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 been a degree-seeking student at any IU campus, please complete the intercampus transfer application.
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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 (Indiana residents and nonresidents) are admitted with a GPA below 2.5. Additionally, no GPA in itself will guarantee admission.
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 admission process. In general, if your high school record does not meet IU’s freshman admissions 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.
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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.
- Veterans may earn college credit for educational experiences in the armed services.
Learn more at our Credit Transfer Service
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. The bachelor’s degrees earned by TSAP 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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If you’re interested in the Jacobs School of Music, you may apply using the Apply IU Application. After your application, you must complete the Jacobs Schools of Music supplemental application and submit an additional fee.
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