How to Apply

Freshmen Students

You should apply for freshman status if you are a beginning student who has never attended college or university before.

Congratulations on your decision to apply to IU for admission! Before you start the application process, you should check our admissions standards and deadlines for admission to ensure you qualify.

Once you are ready to apply, the first step in the application process is to complete the online application. You can apply using any one of the following application platforms.

Even though there are three options to choose from, submit only one application. Note that application fees are non-refundable.

  • Which application should I choose?

    If you're applying for a fall semester, you can choose whichever application platform you'd like. We don't give preference to any one application platform, and you have to provide the same information for each. We also use the same review process regardless of platform. You can choose whichever method works best for your situation. You can learn more about the Common Application and Coalition Application on their websites.

    If you're applying for a spring or summer semester, you need to use the IU eApplication.

    If you're applying for the Jacobs School of Music, you need to use the IU eApplication.

  • Can I apply using more than one application?

    Although we provide three different application options, you should select only one. You will not receive any benefit from applying multiple times, and all application fees are non-refundable. If you apply using more than one application, it may delay processing.

  • Why are there three application options?

    IU is committed to student access and success. We want to provide students as many options as possible for submitting their application. The Common Application is accepted at more than 600 institutions, and the Coalition Application is accepted at more than 90 institutions.

  • What information do I need to provide to apply?

    All application platforms ask the same types of questions (although the questions might be worded slightly differently). You'll need to provide information like your name, address, previous school history, plans at IU, and a 200-400 word essay. You'll also be able to provide details on your achievements and accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

  • What do I do after I submit the application?

    OIS will send you a confirmation email within five business days. This email will contain information to log in to OIS's portal, called iStart (if you come to IU, you'll use iStart throughout your time at the university). In iStart, you'll need to submit some additional documentation to complete your application.