- Log in to iStart to complete checklist items
Your iStart 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.
You must set up your computing account in the Access Management Service to:
- Apply for housing
- Schedule New Student Orientation
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.
If you have lost or forgotten your University ID number, contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com.
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 lost or forgotten your University ID number, you’ll need to contact the Office of the Registrar at 812-855-0121. If you have forgotten your IU username, contact the UITS Support Center.
Note: Some countries may block Umail. If you experience problems accessing Umail, you should forward your Umail email to another email account.
- Declare your intent to enroll
Declare your intent to enroll so we know you’ll be attending IU.
In order to declare your intent to enroll, you must first set up your IU computing account. It will take up to two hours for your account to be activated.
Declare your intent to enroll
- Apply for housing (if applicable)
If you have more than 12 credit hours of transfer coursework, you can choose to live on- or off-campus. We recommend you live on campus during your first year. It’s the best way to plug into a community of people and start making friends.
If you want to live off-campus, you will need to apply for an residency exemption with Residential Programs and Services (RPS).
Learn more about the residency exemption
We recommend that all new students apply for housing as soon as the housing contract and application form are available on the RPS website—this is typically in February for the upcoming fall semester. Your housing preferences will be given priority based on the date your application is received.
About choosing residence halls and roommates
If you have a preference for a specific learning community, neighborhood, roommate, or room type, you need to indicate this on the housing contract and application form.
If you would like a specific roommate, you each should request the other as a roommate and list your housing preferences in identical order.
If your roommate request is not identical to that of your requested roommate’s, or if the applications are submitted on different dates, the Division of Residential Programs and Services (RPS) honors the date of the first housing form received when making housing assignments.
The application fee
The housing application fee is $200.
Please read all contract terms and conditions carefully, especially in relation to cancellation.
Apply for housing at RPS
- Sign up for New Student Orientation
All new students are required to attend orientation, which is where you will register for your first semester classes.
Learn more about New Student Orientation
- Connect with other Hoosiers
Have you already told the world that #IUSaidYes?
Ready to meet your classmates? Start by joining the official, private Facebook community for IU Bloomington students and new admits. Visit often to:
- Look for a roommate
- Join communities
- Plan meet-ups
- Know what’s happening on campus
- Get to know other students
Also, check out our social icons at the top right corner of this website, and make sure you let your parents know that we have a Facebook page just for them.
- Grant third-party payer access to parents or guardians
If someone is helping you fund your college education, make it easy for him or her to do it.
Let your parents (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
- Review the requirements for IU’s English Proficiency Examination
Most students are required to take the Indiana English Proficiency Exam before beginning studies at IU.
Learn more about the English Proficiency Examination
- Arrange to have final academic records sent to IU
Incoming transfer students are required to have final post-secondary transcripts or records sent to the Office of International Services (OIS) before beginning at IU. All documents must be official and original (no photocopies or notarized copies). English translations must be provided for all non-English language documents.
Office of International Services
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
- 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
- Defer your acceptance
If your plans change, you can defer your acceptance for one semester.
Here are our policies for deferring your acceptance:
- You can defer your entry for up to one semester; after one semester has passed, you’ll need to reapply for the term you plan to attend.
- If you choose to defer your admission and then take courses at another postsecondary institution, you are required to submit new transcripts and your application may be reviewed again based on any new academic information.
To defer, fill out the online deferral form at least two weeks before the start of the term for which you originally applied.
- Cancel your application
If you’d like to cancel your application, you can do that on the Intent to Enroll page.