Indiana University Bloomington

Office of International Services

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Freshman Admission Standards

Admission Standards

IU has new admission standards for students entering in the fall of 2011. We encourage you to continue a strong, balanced curriculum that includes at least two years of world language and math through secondary school.

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.

Academic Preparation

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Electronically Reporting Exam Scores

Exam Name IU Bloomington Reporting Code
SAT 1324
ACT 1210
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 1324

Other Factors

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.

International Admissions
Leo R. Dowling International Center
111 South Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 855-9086
Fax: (812) 856-5378

Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

International Student & Scholar Services
Franklin Hall Room 306
601 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 855-9086
Fax: (812) 855-4418

Hours: Monday - Friday
9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Leo R. Dowling International Center
111 South Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 855-9086
Fax: (812) 855-7111

Hours: Monday - Friday
11:00am - 5:00pm