Rankings & Recognition

 Outstanding College Alumni Award Recipient

Anthony E. SpeiserAnthony E. Speiser, CPA
B.S. Finance, 72

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Fast Facts

NIU's accountancy program has ranked continuously as among the nation's elite by Public Accounting Report, a leading industry publication in the field of accounting.

NIU accountancy students continue a long tradition over more than three decades of superior performance on the CPA exam as compared to state and national pass rates.

NIU business students who sat for the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) exam in the summer of 2010 lead the exam pass rate. 

The college is considered one of the leading institutions in the country when it comes to incorporating ethics into coursework. Since its inception more than 5 years ago, the college’s BELIEF Initiative has been studied and adapted by universities across the country.


College of Business

NIU's College of Business is nationally recognized in academic and industry circles for its teaching, research, and public service. The college is distinguished by its ability to narrow the gap between thinking and achieving. Among the ways the college demonstrates this is by providing students with broad academic excellence combined with hands-on learning situations in actual organizations. Among its many achievements, NIU's College of Business is recognized for its active engagement in the Chicago area business community as well as for its nationally and world-renowned faculty, the majority of whom served as business professionals before earning their PhDs.

For a more detailed list of recognitions, visit NIU’s College of Business website.

College of Business Earns National Rankings

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

U. S. News & World Report

  • Best Colleges 2015: At #133, NIU's Undergraduate Business Program has been ranked among the best for nearly two decades
  • Best Grad Schools: NIU’s Part-Time MBA Program ranks 118th best in the nation

Best Business School for VetsMilitary Times

Sales Foundation.org

Top in TaxTax Talent

  • Educational Survey Results: NIU's College of Business ranks nationally as the 11th best undergraduate accountancy program, 9th best master of science in taxation program, 9th best master of accounting science program

Public Accounting Report

Sales Education Foundation

College of Business Earns Academic Prestige


  • AACSB International: The NIU College of Business has achieved continuous accreditation from the AACSB since 1969 and is among the top schools of business accredited for business and accounting. Less than 4 percent of business colleges worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation, the highest credential of excellence for business programs