IUPUI and IU business degrees

February 14, 2008
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The undergraduate business program at IUPUI used to let in just about anyone. At one point, only the bottom 10 percent of a high school graduating class was steered to Ivy Tech or elsewhere.

Got a business degree from IUPUI? It wasn't something to brag about.

As with many things at IUPUI, this is changing dramatically. For several years, the bar at the Indianapolis business school has been near 30 percent, and it probably will rise as Bloomington moves ahead with plans to elevate its own threshold above the existing 50 percent.

If you're a student, which program do you prefer? If you hire people, which do you like best?

  • Being a student at the Kelley School in Bloomington, I would have to say that I prefer Bloomington. The professors here are really what make the school and it is just not the same experience in Indy. What Indy does provide that Bloomington can not is the proximity to many companies and organizations for internships, jobs, and ease for part-time professional students.

    Both are great schools that just offer different amenities.
  • Having been a student at Kelley in Bloomington but also took summer courses at IUPUI, I think that Bloomington is a much stronger program as a whole. I understand that Kelley's Bloomington program is created for full time students while Indianapolis is more for part-time students, but the difference is noticable in the coursework. When in Bloomington, the word going around was that if you were having a problem with a I-CORE pre-req, take it at IUPUI because its easier. While this may have been nothing more than a rumor, there was validity to the statement. The coursework at IUPUI was usually easier than that of Bloomington.

    The one benefit to Kelley Indianapolis is that it makes internships and part time work much easier beacuse of its proximity to many businesses. The Undergrad Career Services Office did a good job on summer internships, but it can't replace the accessibility of companies within walking distance.

    Ultimately, the mantra of One school, two campuses does hold true. The requirements aren't that different, but the standards are. However, both are good, solid programs and are worth recognition.

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