The Mod Quad: The Best and Most Beautiful B-School Campuses
May 15, 2012
The intensity of business school can stretch beyond the classroom. As a student in an MBA program, you may find yourself spending much more time on campus than you initially expected, thanks to time spent working on group projects, participating in extracurricular committees and activities, networking with professors, and just plain hanging out. Campus can become like your second home, so it can be important to choose a school that's nestled in the attractive arm of a fully-loaded campus. To help you make a decision about where you'll be spending the next few years, we've selected the top 50 business school campuses in the world, based on location, facilities, professors, and overall campus culture. This list includes some of the top ranked MBA schools in the nation (in no particular order).
Nyenrode Business University: Breukelen, The Netherlands; student population: N/A; Founded in 1946, Nyenrode Business University is the only private university in the Netherlands. The mainstay of the stunning campus is a 13th-century castle, which proudly lords over a dreamy estate that's composed of gardens, sculptures, and ancient forests, in addition to academic facilities.
Reed Business School: Gloucestershire, UK; student population: N/A; The facilities at Reed Business School look like something from a fairy tale. Set against the ethereal backdrop of the Cotswolds, the main building is a 15th-century manor house, where small classes meet for academically-rigorous classes in a relaxed environment.
Judge Business School: Cambridge, UK; Student population: 400; A part of the prestigious University of Cambridge, the Judge Business School has been lauded by global publications as a top MBA school. Founded in 1990, the school employs faculty who are among the cream of the academic crop - consistent with Cambridge's position as one of the top educational institutions in the world.
Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen, Denmark; student population: 18,000; One of the largest business schools in Europe, Copenhagen business school is as well-known for its stunning Scandanavian architecture as it is for its rich tapestry of academics. CBS has an active student body that takes full advantage of the school's many sports teams and opportunities for public service.
Arnhem Business School: Arnhem, The Netherlands; student population: 600; A small, mostly international student body is part of what drives the colorful culture at Arnhem Business School. An emphasis on global business practices and worldwide partnerships gives Arnhem students a finger on the international business pulse.
The University of Western Australia Business School: Perth, Australia; student population: 5,500; A tranquil azure river, gently swaying tropical trees ... the setting of The University of Western Australia is so beautiful, a walk around campus might help melt away the stress of an upcoming exam. The state-of-the-art facilities include an open-air Shakespearean theater, a watersports complex, and the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, home to the world's most extensive collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts.
The University of San Francisco School of Management: San Francisco, Calif. ; student population: 2,500; When you have a second to look up from your books, you'll be thrilled by what you see at the University of San Francisco. Located on the edge of vibrant Golden Gate Park, the campus has stunning views of all the splendor of San Francisco, as well as the Pacific Ocean - when the morning fog lifts, that is.
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University: Ithaca, N.Y.; student population: 1,000; an Ivy League education awaits you at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, part of the elite academic tapestry of Cornell University. The school is located in a gorgeous Victorian gothic building, which only enhances the impressive cache of a Ivy League education. To keep you fully in the financial know, there's the Boas Trading Room, which simulates the heart-pounding environment of the trading room floor.
Broad College of Business, Michigan State University: East Lansing, Mich.; student population: 800; One of the biggest benefits to pursuing an education at this top-ranking business school is the institution's hands-on faculty. Additionally, the facilities here are outstanding, including innovative research centers like The Center for Global Sustainability and The Center for Leadership of the Digital Enterprise.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management: Davis, Calif.; student population: 465; The UC Davis Graduate School of Management fosters a "give back" culture among its students that extends from its academic programs to its extracurricular activities. The school's popular Big Bang! business plan competition awards start-up funds to a winning business innovation while the school's Challenge for Charity is designed to lend student body support to the Special Olympics.
San Diego State University College of Business Administration: San Diego, Calif.; student population: 4,700; at the center of San Diego State's gorgeous Mission-style architecture is the renowned Hepner Hall - a terra cotta and tiled confection of turrets and towers that's on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stanford Graduate School of Business: Stanford, Calif.; student population: 800; Stanford is an entrepreneur's playground, a hotbed of innovation and the breeding ground for the hottest companies of tomorrow. The campus is right in the heart of Silicon Valley, giving students access to what are literally the business world's most important and interesting companies.
The Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University: Waco, Texas; student population: 90; Small classes and an emphasis on teamwork make the Hankamer School a perfect choice for bright business students who thrive in an intimate classroom setting. A student-managed investment portfolio gives Baylor's business students the chance to exercise their financial muscles in a collaborative environment.
Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University: Fort Worth, Texas; student population: 2,000; The academic and professional resources at the Neeley School of Business provide top-notch leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities for budding business executives. Neeley professors are among the world's top scholars and strategists.
Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University: Syracuse, N.Y.; student population: 1,760; one of the oldest accredited business schools in the U.S., the Whitman School of Management has long been an innovator in the academic realm. Recently, Whitman launched a revolutionary program designed to offer managerial and financial training to disabled post-9/11 veterans.
