Why does IU Kelley get so much hate despite being a top ranked school?
Excuse this shameless defense, but just some thoughts - IU Kelley seems to get fairly strong support here from users on WSO, however I feel like I still semi-regularly see people say that it is a "joke school". That seems to be the most common descriptor, but I'm not sure why that is when considering it consistently ranks in the top 10-20 Business schools in the US. Their W-street placement for a big 10 is school is strong, and placement into high-tier consulting firms (Big 4, Accenture, etc) is even greater. I'm pretty new here but have been lurking for a while now and think that these facts about Kelley are often overlooked. IU itself is actually a world-renown University and attracts A TON of foreign wealth, particularly Chinese billionaires that send their kids to Kelley or to IU's other top-ranked programs. As a result, Bloomington is quite the global city and a hub for research. Not to mention the fact that IU has several selective exchange programmes with universities such as LSE, Oxford, and Sciences Po.
I know I am just bitching, but like I said - I think most users give the school credit, but there are still a healthy amount of users who say this shit, which I assume to be yuppies at LACs in the NE. I think that perhaps the only thing that IU Kelley has going against it is the fact it is in Indiana. Clearly almost all of of the "Target-schools" are located in the NE and naturally have a significant regional advantage to W-street over other schools. Just because it's not a "target" school for W-street does not mean its a joke school. IU Kelley is a top-ranked B-school and has a ton going on, especially in tech and analytics. I know that the focus here is mostly on I-Banking, but still. I can say that these programs placement in Consulting and Tech giants (Google, Facebook, Salesforce) are insane with the majority of graduates going into these companies.
Conclusion - the notion that IU is a "joke school" is a joke.