IU Kelley School undergrad business program ranked second among public institutions, seventh overall

  • Dec. 5, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranks second among public institutions and seventh overall in a new ranking of undergraduate degree programs by Poets & Quants, the leading online publication for business education news.

Kelley also ranked No. 1 among public institutions in the alumni survey about the quality of their academic experience. The undergraduate program also ranked fourth among public institutions in terms of employment success.

At the same time, Poets & Quants acknowledged the rigorous standards for acceptance into the Kelley School. The program ranks sixth highest among public institutions and 19th overall in an analysis that weighs the enrollment of students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class, acceptance rate and average SAT scores.

The rankings are based on a comprehensive review of statistics, including three equally weighted categories: admissions standards that measure the quality of incoming students; responses of an alumni survey of 2014 graduates about their experiences; and employment data that includes internships before senior year and full-time employment within 90 days of graduation.

“We want to give the best possible experience to our students while providing a rigorous, relevant and personalized education, and these rankings reflect that,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “Our students know they have to work hard, but they understand the rewards of that when they set out on their internships or careers and are able to make an impact right away.”

In its profile of the school, Poets & Quants said "respondents from Kelley's graduating Class of 2014 are more satisfied than nearly every other business school ranked by Poets & Quants."

The school received a 9.23 overall alumni satisfaction score, based on a 10-point scale, and Kelley alumni were "more likely to recommend their alma mater to a friend than any other alumni base." Alumni also gave Kelley a 9.18 score (out of 10) on the "effectiveness" of the school's career advising effort. The school received "A" grades from alumni in response to 11 of 12 questions asked, including "A-plus" grades in response to eight of the questions.

"We've worked really hard to create a customizable, flexible curriculum that allows students to choose from a really diverse menu of disciplinary avenues," Joshua Perry, Glaubinger Chair for Undergraduate Leadership and undergraduate program chair, told the publication. "These include everything from traditional business disciplines to more cutting-edge opportunities, like sustainable businesses, international business, business analytics and many others."

Poets & Quants, one of five education websites operated by C-Change Media, was founded and is led by John A. Byrne, former executive editor of Businessweek and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company. He created the first regularly published rankings of business schools.

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