The College of Business, which celebrated its centennial in 2015, is internationally recognized as a leading business school. Its Illinois MakerLab offers the world's first 3D printing lab in a business school, and in 2016 the college launched its online MBA program, the iMBA, in partnership with Coursera. The college is the first public business school facility in the world to earn LEED platinum certification for sustainable, environmentally friendly construction and design.
Consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, Forbes, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the University of Illinois is also a leader in business education and research. The US News & World Report assigned these national rankings in 2016 to various College of Business units: Accountancy: #2; Insurance/Risk Management: #9; Real Estate: #10; Undergraduate business program: #15; Marketing: #16; Management: #20. The college is the #1 source of CFOs to Fortune 500 and S&P 500 firms (Crist | Kolder Associates, 2014).
The College of Business is known for its focus on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurialism. University of Illinois undergrads receive more venture funding for startups than any university in the state, ranking 12th worldwide (PitchBook 2014).
The College of Business is home to about 3,000 undergraduates and nearly 1,200 graduate students. About 20 percent of the college's students are international residents, and the college has nearly 60,000 living alumni spread throughout all 50 states and 113 countries.