Admission to the Business Honors Program is based on the following criteria:
Transcript Review. To be eligible for consideration, you are required to have a minimum cumulative 3.7 program GPA and sophomore standing by the end of spring semester of freshman year. Additionally, your first two semesters on the IUB campus should demonstrate success in both analytical and communications skills courses. Honors students are expected to embrace challenging coursework and candidates should show the committee a willingness to take on the Kelley curricular requirements.
Resume. Make clear the extent of your involvement in your extracurricular or work activities at IU. Visit Undergraduate Career Services for help preparing your resume. Resumes are expected to be in the traditional Kelley format as shown on Kelley Connect. Format and attention to detail are important considerations in the evaluation of your application as well as content. Resumes will be attached to the online application. If you have crucial changes or additions to your resume, you may email an updated one to email@example.com by May 1st.
Two short essays on predetermined topics. These gauge your critical thinking skill along with written communication, creativity, and – depending on the question – intellectual curiosity, independence, or citizenship. You will need to start these well before the deadline to ensure that you have time to proofread your final submissions.
Two recommendations from IU Bloomington faculty members. Applicants will ask two faculty to submit the online recommendation form (see the link below) before May 1. This gives the faculty more time to get to know you in class (and you should work to ensure you stand out!). One recommendation will come from a computational skills class, and the other from a class that enhances your verbal and/or written communication.
Computational skills course examples: BUS-K201 or K204, BUS-K303 or K304, BUS-A201 or A205, BUS-A202 or A207, any MATH class, or any ECON course.
Communication skills course examples: BUS-C104 or C106, BUS-L201 or L293, BUS-T175, any ENG course, any course from the College of Arts and Sciences where you were reading critically, writing, or giving oral presentations in the English language.
At least one course you choose should have a teamwork component that your instructor can comment on. Please try to choose faculty who know you well enough to comment on your contributions in the classroom and how you interact with your peers. It’s okay to ask an instructor from spring semester and Associate Instructors may fill out the form if they know you best; just be sure they complete the form by May 1.
One evaluation of your leadership outside the classroom, using the same recommendation form. This evaluation may come from a club advisor, organization leader (older students are acceptable), or campus employer. The recommender should be someone with an IU username in order to access the online form.
Online interview. You may be invited to participate in an individual online recorded interview in late March or April. This is an opportunity to tell us about yourself and showcase your communication and critical thinking skills. Instructions and information will be sent out after the application closes.
Be sure to apply between January 4 and March 1 of your freshman year. This is the only time you may apply.
The application closes at 5 p.m. on March 1 and late applications are not accepted. The online evaluation forms are due May 1st. You will be notified of your acceptance during the summer by mid-July.
If you were not directly admitted to the Kelley School of Business but are interested in the honors program, you will file your Kelley School of Business application the same spring semester that you apply for the honors program.
If you have any questions about admissions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective honors applicants may also visit our Zoom drop-ins that you can find on the Student Appointment Scheduler.