Joined: Nov 26, 2013
700 Q43 V42
This review is for Kelley
Program Full Time MBA
Class of 2016
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.
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,
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)
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Curriculum, Classes, Professors
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.