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Use the following information to find useful application tips, and what to do right before—and right after—you apply.
Even though there are three options to choose from, you should submit only one application for admission to IU Bloomington.
As part of your application submission, regardless of which platform you choose, make sure you submit the 200–400 word IU-specific essay. If you are applying through the Common Application, this essay is called the Writing Supplement for IU Bloomington. More information about completing your essay can be found in the FAQs on this page.
Make sure you allow pop-ups and enable third-party cookies to ensure that your application and fee payment will be submitted correctly. If you experience any payment issues, please contact us at ADMSBUS@indiana.edu or 812-855-0661.
Make sure you read our application tips and FAQs on this page before you get started.
Which application do I choose?
Indiana University Bloomington accepts the Apply IU Application, Common Application, and Coalition Application. No preference is given for any one application platform, and the materials needed to complete each application are the same. The admission review process is also the same for all platforms. To learn more about which application may be the best option for you, we encourage you to visit the Apply IU Application, Common Application, and Coalition Application websites.
Can I apply using more than one application?
Although there are three applications to choose from, you should submit only one application. There is absolutely no advantage to submitting multiple applications and this may even result in a delay in the review of your application and your receipt of an admission decision. In the event that a student submits multiple applications, the first complete application will be considered for admission. Please also note that application fees are non-refundable.
Are you using a desktop/laptop and have you enabled pop-ups?
If you are applying on a desktop or laptop, make sure you allow pop-ups and enable third-party cookies so that your application and fee payment will be submitted correctly. If you experience any payment issues, please contact us at ADMSBUS@indiana.edu or 812-855-0661. Please note that the Apply IU Application does not work properly with Internet Explorer.
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, 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?
We need to know your full senior schedule (not just fall courses), so make sure you provide this information or it could delay the review of your application. Please note that this applies to all three applications. Here are some additional pointers:
- If your school is on semesters, list your fall and spring classes.
- 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.
Have you accurately entered your birthdate?
Review your birthdate to make sure that you haven’t accidentally put numbers in the wrong order.
Is an essay required?
As part of your application, regardless of which platform you choose, you will need to submit the IU-specific essay. 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.
If you are applying through the Common Application, you’ll need to submit the Writing Supplement for IU Bloomington (this is the essay described above). You are not required to complete and submit the standard Common Application essay prompts; these additional essays will not be considered in the admission process.
Would you like to submit supplemental information with your application such as a counselor or teacher recommendation?
Letters of recommendation are not required as part of the application process. However, if you would like to submit these documents because they provide additional information about your academic and personal merit/accomplishments that is not indicated elsewhere in your application materials, we will accept one counselor recommendation and one teacher recommendation. Recommendations or other supplemental documents should be submitted with your official high school transcript (using your school's process for submitting electronic or paper transcripts) or included as part of your Common Application or Coalition Application submission if you are applying through one of these platforms.
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. If you feel that your financial circumstances may qualify you for a fee waiver, make sure you request a fee waiver when completing your application. Also, 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.
If you are submitting the Apply IU Application, you will 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. Please note that regardless of which application you submit, an admission decision will not be made until we receive a fee waiver form/verification or your $65 application fee.
IU's test-optional admissions policy allows you to choose at the point of application whether to have your SAT or ACT test scores considered as part of your admissions review—letting you decide how best to tell your academic story. Research indicates that for most students, high school GPA paired with test scores provides the best prediction of academic success at Indiana University. However, for some students a standardized test score may not show all that they are capable of or tell the full story of their potential.
Each individual student will determine if they should apply test-optional, however various resources and guidance are available through our office, website, and a student’s personal admission counselor.
COVID-19 Update: If you apply for the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2021 and haven’t been able to take the ACT or SAT, we have updated our process to allow you to apply test-optional at the point of application and if you wish, have your scores considered later. To learn more about this option visit our test-optional website.
There are several groups of students who will be required to provide SAT or ACT scores. Homeschooled students, students who have attended a school with non-traditional evaluation methods where traditional alpha or numerical grades are not assigned, and student athletes subject to NCAA eligibility standards will be required to submit a standardized test score.
We superscore, which means that if you choose to have test scores considered as part of your admissions review, 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
If you took the ACT or SAT, you may share either official or self-reported scores. Students sharing self-reported scores can self-report your test scores on your application. You will also have the option to self-report additional scores after submitting your application. If offered admission, the offer will be contingent upon receipt of official test scores from testing agencies, which must match or be higher than those self-reported during the admissions process. Self-reporting your scores is only applicable if you decide to have your test scores considered at the point of application.
If you would like to have the official testing agencies send your scores, 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.
To complete your application for admission, we require an official high school transcript and a full senior year schedule (not just fall courses). The transcript and full senior year schedule may be sent directly from your high school, or uploaded by your counselor as part of your application if you are applying with the Common Application or the Coalition Application. If your school sends transcripts electronically and the transcript vendor requires an email address for delivery, please use IUBLRecv@indiana.edu. You can also have your transcript mailed to the following address:Office of Admissions
Indiana University Bloomington
940 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Your offer of admission is contingent upon the successful completion of the academic coursework 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. College transcripts may be mailed to the address above or sent electronically to IUBLRecv@indiana.edu.Learn more about transferring credits
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.