Knauss Center for Business Education

Coming Fall 2022: The New Home of the Knauss School of Business

The Knauss Center for Business Education will be an unparalleled place for learning and innovation in the heart of the University of San Diego’s beautiful campus. Informed by a vision of business stewardship and designed to foster collaboration, the 120,000-square-foot complex will reflect the future of business education at the Knauss School of Business.

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Students: Looking for the temporary home of the Knauss School of Business?

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With Olin Hall closed, all business students can find support services for the 2021-22 academic year in the University Modular Offices (UMOs).

Where Business Meets Purpose

The Knauss Center for Business Education will enable the Knauss School of Business to deliver a rich, holistic student experience crafted with a higher purpose in mind. From the Free Enterprise Suite to the Nexus Theater, each space is intentionally designed to bring out the very best of innovation, collaboration and socially responsible leadership from our students.

Video: Take a Virtual Tour of the Knauss Center with Students

State-of-the-art classrooms and data analytics labs. A maker space to help seed student startups. An idyllic courtyard and theater for events.

Join students Talia Gorman '22 and Carl Dumesle '21 (MBA) for a 5-minute video tour of the Knauss Center for Business Education.

An Innovation and Collaboration Ecosystem

With an explosion of new opportunities and programs in recent years, the University of San Diego has truly become a place where students can develop their own innovative business concepts, get mentorship and even seed funding, and launch the next big idea. The new facility will embrace this momentum with spaces dedicated specifically to entrepreneurship. Add to that the wonderful new event spaces for gathering industry leaders and community partners, the proximity of all our Centers of Excellence and the state-of-the-art tools to spark new approaches. In short, the complex will be a prime hub for innovation on the USD campus.

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At a Glance

The new Knauss Center for Business Education:

  • Integrates with a completely renovated Olin Hall to form one unifying complex;
  • Nearly triples the space of the School of Business, and allows students and faculty to be centrally located in one complex;
  • Includes state-of-the-art, flexible classrooms, collaboration spaces, student support services, analytics labs, innovation and entrepreneurship spaces;
  • Is named after Don Knauss, former CEO of Clorox and current chair of USD’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Ellie;
  • Opens for classes in Fall 2022.

Video: Knauss Center Progress

A behind-the-scenes look at October's construction action.

Construction on the Knauss Center for Business Education began early in 2021, and the project is making rapid progress towards completion in the summer of 2022. We'll be posting regular update videos so be sure to return to this page often.

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Join Us in Making Our Vision A Reality

For decades, the Knauss School of Business has educated incredible students who grow into successful leaders making a difference in their communities and industries. The brand new Knauss Center will be the home for the next wave of dreamers, doers and business leaders.

And we can’t do it without your help — the dreamers and doers who are part of our Knauss School of Business community.

Every dollar raised is being put directly into this project so that we can continue to support our students and the brighter futures they’re creating every single day. We rely on donations of all sizes to fund these projects and fuel this goal of building a unified place for learning and innovation in the heart of USD’s beautiful campus.

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