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Gies College of Business – University of Illinois


The University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business in Urbana-Champaign was originally approved in 1914, then titled as the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and opened in the spring of 1915. The school originally had three departments; in economics, transportation, and business organization. Nearly one hundred years later, in 2003, the school was renamed College of Business. Then, in late 2017, College of Business alumni Larry and Beth Gies donated $150 million to the school, upon which its name was changed once again to the Gies College of Business.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 47 (tie)


Gies College of Business is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 129,000) in east-central Illinois. Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis. The university has more than 500,000 living alumni.
The Urbana-Champaign campus is less than 10 miles from the University of Illinois Willard Airport.


Gies College of Business operates out of three buildings: The Business Instructional Facility (BIF),  Wohlers Hall, and Irwin Doctoral Study. The Business Instructional Facility (BIF) is a state-of-the-art, collaborative space where business students learn and study. The LEED® certified building houses a popular commons area, classrooms, recording studios, Career Services and academic counseling offices, Illinois MakerLab, Margolis Market Information Lab, and a 300-seat auditorium.

Students will attend many of their classes in Wohlers Hall, which features classrooms, an auditorium, and offices for faculty and staff. Wohlers Hall is located across the street from BIF and makes for convenient access for students going back-and-forth from classes. Irwin Doctoral Study Hall is adjacent to Wohlers Hall. It offers private, quiet study room and workspaces for business doctoral and post-doctoral scholars as they pursue their research and teaching activities.


The University of Illinois Gies College of Business employs 119 tenured or tenured-track faculty members, and 116 specialized faculty.

Student Body

There are currently 3,140 total undergraduate and students enrolled in the Gies College of Business, and 3,073 graduate students. Of which, 238 are enrolled in the school’s MBA programs.

MBA Degree Offerings

The Gies College of Business offers an online iMBA, as well as numerous Specialized Master’s options.

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