Future Freshmen

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.

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.


Step 2: Meet GPA and test score criteria

  • Earned the required test score:
    • a composite ACT score of 30, or
    • 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 petition through our website to be considered for Kelley direct admission.


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!

Petition for Kelley direct admission

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 petition and we encourage you to make the effort—more than 65% of submitted petitions 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 petition.

Typically most competitive petitions exceed the direct admission criteria in either test scores or GPA. For instance, a student might have a 3.9 GPA or 32 ACT. 

The middle 50% of approved petitions 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

Important petition dates

September 10
Petition opens
You do not need to be admitted to IUB in order to petition.

December 17
Priority deadline
Petition by December 17 to receive priority consideration.

January 28, 2022
Priority deadline notification
If you petition by December 17, you will receive a direct admission decision by 5 p.m. ET on January 28, 2022.

March 18, 2022
Final consideration deadline
Your petition will be reviewed on a case-by-case and space-available basis.

April 15, 2022
Final deadline notification
If you petition by March 18, you will receive a direct admission decision by 5 p.m. ET on April 15, 2022.

Note: If you've submitted a petition and received a confirmation email, do not submit a new petition. This will overwrite your original date of submission and cause delays in review and decision.