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Experiential Learning Center


Experiential Learning Center

The College of Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC) connects teams of NIU students with organizations to tackle real-world business issues. From software evaluation to emerging market analysis projects, students serve as consultants addressing non-mission critical, cross functional business issues.

Throughout the 16-week semester, Business ELC teams are guided by a faculty coach and assisted by an organizational sponsor. To each unique project, teams apply the Business ELC project methodology, as well as the knowledge, skills and theories learned in the classroom.

Applications for Fall 2014 ELC projects now being accepted. Learn more about our upcoming projects...


ELC For Students - A Unique Way to Learn

In addition to earning 3.00 semester hours of credit, students grow as leaders, team members and subject matter experts. They gain a better understanding of communication styles and the knowledge and confidence to interact with peers, faculty and real world business professionals. view testimonials...

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ELC By the Numbers

  • 868 Student Experiences
  • 138 Projects
  • 73 Unique Sponsoring Organizations
  • 15 Fortune 500 Companies

For Organizations - A Fresh Perspective

Recruitment of high quality students is an added benefit of sponsoring a Business ELC project. Students must apply and interview for a spot on a team, which means only the best and brightest are chosen and exposed to the sponsoring organization. complete a project request form...


ELC Angels Foundation Fund

ELC projects require a sponsor fee to cover the cost of faculty stipends, materials and supplies, travel, and technology. Most non-profit organizations are not in the financial position to pay this fee and many are in need of business advice to enhance efficiency, reach more clients or sponsors, refresh and revise strategic planning, and so on, to enhance their missions.

The ELC Angels Foundation was established as a means to gather funds from multiple sponsors to cover the sponsor fee for deserving non-profit organizations. learn more...

First Recipient of the Fund

The first recipient of the ELC Angels Foundation Fund was Turning Point (Executive Director, Jane Farmer), a crisis intervention 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency with a mission to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County, Illinois. learn more...