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Indiana University Kelley School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: June 11, 2022.

School Data

Tuition & Fees In-State: $48,446*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $146,749*

Average Debt: 28,332

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

International: 5%

Minority: 10%

First generation college students: 4.1 (as of 2020)%

Acceptance Rate: 49%

Average SAT: 1,438

Average ACT: 32

Average GPA: 3.89

HS Class Top Ten: 67.97 (as of 2020)%**

*The total tuition and fees for the most recent graduating class. This does not include books, room, or board.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University ranked No. 11 this year, climbing 8 places from its No. 19 spot in last year’s rankings. The B-school climbed up from its 17th spot in 2020’s rankings and 2019’s 13th-place finish as well.

Kelley had an acceptance rate of 48.96% this year, slightly more exclusive than last year’s rate of 50.65%, and this year’s incoming class had an average SAT score of 1438 — a few points up from last year’s average of 1432.

At Kelley, business education is founded on professional and leadership development, and Kelley students graduate with strong employment outcomes. Some 89% of the Class of 2021 had at least one business-focused internship before graduation, down only slightly from last year’s 91%, and 96.47% of the Class of 2021 was employed full-time within three months of graduation, up a few percentages from last year’s 93.98% for the Class of 2020.

Additionally, a great 91.25% of surveyed 2019 alumni reported that their first job after graduating was in their desired industry, and 85.00% said that first job was at their desired company. Of the three methodological categories, Kelley had a stellar performance in the Alumni Experience category, coming in 2nd.

Kelley’s undergraduate business education is best characterized as one that emphasizes professional and leadership development through its comprehensive curriculum and industry-specific workshops. 


Kelley students have access to 19 majors and co-majors including Accounting, Business Analytics, Digital and Social Media Business Applications, Digital Technology Management, Economic Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Law, Ethics, and Decision-Making, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Professional Sales, Public Policy Analysis, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainable Business. 

At the core of each of these majors is the Kelley Compass. Often considered the DNA of the Kelley curriculum, Kelley Compass is a set of classes taken once per year during the first three years of the undergraduate education. 

The first course is “The Individual,” in which encourages students to better understand themselves by creating a comprehensive and market-ready personal-branding deliverable. The second course is “The Team,” in which students collaborate with teammates to construct strategies for real-world problems. Students also develop professional resumes and cover letters through this course. 

The third course is “The Business Professional,” in which students learn important skills such as self-awareness, self-management, and leadership. This final course focuses on emotional intelligence and real-world, practical applications. 

The Kelley Compass courses are highly characteristic of the type of education and values that Kelley strives to instill in each of its students: One that nurtures both hard and soft skills to develop a nuanced individual, team, and ultimately, business professional.  

And many Kelley alumni agree. Surveyed 2019 alumni rated the quality of teaching at Kelley a strong 9.1 average rating. When asked to rate the opportunities offered at Kelley to nurture and develop their soft skills in business such as verbal and written communication skills, adaptability, delegation, and time management, 2019 alumni gave a strong 9.6 average rating. 


The Kelley education places heavy emphasis on specialized skill development. Students can gain industry-specific knowledge and build in-demand skills by applying to one of Kelley’s 19 workshops that range from investment banking to consulting. 

“I was a member of the Investment Banking Workshop during my undergraduate years,” one 2018 alumni told us. “I was faculty-selected into an intensive program preparing students to enter the investment banking industry and was trained in fundamental valuation techniques through participation in weekly lectures and Training The Streets seminars.” 

Another 2018 alumni highlighted his experience in Kelley’s consulting workshop, where he and a group of 30 students developed the necessary skill sets and network for a career in consulting. 

“The experience melded distinctive teaching that provided me a core consulting toolkit, hands-on learning through case studies and case competitions, and access to a network of peers and alumni in the industry I looked to work in,” the alumni told us.

Kelley’s industry-specific workshops are a prime example of how the b-school strategically develops market-ready business professionals for nearly any career. Through these workshops, students can build the necessary skills and knowledge while making meaningful connections in their chosen industry. 

