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Colleges / Indiana University South Bend

Indiana University South Bend

South Bend, IN 4-Year Public

About IU South Bend

Indiana University South Bend is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of South Bend, IN, less than an hour from Chicago.

Founded in 1922, the institution currently enrolls around 4,942 students a year, including 4,375 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $20,155,804. The school spends $8,812 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About IU South Bend

Acceptance rate: 87%

Average GPA: 3.18

Mean ACT score: 20

Mean SAT score: 1035

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

IU South Bend Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Indiana University South Bend. Around 87 percent of all applicants to IU South Bend are accepted each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.18 /4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1035 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 20.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is IU South Bend a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 824 students who started at IU South Bend as first-time freshman, 120 graduate within four years.

Around 38 percent of students who started at IU South Bend earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $23,925 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does IU South Bend sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is IU South Bend a good school for YOU?

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College Info

1700 Mishawaka Avenue South Bend, IN 46615

Campus Setting: Suburban

IU South Bend Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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

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

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

IU South Bend ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


17 to 23


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to IU South Bend is 20. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into IU South Bend. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

IU South Bend SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

460 - 560


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

IU South Bend Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at IU South Bend is like? There are approximately 5,214 students enrolled at IU South Bend, including 4,707 undergraduate students and 507 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from IN and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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