Haas School of Business, the University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, Calif.; student population: 2,200; The Haas School at UC Berkeley was recently ranked by the Princeton Review as the top on the list of Best Classroom Experiences offered by a business school. The second-oldest business school in the U.S., Haas is a touchstone of academic excellence, a distinction that's reflected in its elite roster of faculty - two Haas faculty have received a Nobel Prize in Economics within the past 15 years.
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington: Seattle, Wash.; student population: 2,500; Foster is the second-oldest management school on the West coast. Yet the school is in the midst of a modern re-boot, equipping its campus with the latest in digital technologies in a sustainable environment - its latest building, Phase II hall, will be LEED certified.
W. Fielding Rubel School of Business, Bellarmine University: Louisville, Ken.; student population: 2,600; A brand-new sports stadium, an ethereal chapel in the woods, and a Division II champion basketball team are just some of the draws for students at Bellarmine. Internships and/or international treks are a graduation requirement, which encourage students to test their new found business acumen in the working world.
USC Marshall School of Business: Los Angeles; student population: 5,200; On the Marshall campus, there are networking opportunities everywhere you turn. The alumni community is vast, global, and easily-accessible to current students, and the school places value and an emphasis on the power of connections.
The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine: Irvine, Calif.; student population: 830; Focusing on small classes and rich collaboration with fellow students and professors, the Paul Merage School of Business is built upon a foundation of communication. New students participate in an MBA bootcamp designed to help them acclimate to school, and to develop bonds with their classmates.
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth: Hanover, N.H.; student population: 550; The breath-taking New England landscape and quaint college town location of Tuck are just some of the benefits to attending business school at Dartmouth. Still, the atmosphere is pastoral, making campus a truly pleasant place to spend time, while you bust your butt facing down some of the most difficult academic challenges offered at a U.S. business school.
Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University: Nashville, Tenn.; student population: 160; Nashville is a honkytonk heaven, and the students at the Owen Graduate School of Management enjoy their lives as much as they do their studies. 'The Economist' has lauded Owen for its personal development opportunities for students, and community service is one of the school's core values.
Leeds School of Business at Colorado University, Boulder: Boulder, Colo.; student population: 210; The campus backdrop at Leeds is simply majestic. The mountain ranges of Colorado are a stunning landscape and a heart-pumping playground, perfect for blowing off steam after a rigorous class.
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School: Chapel Hill, N.C.; student population: 575; students at Kenan-Flagler receive hands-on financial experience, thanks to three student-run real estate and private equity funds that are operated collaboratively. The school also promotes initiatives to increase the number of women working at upper levels in the business world, such as through its membership in the Forté Foundation.
Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon: Eugene, Ore.; student population: 110; Go green at Lundquist! The school's Center for Sustainable Business Practices is designed with eco initiatives in mind, combining entrepreneurial paradigms with social and ecological responsibility.
Anderson School of Management at UCLA: Los Angeles; student population: 1,500; Ranked #1 by the Princeton Review on its list of top business school campus environments, the Anderson School of Management is home to world-class research centers and libraries. The library participates in an international lending program, so that you can obtain the materials you need from wherever in the world they may be.
Harvard Business School: Boston, Mass.; student population: 1,850; The name "Harvard" is enough of a draw for prospective MBAs, but, to add to the school's cache, the surrounding environment is simply stunning. A stroll along the nearby Charles River or through the picturesque grounds of the gorgeous Harvard Campus is just the antidote for a dreary day of exams and classwork.
MIT Sloan School of Management: Cambridge, Mass.; student population: 790; Not only do MIT students have access to some of the best technological and academic resources in the world, they are also privy to architectural wonders: the Stata center, resembling a Dr. Seuss creation; the MIT Chapel, a post-modern windowless brick cylinder that, inside, dances with fragments of light that filter from a single skylight unto a dangling brass mobile; and a LEGO-like dorm building designed to look like an abstract sponge.
INSEAD: Fontainebleau, France; student population: 1,000; This international business school has campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi - a geographic reflection of the school's emphasis on a global experience for its students. Students can bounce from campus to campus for a truly world-wide MBA experience.
Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University: Malibu, CA; student population: 1,200; Pepperdine University has taken initiatives to make its campus and programming more family-friendly, specifically to busy parents who are balancing work with school and family. They offer a Fully-Employed MBA program for professionals whose schedules can not accommodate daytime classes.
Henry B. Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa: Iowa City, Iowa; student population: 1,030; At the Tippie College of Business, it's all about relationships. The school prides itself on providing small class sizes in intimate learning environments so that students can get to know their classmates, professors, even the school's deans, on a first-name basis.
Carroll School of Management at Boston College: Chestnut Hill, Mass.; student population: 635; The student community at the Carroll School of Management prides itself on providing service to local, under-served communities. Besides involvement in local non-profits, the school also sponsors an annual Jesuit Day of Service that unites BC students for a day of giving back.
