Everything you need to know (and do) before beginning your application
Before you get started on your application, use the following information to understand important next steps.
You must submit a complete application for admission (including official transcript and test scores, and IU-specific essay) by November 1 to be considered for the early action (non-binding) deadline. Electronically submitted materials must be received by November 1, and hard copy materials must be postmarked on or before November 1. You will need to order your ACT or SAT scores several weeks in advance to ensure that we receive them by the deadline.
Find out when to apply, when you’ll be notified of acceptance, when you need to pay your enrollment deposit, and more.See all deadlines
Admission to IU is selective, and we consider factors that emphasize academic performance and preparation, as demonstrated by the level and rigor of your coursework, the individual grades and cumulative GPA you have earned through these courses, your SAT and/or ACT scores, and the additional insights offered through your application essay.
High school graduation
You must earn a diploma from an accredited high school (or must have completed the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma) to be eligible for admission consideration. Students who are homeschooled or attend an alternative school should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.Additional information for homeschooled students
Applicants should complete at least 34 credits of college-preparatory courses, including:
- 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
- 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry), and 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
- 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including 2 credits of U.S. history; 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography; and 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
- 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
- 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
- 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses; additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree and additional world language credits are recommended for all students
When available, we encourage students to enroll in a challenging curriculum that includes dual credit, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Advance College Project (ACP) courses.
If your high school does not offer the courses needed to meet one or more of the course requirements noted above, alternative college-preparatory courses may be substituted for those that are not available. Contact your IU admission counselor to discuss course substitutions.
Grades in academic classes
Your cumulative GPA, as well as the grades you have earned in the 34 courses required for admission, will be an important part of the application review process. If your school computes a weighted GPA and includes this GPA on your transcript, we will consider it for both the admission and scholarship processes.
For fall 2019, the middle 50 percent range for GPA for admitted freshmen was 3.58–4.00.
Standardized test scores
IU Bloomington requires scores from the SAT and/or ACT; your scores must be sent directly from the testing agencies. We superscore, so make sure you send us all your scores. IU Bloomington does not require the writing section of either test.
For fall 2018, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores (math and evidence-based reading and writing) for admitted freshmen was 1180–1370. The middle 50 percent range for the ACT composite was 25–31.
The IU-specific essay that you submit as part of your application will be the same essay question regardless of which platform you choose. If you are applying through the Common Application, this essay is called the Writing Supplement for IU Bloomington. In 200–400 words, you’ll be asked to describe your academic and career plans and any special interest (for example, undergraduate research, academic interests, leadership opportunities, etc.) that you are eager to pursue as an undergraduate at Indiana University. Also, if you encountered any unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles in pursuit of your education, you may share those experiences and how you overcame them. Please note that this essay may be used for scholarship consideration.
Other decision-making factors
As part of our holistic review process, we may consider supplemental information—when provided—such as counselor or teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, and leadership experience. Please note, however, that letters of recommendation are not required. If you do choose to submit them, we will accept one counselor recommendation and one teacher recommendation.
Merit scholarships (IU Academic Scholarships) are awarded based on the academic information you provide through your application for admission.
To be considered for IU Academic Scholarships, you must submit a complete application for admission (including official transcript, test scores, and IU-specific essay) by November 1.Learn more about this scholarship deadline
You can also look for additional scholarship opportunities within your community and at your high school.Get more information about scholarships
Ready to apply right now? We highly recommend that you read the application tips and FAQs in Step 2 of our application process before starting and submitting your application.
You will need to submit the following materials to apply for admission:
- The application. Freshman applicants may apply using any one of the application platforms listed below.
- A brief essay. As part of your application, regardless of which platform you choose, you will need to submit the IU-specific essay. If you are applying through the Common Application, this essay is called the Writing Supplement for IU Bloomington. In 200–400 words, you’ll be asked to describe your academic and career plans and any special interest (for example, undergraduate research, academic interests, leadership opportunities, etc.) that you are eager to pursue as an undergraduate at Indiana University. Also, if you encountered any unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles in pursuit of your education, you may share those experiences and how you overcame them. Please note that this essay may be used for scholarship consideration.
