The ‘Most Beautiful’ Business Schools

Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business

The Most Beautiful Business Schools


If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then many business schools are wonders to behold!

If you’re like me, you probably attended college in cramped, cold, grubby classrooms that had a faint mildew odor left over from the Eisenhower years. But how you look is who you are these days…and business schools are visually branding themselves like no other. I can only imagine being a student in these schools, surrounded by historical and cultural influences from the Victorian to the Mediterranean. Their elements catch your eye, pull you away from your troubles, fire your creativity, and remind you of a whole larger world outside your confines.

Any architect can include stone, brick, concrete, wood, limestone, tiles, glass, and steel into their designs. But it’s how these elements are arranged and weighed that reflect genius. The best designs integrate space, natural light, textures, hues, curves, and edges to create something friendly and familiar, yet original, stunning, and inspiring as well. Some are nestled into hills overlooking oceans with palm trees, courtyards, and waterfalls. Others are carved into castles or opulent aristocratic estates (replete with gargoyles). Inside these schools, you’ll find spacious atriums, stock trading rooms, technology labs, and amphitheatres alongside stucco walls, scenic walkways, and intimate study spaces.

From futurist chameleons like the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to the stately Jeffersonian columns of the Darden School of Business, these schools are iconic centerpieces of their campuses…if not their surrounding communities. And forget lean-and-mean. These schools are LEED-and-green, recognizing that environmental ideals can enhance air flow and reduce energy costs.

So what are the 50 most beautiful business schools? Here are the top 10 according to

1. Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business, La Sierra University, California, USA

2. LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Pennsylvania, USA

3. Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Boston, USA

4. University at Albany School of Business, New York, USA

5. Nyenrode Business University, Breukelen, Netherlands

6. London Business College, London, U.K.

7. Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University, USA

8. UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles, USA

9. Ashridge Business School, Hertfordshire, U.K.

10. E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University, USA

For images and descriptions of the 50 most beautiful business schools, click on the link below.


  • Derrick

    Drexel is actually a really great University, especially in Philadelphia. Many of the big time people in Philadelphia have gone to Drexel either for undergrad or graduate school. I know for a fact, that when I hire in Philadelphia, I only take Upenn and Drexel students, and I can also say that my Drexel employee’s are much more grounded and personable and have the education to go along with it. So you should really read up on some facts before you go based on USNWR rankings or any other ranking system whose methodologies are run by money.

  • Mike Elder Sux

    Is this a troll article. Drexel!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Ryan S.

    1) Regularly checking your e-footprint is a must.

    2) In regards to the ROI of a two year degree, sure the degree has a lot of benefits that goes without saying. However, the payoff of getting an MBA are gradually becoming worse. A great job and high pay isn’t a sure thing anymore even from a decent program. At the same time, costs are increasing. I just can’t see the benefits outpace the increasing burden/risks associated with the full two year program anymore.

    The only way to increase the ROI of the degree is to reduce the financial and opportunity costs of the degree, thus mitigating financial, personal and career risk. I think we’re going to see a lot more one year degree’s.

    Honestly I think Boston University has a great concept, build a core one year degree (IMBA program) and let students tack on internships, additional electives and degree concentrations as they see fit.