Entering students are divided into clusters of approximately 65 members each, who attend all first-year fixed core courses together. These clusters, which reflect the heterogeneity of the School, foster a teamwork ethos as well as a long-term network. Each cluster elects representatives who coordinate academic concerns with the faculty and administration, organize social events and update the cluster on placement information and technological developments.
In addition, student learning teams, each composed of five or six students, are assigned at the beginning of the first term. Assignments are made to reflect the diversity of the class as represented by sex, ethnicity, country of origin, and previous work experience. Many faculty members make use of these teams for assignments and projects in their core courses for first-term students.