Kelley ACE Program

Accelerate your success with the Kelley Advanced Curricular Experience (ACE) Program

While most students in the Kelley Business Honors Program enter as sophomores, the Kelley Advanced Curricular Experience (ACE) Program provides a business honors experience for top students in their first year. This unique opportunity is offered to fewer than 100 Kelley Direct Admit freshman students. Participants in the ACE program will:

  • Be challenged academically through their first-year course block of BUS-C106 Business Presentations: Honors and BUS-K204 Honors: The Computer in Business
  • Receive mentoring from Kelley Business Honors senior students and advising from Kelley Business Honors advisors
  • Develop their leadership and professional skills with faculty and guest speakers through seminars, luncheons, and an ACE section of BUS-T175 Kelley Compass 1: The Individual

Application criteria

The ACE Program is designed specifically for a small group of well-rounded, high-performing first-year students. Application for the ACE Program is by invitation only and includes approximately four percent of the incoming Kelley Direct Admit class. Students are invited to apply via email in February and are selected based on a variety of factors including GPA and a thorough high school transcript review, along with a review of SAT/ACT scores. Invited students typically demonstrate a 3.9+ unweighted GPA and hold a composite ACT score of 34+ and/or an SAT score of 1520+, if available.

The online application opens in early February and consists of pre-recorded video interview questions.


The Kelley ACE Program is a rigorous one-year program. After their year in ACE, students will have successfully completed six credits of honors coursework. While all Hutton Honors College students are invited to take these honors courses, the ACE sections are designed to be smaller and are exclusive to Kelley ACE students. These unique versions of two of our hallmark first-year courses are designed to give ACE students a leg up in networking, faculty relationships, and professionalism.

Successful completion of the ACE Program and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 will result in an offer of admission to the Kelley Business Honors Program, which runs sophomore through senior year.

The ACE Program was the primary reason that I chose to attend the IU Kelley School of Business, and it couldn't have worked out better for my personal development. With an immediate group of friends from my ACE cohort and professors who were invested in my individual success, I quickly began to feel like IU was my home.Kaitlyn West, BS'18, Finance and Accounting

Meet the future of business

If you’d like to become a partner or plan a visit to learn more about the Advanced Curricular Experience (ACE) Program and its exceptional students, visit our Office of Development and Engagement.