Academic Policies & Procedures

Academic Regulations

Academic Standing

Academic standing is determined by the total number of credit hours completed toward graduation.

  • Freshman standing:  fewer than 26 credits completed
  • Sophomore standing:  26-55 credits completed
  • Junior standing:  56-85 credits completed
  • Senior standing:  86 or more credits completed

Term Load

A typical academic load is 15 to 17 credit hours per term. Students wishing to register for more than 19 credit hours in a given term should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher or have attained a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous full term. To enroll in more than 19 credit hours, students must see a business academic advisor for authorization.

Addition of Classes

No course may be added after the first week of a full term or the first week of a summer session unless the instructor of the class recommends that an exception be made to this policy and there is seating room according to the fire code. Because of the nature of the work, the length of the class, or group assignments, some instructors only allow students to add their courses during the first week of a term.

Business Courses Numbered 300-499

Enrollment in business courses numbered 300-499 is limited to the following students:

  1. Kelley School students.
  2. Non-Kelley School students who are planning to complete one of the business minors or a Business Foundations Certificate.
  3. Non-Kelley School students who are registered for degree programs requiring specific business courses (such programs include Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Health Administration, Journalism, Sports Marketing and Management, Informatics, and Telecommunications). Enrollment will be permitted only in required business courses. Prerequisites must be fulfilled for admission to business courses.
  4. Other students with specific permission of the department offering the course (departments may choose to declare certain courses as open enrollment courses).

Credit for Self-paced Independent Study Courses

The Kelley School faculty and staff strongly advise students to complete all their coursework in the classroom. The school will, however, accept a total of six credits of self-paced, online or correspondence independent study courses toward some portions of the degree. Because of their basic importance in the degree program, the following courses may not be taken in a self-paced independent study format: admission courses, business courses, I-Core prerequisites, and ECON-E 202.  In addition, the IU General Education Curriculum courses must also be completed in classroom settings.

Note: All correspondence/distance education courses, taken through IU in the intended graduation semester, must be completed three weeks prior to the end of the semester to allow time for final grades to be posted.

Credit for Courses Taught in Virtual Classrooms

The Kelley School does permit students to take required courses in "virtual" classrooms or in hybrid course formats.  These courses may be taught wholly or partially online as long as they:

  • Are taught within a semester frame of reference.
  • Involve the active participation of students with the instructor and other members of the class on a regular basis, throughout the term.


Kelley School students are encouraged to pursue internships; those interested should contact the Kelley Undergraduate Career Services Office (UCSO). During the term (summer, fall, or spring) of the internship, students should enroll in BUS-W 499 (no credit).  If they also choose to enroll in BUS-X 498 (includes academic work, for credit), they should enroll in this course according to the guidelines on the UCSO website. Students apply for authorization to enroll in either of these courses through the UCSO website at

Physical Education Courses

A maximum of 4 credit hours of physical education (HPER-E xxx) courses may be used for supplemental credits and applied toward the 124 total credits required for graduation.

0-level Music Courses

A maximum of 4 credit hours of 0-level Music (MUS-? 0xx) courses may be used for supplemental credits and applied toward the 124 total credits required for graduation.

ROTC Courses

Indiana University grants academic credit for ROTC courses offered by the Departments of Aerospace Studies and Military Science. Credits earned for ROTC courses may be used for supplemental credits and applied toward the 124 total credits required for graduation.

Prerequisites for Business Courses

Students must have the prerequisites on their IU transcript or be currently enrolled in the prerequisites exactly as indicated in the notes of the online Schedule of Classes for each course.  A student who does not have documentation of completion of a course's prerequiste will be removed from the course at the beginning of the term.

Duplication of Credit

Before enrolling in any course, students are strongly advised to check with a Kelley academic advisor about potential problems with cross listing or course duplication.

Transfer of Integrative Core Credit

Students who expect to earn the Bachelor of Science in Business from the Bloomington campus must complete the courses in the business Integrative Core on the Bloomington campus.

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