By Chuck Salem
Are you looking for the perfect venue for your next big educational event? Like with any event, the venue is crucial to its overall success. Whether you're planning a training camp or academic conference, you don’t only need a venue with upscale accommodations and a convenient location, but also one with an invigorating, uplifting atmosphere. With that said, there's no better place to hold an educational meeting or event than a prestigious college or university. Here are my top four picks:
Elgin Community College
Located in Elgin, IL, just 30 minutes from the Chicago O'Hare Airport, Elgin Community College is the event venue of choice for hundreds of businesses and organizations each year. The college's convenient accessibility, first-class meeting spaces, modern amenities, and scenic beauty are what capture event planners year after year. The college offers 44,000 square feet of meeting and event space, ranging from small classrooms and training rooms to multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, and computer labs, plus on-site dining facilities and catering services.
Saint Mary's College of California
Saint Mary's College of California is the ideal location for those seeking a refreshing change from the traditional conference center or banquet hall. Situated in the beautiful Moraga Valley, just 20 miles east of San Francisco, the college features stunning Mission Renaissance-style buildings and gorgeous landscaping that surrounds the remarkable chapel, which serves as the focal point of the campus. Though the buildings date back to 1928, they have been updated with the most modern technology and amenities.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Nestled in scenic Southwest Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville covers 821 beautiful acres and offers a variety of modern event facilities, perfect for small group meetings and presentations or large banquets and conferences. With 20 academic and student services buildings, 12 residence halls, and a wide range of on-site dining facilities, the Platteville campus is the fastest growing college in the UW system and is well-equipped to host your next educational event.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Located close to several major east coast cities, West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a sought-after place for all kinds of events. If your event attracts attendees from all over the east coast region, its close proximity to Philadelphia, Wilmington, New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C. make it a prime spot for your event. The beautiful campus occupies 388 acres and offers top-notch meeting rooms, outdoor event space, and dining facilities year-round, plus air-conditioned lodging accommodations in the summer. The university hosts approximately 100 events each year, with most events coming back annually.
These are four of my favorite colleges and universities for educational events. Whether you're planning a summer training camp, large seminar, or award's ceremony, these facilities offer everything you need for a successful event!
Chuck Salem is the President of Unique Venues, North America’s go-to resource for non-traditional meeting and event venues. Chuck’s current new industry-impacting project includes developing Event Guru Software, a cloud-based software program designed for small to mid-sized conference operations who wish to modernize the way they manage meeting and event logistics. Learn more: UniqueVenues.com.