Our new home in the District Detroit

A rendering of the new Mike Ilitch School of Business in the District Detroit

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Our new building will open in spring 2018 and was made possible by a $40 million lead investment from Mike and Marian Ilitch. The gift is the largest in WSU history and ranks as one of the top ten gifts ever to name a public business school in the United States.

The new facility will be WSU's first entirely new construction project outside of the university's Midtown campus. Our location in the District Detroit brings students closer to the heart of Detroit's business community and enhances access to internship and career opportunities.

There will be a parking structure adjacent to the building. For students commuting between main campus and the new school, WSU will expand its current shuttle service. Students can also take advantage of a QLINE station right in front of the building, providing access to classes in both neighborhoods.

Anchored by the new Little Caesars Arena, the District Detroit will revitalize a 50-block area between Downtown and Midtown. In addition to the arena and the Mike Ilitch School of Business, the District Detroit will include numerous residential and retail developments with an estimated 10 to 12 million annual visitors.

The new four-story building will be roughly 120,000 square feet and includes:

  • A highly visible finance and data analytics lab on the ground floor at Woodward and Temple that features an LED stock ticker, interactive display wall and multiple Bloomberg terminals and databases for student and faculty research.
  • The ground floor also features an executive M.B.A. suite, a two-story atrium and space for a café and pop-up retail.
  • The 260+ seat Lear Auditorium has state-of-the-art AV technology and the ability to bring full-sized vehicles into the room for events with our partners in the auto industry.
  • Expanded tutoring, academic advising and career services spaces, including a full-service accounting lab and meeting rooms for prospective employers to interview students.
  • A rooftop terrace along Woodward Avenue that will allow the school to host students, alumni and friends for all kinds of events, including America's Thanksgiving Parade and the Ford Fireworks.

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