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Visit Us

Now that you know about all that SPEA has to offer (our scholarships, our most popular classes for first-year students and the Civic Leaders LLC), see it all first-hand!

If you're never visited IU before, we recommend doing a general campus visit through the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions, and then coming to SPEA to learn more about the school. Contact the IU Office of Admissions at (812) 855-0661Phone iconand select SPEA to sign up. Separately, contact SPEA to let us know that you're coming. We're happy to meet with you one-on-one, or to arrange a time for you to talk with students and faculty, tour the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center, tour the environmental science labs, or sit in on a class.

If you're already familiar with IU and just want to learn more about SPEA, call us at (812)855-5273Phone iconto schedule a visit tailored to your interests.

How to Apply

SPEA is the place for you to develop business and leadership know-how, especially if you are also passionate about using these skills to make the world a better place. Think IU and SPEA are right for you?

Your first step is to apply to Indiana University-Bloomington, indicating your interest in a SPEA major. The majority of admitted IU freshman become University Division students, applying to their chosen school after meeting its requirements.

Direct Admission

Select students qualify for direct admission to SPEA. Our Direct Admission Students will get a head-start at a potential career in government, business or the nonprofit sector, where they can apply the analytical and management skills they learn at SPEA to make the world a better place.

Students with the following criteria will be selected for direct admission to SPEA and are eligible for distinct scholarships:
  • Ranking within the top 15% of your class, and
  • Scoring a minimum of 1250 on the SAT combined math and critical reading scores, or a minimum score of 28 on the ACT.

Joining SPEA from University Division

University Division is the “academic home” for most IU freshmen while they begin to complete their degree requirements. You can still join our student groups and take a variety of interesting and valuable gateway courses beginning your first semester.

To be admitted to SPEA, you must:
  • complete 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours with a minimum 2.30 (C+) cumulative grade point average.
  • complete (with a C grade or better) any of the following SPEA introductory courses:
    • V160: National & International Policy (V170 from a regional campus)
    • V161: Urban Problems and Solutions (V264 from a regional campus)
    • E162: Environment and People
    • E272: Introduction to Environmental Science
Arts Management students must:
  • complete 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours with a minimum 2.7 (B-) cumulative grade point average.
  • complete (with a grade C or better) the following SPEA introductory course:
    • A163 Art World: Management, Markets, and Policy
If you're already an IU student, your first step towards SPEA admission is to contact our Office of Undergraduate Recruitment at

Contact Us

For information on SPEA for future freshmen, and to plan a visit, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Recruitment
School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
1315 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812)855-5273Phone icon