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Menlo College

Menlo College

Menlo College is an innovative, private, residential college of business that integrates programs in business and mass communication with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Menlo’s distinctive participatory learning community is intimate in its intensity and global in its scope.

The College accomplishes its mission by incorporating the unique entrepreneurial, multicultural, and active lifestyle of the dynamic Silicon Valley and the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. At Menlo College, students are not spectators, they actively participate in preparing for their futures.

Menlo’s community forges links between the classroom, residence halls, athletics, and the community at large to create an active, personalized, and engaging educational experience that prepares students for the complexities, challenges, and opportunities they will face in their personal and professional lives. The College’s extensive athletic program develops leadership and teamwork skills. Residential and student life programs engage students outside the classroom in group projects, cultural experiences, community service, and outdoor adventure.

These co-curricular activities complement the academic programs’ use of experiential learning techniques (such as simulations and internships) to provide breadth and depth to learning, helping students to be more versatile, adaptable, and innovative in communication and problem-solving skills. The College also engages in academic partnerships locally and in Europe, Asia, and Latin America to help students develop a global and multicultural perspective.


The College was founded in 1927 as a private residential college for men to complete their first two years of college study before transferring to a university to complete undergraduate coursework. In 1949, the School of Business Administration was established as a four-year program. Since then, the College has become a co-educational baccalaureate institution offering educational programs developed in response to social and technological change. Today, Menlo College is clearly focused on management education and its mission to educate and develop future business leaders.


The College is located on a 40-acre campus in the residential community of Atherton, California, approximately 25 miles equidistant between San Francisco and San Jose. The nearby towns of Menlo Park and Palo Alto are small business communities that offer a large array of cultural activities. Additionally, the College is located in Silicon Valley, the technological center of the United States.

Northern California is one of the most beautiful regions in the world, offering the splendor of Big Sur, the Monterey Peninsula, Napa Valley, the North Coast, the Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, all of which are within driving distance of Menlo’s campus.


Menlo College believes that truth is found and learning is fostered by the free exchange of ideas and by free investigation. The College’s faculty reflect this belief and the unique diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, sharing a strong interest in education with a focus on excellence in teaching and a high level of customer service. Each student has an advisor whose objective is to develop a mentor relationship with the student.

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