Welcome to IU Bloomington! We’re looking forward to helping you have a great first semester. Use this to-do list to get started!
Please note that if your plans change, you cannot defer your admission. You will need to reapply for the term that you plan to attend.
- Register for New Student Orientation
All new students are required to attend orientation, which is where you will register for your first semester classes. You will receive information from the Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE) about New Student Orientation, so make your reservation as soon as you receive an invitation.
Register at the Office of First Year Experience Programs »
- Apply for housing (if applicable)
If it’s your first semester at IU Bloomington, you are required to live on campus, which is good news, because it’s the best way to plug into a community of people and start making friends.
There are some exceptions to this requirement.
Learn more about the residency requirement »
We recommend that all new students apply for housing as soon as the housing contract and application form are available on the RPS website—this is typically in February for the upcoming fall semester. Your housing preferences will be given priority based on the date your application received.
Choosing residence halls and roommates
If you have a preference for a specific learning community, neighborhood, roommate, or room type, you need to indicate this on the housing contract and application form.
If you would like a specific roommate, you each should request the other as a roommate and list your housing preferences in identical order.
If your roommate request is not identical to that of your requested roommate’s, or if the applications are submitted on different dates, the Division of Residential Programs and Services honors the date of the first housing form received when making housing assignments.
The application fee
The housing application fee is $200.
Please read all contract terms and conditions carefully, especially in relation to cancellation.
Apply for housing at Residential Programs & Services (RPS) »
- Send your final college transcript
If you have work in progress, we need an official transcript.
To maintain your status as an admitted student, you’ll need to:
- Have your college send us a final, official transcript if you have course work in progress, as soon as it is available.
- Maintain your high level of academic performance.
- Familiarize yourself with Student Central
Student Central exists to make registering for classes and applying for financial aid easy.
Although you’ll register for your first semester of classes during New Student Orientation, you’ll use Student Central for the rest of your college career. It’s your resource for staying on top of important class registration and financial aid deadlines.
It will show you how to do things like:
- Register for class
- Submit Work-Study documents
- Manage your financial aid
- Update personal information such as your name and address
We suggest bookmarking the homepage. It’s a calendar you’ll want to keep referring back to.
Learn more about Student Central »
- Review costs and fees
Official tuition rates and fees are always available for you at the Office of the Bursar. That includes complete billing and payment information and details on how to set up a personal deferment—or installment—plan.
Learn more at the Office of the Bursar »
- Apply for financial aid by April 15
To apply, you’ll need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application will be available beginning October 1. Student Central will walk you through the process to make sure you’re covering all your bases.
Learn more at Student Central »
- Grant third-party payer access to parents or guardians
If someone is helping you fund your college education, make it easy for them to do it.
Let your parents (and whomever else you choose) set up e-bill notifications, pay bills electronically, and view bursar account details. The Office of the Bursar has easy instructions for you to set up an authorized payer.
Learn more about third-party payer access »
- Set Up your MyHealth Patient Portal
Gain access to a number of online IU Health Center services.
Once you set up your MyHealth Portal, you can also complete your required Health History Questionnaire, which will save you about 15 minutes of paperwork at your first IU Health Center visit.
Set up your MyHealth Patient Portal »
- Submit your immunization form
Indiana state law requires all new students to submit immunization data. Before your first day of classes, you must complete and submit the Online Immunization Compliance form, where you will be asked to provide dates and documentation of immunizations for the following diseases:
- Measles/rubella (MMR)—two doses required
- Rubella/German measles (MMR)
- Mumps, tetanus (MMR)
- Tdap—received within the last 10 years
- Varicella/Chickenpox—two doses required
Religious exemptions, contraindication, or proof of disease history are accepted.
Find form and instructions at Student Central »
- Register with Disability Services for Students
Let us know if you need special accommodations to help you perform at your best. Register with the Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) as soon as you’ve been accepted at IU Bloomington.
Whether your condition is physical, medical, learning related, psychiatric, or a temporary disability, DSS will help you achieve your academic goals. Note that services do not automatically transfer from your previous school; you must apply for services at IU. Approval for accommodations on placement tests does not automatically qualify you for services during the academic year.
Contact DSS at your earliest convenience. They’ll meet with you during New Student Orientation to insure that services will be in place when the academic year starts.
Learn more about DSS »