Admission Requirements

University Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

The standards listed below represent the minimum levels of preparation and achievement necessary to be considered for admission. Most admitted students exceed these minimum levels. Each application is reviewed individually. When making admission decisions, the university is primarily concerned with the breadth and depth of the college-preparatory program including the student’s cumulative grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, academic curriculum and the grades received in those academic courses, grade trends in college-preparatory subjects, class rank and other additional factors.

High School Graduation

Applicants must earn a high school diploma from an accredited secondary school. Applicants holding a General Equivalency Diploma should submit the GED score. Credentials from homeschooling or from a non-accredited high school are assessed individually.

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 additional college preparatory math
  • 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.

Alternative college-preparatory courses may be substituted for courses that are not available in the applicant's high school.

Indiana residents must be on track to complete a Core 40 curriculum, a Core 40 Academic Honors curriculum, or the equivalent to be considered for admission.

Grades in Academic Classes

Preference will be given to applicants who have a grade point average of B or better (3.0 or higher on a 4.0-scale) in their college-preparatory courses.

Class Rank

Preference will be given to Indiana residents who are in the top 40 percent of their graduating classes and to nonresidents who are in the top 30 percent of their graduating classes.


IU Bloomington requires scores from the SAT and/or the ACT and considers only official test scores sent directly from the testing agencies.  It is important to submit all test scores to IU because the highest scores will be considered.

Applicants who are at least twenty-one 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. 


For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405; (812) 855-0661; newtoiu [at] indiana [dot] edu.

International Students

To be admitted, international students must complete above-average work in their supporting programs. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 223 (computer-based) or 84 (Internet-based) is necessary for regular admission to a degree program. International students are required to take the Indiana University English Proficiency Examination and must register for any supplemental English courses prescribed based on the results of this examination or, if necessary, enroll in the intensive English language program.

For additional information, contact the Office of International Services, Indiana University, Poplars 221, 400 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405; newtoiu@indiana.edu; (812) 855-9086; http://ois.iu.edu/admissions/index.shtml.

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Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.