Welcome to IU Bloomington! We're looking forward to helping you have a strong start to your first semester. Use this to-do list to help you get started!
And don't forget to declare your intent to enroll so you can be invited to New Student Orientation and register for classes.
- Set up your IU computing account and email account
To create your computing account you'll need your University ID number.
Your University ID number was included in the email that notified you of your acceptance.
You must set up your computing account to:
- Declare your intent to enroll
- Apply for housing
- Schedule New Student Orientation (where you'll also schedule your first semester of classes)
The computing account and email account are different than the account you created to apply. If you already created your IU computing account to check your application status, you still need to set up your IU email account.
If you have lost or forgotten your University ID number, youll need to contact the Office of the Registrar at (812) 855-0121.
Creating your account
If you did not set up your IU computing account to check your admission status, follow all the steps listed below. If you just need to set up your email account, follow steps 1, 2, and 5.
- Go to the Account Management Service (AMS).
- Select Create my first IU Computing Account. (You must do this even if you just need to set up email.)
- Enter your last name, date of birth, and University ID number in the fields provided. Then click Continue.
- Read the Guidelines for Appropriate Usage, which are rules and policies for IT account use at IU. After you have read the guidelines, enter Yes to agree to these policies. Then click Continue.
- Choose where you want to receive your IU email. An Imail account is similar to Microsoft Live.com/Hotmail. A Umail account is similar to Google Gmail. Click Continue.
If you have already set up your IU computing account, you will be directed to a screen that says Done. It will show you the security questions that you selected when you previously completed steps 6–10.
- Enter the passphrase you want to use in both fields. For information on selecting a valid and secure passphrase, see passwords and passphrases.
- Enroll in the Passphrase Self-Service Reset System. If you forget your passphrase, this tool will enable you to reset it yourself without having to visit a UITS Support Center walk-in location in person.
- Once you have entered at least three questions and answers, select Done to complete your enrollment in the Passphrase Self-Service Reset System.
- You will want to save this information. You can save as a PDF, or choose to select Page Print. Save this information. You will need your account information each time you log in to your IU computing account.
- Select Exit. It may take up to 48 hours before you can log in to some services.
If you have lost or forgotten your University ID number, you'll need to contact the Office of the Registrar at (812) 855-0121. If you have forgotten your IU username, contact the UITS Support Center.
- Declare your intent to enroll
Declare your intent to enroll so we know you're coming.
In order to declare your intent to enroll, you must first set up your IU computing account. It will take 24–48 hours for your activate your account.
Declare your intent to enroll now »
- Register for New Student Orientation
All new students are required to attend orientation, which is where you will register for your first semester classes. Starting in mid-March, the Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE) will begin sending out invitations to New Student Orientation (NSO) to students who have paid the $100 enrollment deposit.
Make your reservation as soon as you receive your official invitation!
Register at the Office of First Year Experience Programs »
- Apply for housing (if applicable)
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 contract and application form is available on the RPS website, typically in late January for the upcoming fall semester. Your housing preferences will be given priority based on the date your application is received.
About 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 email@example.com by July 1.
Apply for housing at Residential Programs & Services (RPS) »
- Send your final college transcript
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, send your transcript as soon as it is available.
- Maintain your high level of academic performance.
- Familiarize yourself with Student Central on Union (SCU)
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
We suggest bookmarking the home page. It's a calendar you'll want to keep referring back to.
Learn more about SCU »
- Review costs and fees
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.
- Apply for financial aid by March 10
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 »
- Grant third-party payer access to parents or guardians
If someone is helping you fund your college education, make it easy for him or her 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 »
- Set up your MyHealth Patient Portal
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 »
- Submit your immunization form
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 the Office of the Registrar »
- Register with Disability Services
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 ensure that services will be in place when the academic year starts.
Learn more about DSS »
- Connect with other Hoosiers
Ready to meet your classmates? Start by joining the official, private Facebook community for IU Bloomington students and new admits. Visit often to:
- Look for a roommate
- Join communities
- Plan meet-ups
- Know what's happening on campus
- Get to know other students
Also, check out our social icons at the top right of this website, and make sure you let your parents know that we have a Facebook page just for them.
- Defer your acceptance
If your plans change, you can defer your acceptance for one semester.
Here are our policies for deferring your acceptance:
- You can defer your entry for up to one semester; after one semester has passed, you'll need to reapply for the term you plan to attend.
- If you choose to defer your admission and then take courses at another postsecondary institution, you are required to submit new transcripts and your application may be reviewed again based on any new academic information.
To defer, fill out the online deferral form for domestic freshman and transfer students before the start of the term for which you originally applied.
- How to cancel your application
If you'd like to cancel your application, you can do that on the Intent to Enroll page.
Cancel your application »