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If you're ready to apply online right now . . .
Use the following information to find useful application tips, and what to do right before—and right after—you apply:
- Start your application
Our online application is easy to use and it’s secure. Upon completion, it will give you immediate confirmation that we’ve received your application.
Our online application works best with Internet Explorer, so please use this browser to avoid submission issues. Make sure you read our application tips in the next section before starting your application.
- Review these helpful application tips
Are you using a desktop/laptop and have you enabled pop ups?
We know you love your mobile device, but, unfortunately, phones and tablets are not recommended for use in completing the online application. Also, if you are using Safari or Chrome, make sure you allow pop-ups and enable third-party cookies to ensure that your application and fee payment will be submitted correctly. However, if you want to avoid any possible submission issues, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer—the online application works best with this browser.
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 entered your birthdate?
When entering your date of birth, do not use the tab key because this can result in incorrect data being entered and can delay the processing of your application.
Have you transposed any of your numbers?
Review your numbers to make sure you haven’t accidentally put numbers in the wrong order.
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 through the submission of the NACAC fee waiver form. Your application will not be processed and a decision will not be made until we receive a fee waiver form or your $60 application fee.
- Request to have your transcript(s) sent
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:
IU Office of Admissions
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
High school transcripts
If you have completed fewer than 26 transferable semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of college course work, we will review your high school transcript as part of the admission process.
Ask your high school to send your transcript to the address noted above.
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.
- Send SAT and/or ACT scores (if needed)
You do not need to send SAT and/or ACT scores if any one of the following applies to you:
- You are at least 21 years old
- You have been out of high school for three years
- You have more than 26 semester hours (or 29 quarter hours)
If none of these items apply to you, you will need to send your scores.
Sending your scores
If this is the first time you’re taking either test, or if you’ve taken the tests more than once, we encourage you to submit all test scores to increase your chances for admission.
We superscore, so we’ll consider your highest critical reading and math component scores for the SAT. Please note that for the SAT, we will superscore within the old SAT and the new SAT, but not between the two tests. For the ACT, we'll combine your highest scores for each subtest from different exams for a new ACT composite. IU Bloomington does not require the writing section of either test.
We’ll only consider official test scores sent directly from the testing agency. When you take the test, you’ll be asked to list the universities where you want your scores sent. 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.
- Understand your different IU accounts
If you choose to apply to IU online, you’ll create three different accounts:
- Your guest account
The sole purpose of the guest account is to enable you to apply online.
Approximately two weeks after you create your guest account and submit your application, you’ll receive an email with your University ID number. You’ll use your University IU number to create your IU computing account, which will enable you to check the status of your application.
- Your IU computing account
This is different than your guest account. You will create this account after you apply to check the status of your application.
Creating two accounts helps us keep your personal information safe at all stages of the application process.
If you’re admitted to IU, you’ll eventually create a third and final account:
- Your IU email account!
You'll continue to use this for your full academic career at IU. Kind of exciting to think about, right?
- Your guest account