We require 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.
Note: 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
Your cumulative GPA, as well as the grades you have earned in the 34 courses required for admission, will be an important part of the application review process. 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 requirement
You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation. Review country-specific requirements to see details for the country you’re studying in.
If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.