Columbia University Business School: New York; student population: 1,290; In 2010, Columbia alum Henry Kravis donated $100 million to the business school, and that money is being put to good use. The campus is being expanded, and state-of-the-art facilities are being built exclusively for b-school students.
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia; student population: 1,670; Established in 1881, Wharton was the U.S.'s first business school. That prestige is reflected not only in the school's austere campus, but in the school's international rankings. The environment is both collaborative and competitive, and students graduate with a cream-of-the-crop education and network of perfectly-pedigreed alums.
William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester: Rochester, N.Y.; student population: 630; Rush Rhees library at the U of R is truly magnificent - it's not only the focal point of campus, but can literally be seen for miles, at points around the city. Built in classic Greek Revival style, the building looks like a postcard and the stacks are packed with rare books, maps, and other literary treats.
Yale University School of Management: New Haven, Conn.; student population: 465; Besides being one of the top business schools in the country, Yale boasts one of the world's most spectacular literary resources: the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which is among the largest and most impressive of its kind. In addition, the university houses an unparalleled art collection, perfect for perusing between classes.
University of Chicago Booth School of Business: Chicago; student population: 3,140; Students at Booth have access to a cache of professors who are among the world's academic elite; the faculty roster includes Nobel laureates and prize-winning economists. The school was the first of its kind to establish a minority relations program, making Booth a leader in the country's civil rights movement. Booth was also the first b-school to award an MBA to an African-American, and the first to award a PhD in business to a woman.
Kogod School of Business at American University: Washington, D.C.; student population: 230; Aspire to a career in business but yearn to combine generic business administration studies with a more specific discipline? The Kogod School of Business is your dream school. MBA students have access to other American University programs, and are encouraged to create their own interdisciplinary experiences in combination with other academic departments such as law and political science.
McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin: Austin; student population: 1,050; The Princeton Review recently ranked McCombs #1 for Best Professors at a b-school. The faculty assists students in participating in hands-on programs and collaborative research experiences.
Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary: Williamsburg, Va.; student population: 400; Some of our nation's most influential leaders are among the alumni of the College of William & Mary. As if it weren't enough to follow in the educational footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe, as a student at the Mason School of Business you'll have access to the country's oldest academic building as well as the world's most innovative technologies.
Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia: Charlottesville, Va.; student population: 660; Perched majestically atop 20 acres of richly-emerald landscape, the Darden School of Business is designed to summon the stately Virginian sensibility of Thomas Jefferson while reminding students that the university is breeding the innovators of tomorrow.
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University: Houston; student population: 620; Rice University places high value on fostering a diverse learning and living community. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the leading schools in diverse ethnic and racial communities, the school emphasizes the importance of a student body that reflects all of the world's cultures and backgrounds.
Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business: Waltham, Mass.; student population: 440; Bentley offers students the chance to explore a multicultural and spiritually-rich academic experience. The Spiritual Life center gives Bentley affiliates the opportunity to enrich themselves religiously and push the boundaries of intellectual and spiritual curiosities.
Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University: Provo, Utah; student population: 330; The Marriott School of Business has been ranked by several publications as being top on the list of MBA programs that are family-friendly. Students with children are encouraged to bring them to campus and to allow them to participate in MBA-related activities.
Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame, Ind.; student population: 325; Founded in 1921, the Mendoza College of Business is a leading MBA school that fosters a competitive environment. But students know how to blow off steam! On campus, there's a pub, a music venue, several arts centers, and dining centers that offer sustainably-produced, organic fare.
Kelley School of Business, Indiana University at Bloomington: Bloomington, Ind.; Student population: 750; Light-hearted talent shows, birthday parties for the school's namesake, and a state-of-the-art fitness center are just some of the ways that the Kelley School of Business keeps its students in good spirits. Indiana University has been lauded as one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses.
Krannert School of Management at Purdue University: West Lafayette, Ind.; Student population: 210; Classes got you ready to scream in frustration? Let it all out at one while cheering for one of Purdue's 18 Division I sports teams. Purdue is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference - and not even b-school students are too busy to sport their colors and support their teams!
Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon: Pittsburgh, Pa.; Student population: 620; There aren't many places in the world where you can be within a few minutes of a Frank Lloyd Wright building, an Andy Warhol museum, and a world-class science center. The Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon is right in the heart of a cross-cultural mishmash that will stimulate all of your senses, both left and right-brained.
Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University: Elon, N.C.; student population: 135; though a microscopic student body might seem off-putting, the intimacy experienced by Elon students is what put it on the map - and on the Princeton Review's list of Best Administered b-schools. Here, everyone knows your name, and everyone wants to work with you to give you the best academic experience possible. Your classmates, professors, even the school staff - they're like family.
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor, Mich.; student population: 1,600; In 2009, the Ross School opened a brand-new, 270,000 square-foot facility. This gorgeous, sustainably-built edifice houses cutting-edge academic and recreational resources including classrooms, a gym, a library, and a glass-enclosed winter garden.