How to become a Direct Admit at the Kelley School of Business
When you begin at IU Bloomington as a Kelley Direct Admit, you can immediately determine your academic and career path. From the day you arrive on campus, you will start working with Kelley academic and career advisors.
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.
How to apply for direct admission
Direct admission is automatic if you meet the criteria. If you don't, it's OK! There's another path to direct admission. It's called a review request.
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Have you completed your application to IU Bloomington by November 1?
Incoming Direct Admit class profile
Pursue a world-class business education with students who come to Kelley from throughout the United States and more than 30 different countries. Our current incoming Direct Admit class includes 2,055 students.
Kelley direct admission and review request FAQ
IU does not round up GPAs. 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, 2024.
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 application doesn't take long to complete. If your GPA and test scores end up meeting the automatic direct admission criteria, your review request is saved in our system. If they do not meet the auto criteria, then you already have a review request submitted and nothing else to worry about.
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.
Please limit your responses 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 first year students, 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 first year stduents and many of those accounts are renewable. This means that we are typically able to make only two to three dozen new general first year student awards each year. If you qualify, you will be invited to apply for eligible scholarships.
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.