"Be challenged to follow your passion so that your life's work has significance to you, as well as to our society."

Our objective in the Oakley School of Business is to help each student define his or her calling in life and grow as a leader.


Our challenging curriculum provides the technical and professional skills you need to succeed, as well as a game plan for life.


We offer internships to all of our undergraduate students who are in good standing to help them build their resumes.


Our faculty provides students with practical experiences of what makes the business world work, and what makes it fail.


Our classes are small, so you have the unique opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with our talented faculty and fellow students.

Becoming a Leader

My leadership roles taught me the importance of empathy, acceptance, and understanding. I learned so much about digging deeper into the motivations of others. That skill helps with everything I do now.
Jay Austin '15, Founder, InitialSignatures
Fun Fact: Athletic Director Josh Rabe was a standout player on the Hawks from 1998 to 2000 and even played for the Minnesota Twins in 2006!

Degrees & Programs

Special Programs

Contact us

For more information about the Oakley School of Business, contact the Dean of the Oakley School of Business, Dr. Cynthia Haliemun, at 217-228-5432 ext. 3067 or send us a message: