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 applications is November 1.
The regular admission deadline for fall applications is February 1.
Get a jump start on your essay
All IU Bloomington applicants are required to submit an essay. If you apply using the Common Application, you can use any of the essay prompts provided in the application. If you apply using the Apply IU application, you will need to provide a 200- to 400-word essay using the following prompt:
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.
Learn more about direct admission at IU Bloomington
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 applications: January 15
- Regular admission fall applications: March 15
Consideration for direct admission will be conducted at the point of the initial review for admission to the university. Eligible students will receive notification in their university admission decision. Academic programs that require additional steps or offer a review request/petition process will have unique processes and timelines for direct admission consideration. Students offered direct admission through these processes would receive a separate communication from the school/program.
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: