Applying for admission is only the first step in your IU journey.
Everything you need to know (and do) before beginning your application
- Know our deadlines
At Indiana University Bloomington, we have an early action deadline (non-binding) of November 1 and a regular decision deadline of February 1. However, we highly encourage you to apply to IU as soon as possible in the fall of your senior year in high school to ensure you receive the strongest consideration for admission and scholarships.
In order to be considered for IU Achievement and Selective Scholarships, you must submit a complete application for admission (including official transcript, test scores, and essay) by November 1.
If you meet the November 1 deadline, you may submit updated SAT and/or ACT scores until January 15 for additional scholarship consideration.
After February 1, applications will only be accepted on a space-available basis.
You will receive a response from us no later than the dates below, which are based on the date your application was completed and all your application materials were received.
Submit a complete application by one of these dates Receive a response no later than the date below November 1 January 15 February 1 March 15 After February 1 All applications submitted after this date will be considered on a space-available, case-by-case basis. May 1 $100 enrollment deposit due
- Review admission standards
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.
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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.
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 Admissions counselor to discuss course substitutions.
Grades in academic classes
Your cumulative GPA, as well 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.
In fall 2016, the middle 50 percent range for GPA for admitted freshmen was 3.5–4.0.
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. Please note that for the SAT, we will superscore within the old SAT and the new SAT, but not between the two tests. IU Bloomington does not require the writing section of either test. If you have taken both the old and new SAT, the College Board provides an online tool called the SAT Score Converter to help you see how your scores from the old and new tests compare to each other.
In fall 2016, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores (critical reading and math only) for admitted freshmen was 1110–1300 (Old SAT scale) and 1180-1360 (New SAT scale). The middle 50 percent range of ACT scores was 25–31.
The IU-specific essay that you submit as part of your application—it will be the same essay question regardless of which platform you choose—will also be considered during the review process. 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.
- Research scholarship opportunities
Merit scholarships are awarded based on the academic information you provide through your application for admission.
To be considered for IU Achievement and Selective Scholarships, you must submit a complete application for admission (including official transcript, test scores, and essay) by November 1.
If you meet the November 1 deadline, you may submit updated SAT and/or ACT scores until January 15 for additional scholarship consideration. Updated scores will be evaluated and notification will be made on a rolling basis for those who qualify. After the November 1 deadline, scholarship opportunities are limited.
You can also look for additional scholarship opportunities within your community and at your high school.
- See what you need to send
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 applying for the fall semester 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 (Writing Supplement for the Common Application). 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 $60 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.
- The application. Freshman applicants applying for the fall semester may apply using any one of the application platforms listed below.
- Take your SAT and/or ACT and send your 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! 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. Please note that for the SAT, we will superscore within the old SAT and the new SAT, but not between the two tests. 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.
- Research majors
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 about direct admission
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 20 percent of incoming students are directly admitted into a school or college.
The following IU Schools offer direct admission:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- 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
- School of Global and International Studies
- School of Informatics and Computing
- School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- School of Public Health
- The Media School
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.
- Review AP, IB, and other credit guides
IU awards AP and college credit that can help you get a head start on your degree program.
- Calculate any transfer credits
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.
- Review fee waiver information (if eligible)
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 IU eApplication, 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 $60 application fee.
If you are an Evan Bayh 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.
- Just for Jacobs School of Music applicants
If you’re a student interested in the Jacobs School of Music you must apply for admission using the IU eApplication. Visit the Jacobs School of Music website to learn about additional application requirements.
Here are some key differences in the application process:
- You must complete your application for admission by November 1. Supplemental music materials must be received by December 1.
- Your application fee is $140.
- You’ll need to submit at least one teacher recommendation (you’ll find this form on the Jacobs School of Music website).
- You’ll complete an audition and interview process.