Who We Are

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 projects are conducted for St. Louis non-profits, start-ups, and global firms. The issues addressed in these projects include, but are not limited to: accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, and general management.

Our Key Pillars

Foundational Elements

Previous Clients

Student Testimonials

Being involved in the CEL this past semester brought a new perspective to my MBA experience as far as working with a diverse team, gaining a better sense of full-time employment at a company of interest, and how to execute a final presentation to the top executives of that specific company. It was a fantastic opportunity!” 
Carolyn Thayer, MBA 2023, Spring 2022 Student Consultant – Purina

CELect was a valuable experience where I got to work in a team to solve real-life problems that startup CEOs face every day. Through this experience, I learned a lot, not only about the consulting professions but also about the startup culture as well. I highly recommend others to challenge themselves as well” Yu June Park, Fall 2022 Student Consultant – Bold Xchange

“The Olin/United Way Board Fellows Program helped me contribute in real-time to a community focused non-profit while giving me ample opportunity to grow personally and professionally, I can’t think of an experience I gained more from at Olin.” -Shelby Zafiropoulos, 2020 student participant

CEL Location

The Center for Experiential Learning is located in Simon Hall, suite 100.