Welcome to IU Bloomington! We're looking forward to helping you have a great first semester. Use this to-do list to get started!
And don't forget to declare your intent to enroll so you can be invited to New Student Orientation and register for classes.
- Set up your IU computing account and email account
To create your computing account, you’ll need your University ID number, which was included in your letter of admission.
You must set up your computing account to:
- Declare your intent to enroll
- Apply for housing
- Schedule New Student Orientation (where you'll also schedule your first semester of classes)
The computing account and email account are different than the account you created to apply. If you already created your IU computing account to check your application status, you still need to set up your IU email account.
If you have forgotten your University ID number, please visit Student Central and complete the Secure Contact Form.
Creating your IU computing account
If you did 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.
- Search for and select “Create My First IU Account” in One.IU.
- Read the Guidelines for Appropriate Usage, which are rules and policies for IT account use at IU, and agree to these policies.
- Enroll in the Passphrase Self-Service Reset System. If you forget your passphrase, this tool will enable you to reset it yourself without having to visit a UITS Support Center walk-in location in person.
- You will want to save or record your account information in a secure place. You will need this information each time you log in to your IU computing account.
- Exit. It may take up to two hours before you can log in to some services.
If you have ever previously been enrolled in or participated in a program at any IU campus and were given a 10-digit University ID number or IU username, you will use the same ID number or username and follow these steps to set up your IU computing account.
If you have forgotten your IU username, contact the UITS Support Center. If you have forgotten your University ID number, please visit Student Central and complete the Secure Contact Form.
- Declare your intent to enroll
Declare your intent to enroll so we know you'll be attending IU.
If you are beginning your studies in fall 2017, you must indicate your intent to enroll by July 15, 2017.
In order to declare your intent to enroll, you must first set up your IU computing account. It will take up to two hours for your account to be activated.
Declare your intent to enroll now »
- 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 is received.
About 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) »
- Register for New Student Orientation
All new students are required to attend orientation, which is where you will register for your first semester classes. Starting in mid-March, the Office of First Year Experience Programs (FYE) will begin sending out invitations to New Student Orientation (NSO) to students who have declared their intent to enroll for the fall semester. Students who have been admitted to IU for the spring semester will receive an invitation in November.
Make your reservation as soon as you receive your official invitation!
Register at the Office of First Year Experience Programs »
- Connect with other Hoosiers
Have you already told the world that #IUsaidYes? Start meeting your classmates by joining the official, private SchoolsApp community for IU Bloomington students and new admits. Log in through Facebook or the mobile app to:
- Find the perfect roommate
- Join communities based on your interests and passions
- Plan meet-ups with other students
- Find out what’s happening on campus
- Get to know other Hoosiers
Also, check out our social icons at the top right of this website, and make sure you let your parents know that we have a Facebook page just for them.
- 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.
- 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 »
- 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 school send us a final, official transcript. If you have course work in progress, send your transcript 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 home page. It's a calendar you'll want to keep referring back to.
Learn more about Student Central »
- Grant third-party payer access to parents or guardians
If someone is helping you fund your college education, make it easy for him or her 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
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 ensure that services will be in place when the academic year starts.
Learn more about DSS »
- Defer your acceptance
If your plans change, you can defer your acceptance for one semester.
Here are our policies for deferring your acceptance:
- You can defer your entry for up to one semester; after one semester has passed, you'll need to reapply for the term you plan to attend.
- If you choose to defer your admission and then take courses at another postsecondary institution, you are required to submit new transcripts and your application may be reviewed again based on any new academic information.
To defer, fill out the online deferral form for domestic freshman and transfer students at least two weeks before the start of the term for which you originally applied.
- Cancel your application
If you'd like to cancel your application, you can do that on the Intent to Enroll page.
Cancel your application »