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Future Freshmen

Admission Standards

Admission to IU is selective. We review each application for its individual merits and qualities. In particular, we consider factors that emphasize academic performance and preparation, including the strength and quality of the high school curriculum, recent grade trends, grade point average, and results of the SAT or ACT.

Our admission standards for U.S. public and private high school students are listed below and should help you assess your credentials for admission. If we are unable to admit you as an incoming freshman, you will be given options to consider, including the possibility of transferring to IU in the future.

High School Graduation

You must earn a diploma from an accredited high school (or have earned a High School Equivalency Diploma) to be eligible for admission consideration. Students who are homeschooled or attend an alternative school should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Academic Preparation

Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school, including:

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, composition, and journalism
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry) and 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus.
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including 2 credits of U.S. history; 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography; and 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences—biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses. Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree and additional world language credits are recommended for all students.

If your high school does not offer the courses needed to meet one or more of these course requirements, then alternative college-preparatory courses may be substituted for the courses that are not available.

Grades in Academic Classes

Consideration will be given to applicants who have a grade point average of B or better (3.0 or higher on a 4.0-point scale) in their college-preparatory courses. For fall 2014, the middle 50 percent range for GPA for admitted freshmen was 3.46-4.00.

Standardized Test Scores

IU Bloomington requires scores from the SAT and/or the ACT and considers only official test scores sent directly from the testing agencies. IU Bloomington’s SAT code is 1324 and our ACT code is 1210. We encourage students to take both tests and to test early and often to increase their chances for admission and scholarship consideration.

It is important to submit all test scores to IU because during the admission review process, we’ll consider the highest critical reading and math component scores for the SAT. For the ACT, we'll combine the highest scores for each subtest from different exams for a new ACT composite. For fall 2014, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for admitted freshmen was 1110–1290 (critical reading and math only), and the middle 50 percent range of ACT scores was 25–30.

Applicants who are at least 21 years old or have been out of high school for three or more years may be considered for admission without standardized SAT and/or ACT test scores. 

Application Essay

All freshman applicants are required to submit an essay as part of the admission application. Your essay should be 200–400 words in length. This is your space to describe your academic and career plans or any special interest (for example, scientific research) that you are eager to pursue as an undergraduate at Indiana University.  You may also share any unsual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles you have encountered in pursuit of your education and how you overcame them.

Other Factors

Extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, community service, and work experience as well as dual-credit, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Advance College Project (ACP) courses may be considered as evidence of academic motivation and maturity. An admission decision may take into account the known strengths and weaknesses of an applicant’s college preparation program, the trend of an applicant’s grades in college-preparatory courses, and the applicant’s potential contribution to a diverse educational environment.