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Welcome from Balaji Rajagopalan, Dean

Thank you for joining the College of Business at Northern Illinois University. 

Our entrepreneurial spirit is the engine that helps us experiment, learn and implement initiatives that have a profound impact on our students.  In turn, this has resulted in national recognition as our rating recently shot up into the top 15 percent of schools ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek and among the top 25 percent by U.S. News and World Report.  We’ve ranked among the nation’s best for 30 years running, and in a recent study, we rank number one in the State of Illinois for providing you with the best return on investment for tuition dollars spent.

Indeed, this success is made possible by many talented and engaged faculty, an extensive network of 56,000 accomplished and passionate alumni, students, corporate partners, executives, and friends.

All of them share a common goal – to inspire, nurture and create an exceptional learning experience for our students and help them launch, and advance in, their professional careers. And more importantly become leaders with impeccable integrity who positively impact their communities and beyond.

From Day 1, you benefit from our ongoing collaboration with more than 100 corporate partners who help us ensure that our curriculum is at the cutting edge of practice and prepares you to succeed in the global business environment.  Executives speak in classes on a daily basis and network with our students during special events like Meet-the-Firm nights.  They also provide critical mentoring to you, sharing firsthand knowledge about the business world and guiding you on the key career choices you make.   

Our outstanding faculty not only impart business knowledge but also lay the intellectual foundation that give you fundamental skills in problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and technology.  It is this well-rounded preparation that will stand the test of time as technological advancements continue disrupting industries and creating new occupations.  You’ll also have many opportunities to apply what you learn and stand out.  You’ll encounter them within your major and outside of it, through a variety of ways and activities, including this set of college-wide programs found only at NIU:  Career Compass, Business Passport, the Experiential Learning Center, Global Business program, and the Building Ethical Leaders using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) program.

Explore NIU Business and be inspired by our community.  Our list of achievements is long and our commitment to your success is unwavering:  from our continuous AACSB International accreditation for business and accounting, our national rank for 30 years and running, our 400 scholarships totaling $800,000 in awards annually, to our world class facility Barsema Hall and our world class college members.

When you joined our college, you made an investment in your future.  Together, let’s make this journey rewarding and fun.  Just as the thousands of alumni have done, I am confident that in the years to come, you will also reflect on your experience in the NIU College of Business with great pride. 

Regards,

Balaji Rajagopalan, PhD
Dean