Your New Student Orientation (NSO) experience is a whirlwind of excitement, nerves, and learning a lot of information. We understand that you may forget a few things, want to revisit some new concepts, and have questions along the way. The information provided here will guide you through preparing for your first semester at Indiana University.
Your Advising Team is here to help. Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions after reviewing this information.
What to Expect Before, During, and After Orientation
The Advising Pass is important in helping the enrollment room advisors know your interests, ensure you plan around any expected transfer credits, and interesting general education courses you’ve found.
You will take two or more placement exams prior to arriving for NSO. The required ALEKS math placement and Foreign Language placement exam scores are used to help advisors determine which courses to suggest students take. Other exams such as Biology, Chemistry, and Calculus are also available.
Some students will be waiting on AP, IB, dual credit, and/or transfer credit scores to post during the summer. When you meet with an advisor during Day 2 of NSO, they will help interpret what scores satisfy or possibly waive a requirement.
Explore what the Kelley degree entails and what majors are available. We also recommend you spend some time seeing what courses interest you.
Check out Explore Programs to get an idea of a possible minor, or area of interest to enhance your Kelley major.
The more information you can gather prior to your Kelley NSO, the better an advisor can help you in creating a great fall schedule!
Become familiar with the services that UCS provides and the connections you can look forward to making.
Presentation given by Kelley academic advisors about degree, with emphasis on courses taken in the first year.
Begin planning first semester courses and network with fellow Kelley students!
You'll meet with a small group of Kelley students in a computer lab, and individually build your fall semester schedule to enroll in courses.
Several Kelley academic advisors will be available in the enrollment room to help.
Parents are welcome to take advantage of the FYE fast track programs during this time.
AP and IB: Enroll in classes considering your potential AP/IB scores and possible credit that you might receive. Wait to enroll in courses for which you have taken AP/IB exams until you have received your scores. For reference, see the AP Exam Chart and IB Chart.
ENG-W 131 Test Credit Exemption: Based on your ACT or SAT score, you may be exempt from English Composition at IU Bloomington. Exemption does not result in any credits earned; it is only a waiver of the requirement. You may still earn AP, IB, dual credit, or transfer credits for ENG-W 131, even if you are exempt from the requirement.
Math Courses: Math courses are recommended based on your ALEKS score. Students generally take one Math course per semester, if both MATH-M 118 and MATH-M 119/MATH-M 211 are needed.
If you took placement exams for Biology, Chemistry, or Calculus, please let an advisor know. If in a rare case you take one of these exams after NSO, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the results of your placement exam so your fall schedule can be reviewed for accurate course enrollment.
Your Registration Plan that resulted in your fall schedule was produced in a joint effort by you and a Kelley advisor. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the following notes:
The advisor provided recommended courses based on your performance on placement exam(s), interests and Kelley and IU requirements. The final course registration list is made by you. You assume responsibility for all academic expectations.
As a student, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the requirements of your degree and for planning your courses to make degree progress.
AP or Transfer
After you have received your AP scores and have checked your record for received transfer credits, review your Class Schedule to ensure you are not repeating a course. We do not want you to repeat a class for which you have received AP or transfer credit.
Your IU Email
Official university communications will be sent to your university email address. You are expected to check your email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with university-related communications.
30 credits are needed by the end of your first-year to be considered sophomore standing. If you do not reach 30 credits, you may be unable to enroll in sophomore year courses and scholarships may be impacted.
A minimum grade of C is required in each I-Core Prerequisite course. A 2.0 Cumulative Program GPA is required to remain in good standing at Kelley. Scholarships may have additional grade and GPA requirements that are higher than Kelley requirements; refer to your scholarship information for more details.
If you have further questions or concerns after you leave Bloomington, please send an e-mail from your IU e-mail account, to email@example.com. This email account is monitored throughout the business day by advisors to answer any questions you may still have.
Some courses will require students to dress in business professional attire for presentations and other assignments. Be sure to bring at least one business suit/professional outfit with you to IU.
You are responsible for comparing your Class Schedule to the Final Exam Schedule to ensure you avoid final exam conflicts. Most conflicts can be resolved by changing class times. If you have questions related to changing class schedules, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First-year BUS courses that do NOT have exams during finals week are listed below:
BUS-C 104 / BUS-C 106
BUS-K 201 / BUS-K 204
BUS-A 100, MATH-M 118 and EDUC-X Help Courses
Courses are available to enhance a student’s learning of difficult concepts in BUS-A 100 and MATH-M 118.
EDUC-X 105 | BUS-A 100
This class assists students in mastering accounting information and determining the best study strategies for accounting.
