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If you’re a business major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you know that the Gies College of Business will prepare you for success. From freshman to senior year, the opportunities truly are endless. So grab your neckties and blazers because here are four reasons why UIUC actually means business.

1. You Dress to Impress (before you even need to impress)

Before you even start school as a freshman, you’re required to buy a suit. During your orientation they break down the do’s and don’ts of professional attire, including but not limited to: pantsuits, pencil skirts, and of course, the standard suit and tie. You learn the difference between business professional, business casual, smart casual… they cover all the casuals, and before you’ve even taken your first Business 101 class, you look the part of a successful businessperson.

2. Resume Reviews

You have your suit ready, you’ve started your first days of class, but your business career is only just getting started because within the first three weeks of stepping on campus, you’ll be building and revising your resume. Not only that but your resume gets reviewed by experienced grad students or a business professional from any of the Big Four accounting firms: Ernst & Young, PWC, Deloitte, and KPMG. From these interactions, it isn’t uncommon to get job shadows and at the very least, you’ve received advice about your resume from someone who knows what companies look for when interviewing a potential hire.

3. Career Fair

What do you call an event where Microsoft, Amazon, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Allstate are all in the same room? You call it Career Fair! You also call it one of the greatest aspects of UIUC’s College of Business that happens not once but twice! Though Career Fair is targeted more towards upperclassmen, it isn’t unheard of to get an internship as a freshman. However, many students who don’t get that internship their freshman year keep in contact with the reps they meet and form a relationship that later helps them get jobs right out of college. So in your first month at UIUC, you can say you talked with a Fortune 500 company.

4. The Man. The Millionaire. The Gies.

Just last week, Larry Gies, a University of Illinois alum donated $150 million to the University’s College of Business, the largest gift in the history of this school. It’s only fitting we name the college after him! After all, the greatest business schools all have names. Despite his generous contribution, Gies humbly addressed the business students saying that he believes the greatest students are on this campus. He passionately declared that there should be no reason why someone who wants to attend UIUC isn’t able to because of financial reasons, which is just one way this money will be used. Another way? In the inspiring words of Larry Gies and with the help of every student, this money will contribute in making this “the best business school on the earth.”


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Sarah Chang

"Here's to the crazy ones...because those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."


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