SIU College of Business nearly doubles new student enrollment goals

Southern Illinois University



SIU College of Business nearly doubles new student enrollment goals

September 25, 2012, Darla Huff


The College of Business (CoB) at Southern Illinois University surpassed its Fall 2012 enrollment goals with a total new student increase of 18.2 percent. This number nearly doubles the original goal college leaders had in mind.

This 2012 – 2013 academic year marks the highest number of applicants the college has recorded during the past five years in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Actual new student head count in COB is up for the fourth consecutive year.

“These trends show that the college is headed in the right direction during a very trying time in higher education,” said Dean Dennis Cradit in the College of Business.

Additionally, enrollment for undergraduate online programs in the College of Business increased 55.2 percent. In particular, the undergraduate online degree-completion program in Business and Administration (oBSBA) has seen a 120 percent increase in enrollment during the past year – a notable statistic given the current wavering economy. 

“The undergraduate online program is a great way for people to continue their education in an AACSB-accredited, quality educational program and get the flexibility they need to fit the demands of their personal life,” said the COB’s Director of Enrollment Management, Jill Gebke.

These positive numbers include graduate programs as well. The college’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program earned its own 79.5 percent student increase since Fall 2011, and the residential MBA program saw its numbers increase by 16.7 percent.

“One goal the university has set is to make students understand that although this is a major research institution, we work very hard to provide a small-college feel. I think these numbers bear this out,” Cradit said.

College leaders credit a number of initiatives for COB’s growth. The college utilizes more- coordinated outreach efforts using the university communication system and current College of Business students.

The college provides its own in-house opportunities to business students: scholarships, minority affairs, career counseling, registered student organizations (RSOs), tutoring and a variety of career services, including résumé-building, mock interviews, externships, internships and study abroad options. New freshmen are able to join the college’s own Freshman Interest Group (FIG) housed in Brown Hall. These FIG students benefit from group events, guest speakers and career opportunities; they also take part in the college’s iPad U Program, which supplies iPads to students during their first academic year.

“Students seem to be selecting SIU College of Business for its personal time and attention to students,” Gebke said. “We provide an array of services and promote outreach efforts to our students for success; all the while providing great academics in the classroom. Students really find a great blend of a research institution with the heart of a teaching college.”

For more information about the SIU College of Business, look online at or call 618/453-3328.