Indiana University Application Essay Prompt

Review admission standards, deadlines, and English proficiency requirements

Before you begin the application process, you should check our admission standards to make sure you qualify to apply. It is also very important to review the application deadlines for freshmen.

Research scholarship opportunities

Merit scholarships are awarded based on the academic information you provide through your application for admission.

To be considered for IU Achievement and Selective Scholarships, you must submit a complete application for admission (including official transcript, test scores, and essay) by November 1.

If you meet the November 1 deadline, you may submit updated SAT and/or ACT scores until January 15 for additional scholarship consideration. Updated scores will be evaluated and notification will be made on a rolling basis for those who qualify. After the November 1 deadline, scholarship opportunities are limited.

February 1 is the deadline to be considered for the IU Global Engagement Scholarship—a merit-based award specifically for international freshmen.

For all other scholarship information, visit the Office of Scholarships.

Research majors

Before you apply, make sure you spend some time exploring our different schools and 200+ majors.

When you fill out your application, you’ll be asked to choose an intended major. If you know what you’d like to major in, select that major.

If you don’t know what you want to major in, that’s OK. IU students who have not yet chosen a major are considered exploratory students. It’s fine to spend time discovering the path that’s right for you. Indiana University promotes academic exploration above all else. It’s why most freshmen begin their studies in University Division (UD), where they fulfill the general requirements needed to certify into a degree-granting school or college.

Learn about direct admission

Most new students at IU begin their studies at University Division (UD) to complete the general requirements needed to certify into a degree-granting major or school. However, each year, about 20 percent of incoming students are directly admitted into a school or college.

Get details on direct admission
Learn about receiving credit for AP, IB, and other advanced coursework

IU recognizes many British-style Advanced Level exams and International Baccalaureate higher-level exams when awarding credit.

Learn more about receiving credit for advanced coursework
Review our application tips

Indiana University Bloomington accepts the IU eApplication, Common Application, and Coalition Application.

Which application do I choose?

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 the Jacobs School of Music, you cannot use the Common Application.

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 nonrefundable. 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.

Review fee waiver information (if eligible)

If you are a student with limited financial resources, you may be eligible for an admission application fee waiver.

To obtain a fee waiver, you must request a fee waiver when completing your application.

  1. If you are submitting the IU eApplication, you will then need to submit a completed ACT, SAT, or NACAC fee waiver form that has been verified by your high school counselor.
  2. If you are submitting the Common Application, you will need to complete the fee waiver section on your profile and your counselor will need to verify your eligibility.
  3. If you are submitting the Coalition Application, you will answer questions within the application that will determine your eligibility. No additional form or counselor verification is required.

We will not process your application or make an admission decision until we receive a completed fee waiver or the $65 application fee.

Submit the online application and essay

Click on the link below to select your application platform and get started. Even though there are three options to choose from, you should submit only one application for admission to IU Bloomington.

The $65 application fee is non-refundable.

As part of your application submission, regardless of which platform you choose, make sure you submit the 200–400 word IU-specific essay. If you are applying through the Common Application, this essay is called the Writing Supplement for IU Bloomington.

Make sure you allow pop-ups and enable third-party cookies to ensure that your application and fee payment will be submitted correctly.

Receive your iStart login information

After you submit your online application, you will receive immediate email confirmation that it was received.

OIS will send you an email within five business days with your login information for iStart.

You will then need to log in to iStart so you can upload the additional documents you are required to submit.

Submit your supporting documents

After you have submitted your application online, there are several documents you will need to upload to iStart:

Submit your test scores directly from the testing agency using the following reporting codes (test scores should not be uploaded to iStart):

  • SAT: 1324
  • ACT: 1210
  • TOEFL: 1324
Learn more about required supporting documents
Submit financial documentation

As an international student at IU Bloomington, you are required to submit documents proving you have the financial means to support yourself for a full calendar year, including tuition, fees, and living expenses.

