Though you shouldn’t choose a business school based on its looks, you will be spending quite a bit of time there so choosing a school that not only has a high-rating but has a stunning campus can only be a plus. From schools that have beautiful gardens to incredible architecture to campuses that are innovative on the inside, here are 10 of the most beautiful business campuses in the United States.
1. Washington University, St. Louis Olin Business School – St. Louis, Missouri
Washington University is made up of five stunning campuses around the city. Students enrolled in the Olin Business School attend classes at Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, which is one of the most beautiful school campuses in the U.S, according to Top Management Degrees.
Both the business campuses have an architectural design that is traditional on the outside, but modern and chic on the inside. Both halls include a large and bright atrium and all classes, study rooms, and meeting spaces are equipped with the most up-to-date technology.
New and current students can enjoy the natural surroundings as a 1,371-acre forest encloses the university, giving students a unique place to study and enjoy their free time. The building that stands out the most is the Danforth Campus, a stunning and large building with a Gothic-style architecture and stained-glass windows.
Established in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is a private, research-based university that is known for their Olin Business program, however, the university offers several undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of areas. The school has an enrolment of 15,000 students each year.
2. University of Colorado, Boulder Leeds School of Business – Boulder, Colorado
Another stunning campus is the University of Colorado that offers amazing views of the Rocky Mountains that can be seen from any building on campus. The whole campus is 786 acres and includes the states most beautiful business school, Boulder Leeds School of Business. The campus buildings are all a blend of Gothic architecture and Tuscan Vernacular Revival style. An interesting fact — almost all the buildings were constructed from local quarry sandstone.
The Koelbel Building is where business students in the Leeds School of Business attend classes. The building offers incredible views, up-to-date classrooms, and open areas great for meeting spaces.
There are also many places for students to explore on their free time including on-campus museums, performing arts facilities, and an art exhibit.
The University of Colorado is a publicly-funded school, founded in 1876, over 31,000 students attend the school for a variety of subject areas. Though the University of Colorado is best known for their business school, which is offered in an evening or full-time format. Undergraduate business students can choose from a large selection of specializations.
3. Mills College, The Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy – Oakland, California
The Mills College campus, located in Oakland, California is surrounded by nature, students can enjoy large green spaces to study and relax from their studies. According to Top Management Degrees, Mills College transformed the nationwide architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson into an expanded space for the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business building when the program outgrew its original space.
The 28,000 square-foot building is not only visually pleasing but it’s also a sustainable building. Actually, since the opening of the new building, water usage has decreased by 80 percent due to the recycled rainwater collected by the building’s roof. Plus, the amount of energy the building saves is also something to note as the building has insulated windows, radiant floor heating, and solar shading.
Mill College is a private, not-for-profit school, established in 1852. It offers a variety of higher-level learning from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The business school is also one of the most recognizable private business schools in the U.S.
4. Louisiana State University, LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
In 2012, Louisiana State University opened a new and up-to-date business school building to hosts their LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. The architectural firm responsible for the new design was award-winning design firm Ikon 5 Architects. As such, the new building offers a sleek design surrounded in glass-covered pavilions and centered rotundas covered with a solar screen.
Some of the features of the campus include an imitation trading room, 24 tiered classrooms, 18 meeting rooms, dining facilities a 300-seat auditorium, computer workspaces, among other spaces.
In addition, Louisiana State University campus is located on 2,000 acres and many buildings on campus are built right by the Mississippi River.
Founded in 1853, Louisiana State University is a publicly-funded institution, which offers more than 235 areas of study, including their known business program. Their MBA program is offered in several different formats including full-time, part-time, and online.
5. University at Albany, Suny School of Business – Albany, New York
The University at Albany was established in 1844, located on 586 acres in Albany, New York. The campus is surrounded by plenty of green spaces that are perfect for studying and relaxing. In 2013, the University at Albany opened the new school of Business building, designed by New York architecture firm Perkins + Will. This state-of-the-art building features a large atrium with beautiful fountains and green spaces. The building also has a practice trading room to help with career preparedness.
The building is also one of the most sustainable buildings on campus as the large windows allow for plenty of natural light. Plus, the building has a special ventilation system that helps cut down on energy consumption.
The University of Albany is a publicly-funded university that offers 50 undergraduate programs and 125 graduate programs, including the business programs that are offered as a full-time, part-time, evening, or weekend program.
6. University of Chicago, Booth School of Business – Chicago, Illinois
Located near downtown Chicago, the University of Chicago offers the best of both worlds. Both city-life and green space give students an escape from the busyness of the city.
The university was established in 1980 and this is shown through the historic buildings making up the campus. Two of the most notable buildings on campus include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the Rockefeller Chapel.
The Booth School of Business classes is located in the Charles Harper Center that is surrounded by the Winter Garden, which is an amazingly beautiful gathering space for students on campus. The building located in the center is stunning, it’s a six-story glass building with natural light. Included in the building are 12 modern classrooms, a student lounge, three outdoor terraces, practice rooms, and interview rooms.
The University of Chicago is a private, not-for-profit school with regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The Booth School of Business is one of the most elite and distinguished business degree programs in the U.S.
7. Boston College, Carroll School of Management – Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Located in the quiet town of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, this 175-acre campus is six miles from the city of Boston. There are more than 120 buildings that sit up top this Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Actually, the main Boston College campus is included on the National Register of Historic Places, a title earned because of Gothic-style buildings. Plus, the campus is surrounded by green spaces and incredible walkways.
The building that hosts the Carroll School of Management classes has the same Gothic-style architecture. The building features many quiet study spaces, small classes, and open areas for meeting and collaborating.
Boston College is a private, not-for-profit college with regional accreditation through the New England Commission of Higher Education. The college offers a variety of bachelor and master programs, including their well-known business program.
8. Rutgers University, Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick, New Jersey
Rutgers University is made up of several unique buildings that all blend historic architecture with modern design. The university was established in 1766, and it still sits on the same grounds. All the buildings within the campus feature student lounges, dining halls, and libraries.
Though there are many historical buildings throughout the campus, the Rutgers Business School building is one of the most up-to-date buildings on campus, which includes many student spaces, modern classrooms, and bright study areas.
Rutgers University in New Brunswick is a publicly-funded school that sits on 2,688 acres. The school offers 19 undergraduate and graduate programs including the accredited Rutgers Business School.
9. University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business – Seattle, Washington
The University of Washington is located near downtown Seattle and sits on 700 acres, which offers incredible views of the Cascade Range to the East and the Olympic Mountains to the West. The campus offers students both city life and quiet study areas in nature. One of the natural wonders on campus is the cherry blossom trees that bloom every spring.
Michael G. Foster School of Business classes are located in PACCAR Hall and Dempsey Hall, both state-of-the-art facilities.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree, including a well-respected business degree program.
10. Yale University, School of Management – New Haven, Connecticut
Covering over 1,015 acres, Yale’s history can be seen throughout the entire campus. Yale University was established in 1701, and though there are many modern buildings, the rich history can be seen in the Gothic-style architecture.
The grounds of the university are beautiful surrounded by greenery and nature reserves and restored 19th century mansions. Students in the Yale School of Management attend classes at Edward P. Evans Hall, a multimillion-dollar building that offers a modern touch to the historic campus. The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces, and features many eco-friendly finishes.
Yale University is the third oldest higher education institution in the U.S and offers a variety of studies, including a world-renowned business program.
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