Kelley School of Business

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Coordinates: 39°10′20″N 86°31′06″W / 39.17218°N 86.51843°W / 39.17218; -86.51843

Indiana University
Kelley School of Business
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Motto One School.
Endless Possibilities.
Established 1920
Type Public business school
Parent institution
IU Bloomington
Dean Idalene Kesner
Students 5,480 (Bloomington, 2009).
1,950 (Indianapolis, 2009)
Undergraduates 4,710 (Bloomington, 2009).
1,200 (Indianapolis, 2009)
Postgraduates 770 (Bloomington, 2009).
750 (Indianapolis, 2009)
Location Bloomington & Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations The Washington Campus
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The Kelley School of Business is a top ranked business school of Indiana University Bloomington in Indiana, United States. As of 2009, approximately 5,500 full-time students are enrolled on its Bloomington campus, as well as 1,750 students at the Indianapolis campus. In addition, 1,300 students study for graduate degrees through the school's online program "Kelley Direct".[1]

Kelley has historically been ranked as one of the elite business schools in the country by BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist Intelligence Unit, and other business news outlets. The undergraduate program has recently been ranked #8 in the nation by BusinessWeek. Alumni from the Kelley school hold leadership positions in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and academic institutions around the world.


Kelley School of Business, Bloomington

The School was established as "School of Commerce and Finance" of Indiana University in 1920. It was subsequently renamed "School of Business Administration" in 1933 and "School of Business" in 1938. In 1997 it was named "Kelley School of Business" after its alumnus, E.W. Kelley, Chairman of the Steak n Shake Company, gave a substantial donation of $23 million.

Initially it resided in the Commerce Building constructed in 1923 (William A. Rawles Hall since 1971), moving to the Business and Economics Building in 1940 (called Woodburn Hall since 1971) and finally to today's Business School building in 1966.

Although they had been holding classes in Indianapolis since 1961, it wasn't until the Fall of 1974 that the Kelley School of Business officially expanded to Indianapolis. It resides in the Business/Spea building on the IUPUI campus. During the expansion, it was said that the Kelley School of Business is "one school, one faculty, one curriculum in two locations." The dean's office is located on the Bloomington campus, but two positions, Executive Associate Dean - Indianapolis and Associate Dean of Indianapolis Research and Programs, were created to lead the Kelley School of Business curriculum, faculty and programs at IUPUI.[2]

Completed in 2003, the $33 million Graduate and Executive Education Center provides state-of-the-art learning facilities to the Kelley School's graduate and executive education students and houses some of the nation's top-ranked programs and research centers. Featuring elegant limestone and oak architecture, the building provides students and faculty with every imaginable technological advantage and connects with the undergraduate facilities via a two-story limestone walkway.

In the Summer of 2005 interim Dean Dan Smith was appointed to be the new dean of the school, replacing Dean Dan Dalton who stepped down in 2004.

In a ceremony on October 21, 2005, the Kelley School renamed its Graduate and Executive Education Center in honor of William J. Godfrey, an alumnus and successful businessman who bequeathed land valued at $25 million—the single largest gift in the Kelley School's history.[3]

On March 30, 2012, the Kelley School renamed its Undergraduate Building Hodge Hall in honor of James R. Hodge who gifted $15 million to help renovate and expand the facility. The $60 million expansion and renovation of Hodge Hall broke ground in May 2012 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.[4]

In June 2012 Dean Dan Smith stepped down as Dean of the school after serving as dean for seven years to take a new position as President and CEO of the Indiana University Foundation.[5] On May 9, 2013, interim Dean Idalene Kesner was announced as the new dean of the school. Dean Kesner is the first woman to serve as dean of the Kelley School of Business.[6]


Business School Ranking
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[7] 8
U.S. News & World Report[8] 8
Bloomberg Businessweek[9] 15
Forbes[10] 19
U.S. News & World Report[11] 21
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[12] 21

The Kelley School of Business attracts top tier students from around the world and is one of only three in the nation for which all undergraduate and graduate programs rank in the top 20 of the US News & World Report college rankings. Kelley was ranked 8th, tied with Carnegie Mellon University and University of Texas at Austin, for its Undergraduate Business Program according to US News & World Report. Kelley was ranked 8th for its undergraduate B.S. program in business by Bloomberg Businessweek in their 2014 rankings and 15th for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program by Business Week in 2012;[13] it was ranked fifth for regional MBA programs by the Wall Street Journal in 2007. According to Buisiness Week, the average SAT score (except for writing) is about 1357 out of 1600.

