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IU Bloomington Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to IU Bloomington, the application fee is $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from IU Bloomington by January 15.

IU Bloomington Admissions Stats at a Glance

IU Bloomington 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32.3%
Mean SAT Score 1236
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 77%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 52.7%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to IU Bloomington?

Indiana University Bloomington does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! IU Bloomington will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to IU Bloomington?

Getting into IU Bloomington is moderately difficult. IU Bloomington evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, IU Bloomington accepted 80% of students, around 35,469 of the 44,129 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like IU Bloomington, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, IU Bloomington waitlisted 640 students. Of those, 150 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to IU Bloomington?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at IU Bloomington

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

IU Bloomington Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to IU Bloomington must submit the following items. Double check with IU Bloomington's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into IU Bloomington?

Students admitted to IU Bloomington have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 37.2% submitted a class rank. At IU Bloomington 32.3% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65.7% were in the top 25% and 94.1% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Indiana University Bloomington, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 37.2%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 17.68%
3.25 and 3.49 11.51%
3.00 and 3.24 6.63%
2.50 and 2.9 1.95%
2.00 and 2.49 0.04%

IU Bloomington does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

IU Bloomington is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 77% of IU Bloomington's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 52.7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for IU Bloomington?

To be competitive with other IU Bloomington applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At IU Bloomington 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a IU Bloomington student is 1236.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of IU Bloomington students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of IU Bloomington students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for IU Bloomington?

To be most competitive at IU Bloomington, you should strive to earn between 24 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for IU Bloomington's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for IU Bloomington students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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Transferring to Indiana University Bloomington

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to IU Bloomington. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in IU Bloomington during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

IU Bloomington Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to IU Bloomington?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to IU Bloomington.

Does IU Bloomington accept transfer credits?

IU Bloomington accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. IU Bloomington accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does IU Bloomington accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

IU Bloomington accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to IU Bloomington?

No, IU Bloomington is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is IU Bloomington's acceptance rate?

IU Bloomington's acceptance rate is 80%.

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IU Bloomington Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into IU Bloomington? IU Bloomington is a somewhat selective institution. The IU Bloomington acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.



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IU Bloomington Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to IU Bloomington is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to IU Bloomington is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

IU Bloomington ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


24 to 31


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to IU Bloomington is 27. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into IU Bloomington. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

IU Bloomington SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1340


Math SAT Range

560 - 680


Reading SAT Range

560 - 670

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1130 to 1340


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for IU Bloomington students is 1236. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to IU Bloomington, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at IU Bloomington.

IU Bloomington GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At IU Bloomington, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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