Quick Stats

  • Avg. SAT Score
    936
  • Annual Tuition (in-state excl. fees)
    $9,676
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Program Enrollment
    2,319
  • University Selectivity
    56%
  • University Yield
    33%
  • Average Salary
    $44,635
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
  • School Status
    Public
  • Accreditation
    AACSB Accredited
  • B-School Founded
    1961
  • Program Length
    Four Year
Contact Information
740 Garden Road
Barsema Hall #201
DeKalb, Illinois 60115, United States
Website

College of Business

Fully accredited since 1969, Northern Illinois University College of Business is nationally recognized for its teaching, research, and public service. Students learn in a collaborative environment; they use applied-learning strategies to develop critical thinking skills needed to be successful in their careers.

What Current Students Say See All 5 Comments >

It is very competitive and we have very qualified and knowledgeable professors. There are core classes that all majors have to take and I believe that makes us all more cohesive with each other. It also helps us to see the importance of all disciplines working off of each other. We all also need these basic classes we all need to take to better ourselves in the job search and interviews.

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About Northern Illinois University

Admissions

Admissions Selectivity
56% Northern Illinois University 59% Average Across All Schools

Most Important Admissions Factors
  1. High school GPA
  2. SAT/ACT scores
  3. Class rank
University Admissions
  • Min. SAT 870
  • Min. ACT 19
  • Min. GPA 2.75
B-School Admissions
  • Min. SAT 870
  • Min. ACT 19
  • Min. GPA 2.75
More Information
Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
25914% 25,914
56% 56
33% 33
56% School Selectivity
33% School Yield
Demographics of Applicants
  • Male Applicants
  • Female Applicants
  • International Applicants
  • U.S. Applicants
Required Tests
  • SAT or ACT
  • Are Interviews Required? Not required
Additional Requirements:

Top-half of high school class; International: all application materials-application, fee, letters of recommendation, transcripts and/or exam results, ECE Catalog match, TOEFL/IELTS scores; Transfer: Less than 60 hrs, minimum 2.5 GPA or AA/AS degree

Total Applications to Program
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
3992% 3,992
58% 58
34% 34
58% Program Selectivity
34% Program Yield
Program Requirements
  • Admissions managed by Business Program
  • Are interviews required? Not required
Required Tests

Transfer Requirements
  • How internal transfers are handled Declare business major
  • Min college GPA for transfers 2.75
  • Other transfer requirements The College of Business is competitive based on a student's overall GPA and performance in selected tool courses. All 100- and 200- level College of Business core requirements must be completed with a C or better.
Freshman Requirements
  • Freshman admissions Yes
  • Percent of admitted applicants who are freshmen 68
  • Min GPA required in pre-business courses? Yes
  • How freshmen are admitted Indicate interest on university application
Other requirements for freshmen

Careers

Financial Services 21%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 13%
  • Manufacturing 5%
  • Media/Entertainment 4%
Kohl's 4
Top Employer
  • Zones 4
  • Deere & Company 3
  • Exel 3
More Information
Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
0%
0%
0%
0%
After graduation, but within 3 months
0%
0%
0%
0%
More than 3 Months after graduation
0%
0%
0%
0%
73% Graduates seeking full-time employment
27% Graduates not seeking employment
84% Percentage of graduates for whom employment information is available
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
1% 1
$43,000.00 Data not provided
Finance/Accounting
33% 33
$47,804.00
17K 70K
General Management
8% 8
$42,150.00
23K 60K
Human Resources
5% 5
$34,333.00
33K 38K
Management Information Systems
6% 6
$51,563.00
33K 58K
Marketing/Sales
34% 34
$40,530.00
25K 58K
Operations/Production
5% 5
$47,417.00
43K 53K
Logistics/Transportation
8% 8
$41,375.00
33K 53K
Other
2% 2
$52,500.00
25K 80K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Accounting
6% 6
$52,375.00
33K 60K
Consumer Products/Retail
26% 26
$43,321.00
23K 60K
Consulting
13% 13
$42,036.00
28K 48K
Financial Services
21% 21
$45,634.00
17K 70K
Government/Education
1% 1
$25,000.00 Data not provided
Pharma/Biotech/Health
4% 4
$51,200.00
43K 58K
Manufacturing
5% 5
$48,858.00
33K 58K
Media/Entertainment
4% 4
$25,000.00 Data not provided
Non-Profit
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
Petroleum/Energy
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
Real Estate
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
Sports/Leisure
5% 5
$48,000.00
25K 80K
Technology/Science
10% 10
$42,333.00
33K 55K
Transportation
6% 6
$36,800.00
33K 38K
Utilities
2% 2
$42,500.00 Data not provided
Other
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
2% 2
$80,000.00 Data not provided
U.S. South
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
U.S. Southwest
2% 2
$45,000.00 Data not provided
U.S. Midwest
91% 91
$42,521.00
25K 70K
U.S. West
5% 5
$40,000.00
25K 55K
U.S. Possessions/Territories
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
Canada
0% 0
$0.00 Data not provided
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Internship Employers / Interns Hired
  • Grant Thornton, LLP 12
  • KPMG, LLP 10
  • Crow Horwath, LLP 9
  • McGladery 8
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers 8
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks
  • Percentage of internships that are paid
Career Services
  • Number of companies that recruited students on campus 152
  • Number of companies that posted full-time jobs on school message boards 1,265
Other activities and career services provided to undergraduate business students:
Professional career counselor for College of Business; Fall/Spring Intern & Job Fairs; Fall Grad/Professional School Fair; Retail Leadership Program/Expo; Online-Job Board & tutorials; Job search resources & workshops; Major-specific web links; Walk-in resume review; Career Center intern consultants; Etiquette dinner; Observations/guided assistance for Job Fairs; Accountancy-specific sessions; Accountancy intern interview program; Mock interview prep; Career health sessions for business majors

