How to Apply

Freshmen Students

Admissions Standards

Admission to Indiana University is selective, and we review each application for its individual merits and qualities. In particular, we consider factors that emphasize academic performance and preparation, the strength and quality of your high school curriculum, recent grade trends, class rank, and results of the SAT or ACT.

Academic Preparation

Coursework Requirements for Admission

You should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, or college courses in secondary school in these subjects:

  • 8 credits (or 4 years) or the equivalent of secondary work in English or in your native language, including literature, grammar, and composition courses
  • 7 credits (or 3.5 years) 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 (precalculus, trigonometry, or calculus)
  • 6 credits (or 3 years) of social sciences, including history, government, economics, psychology, or sociology
  • 6 credits (or 3 years) of sciences, including at least 4 credits (2 years) of laboratory sciences such as biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (or 2 years) of another world language
  • 3 or more credits of additional college-preparatory courses. Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree. Additional world language credits are recommended for all students.

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

Academic Grades Required for Admission

In general, our students have the equivalent of a B average or higher in secondary school. You are given more serious consideration if your marks or grades have been consistently above average or steadily improving in a challenging academic program. On the other hand, low marks or grades in the most recent term or a less demanding academic program are often reasons to deny admission to IU.

Secondary School Graduation

You must earn a diploma from an accredited secondary school (or have a General Equivalency Diploma) to be eligible for admission. If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability. You should also review our country-specific requirements.

Standardized Test Scores Required for Admission

SAT or ACT Exam

IU requires scores from either the SAT or the ACT. Preference will be given to international students who score above the U.S. national average. In fall 2012, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for admitted freshmen was 1110–1290, and the middle 50 percent range of ACT scores was 25–30.

If you submit more than one set of scores, we will consider the highest critical reading and math component scores for the SAT or the highest ACT composite.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

Indiana University Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency. You can do this by:

  • Submitting acceptable results for one of the English proficiency tests listed below
  • Submitting acceptable results from the SAT or ACT exam sections listed below
  • Completing at least three full years of secondary school in a predominately English-speaking country. See our list of English-speaking countries.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement within the last 2 years may be required to submit additional proof of English proficiency including new standardized test scores.

Applicants to the Jacobs School of Music MUST submit a TOEFL score.

Undergraduate applicants can meet our English proficiency requirement for admission by attaining the necessary score on any one of the following tests:

Test Score
TOEFL (Internet-based test) 79
TOEFL (Paper-based test) 550
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 79
SAT Critical Reading section 500
ACT English section 21

Other Factors Weighed During Admissions Process

Essays, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, community service, and work experience 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.