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Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

4.4 out of 5 (49 ratings / 41 reviews) Milano, Italy
Università Bocconi, founded in 1902, was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. For a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. It has remained true to its founding values of being a major research university, with democratic values and open to the world, as well as financially and politically independent.



Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Named for his lost son, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi thus became the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics.


Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. While a private institution, Bocconi has traditionally been more than an elite university. It has consistently promoted and practiced equality of opportunity among its many generations of students, by actively subsidizing the education of disadvantaged and deserving students. In the words of its first Rector and President, Leopoldo Sabbatini, Bocconi's mission is to "promote harmony between school and life."


Today, Bocconi is a research university of international standing in business, economics, and law. Its research projects are funded by national and supranational institutions. By virtue of being a major node in the European and global network of business and economics universities, Bocconi exchanges faculty and cooperates on large projects with like-minded European and American universities and business schools. Bocconi has close relations with major corporations and international agencies, as well as their managers and officials, and constantly interacts with the business and economic environment to assess new issues, implement new techniques, and start new research endeavors.

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Student services

  • International Recruitment Services
  • Student Administration
  • Student Assistance
  • Counseling and Self-Empowerment
  • Language Center
  • International Relations
  • Career Service

Housing services

Università Bocconi offers students a total of 2000 housing rooms in 8 University Residences:

  • approximately 500 rooms are reserved for reduced rate housing; access to this kind of housing is based on the economic situation of the student's family.
  • the remaining rooms are reserved for full rate housing; no evaluation of the economic condition of the family is necessary for assignment.

Library services

The Bocconi Library supports the educational and research mission of the University with up-to-date multidisciplinary collections, quality services as well as one-to-one assistance in selecting appropriate information and documents.The value and completeness of its collections make the Library a landmark institution for the economic academic community in Italy.

ICT services

Bocconi IT Services, ICT, has the responsibility of planning and developing IT management systems and teaching support applications, as well as the management of the University's IT infrastructure.Application projects are monitored with particular interest, as productivity tools in the Intranet/Internet environments are made available to Students, Academic Staff and Non-Teaching Staff.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus is the stage for many cultural, sports and social events that are important opportunities for students to expand the horizons of their knowledge, cultivate their interests, exchange views on current topics and socialize.Special emphasis is placed on the activities organized directly by the students themselves and made available to the community. Through sports, theater, cinema, music, radio and TV, Bocconi students express their creativity and enliven their time on campus and their university experience.

Student Reviews

I had no idea!: The truth about pursuing an undergraduate degree at Bocconi University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Bocconi is a great institution for students due to its location and renowned professors. However its admission rate for the undergraduate programs is higher than it should be, which results in a very crowded school environment. Although the school offers a variety of opportunities, it is very hard to take advantage of them due to the high demand. There are lots of...

A chance to grow and learn
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The university had a very good overall organization, the professorsare elitarian and the university has taught me discipline and responsibility

Concrete and dynamic teaching method
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Bocconi is very dynamic environment. teachers are competent and really involve you through concrete activties and work groups.

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