Begin your moment at Indiana University Bloomington as a directly admitted Kelley business student
When you begin at IU Bloomington as a Kelley Direct Admit, you will bypass the admissions requirements current IU students must meet to be accepted into the program. This means you will start working with Kelley academic and career advisors from the first day you arrive.
Direct admission is only offered to first-year students who are entering in the fall semester. Students who matriculate in the spring semester, transfer students, and students not intending to major in a Kelley business degree are not eligible for direct admission.
Questions about direct admission? Check out the FAQ below.
Earning Kelley direct admission
Step 1: Apply to IU by November 1
Apply to Indiana University, beginning August 1, the fall of your senior year of high school.
Select one of our Kelley undergraduate business majors as your intended major on your IU Bloomington application. This selection isn't permanent—you will likely change your major as you move through the Kelley curriculum. For Common App applicants, you can choose one of 13 Kelley majors listed with "BSB" (bachelor of science in business). This includes “Business Exploratory BSB,” which enables you to explore all Kelley majors.
an SAT score of 1370 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math)
Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale in high school. We will use the highest GPA that is sent to IU Admissions from your official high school transcript. In most cases this is the weighted GPA.
If your record does not meet the criteria above or you wish to apply under test-optional guidelines, you will need to request a review through our website to be considered for Kelley direct admission.
Learn more about IU’s test-optional admissions policy and how IU superscores.
Step 3: Receive your admission decision from IU and Kelley
If you submitted all of your application materials by November 1 and meet the admissions criteria, you’ll hear from us four to six weeks after you are admitted to IU. Students will not be notified if they have not been offered direct admission.
Your IU admissions letter will say “Pre-Business” as every student who is admitted to IU is admitted as a “Pre-Major” until their school admits them.
Once you've decided to join Kelley, pay your $100 enrollment deposit—now you’re officially a Kelley. Congratulations!
If you do not meet the admissions criteria or missed the November 1 application deadline, you must request approval for direct admission to Kelley. This is called a review request and we encourage you to make the effort—more than 65% of submitted requests are approved and the process takes just 10 minutes to complete.
The Kelley Admissions team does not inform students that they did not meet the criteria for direct admission. If you did not meet the requirements, the Kelley School does not know you’re interested in direct admission unless you make a review request.
The middle 50% of approved review requests for fall 2020 were:
GPA: 3.70 to 4.0
SAT superscore (Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing): 1290 to 1390
ACT superscore (Composite): 28 to 32
September 12 Review requests open You do not need to be admitted to IUB in order to submit a request.
February 1, 2023 Final deadline to submit a request If you submit a request and receive a confirmation email, do not submit a new one. This will overwrite your original date of submission and cause delays in review and decision. Candidates who do not meet the February 1 deadline may pursue standard admission to Kelley.
April 14, 2023 Notifications guaranteed If you submit your request by February 1, you will receive a decision by 5 p.m. ET April 14. Notifications will be released on a rolling basis. All candidates will have a status update by April 14.
How to submit a review request
Complete application to IUB and select one of our Kelley undergraduate business majors as your intended major. You can change this major later.
Fill out a review request to be considered for Kelley direct admission. The request will autofill your GPA and test score (if applicable), and allow Kelley to access your transcripts. You will be asked to answer one question in 250 words: What has been your most significant achievement in the past three years?
You must submit a review request for Kelley direct admission.
If you meet all requirements for direct admission, you will need to change your major to become a Direct Admit. You can make changes to your submitted application by visiting Step 3 on the IU Office of Admissions website. This change may take 7 to 10 business days to process. Only once your major changes and Kelley verifies you have met all requirements will you be offered direct admission. If you do not meet all direct admission requirements, you must submit a review request for Kelley direct admission after your major changes.
For Common App applicants, "Business Exploratory BSB" is a Kelley major and enables you to explore all of our majors. "Exploratory" is not a Kelley major.
No. You can submit a review request as soon as your IU username and passphrase is active. In most cases you can submit a request within a week of applying to IUB. Don’t delay—the final deadline to submit a review request is February 1, 2023.
No. The Kelley School doesn't know you're interested in direct admission unless you submit a review request. You must take the steps to make the request.
If you aren’t 100% sure you meet the direct admission criteria we recommend you submit a review request. The review request takes 10 minutes to complete. If your GPA and test scores end up meeting the automatic direct admission criteria, your review request is simply deleted from our system. If they do not meet the auto criteria, then you already have a review request submitted and nothing else to worry about.
No. Every student who is admitted to IU is admitted as a “Pre-Major” until their school admits them. If you meet the admissions criteria, you’ll hear from us 4 to 6 weeks after you are admitted to IU. If you do not meet the admissions criteria, you must submit a review request for Kelley direct admission.
Yes. The Kelley School of Business does not view any portion of your IU application or Common App. The review request will include your GPA, test score, transcripts, and answers to the questions on the request. Your response should be limited to 250 words.
No. The review will include your GPA, test score, transcripts, and answers to the questions on the request form.
You may include any information you feel the committee needs to know when reviewing your request for direct admission. Examples could include an injury or life event that affected your academic performance or mental well-being. The Additional Comments sections is not for an additional short answer topic or continuation of the short answer.
In your review request, you will be asked to answer one question: What has been your most significant achievement in the past three years? Please limit your response to 250 words.
Any student who is directly admitted to Kelley through the automatic process is considered for Kelley-specific scholarships. These awards are sponsored by private donors who set the selection criteria. Eligibility requirements may include academic merit, financial need, major of study, etc. Due to the highly competitive nature of scholarships for Kelley freshmen, preference is given to Direct Admits who automatically meet the criteria.
Most Kelley scholarship donors choose to support current undergraduate business majors (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). A relatively small number support incoming freshmen and many of those accounts are renewable. This means that we are typically able to make only two to three dozen new general freshman awards each year. If you qualify, you will be invited to apply for eligible scholarships.
No. Kelley Indianapolis and the Kelley School of Business at IU Bloomington offer separate undergraduate programs within the Kelley School with different majors, admissions requirements, and policies. To earn direct admission to Kelley in Bloomington, you must meet the automatic direct admission criteria or submit a review request.
Directly admitted students will work with Kelley advisors at New Student Orientation. Our advisors do not meet with incoming freshmen before summer orientation.
Congratulations! You can submit your intent to enroll and become an official Hoosier and Kelley. You’ll also find next steps to guide you through your first semester.
We are excited that you have completed IU Bloomington’s intent to enroll and paid your enrollment deposit. There is no separate deposit for the Kelley School of Business—you’re good to go. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
You can still earn a degree from Kelley through standard admission. You will take one year of Kelley I-Core prerequisites—the exact same courses you take as a direct admit—and make degree progress.