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  • Prospective students, we want to hear from you!

    If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know we try to write about exciting events on campus, the accomplishments of our students as well as some admissions tips and differentiators of our program. We would also like to hear from you!
  • First Annual MBA Night by Kaplan

    The First Annual MBA Night, on Thursday January 27th, will be an opportunity for you to meet informally with alumni of MBA programs. The event runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The ILLINOIS MBA will be participating in Chicago at the District Bar (170 West Ontario Street), St. Louis at the Clayton Plaza Grill at The Crown Plaza Hotel (7750 Carondelet Avenue) & Los Angeles Irvine at Caf Tu Tu Tango (The Block at Orange, 20 City Boulevard West). Youll get a feel for different programs, get your questions answered, and start building what business school is known for a strong network with whom you can have a great time. To learn more and register, visit
  • Illinois MBA students studying in Berlin

    MBA students hard at work in Berlin.
    MBA students hard at work in Berlin.
    Twenty-two Illinois MBA full-time and Professional (part-time) students are on a week long study abroad trip at Freie University (FU) in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is the capital of Germany and has a population of 3.4 million making it Germanys largest city. Berlin is a very culturally diverse country and is one of the worlds largest economic powers. Our program kicked off Sunday evening with a welcome dinner at Spreestern, a traditional German restaurant. Students in FU's master in management and marketing program made us feel welcome and the students had a great time getting to know each other.
  • Illinois MBA Students Ring in New Year in Hyderabad, India

    Illinois MBA students visit the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India on 12/28/2010
    Illinois MBA students visit the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India on 12/28/2010
    One of the goals of the Illinois MBA program is to provide opportunities for students to learn first-hand about doing business in other countries. Over winter break, 16 Illinois MBA students traveled to Hyderabad, India to study and experience Indian business culture. Below is a recap of our adventure.
  • Application Tips from the Illinois MBA Admissions Team

    Go Illini
    Go Illini
    December is a great month at Illinois! As our students are completing their class work and studying for finals, our admissions team is busy reviewing the first round of applications for the class of 2013. While we've received many applications so far, we know the majority of students are still working to compile their achievements. Below are some tips from our admissions team on best practices for applying to business school. These simple tips can help differentiate an excellent application from a good one.
  • Illinois MBA Admissions Team Circles the Globe to Find Talented Students

    Second Year MBA Student Kyle Pietia in Montreal, Canada on 11/15/2010
    Second Year MBA Student Kyle Pietia in Montreal, Canada on 11/15/2010
    It's a busy time of the year at the Illinois MBA. While the students are finishing up their semester projects, the admissions team has hit the road in search of the best students from around the world.
  • All-MBA-Tailgate a Success!

    The All-MBA-Tailgate on October 30, 2010
    The All-MBA-Tailgate on October 30, 2010
    On Saturday, students and alumni from the full-time, part-time, executive, and Warsaw-Illinois executive MBA programs gathered for a tailgate before the Illinois-Purdue game. The event was a great opportunity for students in the Warsaw program to interact with their counterparts in Champaign.
  • Scholarship Case Competition a Great Opportunity to Showcase MBA Skills

    The Illinois MBA Scholarship Case Competition will be a great opportunity for prospective students to practice the skills that will allow them to be successful in a top MBA program and beyond. In addition, participants have the opportunity to compete for a full scholarship to the Illinois MBA program.
  • Lots of Activity at the Illinois MBA

    Fall is an exciting time of the year at the University of Illinois. As temperatures cool off, the activites on campus really start to heat up. At the Illinois MBA, our students are hard at work, and our admissions team is already working to recruit the Class of 2013.
  • Associate Dean Lanesskog Participates in a Corporate and Social Resonsibility Conference

    Illinois MBA Associate Dean Stig Lanesskog
    Illinois MBA Associate Dean Stig Lanesskog
    Last week, Associate Dean Stig Lanesskog served as a moderator at a Corporate and Social Responsibility conference in New York. Learn more about the conference and his thoughts on the importance of incorporating CSR into the MBA curriculum.
  • Greetings from Brazil!

    Ben Moreland and Frederico Zornig at the Top MBA fair on 9-13-2010
    Ben Moreland and Frederico Zornig at the Top MBA fair on 9-13-2010
    This week, Ben Moreland and Brian Precious from the Illinois MBA admissions team traveled to Brazil to meet with prospective students and MBA alumni in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio.
  • What Does Flexible Curriculum Really Mean?

    If you are just starting to research MBA programs, it may be hard to imagine interviewing for your first post-MBA job. However, prospective MBA students should be thinking about the skills and experiences they would like to be able to convey to employers from day one. That is why we offer students a flexible curriculum. But what does this really mean?
  • MBA Picnic...MBA1s win tug-of-war!

    Last night the MBA hosted our annual Back to School Picnic. MBA1s (first-years), MBA2s (second-years), and Professional MBA students (part-time) came out to Hessel Park for a fun event. The highlight of the evening was the tug-of-war between the MBA1s and the MBA2s. This year the MBA1s were victorious in the female and male competition.
  • Busy orientation week and a boat cruise

    The students are in class today after a very busy orientation week. Last Thursday, the MBA1s (first-year MBAs) took a charter bus to downtown Chicago. The day started off with students breaking up into groups depending on their intended area of study and visiting associated companies. The marketing students went to Google, the corporate finance students went to Boeing, the human resources students went to Procter & Gamble, and the students interested in consulting went to Gallup. The day closed with a beautiful sunset cruise on Lake Michigan departing from Navy Pier, which everyone enjoyed. MBA1s had the opportunity to get to know Chicago-based alumni on the cruise.
  • MBA 1's Already Making a Difference in the Community

    MBA 1's are already making a difference in the Urbana-Champaign community.
  • The wait is over...our Class of 2012 is here!

    Yesterday the ILLINOIS MBA Class of 2010 kicked off their orientation week. The staff, faculty, MBA2s (second-years) at ILLINOIS are thrilled to welcome this amazing class to campus. The day began with all the MBA1s (first years) meeting in at select coffee houses around campus. MBA2s escorted groups of MBA1s to the Business Instructional Facility, where the 103 students had breakfast (some for the second time) and mingled. Although many students met Sunday night at the MBA Association event at Firehaus (a popular campus bar), this was the first time the entire class was together.
  • GMAT & GRE Testing

    It's been a busy summer at the ILLINOIS MBA. We are getting ready to welcome new classes to both our full-time program in August and our Professional (part-time) program in January. In the meantime, we're excited to announce two changes to our admissions policies that may be of itnerest to those considering an MBA from ILLINOIS.
  • Road to Business School

    Illinois MBA Admissions and Illinois MBA Alumni will be attending the Kaplan Road to Business School in New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago. This is a free event and a great way to learn more about top business schools.