Everything you need to know (and do) to transfer to IU Bloomington
IU Bloomington is a great place to finish your degree, and the campus welcomes approximately 1,000 transfer students each year.
Students who are enrolled at an accredited, two- or four-year college or university and meet published IU Bloomington eligibility requirements will be guaranteed admission to the IU Bloomington campus. Once admitted, students have the opportunity to pursue and complete the admission requirements for their preferred academic program.
Before you begin the application process, learn what you need to do to get ready to apply.
If you’ve completed at least 12 semester hours of college coursework following your graduation from high school, you’re eligible to apply as a transfer student. If you have completed fewer than 12 semester hours, please complete the freshman application.
If you have completed fewer than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable college coursework, you also need to submit your official high school transcript as part of your application to IU.
If you have been a degree-seeking student at any IU campus, please complete the intercampus transfer application.
Find out when to apply, when you’ll be notified of acceptance, when you need to pay your enrollment deposit, and more.
These are the minimum requirements to transfer to IU Bloomington. In most cases, admitted students exceed these standards.
We pay particular attention to grade trends, your cumulative and most recent term grade point averages (GPA), and the breadth and depth of your previous college program. It’s also important that you have maintained good standing with your previous institution.
If you have grades that are consistently above average, or show steady improvement in a challenging academic program, your application will likely be competitive for admission. If your transcript shows declining grades, grades below C in the most recent term, or a less demanding academic program, we may ask you to take additional coursework to demonstrate your readiness to be successful at IU and reapply for admission for a future term.
Cumulative grade point average (GPA)
Indiana residents should have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0-point scale before applying to IU Bloomington.
Nonresidents should have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Because of the competitive nature of our applicant pool, few transfers are admitted with a GPA below those listed above.
High school record
If you have completed fewer than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of college coursework, your high school transcript will be reviewed as part of the admissions process. In general, if your high school record does not meet IU’s freshman admission standards, you will not be considered for admission as a transfer student until you have completed at least 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable academic work at another institution.
SAT/ACT scores are not required for transfer students. However, you may submit test scores if you would like to have them considered as a part of your admissions review.
Before you apply, make sure you spend some time exploring our different schools and 200+ 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.
If you are admitted to IU, we will evaluate your transcript(s) to determine if your coursework from another institution translates into credit at IU Bloomington. You will receive an email with information on how to check your online transfer credit report via One.IU. It will take approximately four to six weeks to complete a transfer credit evaluation once a transcript arrives in our office.
Here are a few important notes about transfer credit:
Only coursework earned at a regionally accredited institution will transfer.
Only courses in which you received a C or higher will transfer.
Transfer credit may count toward your degree at IU, but it will not count toward your GPA at IU.
Individual schools and departments at IU determine how transferred credits will apply toward your degree requirements.
Courses for which IU does not have an equivalent offering can sometimes be transferred as undistributed credits. Your academic advisor will be able to assist you with how undistributed credits may count toward your degree.
Students who earn the ICC milestone at any Indiana state public institution prior to enrolling at IU Bloomington would not be required to complete this general coursework at IU. Transfer Single Articulation Pathways provide an opportunity for students to complete a bachelor’s degree at IU Bloomington in 60 credit hours, following completion of the corresponding TSAP associate degree at either Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College have also collaborated to establish Guaranteed Admission Agreements in each of the following areas: Biology, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Informatics, and Psychology. The bachelor’s degrees earned by TSAP and Guaranteed Admission students at IU Bloomington are the same four-year degrees earned by students who matriculate as freshmen, and the degree requirements are also the same.
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A brief essay. As part of your application, 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. If you encountered any unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles in pursuit of your education, you may share those experiences and how you overcame them. Find more information about completing your essay on our FAQ page.
The $65 application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable. If you experience any payment issues, please contact us at ADMSBUS@indiana.edu or 812-855-0661.
Your official college transcript(s), which your college(s) should send directly to the IU Office of Admissions.
If you have completed fewer than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable college coursework, you also need to submit the following materials to apply for admission:
Your official high school transcript, which your high school should send directly to the IU Office of Admissions.
SAT/ACT scores are not required for transfer students. However, you may submit test scores if you would like to have them considered as a part of your admission review.
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Make sure you read through the information on this page and our FAQ page before you get started.
We require an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. 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 official transcript mailed to the following address:
Office of Admissions Indiana University Bloomington 940 E. Seventh Street Bloomington, IN 47405
High school transcripts
If you have completed fewer than 26 transferable semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of college coursework, we will review your high school transcript as part of the admissions process.
Ask your high school to send your transcript to the address noted on this page.
In general, if your high school record does not meet IU’s future freshman admission standards, you will not be considered for admission as a transfer student until you have completed at least 26 transferable semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable academic work at another institution.
After you apply
We’ll let you know if you’ve been accepted four to eight weeks after we receive all your application documents.
About two weeks after we receive your application, you should receive an email containing your university ID number. (If you do not receive an email regarding your university ID number, contact the Office of Admissions.)
Use your university ID number to create your IU computing account, which you need to check the status of your application. You can create your IU email account during this same process. If you have already created a computing account but not an email account, you will need to return to your computing account setup and follow the prompts to create your IU email account.
Please note: This computing account and email account are different than the account you created to apply. Creating an IU email account will allow you to receive important information from the university—it does not commit you to enrolling at IU.
Create your IU computing account and email account
If you have not set up your computing account to check your admission status, you can also use the steps below to take care of this task. If you already have a computing account, you can follow the prompts to create your IU email account.
Please note that if you have previously been enrolled in or participated in a program at any IU campus and were given a 10-digit university ID number and username, you will use the same university ID number and username to access (or set up) your IU computing account.
Now that you’ve created your IU computing account, you’ll be able to check the status of your application and To Do List in One.IU.
You’ll find the To Do List helpful. This list will tell you when our office has received each of your application materials. Please be aware that after your items are received, it may be up to four weeks before you can see this online. Please be patient and check back frequently.
If you receive an email from us asking you to complete your application but you just sent the missing materials, assume that the email was sent before we received your materials or that they have not been processed yet.
Log in using your IU username and passphrase to see your To Do list.
If you have any outstanding items listed, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Please send all outstanding To Do List items to our office or contact us if you have questions.
You can make changes to your application after you have applied by submitting one of the following forms:
If you are admitted, you will be able to access your detailed Transfer Credit Report approximately two to three weeks after admission. This report will list all courses taken at other institutions, indicate whether each course will transfer, and note the equivalent course at IU Bloomington for which you'll receive credit.
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