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illinois includes you.

Whether you’re searching for knowledge or sharing it – Welcome to Illinois. Now that you’re here, join us in unleashing the great potential within our students and society.

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hail to the orange, hail to the blue.

Loyalty, pride and integrity define those who traverse the halls of this great university. Business alumni, donors and friends stay connected and support one another in the world’s largest alumni network. “Hail alma mater, ever so true.”

it’s all about connections.

At Illinois, professors create knowledge, and then share it. We are world-class researchers, inspiring teachers, and people who care deeply for the success of every student and our global economy.

access is everything.

A premier business school, Illinois gives you access to outstanding faculty who teach, world-class corporate partners who recruit, and smart and challenging fellow students who make the Illinois experience all it should be. Here, you have access to leaders who guide you to reach your best potential.

innovate. educate. engage.
the possibilities are exhilarating here.

We’re Illinois…a Research One university and a business school that dominates in the fields of research and education – from accountancy to marketing, finance to strategy and all worthy business disciplines in between. Illinois faculty, students and alumni comprise an incomparable network of high-integrity people engaging together to innovate business in the global economy. Explore our programs, our people and our ideas.

tradition of excellence

Global Experience

60% 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.

Job Placement

Career-building is a skill developed in every student who joins the College of Business. Our placement rate for undergraduate students is 95% (FY ’14).


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.

A Century of Excellence

As we mark the beginning of the College’s centennial year we are grateful for the vision of those who established the College in 1915 and those who built the College’s strong tradition of excellence throughout the past 100 years. Help us celebrate.


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

Experiential Learning

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 58,000+ living business alumni worldwide. Wherever you are in the world, you’re never far from a fellow Illini.

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A Look Back

Innovation and Excellence in Finance Education

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.

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