Applying to IU Bloomington
Is IU Bloomington the right fit for you?
IU Bloomington is the heart of the Indiana University family, with our largest campus, our broadest range of degrees and majors, and our most quintessential college experience. Beyond IU Bloomington’s storybook campus and lively, Big Ten college atmosphere is a family-like community, with countless ways to find your place and ample resources and support for any challenge or goal.
IU Bloomington’s unmatched number of academic programs and learning opportunities make it possible to carve out your own unique path to a meaningful career, while genuinely caring and involved faculty and an extensive variety of welcoming student clubs and organizations make it easy to find your place in the larger Hoosier family.
And not to mention: more than half of IU Bloomington students earning a bachelor degree graduate without student debt.
More to consider
- 56% of Bachelor’s degree recipients at IU Bloomington graduate without student debt.
- Students admitted to IU Bloomington have an average high school GPA of 3.90 (out of 4.0).
- 41% of undergraduates went to high school outside Indiana, and 12% are from outside the U.S.
All statistics are current as of 2019.
employers recruit at IU annually
- All statistics are current as of 2019.
I feel like IU really does a good job of making sure you’re on the track to success by providing different tools, but there’s also enough leeway to have a personal life and to do all the things that you want to do and explore.
Simran Bhandarkar IU Bloomington student
How to apply to IU Bloomington
High school students can apply to IU Bloomington in one of two ways:
While all these application types are accepted, you should only submit one application. The materials needed and the review process are the same for all applications.
The early action deadline (non-binding) for fall 2021 applications is November 1, 2020.
The regular admission deadline for fall 2021 applications is February 1, 2021.
Get a jump start on your essay
All IU Bloomington applicants are required to write a 200- to 400-word essay and upload a file directly to the online application. Here’s the essay prompt to get started:
Describe your academic and career plans and any special interests (e.g., undergraduate research, academic interests, leadership opportunities, etc.) that you are eager to pursue as an undergraduate at Indiana University. If you encountered any unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles in completing your education, share those experiences and how you overcame them.
Start your application
Qualifying for direct admission
If you’ve indicated a major on your application, you may be offered direct admission to the school or college through which the major is offered. The eligibility requirements differ between schools and colleges.
If you’ve already applied
You’ll hear directly from IU Bloomington about whether or not you’ve been accepted. Here’s when you can expect to receive your decision:
- Early action (non-binding) fall 2021 applications: January 15, 2021
- Regular admission fall 2021 applications: March 15, 2021
Direct admission decision timelines vary by school.
Create your IU computing account
About two weeks after submitting your application, you should receive an email from IU with your university ID number and instructions for setting up your IU computing account.
With an ID number and IU computing account, you can:
Other deadlines to watch
For first-year applicants
- Spring 2021 regular admission: November 1, 2020
- Summer session 2021 regular admission: March 1, 2021
You’ll receive a decision in 4–8 weeks.
IU Bloomington Admissions resources and support
Find where to learn more about different IU Bloomington opportunities and application types.
Find your counselor
Learn how to apply
Learn about paying for college
Visit the University Graduate School
Visit the Office of Scholarships
Learn how to apply
Learn how to transfer
Get the info you need to transfer
Download our guide to IU Bloomington
Visit the Office of International Services
I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. I don’t need to do something that is prescribed to me, and now I am able to customize my world. It was such a relief to discover that IU offers [the Individualized Major Program] and, to me, it’s a testament that I picked the right school.
JP Pritchard IU Bloomington student