Overview

Applicants
670
Acceptance Rate
23%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
4.5
Average Age
26

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
620 - 700
GPA
3.0 - 3.5

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 5

Rolling Admission Deadline
August 1

Round 1
December 15

Round 2
January 18

Round 3
March 15

Round 4
May 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience
Other Factors

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
38:1
Total Faculty
62

89
Full-time
16
Female
11
Part-time
5
Minority


Students Say

The low in-state tuition and access to the resources of a large university have made the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's MBA program a popular one. That means getting into popular courses can be difficult, especially highly desired electives seen as "much more interesting" than the sometimes "very elementary" basic business courses. These electives, which have "excellent professors and course material," is where UI shines. Students at UI are encouraged to tailor their MBA to their own career goals. In year two, students take sixteen credits of electives and sixteen credits towards a concentration in fields like marketing, finance, information technology, or general management. The "relentless coursework" —one student referred to it as "a proving ground" —is balanced by a "terrific staff" who "care about students doing well and make themselves available to everyone for additional support."

Developing not only your skills but also your ability to use those skills after school is a priority for many professors here. "Overall, the professors here take an interest in students beyond class work and will offer their support in a career search and personal learning and growth." Indeed, "the school provides ample opportunities for students to get as involved as they'd like. There are several out of the classroom opportunities to gain experience (case competitions, leadership roles, work experience, consulting)." That experience is not limited to working with business leaders in the region, either. "The international opportunities here for MBAs are outstanding. Every student is given the opportunity to do at least one global consulting project that includes travel to a foreign country. Some students are able to travel to two or more countries related to their studies."

Though professors here are almost universally praised, the administration "has a lot of room for improvement," especially with regard to "inefficient" communication with students—though others note that the administration is clearly "concerned about student needs." Overall, "in addition to peerless international immersion opportunities, the University of Illinois provides a close-knit, family-like atmosphere that is simply not matched by any other MBA program, public or private."


Specialities of faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Sustainable Products and Business Plans Project based course focusing on systematic approach for designing sustainable products and developing business plans that address the issues of economic, social and ecological sustainability; covers concept generation and evaluation, detailed design, cost modeling, testing & prototyping, and sustainable business plan development; also a continuing course for students enrolled in sustainable product and market development for subsistence marketplaces.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
New $60M Business Instructional Facility (opened fall 2008) is LEED certified Platinum

School's environmental commitment 2:
The MBA program is moving its processes from paper to automated on computer.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$89,563
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
78%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
41%
Graduate Facilitated
31%
School Facilitiated
28%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

27%
General Management
22%
Consulting
13%
Finance/Accounting
12%
Marketing
12%
Human Resources
5%
Operations/Logistics
5%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

60%
Midwest
12%
West
11%
Northeast
9%
South
5%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
Southwest

Students Say

The University of Illinois proves to be a draw in part because "it provides international opportunities that far exceed any other program" in the same price range. One student notes the school "gave me the chance to travel to five emerging economies and apply my media and consulting skill set to diverse clientele." Responding to student suggestions that the school improve its corporate ties in big cities, the MBA Career Services Organization has become part of a new college wide Business Career Services Organization aimed at increasing visibility for MBA students to companies that recruit at the college.

Prospects for graduates tend to be good. The media base salary for graduates of the Illinois MBA program is close to $90,000 annually, ranging from about $60,000 on the low end to $160,000 on the high end. General management and finance fields draw the highest number of graduates, about half of them taking jobs in the Midwest. The top hiring companies included AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Hewitt Associates, LG, Peabody Energy, Procter & Gamble, Robert Bosch Corporation, and Sears Holdings Corporation.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
General Management 27% $90,000 $88,111 $73,000 $103,000
Consulting 22% $100,000 $95,750 $60,000 $135,000
Finance / Accounting 13% $8,400 $85,904 $75,000 $104,330
Human Resources 12% $82,500 $85,500 $78,000 $100,000
Marketing / Sales 12% $93,000 $85,400 $55,000 $102,000
Information Technology 5% $104,000 $104,667 $100,000 $110,000
Operations / Logistics 5% $75,000 $77,667 $75,000 $83,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 19% $92,500 $93,458 $60,000 $135,000
Consumer Products 18% $95,000 $94,037 $80,000 $110,000
Manufacturing 15% $83,000 $81,222 $75,000 $90,000
Technology 13% $102,000 $93,167 $75,000 $102,500
Financial Services 11% $100,000 $98,800 $90,000 $103,000
Other 11% $78,000 $77,000 $73,000 $80,000
Government 5%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 5% $93,000 $84,000 $55,000 $104,000
Non-profit 2%

Prominent Alumni

Mike Tokarz
Chairman, The Tokarz Group

Tom Siebel
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Siebel Systems, Inc.

Jan Valentic
Senior VP Marketing, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Alan Feldman
President & CEO, Midas, Inc.

Bruce Holecek
CEO, Hobbico

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$10,621

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
82%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
83%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$21,974
Tuition (Out-State)
$32,974
Fees (In-State)
$3,736
Fees (Out-State)
$3,736

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$14,193
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$14,193
Academic Expenses
$2,429

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
326
Part Time
51%

In State
29.0%
Out of State
71.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

6.25%
Minorities
43.00%
International

26% female
74% male

Campus Life

Students Say

With peers who tend to be "young professionals who generally are more likely to spend a night in studying class material than go out socially or network," and who represent a diverse range of places, ages and experiences—some 40 percent come from overseas—it may be surprising that students here are "are easy to engage, very involved and support- ive in each others' learning." There is a high level of competition to do well, but students are not overly competitive with one another. "Students are more concerned about seeing success in everyone than putting others down so they can rise to the top." One student noted, "I was pleasantly surprised that everyone has been really collaborative and not cut throat. Everyone wants to see one another succeed."

Students here stay busy. If not immersed in studies, they are involved with extracurricular activities, networking, or simply enjoying what this college town has to offer. "It's been a great place to try new things, meet new people, and figure out what my strengths are." It's easy to find the time to wind down from the grind if you're so inclined, such as on "Thursday nights for Mug Club, when the class goes out to a different bar every week and celebrates the survival of another seven days." Clubs and students organizations are numerous. "I feel that Illinois strongly encourages students to take on new challenges," one student notes, "and I've gained a lot from this."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Mark Lockwood
Director of Admissions

Address
3019 Business Instructional Facility
515 E Gregory
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Phone
217-244-8019

Fax
217-333-1156

Email
mba@illinois.edu


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