Freshman Admission 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 the high school curriculum, recent grade trends, class rank, and results of the SAT or ACT.
Secondary School Graduation
You must earn a diploma from an accredited secondary school (or have a General Equivalency Diploma) to be eligible for admission. Students who are homeschooled or attend an alternative school should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability. You should also review our country-specific requirements.
Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in secondary school, including:
- 8 credits (or 4 years) or the equivalent of secondary work in English or the language of instruction, 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
- 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—biology, chemistry, or physics
- 3 or more credits 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.
- 4 credits (or 2 years) of world languages- this is a new subject requirement
If your secondary school does not offer the courses needed to meet one or more of these course requirements, then alternative college-preparatory courses may be substituted for the courses that are not available.
Grades in Academic Classes
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.
IU requires scores from either the SAT or the ACT. Preference will be given to international students who score above the national average. In fall 2010, the middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for admitted freshman was 1090-1310, and the middle 50 percent range of ACT scores was 25-29.
If you submit more than one set of scores, we'll consider the highest critical reading and math component scores for the SAT or the highest ACT composite. To submit your scores electronically, please use the IU Bloomington reporting codes located at the bottom of this page.
Demonstration of English Proficiency
Indiana University Bloomington requires all non-native English speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency. Demonstration of English proficiency can be achieved by one of the three following ways.
- English Proficiency Tests
IU Bloomington requires applicants to submit one of the following English proficiency tests results to complete an application. Testing services should report scores directly to IU Bloomington*. Scores associated with each test must be obtained in order to be considered for admissions:
English Proficiency Test Required Score Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)** Internet-Based Test 79 Paper-Based Test 550 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 79
* If freshman applicants would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships, English proficiency exam scores of must be received by November 1.
** Applicants to the Jacobs School of Music MUST submit a TOEFL score.
- SAT or ACT Exams
English proficiency will be met by obtaining a minimum of 500 on the SAT's Critical Reading section or a 21 on the ACT's English section.
- Secondary School in an English Speaking Country
Submit evidence of having completed at least three full years of secondary school in a predominately English speaking country. A list of English speaking countries can be found here.
Indiana English Proficiency Exam (IEPE)
All new international students must take IU's English Proficiency Examination upon arrival at the university to determine if they must take preparation English courses. Students must take English courses prescribed from the result of their examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as other courses; however, credits earned in these preparation English courses do not meet degree requirements.
Exemption from Taking the IEPE
To be considered exempt from taking the Indiana English Proficiency Exam, the following exam scores are required:
|English Proficiency Test||Required Score for Exemption|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)|
|Internet Based Test||105|
|Paper Based Test||620|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||7.5|
|Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)||87|
In addition to exam scores, international students with citizenship from predominately English speaking countries are not required to complete the IEPE.
Intensive English Program (IEP) Placement
If the results of this exam indicate that full time work in English is required, you will be assigned to the IEP and will be unable to take academic courses until you achieve the adequate English proficiency. If you have serious doubts about your English ability and are not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program, you should consider completing English study in your home country and delaying your application to a future term.
Students admitted to the university have until July 1 to submit new scores to be exempt from taking the English Proficiency Exam.
Electronically Reporting Exam Scores
|Exam Name||IU Bloomington Reporting Code|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)||1324|
Essays, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, community service, work experience, as well as dual-credit, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Advance College Project (ACP) courses 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.