Since its founding in 1961, NIU's College of Business has graduated more than 55,000 alumni. Many of our alumni have gone on to become successful business executives in the Chicago area and around the world. In fact, it is because of our close proximity to Chicago that our college can build extensive partnerships with firms, alumni, and business leaders. We do this with the student at the forefront of our mind. At NIU College of Business, students grow in a nationally ranked school that melds a small, private college feeling with world-class stature. Students actively learn in an energized community that provides knowledge they can use: we emphasize teamwork, relationships, and the blending of hands-on problem solving with the exploration of fundamental business concepts. As importantly, our graduates gain the best return on investment for tuition dollars. NIU Business is the only college to be ranked No. 1 in Illinois by Businessweek for providing the greatest return on investment (calculated by salary earned per annual tuition dollar spent). What's more, students also benefit from our deep connections with over 300 firms in the Chicago and greater suburban business community: from Fortune companies, mid-sized firms, to entrepreneurial startups. Of all the benefits gained at NIU Business, perhaps the most important one is that we firmly believe in our students. We actively mentor, challenge, and look after every willing student to help them grow. We always do our very best to help students succeed.