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Applying to IUPUI

Find deadlines and resources for applying to this IU core campus in the state capital, with degree programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University.
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Is IUPUI the right fit for you?

IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis) offers an Indiana University experience in a vibrant city setting with a strong focus on research, giving students like you opportunities to go beyond the classroom and gain real-world, hands-on experience.

IUPUI is known for its programs in health sciences, engineering and technology, and business, and it’s the only school in downtown Indy with a Division I college sports program.

More to consider

  • Students admitted to IUPUI have an average high school GPA of 3.47 (out of 4.0).
  • 92% of undergraduates are Indiana residents, and 26% are first-generation college students.
  • IUPUI students spend 1,000,000+ hours each year working hands-on with Indianapolis community partners through courses.

All statistics are current as of 2019.

Learn more about life at IUPUI
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student-faculty ratio
  • All statistics current as of 2020.

IUPUI met everything I was looking for in a school. I was able to use my 21st Century here. I was able to live on campus and near my classes. I was able to get that diversity I was looking for. I was able to get the Kelley education I was looking for. And it gave me the opportunities I was searching for too.

Thomas Ledbetter IUPUI student

How to apply to IUPUI

High school students and transfer students can apply to IUPUI online in one of two ways:

While both of these application types are accepted, you should only submit one application. The materials needed and the review process are the same for both applications.

We strongly recommend you apply online, but you may also request a PDF of the application form to submit by emailing

The priority deadline for fall first-year applications is May 1.

Get a jump start on your essay

All IUPUI applicants (except transfer 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

If you’ve already applied

You’ll hear directly from IUPUI about whether or not you’ve been accepted.

The timeline for admission decisions is typically 4–6 weeks after you submit all your application materials.

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 IU computing account, you can:

Other deadlines to watch

For first-year and transfer student applications

Fall semester

  • Priority deadline: May 1
  • Priority transfer deadline: June 1

Spring semester

  • Priority deadline: December 1

Summer session I

  • Priority deadline: March 15

Summer session II

  • Priority deadline: May 1

IUPUI Admissions resources and support

Find where to learn more about different IUPUI opportunities and application types.

At IUPUI, the world is your oyster. There are so many different paths that you can take, and it makes me really happy that I have all those options open to me.

IUPUI student

IUPUI Admissions is here to help

Have questions? Reach out to your admissions counselor, or contact:

IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Cavanaugh Hall 147
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN




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