State-of-the-Art Learning Commons Supports a Forward-focused Business Education

The Learning Commons at the Wisconsin School of Business is the physical center and dynamic heartbeat of the School. The vibrant, “human-centered” architectural design reimagines business education, providing cutting-edge learning and study spaces loaded with supportive technology. The space is designed to inspire students, faculty, and corporate business partners as they collaborate with an eye to shaping the future of business.

The bright, contemporary, 35,000-square-foot space occupies three floors in Grainger Hall and allows students to:

  • Access ubiquitous power via more than 1,100 outlets
  • Sink into oversize lounge chairs or find quiet nooks to study
  • Use glass boards and current technology to advance group projects
  • Reconfigure a classroom for discussion groups
  • Perform analyses on Bloomberg terminals

First Floor

Huber Undergraduate Computing Lab

The computing lab design and resources anticipate every imaginable use. The lab has the latest hardware and institutional software, in addition to convenient onsite printing resources. The workspace, extensive power access, and projection features are flexible to serve a wide range of options for instruction, study, or research. Students value this one-stop, modern, and full-service resource.

students at computers
Finance analytics lab

Finance and Analytics Lab

This technology-rich space offers the caliber of resources students will utilize in the workplace. It provides up-to-date hardware, software, and dataset access to do comprehensive market analysis. Students get access to real-time market data via Bloomberg Terminal, to Capital IQ, and other essential institutional business software. The lab is multipurpose, configured to support instruction by day and can also be reserved for independent projects and small group work in the evening.

The student-centric planning for the lab considered all the ways use of the space might be optimized.

  • Computer monitors can recess into the tables for full-view interaction.
  • Wireless connectivity to wall-mounted monitors.
  • High-end web conferencing and audio equipment.

Second Floor

Active Learning Classrooms

Space and the educational experience merge in modern, fully-equipped “active-learning classrooms” that recognize the value of dynamic interaction and provide resources and configurations that take learning to new levels.

State-of-the-art classrooms offer flexible use options:

  • Configurable furniture and ample computer and display capability. 
  • Available for courses during the day, open for tutoring to assure student success.

This floor provides access to vital library services including consultation and a reference desk. Spacious, informal seating allows students to get comfortable for a night of studying, relax between classes, or meet with instructors.

lecturer surrounded by students
students seated at tables in library

Resources/Group Study

The second floor of the Learning Commons hosts our wide-ranging digital collections. Students and faculty can access current business journals in addition to standard business references to enhance projects, papers, and research. In addition to literature resources, students collaborate in breakout rooms, check out equipment, and study in the brightly lit library. Visit the Business Library page for resource details.

Third Floor

Quiet Study

When a student just wants quiet space to review notes, complete assignments or catch up on assigned reading, the third floor of the Learning Commons is a welcome haven. The space has eight breakout rooms for small group study, with a diverse mix of seating and micro-environments, noise-reduction features, and conducive lighting options to reduce eye-strain—as well as ubiquitous power options for using personal computer devices.

students studying at desks

Hours of Operation

The hours of operation throughout different areas of the Learning Commons are tailored to meet student and faculty needs, accommodate classroom schedules, and deliver a positive, supportive learning experience.