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Use the following information to find useful application tips, and what to do right before—and right after—you apply.
- Start your application
We highly recommend that all freshman applicants complete the IU application online. Our online application is easy to use and it’s secure. Upon completion, it will give you immediate confirmation that we’ve received your application.
You can also print, fill out, and mail our PDF application.
Please note that IU is not a part of the Common Application.
- Review these helpful application tips
Are you using a desktop/laptop and have you enabled pop ups?
We know you love your mobile device, but, unfortunately, phones and tablets are not recommended for use in completing the online application. Also, if you are using Safari or Chrome, make sure you allow popups and enable third-party cookies to ensure that your application and fee payment will be submitted correctly.
If you are an Indiana resident, did you tell us whether you are a 21st Century Scholar and indicate the type of diploma/honors you will receive?
We need to know if you are a 21st Century Scholar, what type of diploma you will be receiving, and whether you have received certain honors. When you are completing the application, make sure you check all the boxes that apply when you are filling out the “Education Information” section. Please indicate if any of the following apply to you:
- 21st Century Scholar
- Core 40 Diploma
- IB Diploma
- AICE Diploma
- Academic Honors Diploma
- National Achievement Scholar
- National Merit Semifinalist
If you don’t have a major in mind, have you marked yourself as exploratory?
Many students come to IU wanting to explore their options for a major—and that’s a good thing! If you are undecided about a specific major, mark “Exploratory (general)” on your application. If you know you would like to study in the College of Arts and Sciences but are undecided about a specific major, choose “Exploratory (College).”
Have you accurately described your high school senior year schedule?
Make sure you include your full senior schedule (not just fall courses) in your application. Here are some pointers:
- If your school is on semesters, list your fall and spring class schedules.
- If you have full-year classes, list them once for fall and list the same classes again for spring.
- If you’re on trimesters, use fall, winter, and spring; list your classes three times, once for each term.
- If you do not have enough space, you may omit nonacademic classes such as music, art, and physical education.
Have you accurately entered your birthdate?
When entering your date of birth, do not use the tab key because this can result in incorrect data being entered and can delay the processing of your application.
Have you transposed any of your numbers?
Review your numbers to make sure you haven’t accidentally put numbers in the wrong order.
Would you like to submit supplemental information with your application such as a teacher or counselor letter of recommendation or an activities resume?
If so, letters of recommendation or other supplemental documents should be submitted with the official high school transcript using your school's process for submitting electronic or paper transcripts. (Please note that letters of recommendation are not required as part of the application process and do not play a significant role in the review for admission.)
Did you indicate you will be submitting a fee waiver?
Please note that the application fee can be waived for students who have demonstrated financial need through the submission of a completed ACT, SAT, or NACAC fee waiver form by their high school counselor. Your application will not be processed and a decision will not be made until we receive a fee waiver form or your $60 application fee.
- Send your test scores
You’ll need to take the SAT and/or ACT to apply to IU Bloomington.
You do not need to take both tests to apply, but we do encourage you to take both! We also encourage you to test early and often, and to submit all test scores to increase your chances for admission and scholarship consideration.
We superscore, which means when reviewing your application, we'll consider your best test scores. We’ll consider the highest critical reading and math component scores for the SAT. For the ACT, we'll combine the highest scores for each subtest from different exams for a new ACT composite.
We’ll only consider official test scores sent directly from the testing agencies. When you take each test, you’ll be asked to list the universities where you want your scores sent. Use the codes listed below to have your official scores sent to Indiana University Bloomington.
- Our SAT code is 1324.
- Our ACT code is 1210.
If you’re at least 21 years old or have been out of high school for three or more years, you may be considered for admission without standardized SAT and/or ACT test scores.
If you’re over 21, learn more about Adult Applicants.
- Request to have your high school transcript sent
To complete your application for admission, we require an official high school transcript sent directly from your high school. You may have your transcript sent electronically (if your school requires an email address for delivery, please use IUBLRecv@indiana.edu) or have it mailed to the following address:
Office of Admissions
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
If your high school transcript does not include your grade point average (GPA), your counselor must complete our Counselor Signature Form.
Your offer of admission is contingent upon the successful completion of the academic course work outlined in your transcript and/or admission application. We expect you to maintain your high level of academic performance. Please note that if you are admitted and choose IU, we will require a copy of your high school transcript with final grades and graduation date as soon as it is available.
Transcripts for college courses taken in high school
If you are enrolled in any college courses in high school, you’ll need to send those transcripts as well. You may be able to earn college credit to IU Bloomington.
- Access the Counselor Signature Form
If your high school transcript does not include your grade point average (GPA), your counselor must complete the Counselor Signature Form. We also accept the Electronic Secondary School Report (ESSR).
You are responsible for making sure your counselor completes the form and sends it in with your transcript.
- Understand your different IU accounts
If you choose to apply to IU online, you’ll create three different accounts in total:
- Your guest account
The sole purpose of the guest account is to enable you to apply online.
Approximately two weeks after you create your guest account and submit your application, you’ll receive an email with your University ID number. (If you did not apply online, you will still receive an email after we’ve processed your application. That email will contain your University ID number.) You’ll use your University ID number to create your IU computing account, which will enable you to check the status of your application.
- Your IU computing account
This is different than the guest account. You will create this account after you apply to check the status of your application. Creating two accounts helps us keep your personal information safe at all stages of the application process.
If you’re admitted to IU, you’ll eventually create a third and final account:
- Your IU email account! You’ll continue to use this for your full academic career at IU. Kind of exciting to think about, right?
- Your guest account