We encourage you to submit your financial documents as soon as possible.

Learn more about required financial documentation
Make changes to your application

If you need to make any changes to your application (like email address, contact information, name, etc.), you'll need to submit a form.

Changing information on your application
Check your admission status

After you apply, you can see the status of your application at any time in iStart.

Learn more about iStart
Receive admission letter from OIS

You will first be notified of your admission decision via email by the Office of International Services (OIS).

If you are admitted, your admission letter will be sent to you via mail after you have paid your enrollment deposit and submitted the required financial documents. OIS will mail the admission letter after the financial documents have been reviewed and approved.

Let us know you plan to enroll

If you are admitted to IU Bloomington, you’ll need to let us know you plan to attend by paying your enrollment deposit.

To officially reserve your spot as an IU student, pay your enrollment deposit by May 1.

Learn more about the steps to enroll at IU Bloomington
How to cancel your application

If you would like to cancel your application after you have already applied, you can do that on the Intent to Enroll page.

Just for IU Jacobs School of Music applicants

If you’re a student interested in the Jacobs School of Music you can apply with either the IU eApplication or Coalition Application. Visit the Jacobs School of Music website to learn about additional application requirements.

Here are some key differences in the application process:

You must complete your application for admission by November 1. Supplemental music materials must be received by December 1.

Your application fee is $145.

You’ll need to submit at least one teacher recommendation (you’ll find this form on the Jacobs School of Music website).

You’ll complete an audition and interview process.

Learn more about IU Jacobs School of Music requirements

The freshman Indiana State University application is for entering freshmen who are (or soon will be) high school graduates and have not attended another college after graduating from high school. High school students may apply to Indiana State University any time after completion of their junior year in high school.


Submit application materials to the Office of Admissions (at right). Applicants normally receive a response within two weeks of receipt of all application materials, including:

  1. Application. Apply online. Walks-ins also welcomed. 
  2. Official High School Transcripts. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the high school to Indiana State University electronically or through postal mail. A final high school transcript will be required upon graduation and completion of all high school course work. 
  3. Official SAT or ACT scores.  The newly designed SAT was administered March 5, 2016.  These scores, along with any prior scores, will be accepted for admission.
  4. Military credit.   To receive credit for military education, applicants must submit a DD214 and a Joint Services Transcript (if security message appears when visiting this link, follow the instructions to continue to the Web site). 
  5. Copy of alien registration card (green card) if applicable. 
  6. $25.00 application fee (nonrefundable). Payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University (include SSN or student ID)

EXCEPTIONS: SAT/ACT scores not required if the applicant is 21 (or more) years of age. Official GED scores may be substituted for high school transcripts.


To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received before the following dates. Early application is encouraged for scholarship considerations.

Fall semester.................... June 1 
Spring semester............... December 1 
Summer session............... May 1 

Applications received after these deadlines will be accepted and every attempt made to ensure consideration for the desired semester or term.


To qualify for admission, applicants normally must satisfy the following:

  1. Completion of the Indiana Core 40 high school curriculum (or equivalent for non-Indiana graduates) with a grade point of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 
  2. Indiana high school graduates must have passed both the mathematics and English sections of ISTEP or receive an official waiver from their high school.

EXCEPTIONS: Indiana Core 40 (or equivalent) not required if high school diploma was awarded prior to 1998. ISTEP not required if high school diploma was awarded prior to 2002. Acceptable GED scores may be submitted to satisfy admission requirements listed above.

Note: Candidates who do not achieve the levels (listed above) will be reviewed individually, with consideration given to: standardized test scores; the difficulty of the student's high school curriculum; grades earned in academic subjects; and other evidence that the applicant has the potential for success in university studies.
The admission of applicants older than the traditional college age will be determined individually, with special attention given to employment experience and motivation. 
A limited number of students may be admitted conditionally if they agree to follow a prescribed course of study and advisement.

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