BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business continues to deliver a quality experience for undergraduate students, as demonstrated through record enrollment gains and another top 10 ranking among all business schools in the U.S. News rankings.
Kelley also was ranked 10th last year and continues to be ranked second among its Big Ten peers and sixth overall among public institutions. The school has ranked in U.S. News’ top 10 in four of the past five years.
“We always appreciate being seen as a top 10 business school through rankings like these, but also important to us is the confidence placed in our program by our students and their families, who see tremendous value in the education we offer and our talent-management model, as well as from companies across the country and the world who recruit our graduates,” said Kelley Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner.
She noted that Kelley prides itself as often being a “first mover” among its peers through initiatives such as Kelley Compass, which helps students build their personal brand, its I-Core program enabling students attain an understanding of the cross-functional relationships between finance, marketing, operations and leadership, and its ethics simulation.
This fall, the Kelley undergraduate program had the largest class of freshman direct admit students in the school’s 100-year history — 1,973 students — with an average entering grade-point average above 3.9 and an average SAT score of just over 1434. Overall enrollment totals nearly 7,940 students and the program has seen gains in the number of admitted women and underrepresented minorities. Female enrollment has risen by 115 percent since 2011, and underrepresented minority enrollment has grown by nearly 224 percent over the same period.
Kelley’s entrepreneurship specialty remains first among public schools and third overall, and its accounting program moved up from sixth to fourth overall. Seven other specialties also were ranked in the top 15, including marketing (sixth), management and management information systems (seventh), finance (ninth), production/operations management (11th), quantitative analysis (12th), and supply chain management/logistics (15th).
U.S. News only ranks undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and results are solely based on surveys of deans and senior faculty. Its peer-assessment score is based on two years of data about programs that are considered the best in a variety of specialty areas.
In U.S. News’ new rankings of national and regional universities, IU Bloomington climbed 10 spots overall and once again is listed among the nation’s top 40 public universities. In a year in which the overall category of national universities expanded in size by about 80 institutions — from 336 to 418 — IU Bloomington increased its ranking to 79th and rose to 31st among public universities, up eight spots from last year.