Once you decide you want to attend IU, there are several steps you need to take. The ones we've listed below should help you get started, but it's important that you work with your academic department to make sure you follow all the steps they have.
- Work with your department
Each department has its own set of steps you will need to follow after you are admitted.
- Log in to Atlas to complete checklist items
Your Atlas checklist will guide you through all of the important tasks you need to do.
- Set up your IU computing account and email account
To create your computing account, you’ll need your University ID number, which was included in your letter of admission.
The computing account and email account are different than the account you created to apply to IU. And, if you already created your IU computing account to check your application status, you still need to set up your IU email account.
Creating your account
If you did not set up your IU computing account to check your admission status, follow all the steps listed below. If you just need to set up your email account, follow steps 1, 2, and 5.
- Go to the Access Management Service (AMS).
- Select Create my first IU Computing Account. (You must do this even if you just need to set up email.)
- Enter your last name, date of birth, and University ID number in the fields provided. Then click Continue.
- Read the Guidelines for Appropriate Usage, which are rules and policies for IT account use at IU. After you have read the guidelines, enter Yes to agree to these policies. Then click Continue.
- Choose where you want to receive your IU email. A Umail account is similar to Google Gmail. Click Continue. If you have already set up your IU computing account, you will be directed to a screen that says Done. It will show you the security questions that you selected when you previously completed steps 6–10.
- Enter the passphrase you want to use in both fields. For information on selecting a valid and secure passphrase, see passwords and passphrases.
- Enroll in the Self-Service Passphrase Reset system. If you forget your passphrase, this tool will enable you to reset it yourself without having to visit a UITS Support Center walk-in location in person.
- Once you have entered at least three questions and answers, select Done to complete your enrollment in the Self-Service Passphrase Reset system.
- You will want to save this information. You will need your account information each time you log in to your IU computing account. You can save as a PDF, or choose to select Page Print if you want to print a copy of your account information.
- Select Exit. It may take up to two hours before you can log in to some services.
If you have forgotten your IU username, contact the UITS Support Center.
- Review housing options
Learn more about off-campus housing. You should also work with your academic department as they may have additional information or provide further assistance in finding a place to live.
- Grant third-party payer access
If someone is helping you fund your college education, make it easy for them to do it.
Let your sponsoring organization (and whomever else you choose) set up e-bill notifications, pay bills electronically, and view bursar account details. The Office of the Bursar has easy instructions for you to set up an authorized payer.Learn more about third-party payer access
- Submit your immunization records
All students who attend IU Bloomington are required by Indiana state law to present proof of vaccination.Learn more about immunization requirements
- Make arrangements to travel to Bloomington
You need to arrive in Bloomington in time to attend New Student Orientation.Learn more about traveling to Bloomington
- Establish your eligibility for disability services at IU
If you have a disability, it’s important that you contact IU’s Disability Services for Students office so you can find out about accommodations available to you to help you perform at your best.Learn more about disability services at IU
- Transfer your SEVIS record to IU
If you are currently studying in the U.S. as an F-1 student, you will need to transfer your SEVIS record to Indiana University.Learn more about transferring your SEVIS record