How to Apply

AMES and Direct Admission

Exploratory, pre-business, pre-nursing, and pre-social work students receive academic advising through Advising & Major Exploration Services (AMES). Students who selected business, nursing, or social work on their application for admission and were not directly admitted into their program will start at IU as pre-program students, and will work with AMES advisors to pursue the requirements for their intended program. Students who chose exploratory on their application will enter as an exploratory student. Expert advisors will help them explore their options and complete the general requirements needed to certify into a degree-granting major or school.

Learn more about AMES

Students who select a major on their application for admission may be eligible for direct admission to that academic program and degree-granting school.

All of IU Bloomington's twelve schools offer direct admission to academic programs. The eligibility requirements for direct admission are different for each school or college. To learn more about direct admission, including how to petition for direct admission, visit each school’s admissions page.

Students who are directly admitted to their academic program still have the opportunity to explore and add additional majors and minors, both within and outside of their school or college. They can even change their academic direction as their interests evolve. You will find your perfect combination!

Campus safety and security reports

Indiana University’s annual security reports, which contain policy statements as well as crime and fire statistics for Indiana University campuses, are available online. You may also request a physical copy by emailing IU Public Safety at