Students must be co-enrolled in a section of Accounting, BUS-A 100, during the same eight weeks. Any student who drops BUS-A 100 must drop this course.
EDUC-X 101 | MATH-M 118
Instruction and guided practice in techniques for learning from printed materials. Emphasis is on graining information from text and practical retrieval and discussion of concepts. Much of the work is done on an individual basis.
Students must co-enroll in any section of MATH-M 118 at IU Bloomington. Any student who drops MATH-M 118 must also drop this course
Based on the results of your Indiana Academic English Test, you may be required to take one or more Second Language Studies (SLST) courses in your first semester or first two semesters at IU Bloomington. See your advisor for details.
You must see an HHC advisor at least once in your first semester at IUB; you may view the HHC handbook and additional information online.
If you are interested in applying to Hutton Honors College, you must be enrolled in at least 14 credits. All graded courses will count towards the 14 credits that you need in your first semester. Please see an HHC advisor for more information.
Kelley students will use the Windows IU 365 Version of Microsoft Office applications – Access and Excel, in the required technology classes. Other programs such as “@Risk”, which runs inside Excel, may also be used. If you have another version of Microsoft Office, you should uninstall and install the free IU version of Office 365. Instructions for @Risk or other program installation will be provided during the course requiring the program.
BUS-K 201 and BUS-K 303 require the Windows operating system for in-class material, assessments and exams. The courses extensively use keyboard shortcuts, and function keys need to be enabled. Since the keyboard on a MAC is different, not all of the shortcuts taught in class will have an equivalent. “Bootcamp” is the only MAC substitute software allowed, which can be installed to run a Windows environment on a MAC. UITS (University Information Technology Services) has a service to install Bootcamp as it is a dual boot software, and not a typical program install. However, UITS will require the laptop for 1-2 weeks and charge for the service. Given the complexity of using a MAC with Bootcamp, many students end up using a computer lab for these assignments.
Note: Kelley faculty surveyed students and 50% of MAC users had wiped the MAC OS to run only Windows within the first year at Kelley.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your confidentiality by placing certain restrictions on the disclosure of information contained in your educational records. The Kelley School of Business is committed to protecting this confidentiality.
No 3rd party, including your parents, may have access to your educational records unless you specifically authorize them to do so in writing. If you wish for any third party to have access to your records, you may consent to waive your rights under FERPA by completing the FERPA Release of Information Form online and specifically listing the individuals to whom this information may be released.
If you consent to waive your FERPA rights, you have the right to inspect any records released pursuant to the consent, and you have the right to revoke the consent at any time. You have the absolute right not to consent to the release of your educational records, and you should not feel any pressure to do so. Read more about Student Privacy & Rights.
3rd Party Access
Grant access to your bursar bill, 1098-T tax form, grades, class schedule, financial aid award or summary, and other personal information to any person(s), such as a parent, guardian, or spouse. You can set up as many 3rd party users as you wish (e.g., both of your parents) but each user will need a separate login.
You are on this academic journey with your student, and we value the support networks that students have. Kelley provides an office dedicated to engaging parents and families. Learn more about how to support your student and network with other parents.
Interacting with the Advising Office
Parents are welcome to join their student in a meeting with an advisor, we just ask to be made aware beforehand for preparations. For emails sent to an advisor or the general account, your student will be cc’d on all responses. If an email is sent, and you are not listed on your student’s FERPA release, you will receive general information regarding your question but will not be specific to your student.
3rd Party Access
To view information as a 3rd party (parent, spouse, sponsor, etc.), your student must have completed setup of your 3rd Party User Account. The account could include access to view the bursar bill, 1098-T tax form, grades, class schedule, financial aid award or summary, and other personal information.
BUS-X170: How Business Works
You’ve been pre-enrolled in this course. You'll start your coursework online during the summer before your first semester. In BUS-X170: How Business Works, you'll get an introduction to real-world business practices, work with four Kelley instructors, and get familiar with IU technology.
Starting your first semester as a Kelley student can be exciting, nerve-wracking, and full of possibilities. We encourage you to make connections with fellow students and the advising office. Upon arrival, you’ll begin having explorative conversations about your academic journey and learn how to be a successful Kelley student by:
Group Advising Meeting: A Welcome Week event with your assigned advisor
Explore the Student Portal for general advising questions and degree information
AAR: Review your Academic Advisement Report, which is a record of your college course history and current degree requirements.
iGPS: iGPS is your short-term and long-term planning tool. The iGPS Course Search allows you to search for courses by term and course attribute.
Student Center: Make changes to your course schedule, financial, and personal information.
Dual Degree Information: If you are interested in pursuing a dual degree from an IU Bloomington school outside of Kelley, visit Explore Programs for information on recommended first classes in other programs.