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.
“The Sindelars’ generosity will enable our students to prototype, discover, and learn as they tackle big problems, from food waste to tumor diagnosis to science education for young girls,” said Noah Isserman, director of iVenture. “It’s wonderful that part of the legacy of an Illini innovator and businessman like Joseph Sindelar is providing the foundation for the next generations of principled, ambitious leaders.”
Manu Edakara, the associate director for entrepreneurial communities, said, “When we talk about impact, the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Sindelar family cannot be overstated. Not only are they providing the critical support for our student Fellows, but their gift trickles down to impact the many people touched by our student ventures.”
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.