NIU Business among nation’s elite for each year of the Poets&Quants for Undergrads ranking

79th best b-school overall and 3rd for b-schools with the most U.S. minorities

For the third year running, the NIU College of Business is among an elite group in the Poets&Quants for Undergrads ranking of the nation’s best undergraduate business schools. Poets&Quants is the leading online publication for business education news.  

In this its third survey, the publication ranks NIU’s business college 79th nationally among a prestigious set of schools. NIU and UIUC are the only two Illinois programs to meet the ranking requirements, as was the case for the previous survey period.

NIU was also ranked first in Illinois and third nationally for serving the most U.S. minorities, as per new evaluation by Poets&Quants of 83 U.S. schools on diversity. Once again, NIU and UIUC are the only two Illinois schools to make the list for this new survey 

Poets&Quantsand a number of ranking platformscontinually validate the strong reputation of our college and its programs,” says Balaji Rajagopalan, dean of the NIU College of Business. “The college has a long legacy of exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni and collaborations with industry. Together, we continue to build innovative programs and experiences that help students to cross boundaries into a world of life-changing career opportunities.”  

Rajagopalan is also proud of the college’s performance in Poet&Quant’s newly-launched ranking that evaluates how schools serve U.S. minorities. “It’s important affirmation. We’ve had a long-standing commitment to diversity, nationally and internationallyNIU as a whole and our College of Business remain focused on providing access for students from under-represented backgrounds. Doing so greatly enhances the educational experience for all university members. It reflects the greater world at large and enriches the talent pool for many areas in U.S. business and civic life. 

Developed in collaboration with business school deans and administrators, Poets&Quants for Undergrads’ ranking methodology is based equally on admission standards, academic experience, and career outcomes. No other ranking or school survey asks for the same amount of concrete data, ranging from the percent of National Merit Scholars at each business school, to the percentage of students with global experience while at the school, to average debt upon graduation. 

The NIU College of Business first earned AACSB International accreditation — the world’s highest standard of excellence for global business education — in 1969, just eight years after its founding. The college is one of few to enjoy a national ranking for more than 30 consecutive years based on the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of best business colleges. 

by M. De Jean, Director of Marketing, NIU Business

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