Why Illinois

Here you belong to a Research One university, a Big Ten school, top ranked business programs, and a micro-urban community with an amazing quality of life. The beauty of a school this broad, this global, and this well-respected is that you can find your fit and then challenge yourself in a thousand rewarding ways.

Global Experience

55% 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%, and 80% for MBA students (FY 2013-14).


First public business school facility in the world to earn LEED platinum certification. Our market simulation lab is one of the most highly utilized university finance labs in the U.S.


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.