IU Kelley Transfer Prospects

Hi everyone,

I am currently a freshman direct-admit at IU's Kelley School of Business looking to transfer.

I have almost completed the first semester, and I'm fairly certain I will end with a 4.0 (currently have above 96% in all of my classes, even with 18 credit hours. None of my finals seem difficult). I am involved in 6 clubs, a business fraternity, and have established leadership roles (only freshman with board positions in 2 of the clubs and pledge class president). I am a part-time intern at a consulting firm and have been a finalist in multiple case competitions. 

While I feel Kelley does an excellent job preparing students for the business world, having 2,700 students in my class makes the program feel too much like an assembly line. I am looking to transfer to target schools for IB (Wharton, Stern, Ross, Mcdonough, McIntire, Duke, Dyson).

The main issue is that my high school GPA is very low (~3.55 UW, 3.85 W). My high school test scores were also pretty low (31 ACT), but I recently retook the ACT with minimal studying and got a 35. I believe I can study more and achieve a 36. Much of this underachievement was due to intense mental health and identity issues that I addressed during the pandemic, and my growth followed instantly.

How realistic are my selections? Is there anything I can do to prove my growth as a student and hopefully overshadow my high school grades?

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Comments (7)

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Nov 25, 2021 - 12:50am

The general rule of thumb is that the longer you are in college the less your hs grades matter. I'd say that you would be better off transferring in a year rather than right now personally. You'll build an academic track record with an upward slope as well as an extracurricular history longer than 3 months.

Also don't waste your time retaking the ACT that score is already exceptional and there is very little difference between 35 and 36(akin to someone with a 1540 sat retaking for a 1600).

If I were you I would try my luck this time around, get glowing recs and see if you can chat one-on-one with the admissions counselors where you want to go. Also try to build a portfolio of some sort that will set you apart if you have any sort of paper or project you've been working on. Also after you apply send updates of your grades/life(more so grades) to the admissions counselors in the spring- keep the relationship ongoing!

Best of luck to you as you begin to apply, if you end up not getting in I would stress reapplying next year as a lot of junior spots open up typically as students change majors/drop out bc that's when it really starts to get serious. Also keep in mind there are spring transfers to- just food for thought🙂

  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Nov 27, 2021 - 4:51pm

What's the point of transferring after sophomore year if recruiting is wrapped up by late sophomore spring?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Nov 28, 2021 - 10:29am

FT recruiting. I got a solid offer for my junior summer from my complete non-target but got a buy side offer after transferring because the firm  recruited on campus. Don't underestimate the difference in recruiting between non-targets and targets. 

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Nov 26, 2021 - 10:41am

I'm an IU grad and I saw many students transfer throughout my time there. A lot of students went to Northwestern from IU, which suggests it's feasible especially for a student like you. I'd recommend looking into it a bit more.

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