Where Theory Meets Practice

Challenge yourself. Get hands-on experience. Build a richer personal narrative. WashU Olin’s Center for Experiential Learning links theory and the world of business, bringing classroom learning to life. With faculty support and guidance, you’ll apply leading-edge practices and practical management solutions to real-world business challenges.


The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) is an educational center located in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Experiential learning complements classroom learning by reinforcing theories and techniques studied in the classroom and focuses on creating innovative learning opportunities that result in a meaningful impact in the business and nonprofit communities.

The CEL supports projects that are team-based, faculty-guided, and of consequence to clients. The projects are conducted for St. Louis nonprofits, start-ups, and global firms. The issues addressed in these projects include, but are not limited to: accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, and general management.