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UIUC College of Business

University of Illinois College of Business
Motto Knowledge. Innovation. Leadership.
Established 1915
Type Public business school
Endowment US $87.4 million (2007)[1]
Dean Lawrence DeBrock
Students 3739
Undergraduates 2804
Postgraduates 935
Location Champaign, Illinois, USA
Affiliations University of Illinois

The College of Business is the business school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It offers programs in accountancy, business administration, and finance.

The undergraduate and graduate accounting programs are regularly ranked as the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.[2] The College of Business as a whole is ranked 12th in the same rankings, as of 2012. The accounting programs also consistently rank within the top five of the Public Accounting Report. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked the Department of Finance third in faculty scholarly research productivity.

College History

The University Senate approved the College of Commerce and Business Administration on June 9, 1914 at the request of faculty from economics wanted their department housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The proposal failed and the department stayed within the college until 2003 at which time it found a home in the College of LAS. In the same year, the college changed its name to the College of Business.

In 1913, prior to the College's formation, representatives of the University met in [6]


The College of Business maintains two campuses, one in Champaign, Illinois and one in Chicago, Illinois.


David Kinley Hall, June 2003.

The Champaign campus is located around the intersection of Gregory Street and Sixth Street. This is the current home of the College of Business. When the College was first formed, however, it occupied the Commerce Building, now the East half of the Administration Building on the Main Quad.[3] The Commerce building, dedicated in 1913, was built at a cost of $100 thousand.

The College currently occupies four buildings: David Kinley Hall, Wohlers Hall, The Survey Building, and the newly constructed Business Instructional Facility. This area is known as the Business Quad and is considered part of the South Campus.

Wohlers Hall, formerly known as Commerce West was built in 1963.[7] A naming gift of $6 million was provided by Albert H. and Jane Wohlers in 2000 for renovations.[8] The September 21 dedication highlighted technology enabled classrooms, a dean's suite, a laboratory research suite, and a lecture hall.

The Business Instructional Facility (commonly referred to by the word its acronym spells, "BIF"), approved by the UI Board of Trustees on July 14, 2004, stands opposite of Wohlers Hall on Sixth Street.[9] The new 153,900 sq ft (14,300 m2) building houses the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, the Undergraduate Affairs Program, and the Accountancy Program. The $62 million project, designed by architect Cesar Pelli, has "green", environmentally friendly elements.[9][10]


The Chicago campus is located within the Illini Center on 200 S. Wacker Drive. The location puts the campus within the heart of the Chicago Loop. The center is across the street from the Sears Tower and across the Chicago River from Union Station. The faculty of the campus administer the college's Executive MBA and M.S. of Taxation programs.

The campus is not to be confused with the business school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The two schools remain separate, distinctive entities.


The College of Business houses three departments: accountancy, business administration, and finance. The three departments are quite independent in their administrative process.


Wohlers Hall during the Spring of 2004.

The Department of Accountancy was founded in 1953.[11] It offers B.S., M.A.S., M.S. Accountancy, M.S. Tax (Chicago), and Ph.D. degrees.

The University offered courses in accounting before the creation of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business. The courses were offered through the Department of Economics from 1902 to 1915.[6] The college began the first Ph.D. program in 1938 and has graduated more accountancy Ph.D. candidates than any other accountancy department in the United States.[6] After the formation of the college, the accountancy program was moved into the Department of Business Organization until the Department's reorganization in the 1950s.

In 1919, H. T. Scovill helped establish the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society.[6] The College currently houses the Beta Alpha Psi alpha chapter.

Vernon K. Zimmerman Center

The Vernon K. Zimmerman Center was originally formed in 1962 as the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting (CIERA). The Center promotes the understanding of international accounting topics, coordinates an annual conference, and publishes the International Journal of Accounting.

The Center was renamed on September 20, 2002 after Professor Vernon K. Zimmerman, an advocate for the Center's formation. Professor Zimmerman later became the Center's director in 1965, and the dean of the college in 1971.

KPMG/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Business Measurement Research Program

On January 30, 2002, the Department of Accountancy partnered with The 21st Century Public Company Audit, and several strategic systems auditing cases.

Business Administration

The Business Instructional Facility during the Fall of 2008.

The Department of Business Administration was founded in 1968 through the mergers of the Department of Industrial Administration and Marketing and the Graduate School of Business Administration.[11] The Department awards B.S., M.S. in Technology Management (M.S. Tech), M.B.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The Executive MBA program is offered at two locations: the Chicago campus and Warsaw, Poland in conjunction with the University of Warsaw.

The MS-Tech program encompasses a set of technology management courses. Course topics include intellectual property management, managing innovation, new product development, project management, simulation and risk analysis, supply chain management, and technology strategy. Traditional business foundation and advanced courses in Accounting, Finance, Statistics, Finance and Marketing also form a large part of the MS-Tech. The program recently introduced two tracks of courses. One for recent graduates and another for experienced professionals.[13]


In 1957, the UI Board of Trustees approved the Dean's proposal to create a Department of Finance.[11] The Department currently offers B.S., M.S.F., and Ph.D. degrees. The Department offers specializations in banking and financial institutions; corporate finance; financial engineering; investment and portfolio management; real estate and urban economics; and risk management and insurance.

The M.S.F. program began in 1958.[14] In 2008, the CFA Institute announced the M.S.F. program's inclusion as a CFA Program Partner. The deputy CEO of the CFA Institute, Bob Johnson, noted, "Students in this program are exposed to the Candidate Body of Knowledge, concepts and principles that have been identified by investment experts worldwide as essential to global practice".


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business has many notable alumni that have excelled in academia, business, and politics. Alumni are denoted by their area of study: accountancy (Accy), business administration (BAdm), finance (Fin), or general/unassigned (Gen).



Government and politics


See also


  1. ^ "Businessweek 2008 College Profile:University of Illinois". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  2. ^ Department of Accountancy Rankings
  3. ^ a b "Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: History". Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  4. ^ "UIUC Library Archives: Business". Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  5. ^ "History of Beta Gamma Sigma". Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Bedford, Norton M. (1997). "A History of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" ( 
  7. ^ "Wohlers’ Generosity to Fund Reconstruction of Commerce West" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Wohlers Hall to be dedicated Sept. 21". Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  9. ^ a b "Seventy Third Report". University of Illinois. 2006. pp. 373–374.  .
  10. ^ "Business Instructional Facility Home". Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  11. ^ a b c "University of Illinois Board of Trustee Archives". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  12. ^ "KPMG-UIUC Research Program Homepage". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  13. ^ "MS Tech Website". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  14. ^ "MSF Program recognized as CFA Program Partner". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  15. ^ University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Biography
  16. ^ a b c d e f "University of Illinois Office of Public Affairs List of Prominent Alumni". Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  17. ^ a b c University of Illinois Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award
  18. ^ Why McDonald's CFO Is Heading for Academia
  19. ^ "National Women's Hall of Fame Biography: Wilma Vaught". Retrieved 2006-04-18. 

External links

  • UIUC College of Business Homepage
  • UIUC Department of Accountancy Homepage
  • UIUC Department of Business Administration Homepage
  • UIUC Department of Finance Homepage
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Homepage
  • Beta Alpha Psi Homepage
  • Warsaw-Illinois Executive MBA
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