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Indiana University Bloomington is committed to supporting students in their academic journey and pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. 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.

Applying for admission is only the first step in your IU journey.

Find out when to apply, when you’ll be notified of acceptance, when you need to pay your enrollment deposit, and more.

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You can also check the status of your application through One.IU. Our Step 3 page will show you how.

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.

Grade trends

If you have grades that are consistently above average, or show steady improvement in a challenging academic program, you’re the kind of transfer applicant IU Bloomington is looking for! Declining grades, grades below C in the most recent term, or a less demanding academic program are often factors that make an application less competitive and can be reasons to deny admission.

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 and test scores

If you have completed fewer than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of college coursework, your high school transcript and test scores, should you choose to have them considered, will be reviewed as part of the admission process. IU's test-optional admissions policy allows you to choose whether or not your SAT or ACT test scores will be considered as part of your admission review—letting you decide how best to tell your academic story. 

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.

Learn more about test-optional admissions

If you have completed more than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of college coursework you need to submit the following materials to apply for admission:

  • The application. Transfer applicants 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. 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.
  • 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 need to submit the following materials to apply for admission:

  • The application. Transfer applicants 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. 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.
  • 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 high school transcript, which your high school should send directly to the IU Office of Admissions.
  • Your SAT/ACT scores (if you choose to have them considered as part of your admission review), which must be sent directly from the testing agencies. If you are at least 21 years old or have been out of high school three or more years, you do not need to send SAT/ACT scores.
  • Your official college transcript(s), which your college(s) should send directly to the IU Office of Admissions.

Note: Although not required, most students will send test scores as part of their application. Review our process and see what path is best for you.

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 your 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 okay. IU students who have not yet chosen a major are considered “Exploratory.” It’s fine to spend some time discovering all the options that are available so you can find the path that’s right for you. Indiana University promotes academic exploration above all else. Keep in mind that most new students begin their studies in University Division (UD).

Learn more about our philosophy on academic exploration

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.

Learn more about TSAP

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 admission process for international students.

If you’re interested in the Jacobs School of Music, you may apply using Apply IU or the Coalition Application. After submitting only one of these applications, you must complete the Jacobs Schools of Music supplemental application and submit an additional fee.

Learn more about Jacobs School of Music requirements

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