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked its full-time MBA program at #15 in the 2012 edition (acceptance rate of 39% with average GMAT of 671), and at #4 among all public universities.[13] Its top-ranked MBA program for full-time residential students has been cited in Business Week as one of the favorites of corporate recruiters looking for general managers, marketing talent, and finance graduates.

Other definitive publications, including The Princeton Review and Money, have recognized various Kelley programs as among the best. Teaching quality in core classes has been ranked #1 in the nation by both the Princeton Review and Business Week in their latest issues. The school's doctoral program has contributed to overall teaching and research excellence by sending more than 1,000 doctoral graduates to key positions in industry and academe. Most recently, Kelley's undergraduate school was ranked 8th in the nation by Business Week, one behind the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. The entrepreneurship program was ranked #1 in the nation among public business schools in the same report.[14]

In 2010, U.S. News ranked these undergraduate programs in the top 10 in the nation:

  • Accounting: 6th
  • Entrepreneurship: 4th
  • Finance: 9th
  • Management: 5th
  • Management Information Systems: 10th
  • Marketing: 4th
  • Production/Operations Management: 9th
  • Quantitative Analysis: 8th
  • Supply Chain: 10th
  • Real Estate: 7th

In the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report[15] the school was indexed as the 24th best business school in North America.


The Business/SPEA Information Commons on the Bloomington campus serves the research and study needs of students and faculty of both the School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

The Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center[edit]

The Godfrey Center

The Godfrey Center has 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2) of classroom and office space for use by graduate students, corporate recruiters, executive visitors and administrators. It houses administrative offices for the Master of Business Administration program, Kelley Executive Partners, Kelley Direct, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and graduate accounting and information systems programs.

The Kelley School renamed its Graduate and Executive Education Center in honor of William J. Godfrey, an alumnus and successful businessman who has bequeathed land valued at $25 million.

The building features classrooms and other facilities that maximize student-faculty interaction in a collaborative setting. The most wired building on the Bloomington campus, it features both direct and wireless connectivity that will help students both inside and outside the classroom. Other special features include a trading room, which includes informational resources comparable to most Wall Street firms, allowing students and faculty to monitor the markets, develop financial products, and engage into trading activities with other counterparties. The Princeton Review recently ranked Kelley's quality of facilities as #2 in the nation.

Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center[edit]

In spring of 2012, the Undergraduate Building was named Hodge Hall and construction started on a $60 million project to update the undergraduate facility used since 1966.[17] During the initial construction, an additional 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m2) of space will wrap around the existing building and include new classrooms, meeting rooms, collaboration space, and a student commons. In phase two, the existing building will be renovated. The expected completion date is Fall 2014.


The Kelley School considers its career services to be among the best in the country. In Business Week’s 2008 undergraduate rankings, Kelley earned an A+ for job placement based on the quality of Kelley's students and its recruitment program.[18]

A number of Fortune 500 companies regularly recruit and hire students directly from the Kelley School's undergraduate and MBA programs. These companies make bi-annual recruitment visits to Kelley's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses in order to conduct interviews and network with students.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Greg Kitzmiller - Marketing Director for Bayer AG and Bayer USA (1981 - 1995)
  • Jack Wentworth - Past dean
  • Dan Dalton - Past dean
  • Wayne Winston - Operations and Decision Technologies
  • Craig Holden - Finance
  • Scott Smart - Finance
  • Andrew Ellul - Finance
  • Neil Morgan - Marketing
  • Raymond R. Burke - Marketing
  • Shelli Yoder, visiting lecturer - Former Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Congress


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