Faculty and students of the program agree that the student body's diversity and work experience lead to interesting class discussions and provide an excellent opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the global economy.
There are approximately 106 students enrolled in the Illinois State MBA Program.
About one-half of on-campus MBA students were undergraduate business majors, about one-tenth were undergraduate engineering majors, and the rest come from a wide range of majors such as philosophy, biology, theater, and psychology.
The average age of incoming students is 29.
Forty percent of students are female.
Thirty percent of students are members of underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
Forty-eight percent of students are full-time, with the others working full-time and coming to campus part-time for courses. Most of the part-time students are mid-level managers, supervisors, or staff specialists. Working professionals enrolled in the program have an average of 6.6 years of work experience at the time they begin the MBA program.
Twenty-five percent of students are citizens of 30 countries from around the world, such as Bangladesh, Brazil, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Paraguay. Although work experience is not a prerequisite for admission, these full-time, international students generally come into the program having had professional work experience.