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After you’re admitted to IU

Received your IU acceptance? Step one: Celebrate! Step two: Find out what to do next to become a fully enrolled Indiana University student.

How do I know if I’ve been admitted?

You’ll hear directly from the campuses you applied to about whether or not you’ve been admitted. Even if you used the Apply IU application to apply to multiple campuses, you’ll still hear from each campus separately about their admission decision. If you applied to IU Online to earn your degree 100% online, IU Online Admissions will communicate with you regarding your application status and next steps.

All campuses will notify you via email or mail, so be sure to check the email address and mailing address you entered on your application(s). You can find typical decision timelines for different campuses in the “Admission timelines by campus” table on this page, or visit our How to Apply section to learn more about admissions processes for each campus.

You can also check your application status while you wait for your admission decision. To do this, you’ll need to create an IU computing account with your university ID number, which you should have received in an email about two weeks after submitting your application. If it’s been more than two weeks and you haven’t received it, contact the Admissions office for the campus(es) you applied to.

What to do next

  1. Take time to read everything you received from IU

    What you need to do next varies a little for each campus, so be sure to thoroughly read everything in your offer of admission. If you have questions or see any errors, contact the Admissions office at your IU campus.

  2. Create your IU computing account

    If you haven’t already, use your university ID number (included in your admission letter) to create an IU account and access One.IU, which you’ll use to pay any enrollment deposits, apply for housing, set up your Bursar account to pay tuition and fees, schedule your first semester of classes, and more.

    Break up tuition and fees with a payment plan

    IU partners with Nelnet Campus Commerce to let you set up a payment plan for your tuition and fees, with as many as four payments over the term (depending on when you sign up). You’ll be able to do this in the One.IU “View/Pay Bursar Bill” app after you enroll at IU.

  3. Let us know you’re coming

    To reserve your spot at IU, make sure you declare your intent to enroll by the date listed in the “Admission timelines by campus” table on this page. Required steps may vary slightly for first-year students and transfer students, so be sure to read your admission letter and/or enrollment email carefully. Contact the Admissions office on your campus if you have questions.

    Do I need to pay an enrollment deposit?

    If you plan to enroll at IU Bloomington, IU Indianapolis, or IU Fort Wayne, you’ll need to pay an enrollment deposit online to reserve your place. For all other IU campuses, there’s no enrollment deposit, but you’ll need to submit a confirmation form or register for a new student orientation to confirm you’re coming to IU.

  4. Apply for housing and financial aid (if applicable)

    If on-campus housing is available on your campus, be sure to follow the housing application instructions provided by that campus. And if you haven’t already completed your FAFSA for financial aid and scholarships, you should do that now too. 

  5. Complete any other items on your campus checklist

    Each campus has slightly different requirements and processes for completing your enrollment. Be sure to read any emails or mail you receive from your campus thoroughly, and follow all instructions to make sure you’re fully enrolled and ready to begin taking classes.

    You can also visit the “admitted students” section of your campus website for more info—just click on the name of your campus in the “Admission timelines by campus” table on this page.

    Questions? Contact the Admissions office on your IU campus.

    International student?

    You may have a few additional steps or different requirements to enroll. Contact the admissions office at your campus to find out what you need to do.

I felt everyone, even the students that were giving us a tour of the campus, provided their personal experiences. They made the campus seem extremely warm and friendly, and in fact, that’s been my experience with the campus ever since I came here.

Simran Bhandarkar IU Bloomington student

Admission timelines by campus

Get a glimpse of campus-specific admission requirements and standards for high school students, and visit campus websites to learn more.

Campus When to expect your admission decision Deadline to declare your intent to enroll Admissions contact
IU Bloomington

Early action (non-binding) applications: January 15

Regular admission applications: March 15

First-year students: May 15 for fall 2024 (normally May 1)

Phone: 812-855-0661

Fax: 812-855-5102

Email: admissions@indiana.edu

IU Indianapolis 4–6 weeks after IU Indianapolis receives all required application materials May 1

Phone: 317-274-4591

Fax: 317-278-1862

Email: apply@iu.edu

IU Columbus 10 business days after IU Columbus receives all required application materials As soon as possible after receiving your admission letter

Phone and text: 812-348-7390

Email: admissions@iupuc.edu

IU East Within one business day once IU East receives all required application materials See date in your admission letter

Phone: 765-973-8208 (or toll-free: 800-959-EAST)

Fax: 765-973-8209

Email: applynow@iue.edu

IU Fort Wayne 2–3 weeks after IU Fort Wayne receives all required application materials Preferred deadline: May 1

Phone: 260-257-6760

Email: fwadmit@iufw.edu

IU Kokomo Within one business day once IU Kokomo receives all required application materials See date in your admission letter

Phone: 765-455-9217

Email: iuadmis@iuk.edu

IU Northwest Within one business day once IU Northwest receives all required application materials See date in your admission letter

Phone: 219-980-6991 (or toll-free: 888-YOUR-IUN (968-7486))

Fax: 219-981-4219

Email: admit@iun.edu

IU South Bend Two business days after IU South Bend receives all required application materials See date in your admission packet

Phone: 574-520-4839 (or toll-free: 877-GO-2-IUSB)

Fax: 574-520-4834

Email: admissions@iusb.edu

IU Southeast Within a few business days once IU Southeast receives all required application materials See date in your admission letter

Phone: 812-941-2212 (or toll-free: 800-852-8835)

Fax: 812-941-2595

Email: admissions@ius.edu

Note: All timelines for “when to expect your admission decision” are approximate and may vary. Required application materials include a completed IU application, official high school or previous college transcript(s), and (for high school students) official score reports for your SAT and/or ACT test(s).

Common questions

I’m considering IU and other schools. How do I decide whether IU is the best fit for me?

Your IU acceptance means we’d love for you to become part of our community and believe you’ll fit right in. We strongly encourage you to visit your campus, explore IU academics and life at IU, and talk to your campus Admissions office about any questions and concerns. If you ultimately decide not to attend IU, just follow the instructions in your admission letter to notify the IU campus(es) you were admitted to about your decision.

How should I decide whether to live on campus?

All first-year IU Bloomington students are required to live on campus. In rare cases exemptions can be made; you can review the exemption criteria outlined by Residential Programs and Services.

If you’re applying to another IU campus that offers on-campus housing, consider that living on campus can add a whole new dimension to your college experience. Not only is it likely to be closer to your classes and college activities, but living in on-campus housing can help make it easier to meet people and get involved in campus life. Traditional residence hall life can give you an immediate sense of community, while apartment-style housing (available on some campuses) can give you a feel for “real-world” living with a little more space. And because on-campus housing is often convenient to public transportation, bike paths, and/or downtown areas, you’re likely to be able to access everything you need without the need for a car.

Some students still prefer to live off campus or live at home to save money and drive to school for classes and campus activities. If you’re interested in that option, IU can usually recommend or refer you to affordable, student-friendly housing off campus too. Call your campus Admissions office to chat about your options.

What if I want to defer my admission to another term?

Your admission applies to the school term indicated on your acceptance letter. If you want to defer your admission to another term, you’ll need to contact the Admissions office at your campus to find out what steps are required.

You’ll find a place here. That’s one of the biggest things that I’ve learned: if you want to be alone, you can, but if you want to be a part of something, you’ll find something here no matter what.

Indianapolis student

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