability to manage the expectations of their customers - both internal and external - and to consistently meet customer expectations during delivery. Thunderbird Professor Sundaresan Ram, Ph.D., will examine the potential gaps between customer expectations and delivery, and propose solutions to reduce their impact.

June 10, 2014 
6:00 - 7:30pm  

Thunderbird Campus 
- Yount Auditorium

"Working in the future: Growing, sharing and exploiting 'mindshare' in innovation networks" --  Mary Teagarden, Ph.D.
The US, Japan and Western Europe are no longer the only dominant regions for innovation. With today's "worldwide knowledge economy," leading innovators are leveraging "mindshare" in knowledge clusters around the world, like Shanghai, Bangalore, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Saigon. Join Thunderbird Professor Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., for a stimulating conversation about mindshare in today’s global economy.

July 15, 2014 
6:00 - 7:30pm  

Thunderbird Campus 
- Yount Auditorium

TBA -- Caren Siehl, Ph.D. 

August 12, 2014 
6:00 - 7:30pm  

Thunderbird Campus 
- Yount Auditorium

TBA -- Kishore Dash, Ph.D. 


Can't make it to campus? RSVP to receive a link to watch the lectures via live feed.