Business Schools With The ‘Best Campus Environment’


School Index    2012    2011    2010    2009    2008
  1. UCLA (Anderson) 100.0 1 1 1 1 1
  2. Washington (Foster) 76.0 5 2 8 8 6
  3. Stanford GSB 72.0 8 7 6 5 7
  4. University of Iowa (Tippie) 70.0 4 3 4 3
  5. American University (Kogod) 69.0 8 3 2 2
  6. University of Virginia (Darden) 64.0 5 5 6 4
  7. University of San Diego 55.0 2 4 2
  8. University of Portland (Pamplin) 44.0 7 7 5
  9. Rice University (Jones) 35.0 4 3
10. Dartmouth College (Tuck) 25.0 7 10
11. Emory (Goizueta) 23.0 10 9
11. Appalachian State University (Walker)    23.0 9 10
13. Pepperdine (Graziadio) 18.0 3
14. Vanderbilt University (Owen) 15.0 6
14. California Polytechnic 15.0 6
16. Loyola Marymount 13.0 8
17. Boston College (Carroll) 12.0 9
17. Ithaca College 12.0 9
17. Villanova University 12.0 9
20. North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler) 11.0 10

Source: Princeton Review

Methodology: To create the index and our own ranking, we awarded each school 10 points for every first place finish in this ranking, nine points for every second place finish, and so on. We also awarded ten points for each year a school landed on the top ten list on the theory that multiple appearances gives more credibility to the Princeton Review’s findings.


  • stg3_h

    I currently go UCLA Anderson. I don’t know anybody at the school who surfs, does drugs, excessively drinks, etc. We all bust our tails, study hard, and most of us are trying very hard to recruit well for our career after B-school. The warm weather, the grass covered quad, etc. that you speak of is certainly not a distraction. Remember, this is a survey/ranking for business schools. We are all professionals who definitely earned our place at this school. The location and landscape is certainly very welcome and much better than most other schools. But please don’t compare your undergraduate experience at Claremont to UCLA’s business school.

  • fromage

    bolocks to that

    INSEAD: Fontainebleau is a dead village, no distractions, everything closed after 7pm, it’s a 1.5hr commute to Paris in a run-down and unsafe train. Really a downside.

    HEC: that’s in Jouy en Josas, not Paris, it’s far from everything. HEC is in the worst place to commute to Paris. Also its commute line (RER C) is one of the least safe on Parisian standards.

  • Claremont College Student

    Ah yes, the Claremont Colleges…

  • Campus Development

    Looking for a Business School with the ‘Best Campus Environment’ try the University of Western Australia. Adjacent to the Swan River and ten minutes from Cottesloe Beach on the Indian Ocean, the UWA Crawley Campus is among the most picturesque in the World with its grand sandstone and terracotta buildings sitting among elegant heritage-listed gardens.

  • goabroad

    For example: Oxford (dating back to year 1096), INSEAD (freely traveling between Fontainebleau forest in France to epicenter of Asia in Singapore), LBS (Regent’s Park and entire City of London at your door) and HEC (near Paris and Versailles)

  • truthhurts

    Yeah, but you’re talking about EMBA. For USC Marshall EMBA, GMAT/GRE is still optional. I understand that professional experience can be a more powerful and predictive indicator for success than a standardized test score. Although it might not be true in every case, most business schools see EMBA as a profit center. This is certainly the case for USC. Attracting EMBA students is highly competitive and is a business. Schools must offer incremental value proposition to capture premium-priced-tuition-paying students, such as catered services and resort-like (or an actual resort, in your case) campuses. However, some schools have lowered admission standards to boost the enrollment rate for the executive programs. As an alumnus of a WISH school, I regularly interview candidates. I’ve seen 27-29 y.o. with subpar academic profiles (undergrad pedigree, graduate education, GPA, GMAT, and even sometimes work experience) who were outright rejected for our regular MBA program getting into EMBA programs at prestigious schools.

    Nonetheless, as an experienced executive in both investment banking and strategy consulting, we generally don’t consider EMBAs and definitely do not give the same credit as we would for a regular MBA. Even though many companies would not articulate so to the public, it is so in reality. While I acknowledge that EMBA programs are increasingly competitive and comprehensive in their curriculum, I think the market consensus/attitude toward EMBA degree hasn’t progressed much.