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Real Humans of Indiana Kelley’s MBA Class of 2021

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In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we head to the Midwestern U.S.  There, known as a research stronghold with outstanding faculty, Indiana’s Kelley School of Business offers top-notch degree programs with campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis.  U.S. News and World Report ranked Kelley #21 in Best Business Schools (tie), #9 in Part-time MBAs (tie), and #1 in Online MBAs. In 2018, the Princeton Review named Kelley #10 Best Professors, based on student feedback.

Kelley is home to world-recognized centers and institutes for research in the following domains:

  • Brand Leadership
  • Business Analytics
  • Center for Excellence in Manufacturing
  • Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management
  • Econometric Model Research
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Global Sales Leadership
  • Indiana Business Research
  • International Business
  • Leadership Excellence
  • Life Science
  • Real Estate
  • Retailing

So, who will be calling Bloomington “home” for the next two years?  135 students comprise the Full-Time MBA Class of 2021. Women represent 33 percent of the class and minorities 24 percent. International students account for 36 percent of the student group. The average age of a Kelley MBA student is 29 (though ages range from 23 to 40) and altogether, they arrived on campus with an average of 5.6 years of previous work experience. The Class of 2021 earned an average undergraduate GPA of 3.34 and their average GMAT scores landed at 666. The majority of Kelley students hold undergraduate degrees in science and engineering (39 percent) Another 33 percent had studied business administration and 22 percent social sciences and humanities.

Clear Admit sat down with six Kelley first-year students to learn more about what brought them to Bloomington. 

Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.