By Matt Preyss '19
Forty-four million dollars and another 125 million dollars.
One shelters students within fifty thousand square feet of stone and glass, with sumptuous views of the Chicago skyline as well as the Chicago River. The other, a four hundred fifteen thousand square foot splendor, built for stimulating classroom discussions to cultivate the ultimate learning experience.
The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now known as The University of Chicago Booth School of Business) opened up its downtown Gleacher Center doors in 1994. Ten years later the Harper Center followed.
The Gleacher Center is home to the Evening, Weekend and Executive MBA programs as well as the University’s Center for Continuing Studies. It is also used as a conference and training facility for third parties. It contains thirty classrooms and amphitheater-style lecture halls, twenty-three group-study rooms, one film screening room and a well-stocked bookstore. A glass-walled penthouse floor features sweeping views of Chicago, and dining and meeting facilities. The Gleacher Center has hosted many Fortune 500 companies, as well as presidential press conferences and briefings by the Secretary General of the United Nations.
The Harper Center is home to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Full-Time and PhD students. The facility includes twelve classrooms, two seminar rooms, thirty-two group study rooms, and forth-two interview rooms. The building was carefully crafted to optimize the learning and social experience for the students and be as efficient as possible for the professors.The facility is also home to the majority of the school’s valuable art collection.
Most professors at Booth have the luxury of spending time at both locations. A few shared some thoughts regarding both settings.
Harper is designed to bring a lot of light into the building. The classrooms arewell designed-- using the projector and the boards at the same time, for example, is easy.
The location downtown is convenient. The IT staff is responsive and competent.
I would say the Booth facilities are as good as or better than every place that I've ever taught, been a student at, or visited.
On the difference in atmosphere between the two locations, this professor outlined what many students may have observed themselves:
It is difficult to know if what I observe as differences are due to them being part-time vs. full-time or if they are due to the actual time of the class. The energy level is often a bit lower in the evening, but that class also has fewer students (and is in the evening, when I likely have less energy). In terms of quality of the work turned in, the two sets of students are entirely comparable.
Whether you are devoting your time at Harper or Gleacher, both buildings provide top of the line resources and pristine environments for students continuing their education. More than forty-eight thousand former Booth students have moved on to thrive in their respected fields. Seven Booth faculty members have won the Nobel Prize in Economics since its inception in 1968. Students at Booth arguably have unmatched resources and opportunities in front of them. We students must take advantage of such a precious opportunity and dare to push the immaculate reputation of the program further.
The author is an Evening/Weekend student and is the incoming E/W editor for ChiBus.