How to apply to IU
Organize your info
Before you start, you may want to make a list of all your senior-year classes and high school extracurricular activities so you’re ready to enter those in your application. Also consider whether you want to include your SAT and/or ACT test scores in your application. Test scores aren’t required to apply to IU, and admission decisions are always based on a range of factors, including your GPA, your high school courses, your extracurricular activities, your test scores (if you include them), and other achievements.
Interested in financial aid?
Your very first step is to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Usually you can complete your FAFSA application as early as October 1, but the 2024–25 FAFSA will be available in December 2023. This form is used to determine which federal grants and loans you qualify for to reduce your tuition and help you pay for college. Deadlines vary by campus, but the earlier you complete this form, the better!
To learn about other financial support options at IU, visit our Scholarships and Awards page.
Pick your campus(es)
You can apply to any IU campus using the Apply IU app. You can apply to as many campuses as you like. You’ll apply to one campus at a time, but you can resubmit the same application to each campus, plus any materials specific to that campus’s application. If required, you’ll pay one application fee based on where you apply.
If you only plan to apply to IU Bloomington, IU Indianapolis (or IUPUI, if you’re a spring 2024 applicant), and/or IU Northwest, you can choose to apply through the Common App.
If you want to earn your IU degree completely online, visit IU Online.
If you are applying for a graduate or professional program, visit that program’s website to find application instructions.
Applying from outside the U.S.?
You’ll pay an application fee for each campus you apply to.
Create your online application
Applying for a graduate or professional program?
Head straight to the Admissions website for the campus or program you’re interested in.
Start the application
Follow the on-screen guidance to complete your application. With Apply IU, you can save your application at any time (without submitting it) and finish it later.
Applying to IU Bloomington?
An essay is required as part of your application. If you are applying through the Common Application, you can choose from any of the essay prompts in the application. If you are applying through Apply IU, you’ll be asked to write a 200- to 400-word essay on a prompt you’ll see in the application, and you can upload the document directly to your application (look for “Essay Question” in the Additional Information section).
Tell us what majors or programs you’re interested in
You’ll be required to choose a major* you’re interested in at each campus (or a degree program** if you’re applying to IU Online). This just helps us to do a better job of guiding you based on your goals and interests. You can always change your major later.
*A major is a general area of focus for your undergraduate studies.
**A degree program is a specific course of study for earning a certain degree.
Not sure what you want to major in?
That’s totally okay—lots of incoming students start college without declaring a major! Just look for the Undecided or Exploratory option, or choose a General Studies option. Your choice won’t affect your campus admission decision, and you’ll be able to choose a different major later if you change your mind.
Check your deadlines
If you’re applying to multiple campuses, they may have different application deadlines. You’ll want to submit your completed Apply IU application by the earliest deadline (see the application requirements table on this page for a handy list).
When can you expect to hear something?
You’ll hear directly from the campuses you applied to about decisions and next steps, but each IU campus has a slightly different schedule for reviewing and responding to applications. Head to the Admissions section of each campus’s website to find more info.
Application requirements by campus
Along with official transcripts, here’s what each individual IU campus requires. Remember that IU is test-optional, which means ACT and SAT scores are not required to apply.
|Campus||Essay required?||Application fee||Application types accepted||Deadline|
|IU Indianapolis (or IUPUI if you’re a spring 2024 applicant)||Yes||$65||
|IU Columbus (or IUPUC if you're a spring 2024 applicant)||No||None||
|IU Fort Wayne||No||$65||
None for Apply IU
None for mail-in
$15 for Common App
|IU South Bend||No||None||
||10 days before the start of the semester|
|IU Online (any campus)||No||None||
NOTE: U.S. applicants will, if required, pay only one application fee for all campuses equal to the highest fee on the list of campuses they apply to. International students will pay a $65 application fee per campus. All fees are per term, so if you apply to IU again for another term, you’ll need to pay the application fee again.
While some campuses accept multiple application types, you only need to submit one.
For incoming first-year applications: If you want to apply to multiple campuses, you should complete the Apply IU application by the earliest deadline of the campuses you select.
*To be considered for IU Academic Scholarships, you must submit a complete application by the early action deadline, November 1. The early action deadline is non-binding, meaning that even if you’re accepted, you’re not required to enroll at IU Bloomington.
**If the campus you’re applying to has a Priority Admission deadline, this is the deadline to submit your application for scholarships and financial aid. If you miss this deadline, you may still be eligible for some scholarships or financial aid, but you’ll need to contact the Admissions office on that campus to confirm.