Kelley School of Business, INDIANA, BLOOMINGTON - ADMISSION

    Bloomington, IndianaLocation
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    EStd 1920established year

    Kelley School of Business 2021-2022 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Established in 1920 as the ‘School of Finance and Commerce’, Kelley School of Business offers admissions to an array of undergraduate and graduate programs and finds its roots from Indiana University. The School is a renowned name in the US Education System that has witnessed an immense success rate since its founding years of 100 long years.

    The student strength at the institute has increased from 70 in 1920 to more than 12,000 in 2019. The school hosts two campuses across Indiana: Bloomington and Indianapolis and accepts admissions to both for undergraduate as well as graduate courses in fall and spring semesters. The international community at the institute accounts for 17% of the total enrollments of more than 10,000 on a yearly basis.

    An acceptance rate of 37% is observed at Kelley School of Business when offering letters of place which makes it a highly selective organization of the country. Admission applications at the institute are reviewed based on individual merits and qualities with emphasis on academic performance.

    Some salient points to be noted when applying to the institute are as listed below.

    • Admissions can be made through CommonApp/CoalitionApp/IU Application Portal
    • Graduate Applicants are required to submit the application through KSB Graduate Application Portal.
    • KSB Graduate accounting program accepts only TOEFL scores.
    • Indian PG applicants are required to have 4 years of bachelor’s or three years of bachelor’s with one year of master’s.
    • The organization offers a variety of scholarships and awards as financial aid for its students.
    • Applicants can apply for MBA before their GRE/GMAT tests. However, the test scores must be submitted prior to confirmation of admission.


    Application Portal Indiana University Online Portal; Common Application; Coalition Application
    Type Public
    Affiliation The Washington Campus
    Campus Area Urban Area
    Average ACT Score 31
    Average SAT Score 1441
    Academic Calendar Semester based
    Intake Sessions Fall and Spring Semesters
    Acceptance Rate 37%
    Financial Aid Scholarships, grants and loans
    Official Website

    Kelly School of Business Admission Deadlines

    Term Early Action Deadline
    Fall February 1
    Spring (January start) September 15
    Summer January 1

    Kelly School of Business International Student Admissions

    The Kelly School of Business has its international centers in more than 30 countries across the globe to ensure a better admission environment for the School’s international community. Students willing to take up programs at the School are advised to follow the below-mentioned guidelines.

    How to apply?

    Application Portal: Applicants can apply for international admissions via IU Application Portal, a common application for US universities or Coalition application

    Application Fee: Applicants must transfer an amount of 65 USD (non-refundable) for online international application process.

    Basic Admission Requirements: Applicants are required to submit the following set of documents within 15 days of receiving the confirmation mail:

    • Transcripts of High school or equivalent senior secondary school
    • Scorecard of English Proficiency Test (Test codes for SAT: 1324 ACT: 1210 TOEFL: 1324)
    • Submit your IU-specific essay. For applicants applying via Common Applications, this essay is known as a writing supplement.
    • A document approving the applicant’s financial status.
    • At least one letter of recommendation is mandatory
    • An updated resume highlighting the educational qualifications and professional experience
    • Letter of intent / Statement of purpose
    • Financial affidavits

    English Proficiency Test Scores

    Applicants whose native language is not English need to undergo an English Proficiency Test like TOEFL, IELTS and clear the cutoff marks set by the School. Following is the list of accepted tests:

    TOEFL (iBT) 79
    TOEFL (pBT) 550
    IELTS 6.5
    MELAB 79
    SAT (Evidence based) 560
    ACT (English Section) 21
    PTE 53

    Visa Process for International Students

    The international applicants are requested to apply for the visa to study in the USA once their admission to Kelley School of Business is confirmed. Following steps can be followed to ensure a safe approval of student visa:

    • Collect the I-20 form from the Office of Kelley School of Business.
    • Pay the SEVIS fees and collect its receipt.
    • Apply for an interview in the nearest embassy for visa

    The documents that will be required for the visa processing are:

    • Electronic application form
    • Receipt of the application fees paid
    • A passport.
    • One photograph
    • 1-20 form from the university
    • Transcripts of the institutes attended
    • Evidence of English proficiency, like test scores of TOEFL or IELTS.
    • Bank statements showing enough funds to pay for tuition fees and living costs in the U.S.