“The workshop programs are incredibly unique and valuable at the Kelley School of Business – being part of the Investment Management Workshop not only prepared me for my future career but connected me and put me in front of top employers for internship and full time opportunities,” one 2018 alumni told us. “The rigorous coursework, seminars and networking opportunities as well as the commitment by faculty and upper class-men members to this program made it invaluable to my undergraduate experience.”

Alumni say:

“Just about every business class held real-world work simulations and projects to some extent. These focused on a real-world problem, working with a team to find a solution, and communicating that solution through paper or presentation. Some of the key classes included large capstone projects that require in depth research and problem-solving skills.”

“My senior year I co-founded the ‘Failing Successfully’ summit at Kelley which was aimed at breaking down the perception that you have to be perfect to excel in the business world. This is important to me because if you don’t fail, you don’t try. And my worry with many business school students is that they’re so focused on perfection, they stop focusing on creativity and innovation. It also addressed the mental health component associated with these concepts. Something that is near and dear to my heart.”

“Indiana offered me a life-changing experience allowing me to study abroad at ESADE Business School, a prestigious European University. Additionally, Kelley empowered me with the tools and resources to get my dream job in Silicon Valley working as an analyst at venture-backed startups.”

My capstone Course for my honors program was one of my favorite classes because of the engagement from the professor the ability to talk about real things in the classroom and having a completely comfortable and creative environment to learn and ask questions.”

“I led a consulting group whom worked with a jewelry manufacturer in Havana, Cuba, and helped create a strategy for them to enter the US marketplace and set up a business plan. It was my first experience getting deep into the realm of real world business, and building something from the ground up. We were able to help them set up a LLC, import their products into NYC, create a website to promote e-commerce, and set up shop successfully.”

Where The Class of 2020 Went To Work:

EY – 53

Deloitte – 49

PwC – 32

Grant Thornton LLP – 21

Protiviti Inc. – 16

Oracle America Inc. – 15

Bank of America – 13

KPMG, LLP – 17

Kohl’s – 13

Huron Consulting Group – 13

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions
1309 E. Tenth Street, HH2030
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1701
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From the Kelley School of Business:

At the Kelley School of Business, we turn promising students into the finest professionals. And we do it in a way that only we can. It’s the reason our undergraduate program is ranked No. 1 among public universities and No. 4 overall by Bloomberg Businessweek.

You’ll have every opportunity to zero in on your interests, master the fundamentals and intricacies of business, develop impressive communication and presentation skills, and get real business world experience—even as a freshman.

Our undergraduate students have the talent to succeed, the humility to grow and the tenacity to persevere. They develop the emotional intelligence and professional habits required for a successful—and rewarding—career.

The result? You’ll be ready to turn critical moments into lasting career momentum.


A Kelley education will challenge you and shape your future. Through our innovative curriculum, you will gain hands-on experience in marketing, finance, operations, management, ethics and global business—regardless of your major (and we have 18 of them).

Our faculty, staff, alumni and students will guide and support you as you discover your talents, strengths and opportunities.

Signature programs at Kelley include:

Kelley Compass, a three-course professional development program, will define your values, build your personal brand, and refine your teamwork and leadership abilities.

Global Foundations Core will teach you how to analyze and interpret the influences that drive the global economy. The course culminates with an optional international trip that enables you to apply new skills to local companies. Sixty-one percent of our students participate in 59 study abroad programs.

I-Core—a Kelley rite of passage—was pioneered by our faculty in 1964. It encompasses four classes and a 10-day intensive real world business case experience during your third year that test how far you’ve come since your freshman year.



Your Kelley moments will transform you into a confident, skilled professional who can succeed anywhere. Your career options will be many—95 percent of new graduates report full-time employment within 90 days of graduation.

This success starts with preparation. That’s the specialty of our Undergraduate Career Services Office (UCSO), ranked No. 1 for career advising among top 50 schools. The expert UCSO career coaches will work with you to identify your ideal internship and career, create an effective resume, give an authentic and impressive interview, and more.


When you join Kelley, you join our family of more than 100,000 alumni—a powerful global network of business connections who share your business school background and help look out for your future. Kelley grads are leaders at Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, P&G, Kraft, EY, and Whirlpool, as well as successful entrepreneurs.


See firsthand how Kelley can take you from moment to momentum, and explore what it’s like to be a business student at the quintessential Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. Plan your visit.