IU Bloomington, IUPUI and Kelley School of Business ranked among nation's best by U.S. News, Forbes

  • Sept. 9, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University’s core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis again were recognized in rankings issued by U.S. News and World Report.

For the third year in a row, U.S. News ranked the undergraduate program at IU’s Kelley School of Business in the top 10. Today, Kelley also learned that its MBA program is ranked among Forbes’ top 20.

IU Bloomington continues to be among U.S. News’ top 30 public national universities and was ranked 75th in the broader list of "best national universities."

“It is wonderful to see IU Bloomington once again ranked among the nation’s finest universities,” said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “These rankings reflect the outstanding dedication of our faculty and staff, the worldwide impact of our researchers, and the remarkable achievements of our students and alumni. As we near our bicentennial in 2020, we are excited to focus on aligning our renowned schools, centers and programs to achieve even greater excellence.”

Also a tier-one school in U.S. News rankings of national universities, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ranked 16th in a new measure of institutions’ commitment to undergraduate teaching.

U.S. News included IUPUI among several institutions where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Tied with IUPUI were Arizona State and Michigan State universities and Washington University in St. Louis.

Previously, U.S. News has ranked IUPUI as an “Up-and-Comer” university. It was ranked 199th in the broader list of “best national universities.”

"IUPUI’s continuing national ranking among Best Universities emphasizes our deep commitment to student success," said IUPUI Chancellor and Executive Vice President Nasser Paydar. "Our latest recognition by educational leaders from across the country for the quality of our undergraduate teaching highlights the great strength of our innovative undergraduate programs, including learning communities and service learning, which help us foster a dynamic and responsive environment that supports academic quality and student achievement and connects us to the broader community."

IUPUI and IU Bloomington were recognized for offering programs that help both incoming freshmen and undergraduates to succeed. Both campuses were cited for their first-year experiences, which help freshmen to feel more connected to the campus, while IUPUI was recognized for its learning communities and service learning programs. Study abroad programs at IU Bloomington were cited as a “stellar example” nationally.

While the two IU campuses were recognized by U.S. News, the Kelley School also celebrated new rankings of both its undergraduate business and its full-time Master of Business Administration programs.

In its annual survey, U.S. News ranked Kelley’s undergraduate program 10th overall, tied with Cornell University and the universities of Notre Dame and Southern California. Seven of its specialties were ranked in the top 10, and two more were in top 20. Kelley was sixth in entrepreneurship, seventh in accounting and in marketing, eighth in management and in management information systems, and 10th in finance and in productions/operations management. Its quantitative analysis offerings were ranked 11th, and it was ranked 17th in supply chain management/logistics.

Kelley ranked second among Big Ten institutions and is fifth among those at public universities. The results are based solely on surveys by U.S. News of business school deans and senior faculty.

In Forbes’ biennial survey of American MBA programs, based solely on the return on investment achieved by graduates five years after receiving their MBAs, Kelley was 20th. Forbes ranked Kelley third in the Big Ten and fifth among public universities. The publication surveyed alumni about their pre- and post-MBA compensation, career choice and location.

“We’re very proud to be considered among the best of the best by our business school peers; we are definitely in good company,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “We will continue to work to solidify the Kelley School’s position as a leader in providing an innovative, personalized curriculum that makes our graduates among the most desired by hiring companies.”

Highlights of the America's Best Colleges rankings were published online Sept. 9 and will appear in its Best Colleges 2015 Guidebook. Forbes published its rankings on the same day.

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