Cost

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$26,260
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $9,676
  • Fees $3,880
  • Expenses $12,704
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$35,936
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $19,352
  • Fees $3,880
  • Expenses $12,704
40% Percent of Institutional Grants or Scholarships 3% Percent of Full-tuition Institutional Grants or Scholarships
Basis for Grants or Scholarships
  • Need 16%
  • Merit 84%
More Information
Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid Management No
  • Website http://www.fa.niu.edu
Scholarships
$5,335,398
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students last year
$5,189,583
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students this year
Loans
  • Loan Guarantee Policy Yes
  • Max Loan Guarantee Per Year 12,500

Academics

Average Class Size
  • College of Business
  • All Schools
Core Business Classes
50% 46
50% 46
Elective Business Classes
41% 24
50% 29
Required Classes with a Waiting List
College of Business 13 Average Across All Schools

* On the First Day of Enrollment
Top Areas of Study
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Business Administration; Operations Management and Information Systems; Leadership and Management; Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
More Information
Business Program Classes
26% Less than 20 Students 9% More than 50 Students
65% 21 to 50 students
24 Average number of students in non-business required electives
24 Different Elective Courses
New Electives
  • Introduction to Business Intelligence
  • Program length Four Year
  • Last change to curriculum 2011
Degrees Offered
  • BS/Accountancy
  • BS/Business Administration
  • BS/Finance
  • BS/Management
  • BS/Marketing
  • BS/Operations Management and Information Systems
Faculty
  • All Faculty
  • Tenured
79% 79
56% 56
Prominent Faculty
  • Gerald Jensen

    Finance

  • Pamela Smith

    Accountancy

  • Charles Downing

    Operations Management & Information Systems

  • Are work study or co-ops available? Yes
  • Description of work study / co-ops:

    Work study positions in College of Business department offices; Co-op opportunities are available through the University's Career Services Office.

  • Is study abroad available? Yes
  • Description of study abroad programs:

    Introduction to the European Business Environment in Ireland and London; Ireland/Austria Professional Sales; Colombia -Experiential Learning ; International Business Seminars in China, Brazil, London, Brussels, Barcelona, Paris, Geneva, Lausanne, Heidelberg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Frankfurt, Rome, Florence, Milan, Innsbruck, Prague, Argentina, Munich & Budapest

  • Is community service or volunteering available? Yes
  • Description of community service/volunteering:

    Students participating in the Passport Program are involved in community service. Many of the student organizations in which business students participate have a community service component.

Students

11% Students in Top 10% of High School Class 16% Students with High School GPA over 3.75
1040 75th Percentile Score on SAT 24 75th Percentile Score on ACT
Student Body Breakdown
  • International Students
  • U.S. Students
  • Male Students
  • Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
White
51% 51
African American
25% 25
Hispanic
15% 15
* Percentages are for U.S. citizens in most recent entering class; only top three responses shown.
More Information
U.S. Regional Breakdown
0%
99%
0%
0%
1%
0%
Student Citizenship
U.S.
97% 97
Other Non-U.S. Citizenship
3% 3
Dual Citizenship
0% 0
Canada
0% 0
18 Average age of full-time students
66% Freshman retention rate
Graduation Rate
  • 4 Years
  • 6 Years
31% 31
53% 53

Alumni

Alumni Donors
Total Living Alumni 40,545
Alumni Donations
$1,065 Average Gift $200,000 Largest Gift

Larson Management

Most Prominent Alumni
  • Diane Dietz

    Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Safeway, Inc.

  • Jeff Aronin

    Chairman and CEO of Marathan Pharmaceuticals

  • Melvin Flowers

    Corporate Vice President, Internal Audit or Microsoft