College of Business Dean's Welcome

Welcome from Balaji Rajagopalan, dean of the College of Business.

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, from consecutive rankings among the best in surveys conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek, Poets&Quants and notably U.S. News and World Reports, which has ranked us among the nation's best for 34 years running (since 1987).

Indeed, this success is made possible by many talented and engaged faculty, an extensive network of 60,000 accomplished and passionate alumni, students, corporate partners, executives and friends.

We 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. More importantly, we strive to help them become leaders with impeccable integrity who positively impact their communities and beyond.

From day one, you'll benefit from our ongoing collaboration with more than 100 corporate partners who help ensure that our curriculum is at the cutting edge of practice and will prepare you to succeed in the global business environment. Executives speak in classes daily and network with our students during special events such as Meet the Firm nights and in our online Wednesday Night Wisdom lessons learned programming. They also provide critical mentoring to you, sharing firsthand knowledge about the business world; guiding you on the key career choices you make.

Our outstanding faculty not only impart business knowledge but also lay the intellectual foundation that gives 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 to disrupt industries and create new occupations. You'll also have many opportunities to apply what you learn. 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: the De La Vega INNOVATION Lab, 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, as illustrated by our continuous AACSB International accreditation for business and accounting, national rank for 34 years and running (since 1987), 495 scholarships, world-class facility (Barsema Hall) and 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 has been the case for thousands of alumni, I am confident in the years to come you will also reflect on your experience in the NIU College of Business with great pride.


Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D.

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NIU College of Business
Barsema Hall
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

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