At Gies College of Business, we believe in thinking big and attaining excellence. That’s because our College is filled with visionary leaders and innovators—people who push boundaries, who achieve, who lead—people who aren’t afraid to examine the status quo and turn it on its head.
Here, we enthusiastically embrace new possibilities. We encourage big thinking. We take bold action. All of that ensures a business education that is real and relevant and rigorous—one that encourages each student’s creativity and fosters the next big idea.
Gies College of Business is where future leaders in business acquire the tools they need to unleash their potential.
54% of undergraduate business students study abroad at least once, and a global consulting trip to Brazil, China, India, or South Africa is integrated into the full-time MBA program.
Career-building is a skill developed in every student who joins the College of Business. Our placement rate for undergraduate students is 96% (FY ’16).
First public business school facility in the world to earn LEED platinum certification. Our market information lab is one of the most highly utilized university finance labs in the U.S., and the Illinois MakerLab is the world’s first 3D printing lab in a business school.
In a recent nationwide survey ILLINOIS was ranked #5 in terms of return on investment; ahead of all Ivy League, private, and other Big Ten universities
At ILLINOIS, we believe in augmenting class work with numerous opportunities for additional enrichment. From study abroad trips to case competitions to working at the world’s largest student-run consultancy, students have the opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom.
ILLINOIS has the largest alumni network in the country, and there are 61,000+ living business alumni worldwide. Wherever you are in the world, you’re never far from a fellow Illini.
Make 48 gives teams 48 hours to come up with an idea, create a prototype, and present their idea to a panel of judges. Three winning teams are chosen, based on product originality, problem solution, marketability and other factors. The remainder of the series highlights the process of trying to get the products to market.
“It’s an honor. The competition is like a sped-up creation process,” said Yuxuan Tang, a senior accountancy major. “I’m really looking forward to this chance. I might not sleep in the next 48 hours.”
Tang along with Will Jones, Dash Kosaka, and Susie Liu will represent the University of Illinois against teams from 11 other universities, including Georgetown, Rice, Miami (FL), Connecticut and more. Jones, Kosaka and Liu are engineering and design majors. Tang is the only business student on the team, and he brings a valuable perspective.
Together these three faculty members have devoted 100 years of service to the Department of Finance (from left, Jim Gentry, professor emeritus; Louis Chan, professor and department chair; and Roger Cannaday, associate professor emeritus). As the College celebrates its 100th year, Perspectives will include a series of Centennial snapshots that focus on the history of our departments. In this issue, we share a snapshot of the story of our Department of Finance through the reflections of our faculty and a timeline of department milestones.