College of Business Dean's Welcome

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

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 No. 1 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.

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 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 on a daily basis and network with our students during special events such as 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 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: 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, our national rank for 30 years and running, our 487 scholarships totaling $805,280 in 2019-2020, 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 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.


Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D.

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

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