Policy H-12

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This is an archived version of the policy. See current university policy here


(Approved: UFC 4/28/87; Trustees 8/4/87)

Indiana University supports and complies with Affirmative Action regulations; admission to the University will be evaluated without regard to sex, age, race, religion, ethnic origin, veteran status, or disability. Indiana University has adopted the following admissions policy in order to insure that undergraduate students are properly prepared for college work. These standards as adopted seek to insure either adequate academic preparation in high school or evidence of unusual motivation on the part of each student admitted to the University. Effective First Semester, 1991-92, applicants for admission to Indiana University will be expected to have qualified as follows:

Freshman Students

1. Graduation from a commissioned Indiana high school or comparable out-of-state institution, successfully completing a minimum of 28 semesters of college preparatory courses which include:
a. Eight semesters of English. (One semester each of speech and journalism may be included.)
b. Four semesters of social science (economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology).
c. Four semesters of algebra (two semesters of which must be advanced algebra) and two semesters of geometry.
d. Two semesters of laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics).
e. Eight semesters in some combination of foreign language, additional mathematics, laboratory science, social science, computer science, and other courses of a college preparatory nature.
f. Four semesters of foreign language are strongly recommended.
g. Courses which develop writing composition skills are strongly recommended.
2. A rank in the upper half of the high-school graduating class for Indiana residents or a rank in the upper third of the high-school graduating class for out-of-state residents.
3. A score above the median established by Indiana students on a nationally standardized admissions test. Students who have been out of high school for three or more years do not have to submit test scores unless required for admission to specific programs.
4. Each campus may accept students who are deficient in #1, #2, or #3 of the above specifications upon receipt of such evidence as the combination of strength of college preparation program, rank in class, grades and grade trends in college preparatory courses, and standardized test scores. For persons who do not meet the above criteria and have been out of high school three or more years, admission can be based on other factors such as a General Educational Development (GED) diploma, maturity, work experience, military service, and other factors as determined by the campus.
5. Each campus at its discretion may admit a student on a probationary basis and/or through faculty sponsorship.

Transfer Students (Some academic programs require specific qualifications in addition to those enumerated)

1. Submission of official transcripts from all previous institutions attended.
2. The transcripts must reflect a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for Indiana residents and at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for out-of-state residents.
3. If the student has fewer than 26 transferable semester hours, the high school record should reflect compliance with freshman admission requirements as specified above.
4. The credentials of students seeking transfer to Indiana University will be evaluated on an individual basis.

When students do not qualify upon first application, they will be counseled about ways of removing deficiencies so that they may qualify for admission at a later date.

If any provision of this policy is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions of this policy which can be given effect without the invalid provision, and to this end the provisions of this policy are severable.