Our Learning Environment

The James L. Allen Center

With the construction of the James L. Allen Center and the establishment of the Executive MBA Program in 1976, the Kellogg School set a new standard for executive education and facilities — one that has been emulated by peer schools around the world.

In addition to the Executive MBA Program, today’s Allen Center also houses our Chicago-area Executive Education Programs, and our influence continues to grow. For Executive Education students in the southeastern United States and Latin America, Kellogg now offers the same unparalleled educational experience on our Miami campus.

The Allen Center

The James L. Allen Center

Located on the western shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of Northwestern University's Evanston campus, the James L. Allen Center is the home of Kellogg Executive Education. Designed and managed exclusively to support the school's degree and non-degree executive programs, the Allen Center hosts more than 6000 executives annually to one or more of the School's 160 executive programs.

Because learning should not be confined to the classroom, the Allen Center is designed to facilitate peer learning and informal interactions among faculty and participants. It is completely self-contained with classrooms of all shapes and sizes, fully equipped study-group rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, lounge areas, snack rooms, laundry service and an exercise room. Students have 24-hour access to two participant resource areas with computers, printers, copiers and office supplies, and our classrooms and study group rooms feature both wireless and wired Internet connections and power outlets for laptops. All 150 bedrooms are equipped with Internet connections and voice mail.

The Allen Center's front desk is staffed 24 hours a day and provides a wide variety of services including restaurant and event recommendations, transportation arrangements, and FedEx services. At the Kellogg Knowledge Emporium, participants can purchase faculty books, other publications, and an extensive assortment of Kellogg School merchandise.

Kellogg School Executive Education participants also have guest privileges at Northwestern University libraries and sports facilities and quick access to the bustling cities of Evanston and Chicago.

Please note: Occasionally, demand for programs requires that participants stay at a nearby hotel. If this is necessary, arrangements (including daily transportation between the hotel and the Allen Center) will be made for you. It is expected that participants have their own health insurance that is valid in the United States. The University is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.

Classrooms & Study Group Rooms

Group study room

Our classrooms and study group rooms feature both wireless and wired Internet connections and power outlets for laptops. The instructional space includes eight classrooms with varying capacities. The smallest accommodates 50 people and the largest — the centrally located Tribune Auditorium — seats 220.

The Kellogg culture encourages collaboration, but for group work on class projects, we recommend meeting your classmates in one of the Allen Center’s 36 study-group rooms. You’ll find large flat-panel monitors, smart conference tables, computers, printers and presentation supplies. Wireless internet is available throughout the entire building.

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