Overview

Applicants
60
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.39
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
490 - 600
GPA
3.12 - 3.83

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
April 1

Regular Application Deadline
July 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
24:1
Total Faculty
169

61
Female
61
Part-time
39
Full-time
33
Minority


Students Say

Price, flexibility, and reputation are the cornerstones of Illinois State University's College of Business. Led by professors who "provide the students with learning experiences that effectively prepare us for the business world" and an administration which gives students "a strong foundation for the program by frequently communicating school objectives, supplying valuable resources, and assisting students outside the classroom," this is a school that offers "big school resources and ranking at a budget price. "The MBA program at ISU is geared towards flexibility to meet the needs of both full and part-time students. One student is glad to be provided with "the flexibility to increase or decrease my workload as best fits my situation." Professors here are "willing to go the extra mile to help out" and accommodate a student's work schedule. Some students complain that "research is not a large priority," indicating that "finding sponsorship for optional thesis study is nearly impossible." Others say the College of Business should invest in new technology in order to keep pace with changes in the business world. "Direct application to corporate (and public sector) business settings should be a focus in the classroom. This will better prepare students for their next job."

Students say ISU has "the right combination of location, cost, reputation, and challenging coursework," making it so that they feel "there was no other choice for me in terms of graduate schools." The five academic departments of ISU's College of Business and the highly-focused centers of study within each—the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the International Business Institute within the department of Management and Quantitative Methods, for instance—allow students to refine job skills relevant to their field. The "challenging coursework" here is offset by professors who "challenge students to critically think and are genuinely enthusiastic to teach us."


Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis

International Business Institute

Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services

Organizational Leadership Institute

Professional Sales Institute

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Sustainability issues are covered in several different courses. In some courses, it is in excess of 50% of the information covered. Adding a minor in Business and Environmental Sustainability allows students take courses with sustainability content in the particular major areas they choose to emphasize.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
MKT 430 (Advanced Marketing Management): Student Teams worked with clients on sustainability themed projects. Projects in this course were diverse and ranged from developing a market entry strategy for energy saving shelf stable packaged milk in K-12 schools in Illinois on behalf of the world’s largest liquid container manufacturer, to how to cost effectively and responsibly dispose of mountains of coal ash produced by coal powered power plants, and to site selection in the U.S. for manufacturing plants to cleanly process used rubber tires into usable products such as diesel fuel and crumb rubber on behalf of an Gurnee, Illinois based startup.

School's environmental commitment 1:
In 2007 the College became one of the first U.S. business schools to sign the “Principle for Responsible Management Education (PRME).” By signing on to PRME, the College has reinforced commitment to educating future business leaders on various social impact issues. In spring 2009 a taskforce was created to coordinate the College’s efforts along this line. The taskforce has deployed a survey to gather baseline data about incorporating PRME principles in teaching and research. It has also presented a series of panel discussion under the titles “PRME in the Classroom” and “Sustainable Teaching, Learning, and Living.”

School's environmental commitment 2:
The College of Business also supports an undergraduate minor in Business Environment & Sustainability. The minor helps to increase awareness and knowledge of the relationships between business and the physical environment. Students within the minor will be better prepared for further study or careers in organizational leadership, corporate social responsibility, risk management, and other sustainability-related areas.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The College sponsors a Corporate Social Responsibility Day each year during Business Week. More recently the day has been an opportunity for our students to participate in a case competition during which time they must develop and present a solution to a real-life business situation involving environment and sustainability within a 90 minute time frame.

Career overview


Students Say

Along with Hire-A-Redbird and other services provided by ISU's Career Center, "cor- porate partnerships" and general networking help move students into the next phase of their life in the business world. "Strong cooperation between companies and the business school through internships and classroom instruction from practitioners in various fields of business," along with large job fairs, places students in close contact with companies such as State Farm, Caterpillar, Growmark, Sprint, Archer Daniels Midland, Country Financial, and Sherwin-Williams Company.

Prominent Alumni

Jack Hartung
Vice President and CFO, Chipotle and its Partner Brands Group

LaVerne Council
Asst. Secretary for Information Technology and CIO, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dave Magers
Retired CFO COUNTRY Financial

Jeff Stempora
CEO, Evogi Group

Benjamin Hart
President and CEO, Heritage Enterprises Inc.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$8,649

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$612

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
75%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
22%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
86%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
21%

New Students Receiving Loans
18%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$11,670
Tuition (Out-State)
$24,240
Fees (In-State)
$2,953
Fees (Out-State)
$2,953

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$389
Tuition (Out-State)
$808
Fees (In-State)
$82
Fees (Out-State)
$82

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$9,850
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$8,452
Academic Expenses
$952

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
96
Part Time
41%

In State
91.2%
Out of State
8.8%
Foreign Countries Represented
5

Demographics

31.60%
Minorities
7.00%
International

37% female
63% male

Campus Life

Students Say

At ISU's College of Business, full-time students will work side-by-side with "older individuals with families and twenty-plus years of full-time professional experience." As many as half the attendees are part-time students, juggling the burdens of work, home, and family on top of a challenging body of academics. According to one student, "Coming to school is a quiet break from reality where I get to interact with many diverse and interesting people." One might think this mix would divide classrooms, but "the atmosphere… promotes interaction amongst all the sections of students," with both longtime professionals and younger students learning from one another. The small size of ISU's MBA program means it has "a close-knit student population," a group of "friendly, helpful" classmates who make sure "the atmosphere is always positive."

Diversity among the student population extends to the student body's place of origin. A large portion of the student population "are either international or have a strong inter- national background." The positive atmosphere extends to this portion of the student body, too. "The students are friendly and there is a shared culture of learning for growth opportunity—professionally and personally—not just to acquire the degree."

For those whose primary daily responsibilities revolve around school, there is no shortage of things to do when class is over. "There is always something going on over the weekend, especially during the summer," students enthuse, indicating that "over- all, quality of life is good and a good stress-buster from the hectic study schedules." Athletics, a wealth of student organizations, and a campus with easily accessible facilities make filling downtime simple.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Timothy Longfellow
Associate Dean for MBA and Undergraduate Programs

Address
Campus Box 5570
MBA Program
Normal, IL 61790-5570
United States

Phone
309-438-2181

Fax
309-438-3932

Email
admissions@ilstu.edu


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