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News Release

Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

November 28, 2006

NIU accounting program figures
among the nation's best, again

DeKalb, Ill. – Professors across the nation have once again rated Northern Illinois University’s public accountancy programs among the elite in the nation.

The Public Accounting Report’s 25th Annual Professor’s Survey, ranked NIU’s undergraduate program 11th in the U.S., and its graduate program 10th. Both rankings are the same as last year.

The recently released survey asked professors in the field what five programs they would recommend to students interested in entering the field. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs have been a fixture on the lists almost since their inception

“We are very proud to once again find ourselves in the upper echelon of programs on this list,” said Chair of the Department of Accountancy Jim Young. “The goal of this program has always been, and continues to be, sustained excellence, so it is very satisfying to be included on this list year after year.”

Inclusion in the rankings places NIU in some highly regarded company including six Big Ten Schools (including Illinois) and Notre Dame. The top two schools (for both graduate and undergraduate programs) were Texas and Brigham Young, respectively. NIU was among the smallest programs ranked, and one of only five where the highest degree available is a masters.

“These rankings reflect the outstanding faculty, staff and students that we have at NIU,” said Young. “We are honored to carry on the tradition of excellence established by our colleagues over the past 35 years.”

The NIU Department of Accountancy graduates approximately 200 undergraduates a year and 100 master’s students. The program is currently ranked 25th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report Magazine.

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