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MBA Program Review
Good Experience
April 10 | 2016
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     By bloomaces 22 4
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I went back to school because even though I liked what I did, I was in an industry that would never pay me what I was worth doing it, and I couldn't find a way into a different industry. Kelley helped me make that pivot, and my salary at my next job will be 75% more than what it was before I left for school.

It helped me learn the language of business, so I now sound more intelligent. I learned about aspects of business that I didn't know existed, like operations, strengthened my vocabulary in finance and accounting, so I will be better on cross-functional teams, and learned frameworks to help me map things strategically.

Career services provided excellent guidance, even during my summer internship. I met and interviewed with companies that wouldn't have given me the time of day before through on-campus recruiting. The opportunity I found was off-campus, but through an official Kelley job board.

In terms of weaknesses, Bloomington is wonderful and beautiful, but it is very hard to be here if you are single, as pretty much the only people in our age range are our classmates. We are older than all of the other graduate programs on average. It is however, great for married students with kids, and Kelley provides a lot of activities and guidance for parents and partners.

For future applicants, show you are a team player and that you have a concrete, general idea of what you want to do after graduation.

Also, know that Kelley is great when it comes to fellowships and financial aid.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The core is tough, but you come out knowing way more than you did before. It provides and opportunity to bond and learn from your classmates who know more than you. Professors provide extra help. Our finance professor even came in on Sundays. I had classmates who would run their own sessions to teach us things like accounting.

I'd say about 75% of my electives have been good and they've offered me a way to get a diverse background of business education. When classes are bad, they get over quickly, which is the value of seven week classes. Most of our classes are based around team projects, so expect to constantly have meetings.

We have some amazing professors and very practical classes. Just about everyone takes K507, which is data analysis with excel and pricing, with Rockney Walters, who is probably the most engaging teacher I've ever had,

About job placement process

Kelley is best for consulting, corporate finance and marketing students, both in terms of consumer package goods and business to business marketing. We have companies that have come to campus for many years for all of those roles and very strong alumni networks within those spaces.

You get exposure to on campus recruiters through academies and roundtables, which are networking nights. Kelley also gives you tools and techniques to network and find a job outside of these avenues.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Location

Facilities


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1 Commented by Mo2men on April 21, 2016
I traveled to the US to do my MBA interview then I was asked to choose between 2 classes to complete my school visit. i chose Pricing class by Prof. Rockney Walters. He was incredible person and engaging. Although it was one class, he triggered many thoughts to my field.
MBA Program Review
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     By Shaqtus 1 0
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I'm sure others have said some great things about Kelley's full-time MBA program, but let me focus on one particular aspect of the program that really exceeded my expectations - the Graduate Career Services (GCS). The folks in GCS really do a great job of helping you snag (and/or discover) that dream career of yours (which, let's be honest, is the reason why most of us want to go to b-school in the first place). From day one, GCS runs the Me Inc. program, which will help guide you in telling your personal story so you'll know exactly what to say to companies when it comes time to network (this is VERY important). GCS will then edit your resume, prepare you for interviews through mocks, help you get in touch with that firm you've always wanted to work for, and much, much more. Recently, I got an summer internship offer from a company I really wanted to work for, and I have Kelley's GCS to thank for that!

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Management

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Kelley School of Business
January 28 | 2018
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     By kylealexa 20 6
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Career services is top notch. Eric Johnson can truly help you drive your career. Participate in leadership academy your second year and you'll have direct access to Eric. Plus you'll get the chance to mentor a first year during the same career track you just went for.

Bloomington is also a beautiful campus. The school is the town, so you'll mainly have age brackets between underrgad/grad. Lots of ethnic restaurants that allow you to bring your own booze, always a perk!

You should do Globase, the spring semester "consulting" project in another country. You'll spend a week working for that company and a week exploring the country. When else will you have a chance to visit places like Vietnam.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Pretty Good Overall
January 28 | 2018
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     By zsb123 32 6
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

So far I'm getting exactly what I thought I would out of Kelley. Obviously very strong in marketing but great opportunities as well if you're looking at corporate finance or operations. Consulting and banking are more difficult but if you're focused and determined, you can make it happen.

Class size is a little over 200 and being in a small college town really makes it easy to get to know your classmates well. I'm constantly impressed by many of my colleagues.

My one point of caution is know what you want out of the program before you get here. If you come in with a clear direction, the school will get you there. That can be said about any program but I think it's important.

I'd say I'm pleased with my decision at this point. I came to Kelley wanting a cheap but respected MBA, Kelley offers some of the best financial aid of any program.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Kelley is well resourced due to the undergrad side and Direct program so we are fortunate to have some great professors overall. The graduate building here is a little dated but a new career center opened up a month ago and is very nice.

Great professors overall, many of which are leaders in their field. Make sure you understand and like the academy structure. It's unique and can be very helpful if you're looking to switch fields.

