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Transfer Students

Admission Standards

The application for students applying for fall 2015 will be available August 15. 

If you have questions about applying for fall 2014, please call Cindy Wise in the Office of Admissions at (812) 855-9845.

Transfer admission to IU from another college or university is selective, and we review each application for its individual merits and qualities. We pay particular attention to grade trends, your cumulative and most recent term grade point average, and the breadth and depth of your previous college program. It’s also important that you have maintained good standing with your previous institution.

Below are the minimum requirements to transfer to IU Bloomington. Most admitted students exceed these standards.

Grade Trends

Prospective transfer students are given more serious consideration if their grades have been consistently above average or steadily improving in a challenging academic program. Declining grades, grades below C in the most recent term, or a less demanding academic program are often factors that make an application less competitive and can be reasons to deny admission.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Indiana residents should have a minimum college GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0-point scale before applying to IU. Nonresidents should have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Because of the competitive nature of recent applicant pools, few students (both Indiana residents and nonresidents) are admitted with a GPA below 2.5. No GPA in itself will guarantee admission.

High School Information

If you have completed fewer than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of college course work, we will review your high school transcript and standardized test scores as part of the admission decision. IU considers only official test scores sent directly from the testing agencies. In general, if your high school record does not meet IU’s freshman admission standards, you will not be considered for admission as a transfer student until you have completed at least 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable academic work at another institution.

Standardized Test Scores

Applicants who are at least twenty-one years old or have been out of high school three or more years may be considered for admission without standardized SAT and/or ACT test scores. If applicants have a minimum of 26 transferable semester hours, standardized SAT and/or ACT test scores are not required. 

Admission to a Major or Degree Program

If you have completed fewer than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable college course work, you are undecided about your major, or you are not yet eligible for admission to your desired major or degree program, you will be admitted into the University Division.

If you have completed more than 26 semester hours (or 39 quarter hours) of transferable college course work, you will most likely be admitted directly into your chosen major, although there are some exceptions. Contact the school that offers your desired major or program for details.