- The $65 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. If you experience any payment issues, please contact us at ADMSBUS@indiana.edu or 812-855-0661.
- Your high school transcript and full senior year schedule (not just fall courses), which must come directly from your high school or may be uploaded and submitted as part of your application. Make sure you submit your transcript and full senior year schedule early enough to meet the November 1 deadline.
- Your SAT/ACT scores, which must be sent directly from the testing agencies. Again, make sure you request your scores early enough to meet the November 1 deadline.
You’ll need to take the SAT and/or ACT to apply to IU Bloomington.
Make sure you submit all test scores to increase your chances for admission and scholarship consideration.
We superscore, which means that when we are 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. IU Bloomington does not require the writing section of either test.
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.Learn more about adult applicants
When you fill out your application, you’ll be asked to choose an intended major. If you know what you’d like to major in, select that major.
If you don’t know what you want to major in, that’s OK. IU students who have not yet chosen a major are considered exploratory students. It’s fine to spend time discovering the path that’s right for you. Indiana University promotes academic exploration above all else. It’s why most freshmen begin their studies in University Division (UD), where they fulfill the general requirements needed to certify into a degree-granting school or college.Learn more about being an exploratory student
Most new students at IU begin their studies at University Division to complete the general requirements needed to certify into a degree-granting major or school. However, each year, about 40 percent of incoming students are directly admitted into a school or college.
The following IU Schools offer direct admission:
- College of Arts + Sciences
- The Media School
- Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design
- Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
- Jacobs School of Music (Direct admission for the Jacobs School of Music is based upon a successful audition and/or interview.)
- Kelley School of Business
- School of Education
- Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
- O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- School of Public Health-Bloomington
The eligibility requirements, processes for receiving direct admission, and notification processes for direct admission are different for each school or college. To learn more about direct admission, you’ll want to visit each school’s admissions page.
IU awards AP and college credit that can help you get a head start on your degree program.Read more about advanced placement, credit, and exemptions
If you took a college class while you were in high school, you might be able to transfer that credit to IU Bloomington.
To be considered for credit at IU, the course you took in high school must be taken from an accredited institution and must correspond to a course in our curriculum—in content and credit value. You must also earn a grade of C or better in the course.
If you are admitted to IU, we will evaluate your transcript(s) and supply you with a detailed Credit Transfer Report showing how previous college coursework will transfer. You can access your Credit Transfer Report via One.IU. Please be aware that it may take four to six weeks to process and evaluate the transcript once it arrives in our office.Learn more at our Credit Transfer Service
If you are a student with limited financial resources, you may be eligible for an admission application fee waiver.
To obtain a fee waiver, you must request a fee waiver when completing your application.
- If you are submitting the Apply IU Application, you will then need to submit a completed ACT, SAT, or NACAC fee waiver form that has been verified by your high school counselor.
- If you are submitting the Common Application, you will need to complete the fee waiver section on your profile and your counselor will need to verify your eligibility.
- If you are submitting the Coalition Application, you will answer questions within the application that will determine your eligibility. No additional form or counselor verification is required.
We will not process your application or make an admission decision until we receive a completed fee waiver or the non-refundable $65 application fee.
If you are a 21st Century Scholar or a Balfour Scholar, the application fee will be waived if you indicate you participate in one of these programs when you complete your application.
We’re thrilled that you want to attend IU Bloomington. Students from around the world are part of what makes our campus so dynamic and diverse. To apply for admission, contact the Office of International Services, who will guide you through the admissions process for international students.
If you’re interested in the Jacobs School of Music, you may apply using Apply IU, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application. After submitting only one of these applications, you must complete the Jacobs Schools of Music supplemental application and submit an additional fee.Learn more about Jacobs School of Music requirements