    Kelley School Of Business Undergraduate Admissions

    The Kelly School of Business offers 18 majors, 4 minors and a certificate program for students opting undergraduate studies. The acclaimed majors of the institute include Accounting, Finance, International Business, Digital and Social Media Business, Professional Sales, among others.

    Enrollment deposit: 100 USD

    Application Requirements: Applicants should submit the following documents electronically at the time of admission through ATLAS (An online portal for International Students) :

    • High school diploma/ transcript
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or equivalent
    • A brief essay (200–400 words) focussing academic and career plans and any special interest
    • SAT/ACT scores:
    • Additional Documents: Counselor/teacher recommendations, work experience, leadership experience, community service.

    Kelley School Of Business Graduate Admissions

    More than 94% graduates from the institute land with an offer letter within 90 days of graduation. The institute offers Masters, Executive, PhD programs to all its applicants at the Indiana University campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Although the specific requirements vary for each program, the general admission requirements remain the same.

    Where to Apply: IU Graduate Application Portal

    Application fee: 75 USD

    The requirement for top 5 programs offered at the Kelley School of Business are listed below:

    Requirements Master Of Business Administration In Accounting Master Of Business Administration In Finance Master Of Business Administration In Business Analytics Master Of Business Administration In Marketing Master Of Business Administration In Supply Chain And Operations
    Application Fee 65 USD 65 USD 65 USD 65 USD 65 USD
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
    Essay Required Required Required Required Required
    Resume Required Required Optional Required Optional
    Gmat Score 664 664 664 664 664
    Gre Score 314 314 314 314 314
    Work Experience (Preferred) 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years
    Letter Of Recommendations Recent Supervisor Recent Supervisor Recent Supervisor Recent Supervisor Recent Supervisor

    Additional Requirements for other masters programs are as tabulated below.

    Course Application deadline Application Requirements Minimum English Language Proficiency
    MS in Accounting Fall: December 1 4-year bachelor/equivalent, GPA: 3.2, GRE/GMAT, Resume, Personal statement,
    Interview on a rolling basis, LOR
    IELTS is not accepted.
    MS in Finance December 1 4-year bachelor, Academic record, Personal statement, LOR, GRE/GMAT, Resume, Interview TOEFL iBT: 105

    Students applying for international admissions at the institute when seeking to study in the USA must pay close attention to the deadlines released on the website. No applications are accepted after the priority submission date. Students can apply for admission via the online admission portal of Indiana University, Common Application or Coalition Application.

    The English Proficiency Test scores of not more than 2 years old are acceptable. Students must keep an eye on the University website for COVID- 19 updates. University releases important letters every week to ensure proper execution of guidelines.

    The school reviews the application as a whole where academic scores, standardized test scores, co curricular indulgence, and other documents are reviewed crucially. The admission decisions for undergraduates applying for early action are released by January 15 and for those applying for regular decisions are released by March 15. Applicants applying after February 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis.


    Ques. Is it necessary to attend the winter session organized at the Kelley School of Business?

    Ans. The winter session at Kelley School of Business is equivalent to the summer session where students can grab more opportunities to earn credit points.

    Ques. What is the status of residence halls at the IU campuses of Kelley School of Business?

    Ans. The residence halls at Kelley School of Business will remain active during the course of the semester. Further details can be received from the Office of Accommodation.

    Ques. Will there be testing for Covid-19 on campus of Kelley School of Business for students?

    Ans. Students coming to Kelley School of Business from foreign countries need to self-quarantine themselves for 14 days before joining the campus activities. The students planning to reside in apartments and Greek halls need testing before starting their tenure.

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