All new students are required to attend orientation, which is where you will register for your first semester classes. You will receive information from the Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE) about New Student Orientation, so make your reservation as soon as you receive an invitation.
Register at the Office of First Year Experience Programs »
If it’s your first semester at IU Bloomington, you are required to live on campus, which is good news, because it’s the best way to plug into a community of people and start making friends.
There are some exceptions to this requirement.
Learn more about the residency requirement »
We recommend that all new students apply for housing as soon as the housing application is available on the RPS website—even if you’re not sure you’re coming to IU. Your housing preferences will be given priority based on the date your application received.
Choosing residence halls and roommates
If you have a preference for a specific learning community, neighborhood, roommate, or room type, you need to indicate this on the housing contract and application form.
If you would like a specific roommate, you each should request the other as a roommate and list your housing preferences in identical order.
If your roommate request is not identical to that of your requested roommate’s, or if the applications are submitted on different dates, the Division of Residential Programs and Services honors the date of the first housing form received when making housing assignments.
The application fee
The housing application fee is $300.
If you decide to turn down your offer to attend IU Bloomington, you can receive a $200 refund by notifying RPS at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1.
Apply for housing at Residential Programs & Services (RPS) »
If you have work in progress, we need an official transcript.
To maintain your status as an admitted student, you’ll need to:
- Have your college send us a final, official transcript if you have course work in progress, as soon as it is available.
- Maintain your high level of academic performance.
SCU exists to make registering for classes and applying for financial aid easy.
Although you’ll register for your first semester of classes during New Student Orientation, you’ll use Student Central on Union for the rest of your college career. It’s your resource for staying on top of important class registration and financial aid deadlines.
It will show you how to do things like:
- Register for class
- Submit Work-Study documents
- Manage your financial aid
- Update personal information such as your name and address
—And a lot more. We suggest bookmarking the homepage. It’s a calendar you’ll want to keep referring back to.
Learn more about SCU »
Official tuition rates and fees are always available for you at the Office of the Bursar. That includes complete billing and payment information and details on how to set up a personal deferment—or installment—plan.
Learn more at the Office of the Bursar »
To apply, you’ll need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Student Central on Union (SCU) will walk you through the process to make sure you’re covering all your bases.
Learn more at SCU »
If someone is helping you fund your college education, make it easy for them to do it.
Let your parents (and whomever else you choose) set up e-bill notifications, pay bills electronically, and view bursar account details. The Office of the Bursar has easy instructions for you to set up an authorized payer.
Learn more about third-party payer access »
Gain access to a number of online IU Health Center services.
Once you set up your MyHealth Portal, you can also complete your required Health History Questionnaire, which will save you about 15 minutes of paperwork at your first IU Health Center visit.
Set up your MyHealth Patient Portal »
Indiana state law requires all new students to submit immunization information. Before your first day of classes, you must complete and submit the Online Immunization Compliance form. It will ask that you provide dates of immunizations for the following diseases:
- Rubella/German measles
- Mumps, tetanus
Religious exemptions and proof of disease history (rubella/German measles and mumps only) are accepted.
Find form and instructions at Office of the Registrar »
Let us know if you need special accommodations to help you perform at your best. Register with the Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) as soon as you’ve been accepted at IU Bloomington.
Whether your condition is physical, medical, learning related, psychiatric, or a temporary disability, DSS will help you achieve your academic goals. Note that services do not automatically transfer from your previous school; you must apply for services at IU. Approval for accommodations on placement tests does not automatically qualify you for services during the academic year.
Contact DSS at your earliest convenience. They’ll meet with you during New Student Orientation to insure that services will be in place when the academic year starts.
Learn more about DSS »