About job placement process

On campus recruiting and placement is strong but many people go off campus too. You get a ton of one on one attention. It's not always easy for internationals, especially in 2018. But if you know what you want and work towards it, you'll have great opportunities.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Can be improved:

Location

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By JusTLucK04 370 401
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Background in Market Research and Consulting, India - Wanted to take a jump from the analyst to the consultant level, Global opportunities
- The first 6 months are hell - will give you a lot of opportunities to interact with different people and express yourself. Totally upto you to take a dive and interact with new people or find a bunch of students from your native country and stick with them (Erodes the value of the MBA experience)

Program is too hectic the first few months and the career services even though ranked well does not do a great job in finding ample opportunities for international students. You will have multiple offers if you donot have any visa issues.

The location is big hindrance for tech and consulting firms - Mid west and Bloomington so you have to take the pains of networking well and early on to get the internship offer you were looking for. I have heard full time recruiting is comparatively easier. A very strong and spread out alumni network so you should not have a problem finding the right contact.

I got an internship of my choice and did not have to put in much efforts for recruiting but it otherwise is a bit difficult if you are career switcher especially from tech.

Applicants - Not an easy ride. You will have to network well for the right offer but you will get a chance be it MBB or Airbnb. Know the students and the school before your interview.




Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Consulting


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MBA Program Review
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     By rishils 3 5
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

The Me Inc program at Kelley helps you discover your strengths and identify what you want to pursue and what you need to do in order to pursue your goals. Having that program upfront was very beneficial.

Kelley attracts a good set of students and the overall learning experience is wonderful. Some of the professors are leading industry consultants, authors of popular books, etc. So they bring in a ton of knowledge to the program.

Suggestion to future applicants: consider this school strongly if you want to pursue marketing and entrepreneurship. The school is in Midwest, so it becomes very attractive for folks who want to pursue their career in the CPG industry. A lot of Kelley alumni is working in the CPG industry.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
First Semester at Kelley
January 04 | 2017
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     By rcnet87 20 6
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Non-business background prior to attending business. The Core during the first semester has provided me with a great foundation for upper level courses and my internship. The culture of the school is great and everybody at Kelley is there to ensure you're on the right path for your future career. The academy structure provides me with great insight into the industries I'm interested and also provides further networking opportunities with on-campus companies. For career opportunities there are tons of on-campus companies for marketing, supply chain, and finance. Bloomington is a great town and if you think you fit into Kelley's culture, you cannot go wrong with attending IU.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Investment Banking


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MBA Program Review
Most Collaborative MBA Family
January 04 | 2017
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     By kgrocks 12 6
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Most collaborative MBA family in the US. Even though classmates are the competitors for jobs yet they will help you out no matter what. The faculty, the career services are just amazing and will give you that extra nudge to help you succeed. For me, the business school experience has been more like as if I am in a family and everybody wants me to reach the pinnacle of success and get the job of my dream. We have had so many sessions by our 2nd years to help us out in our interviews as well as the overall growth that it is amazing to see the amount of efforts put in by everybody for our success. The culture of giving back to Kelley is something unique and I have already started giving back by helping my prospective juniors.
I am so glad I chose Kelley over other programs.
#GoHoosiers

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Location

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
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     By VP85 7 6
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Everyone, including faculty and students, are passionate. The program significantly improves every year. Get in touch with current students, called Hoosier Hosts. They will answer all of your questions.

The first, core semester was spent in teams of five. Each team was as diverse as possible. International students, veterans, women, ethnic minorities, accountants, etc. were distributed so that each team had one or two of each. In addition, we took a personality test and each team included different personality types.

I came from a Liberal Arts background. I had no formal business training prior to arrival. I found the first semester extremely intense and challenging. All future semesters have been much more manageable and less stressful. I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short period of time. I am now able to dig deeper into different subjects.

The school is respected among the best business schools. We attend conferences, case competitions and job interviews along with other top schools, and are considered peers.

Kelley has the largest alumni base and the most C-suite executives of any school. Even if you're from the coast, like me, don't discount this Midwestern location. If you're looking at top schools, Indiana University should be on your short list.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The core is very rigorous. Kelley graduates are known for outstanding collaborative and analytical skills.

About job placement process

The #1 focus is Marketing, both to consumers and to businesses. There are great programs for other concentrations as well. Many students head to Chicago upon graduation, though many travel elsewhere.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Parking spot availability during construction


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MBA Program Review
Kelley Direct Review
November 25 | 2016
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     By AndrewDRihn 1 1
This review is for: Kelley
Program:

Kelley Online MBA Program

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The program is incredibly flexible, the professors are responsive, and there is nothing lite about this distance learning MBA program. While the program is flexible it is still incredibly demanding, but rewarding at the same time. Each class I've had so far there have been some sort of collaborative effort that takes place, which is one of the knocks on distance learning. While there is still room for some improvement the Kelley faculty are always looking to improve their product. The program has a strong brand behind it, the career services personnel are always looking to improve as well, and the program is reasonably priced for the value it provides in the marketplace.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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