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College of Business

NIU's College of Business is nationally recognized in academic and industry circles for its teaching, research, and public service. The college is distinguished by its ability to narrow the gap between thinking and achieving. Among the ways the college demonstrates this is by providing students with broad academic excellence combined with hands-on learning situations in actual organizations. Among its many achievements, NIU's College of Business is recognized for its active engagement in the Chicago area business community as well as for its nationally and world-renowned faculty, the majority of whom served as business professionals before earning their PhDs.

For a more detailed list of recognitions, visit NIU’s College of Business website.

College of Business Earns National Rankings

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

U. S. News & World Report

  • Best Business Schools 2016: The NIU College of Business undergraduate program ranks in the top quarter (24%) of best business schools out of nearly 550 eligible AACSB accredited business programs.  This ranking of best business schools is based entirely on AACSB deans' evaluation of program quality. NIU Business has been ranked favorably in US News for more than two decades, ever since the beginning of their ranking.
  • Best Grad Schools: NIU’s Part-Time MBA Program ranks 124th nationally out of the more than 700 eligible AACSB-accredited schools. This is the fourth consecutive year NIU's Part-Time MBA has ranked among the nation's best.

Sales Education Foundation

Public Accounting Report

  • Annual Professors Survey: NIU's undergraduate and graduate accountancy programs are among the top 25 nationally ranked programs.

Accounting Degree Review

College of Business Earns Academic Prestige


  • AACSB International: The NIU College of Business has achieved continuous accreditation from the AACSB since 1969 and is among the top schools of business accredited for business and accounting. Less than 4 percent of business colleges worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation, the highest credential of excellence for business programs