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Colleges / Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN 4-Year Public

IUPUI Admissions

If you want to apply to IUPUI, the fee for the application is $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from IUPUI by September 1.

Considering Applying Early to IUPUI?

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis does not offer early decision or early action..

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 To Get Into Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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

In 2021, IUPUI **accepted 79% of students, around 12,739 of the 16,220 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like IUPUI, 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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to IUPUI?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at IUPUI

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

IUPUI Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements portfolio for art program
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into IUPUI?

Students admitted to IUPUI have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 65.7% submitted a class rank. At IUPUI 17.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45.3% were in the top 25% and 84.7% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 65.7%
3.75 and 3.99 18.18%
3.50 and 3.74 19.19%
3.25 and 3.49 18.73%
3.00 and 3.24 15.84%
2.50 and 2.9 10.38%
2.00 and 2.49 0.66%
IUPUI does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

IUPUI has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 87.1% of IUPUI's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34.1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for IUPUI?

To be competitive with other IUPUI applicants, you should strive to earn between 1000 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At IUPUI 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a IUPUI student is 1096.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of IUPUI students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of IUPUI students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for IUPUI?

To be most competitive at IUPUI, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for IUPUI's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for IUPUI students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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Transferring to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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

Transfer students can enroll in IUPUI during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

IUPUI Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to IUPUI?

Students who are admitted to IUPUI must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does IUPUI accept transfer credits?

IUPUI accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. IUPUI accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

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

IUPUI accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to IUPUI?

No, IUPUI is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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IUPUI Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into IUPUI? IUPUI is a somewhat selective institution. The IUPUI acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.



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IUPUI Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to IUPUI is Continuous processing.

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



ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to IUPUI is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into IUPUI. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1180


Math SAT Range

500 - 590


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


1000 to 1180


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for IUPUI students is 1096. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to IUPUI, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at IUPUI.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At IUPUI, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.51. 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.

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