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    Indiana University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    A private university located in Bloomington USA, the Indiana University offers admission to a variety of programs including associate degrees, certificate programs, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level programs. It is a renowned institute in the US Education System that has 16 schools and colleges operating under it to award degrees to students. Some of the most popular programs offered by the University are related to business, music, elementary education, nuclear physics, public affairs, African history and several others ranking in the top nationally.

    The University witnessed a magnificent total enrollment of 33,301 undergraduate and 10,202 graduate applicants in the fall of 2018. Subsequently, a total of 78% applicants were offered a seat at the university. Following a high selectivity rate, 25% of the selected applicants enrolled for admission at the university. Therefore, bringing the number of enrolled students in the class of 2022 to be 8118. The student population represents 36 countries and 45 states.

    Some points to be considered before applying to the Indiana University are as follows:

    • The university rolls out applications for three semesters in the fall, spring and summer seasons.
    • All electronic documents must be submitted by the applicant on the ‘atlas’ portal of the university accessible with unique login credentials for each applicant.
    • Each graduate program has its own deadlines and academic requirements.
    • Submission of standardized exams to study in the USA such as SAT/ ACT for undergraduate applicants and GRE/ GMAT for graduate applicants is required.
    • The freshmen class of 2018 had an average GPA of 3.83 on 4.0.
    • Students must confirm enrollment by June 1.

    COVID-19 Admission Updates

    • In response to COVID-19, the university has decided to conduct the session for fall 2020 using a blend of both in-person and online mode of instruction.
    • All campus events have been cancelled for the fall this year.
    • New student orientation for summer will also be conducted online.

    Indiana University Highlights

    Application Portal Online 
    Application Fee 65 USD (Non-Refundable ) 
    Acceptance Rate 78%
    Retention Rate 91%
    Graduation Rate 79%
    Intake Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer 
    Average SAT Score 1150-1360 
    Average ACT Score 24-31 
    Academic Calendar  Semester Based Calendar 
    Mode Of Payment  Online, Credit Cards 
    Financial Aid  Loans, Scholarships, Grants 

    Indiana University Admission Deadlines

    Indiana University accepts applications for the fall, spring and summer semester. There are 2 types of deadlines for undergraduate fall applications - early action and regular decision. Application deadlines for all graduate courses vary. 

    Intake Season Application Deadline 
    Fall 2020 :
    Early Action Deadline 
    Regular Action Deadline 
    November 1
    February 1
    Spring Session September 15
    Summer Session  January 1 

    Indiana University International Student Admissions

    Entailing over 16 schools in the university dedicated to various fields of studies. The university offers a range of courses for international students including over 550 programs and 200 undergraduate major programs in accounting, business administration, art history, applied mathematics, athletic training, biology, applied physics are some of the courses offered by the university. Over 7000 international students from all across the world have applied to take admission at the university last year. 

    The international applicants must carefully fill the application furnished with the documents required in order to be in the running to obtain a seat at the university. Apart from that, some additional requirements like visa and financial affidavit must also be fulfilled by international applicants.

    Application portal: There are 3 options to apply through any of the following:

    Application fee: 65 USD (Non-Refundable)

    Basic Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application form:

    • Official institutional transcripts 
    • Proof of English language proficiency 
    • Previous school history 
    • Financial affidavit 
    • Personal essay 
    • Official test scores 
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Interview
    • CV/ resume with work experience, extracurricular activities, recent grade trends etc.
    • Work experience (optional) 

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    Applicants from countries where the native language is not English must submit scores of English language proficiency tests. The minimum requirements for undergraduate applicants are given in the table below:

    Name Of The Test Minimum Test Score
    TOEFL  79 Internet Based Test
    550 Paper Based Test
    IELTS  6.5 
    SAT (Evidence based reading and writing) 560
    ACT (English) 21
    MELAB 79
    PTE  53


    The candidate can be exempted from submitting the test scores if:

    • The candidate has completed at least level 7 of the IEP program at Bloomington
    • Been a citizen of at least three years of an English dominant speaking country 

    The graduate applicants must fulfill the test requirements of the Indiana academic English test. TOEFL scores varying for different courses may be accepted. Scores of Duo Lingo English test will also be accepted but in addition scores of other English language proficiency test scores will be required. However, students failing to do so must agree to take up English language programs offered by the university.

    Country-Specific Requirements:

    Country Requirement
    Bangladesh Bangladesh Secondary School Certificate and Internal School Transcript from Grade 11
    Brazil Historico Escolar de Ensino Medio fro grade 1 (10) and Grade 2 (11)
    France Releve des Notes Grades 10 and 11
    India Grade 10 Board Exam Results Issue by the Examination body and Internal Grade 11 secondary school transcript
    Japan Upper Secondary School Transcript from Grades10 and 11
    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka O-Levels and Internal Grade 11 Secondary School Transcript*

    Country-Specific Requirements:

    Visa Process for International Students

    International applicants can start applying for an international visa once the enrolment deposit has been confirmed.

    The following process must be followed in order to obtain a valid visa to study in the US:

    1. Upon payment of the enrolment deposit, you will be provided with the I-20 or DS-2019 form;
    2. After receiving the form, the candidate can start applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa to Study in the USA;
    3. The candidate must then pay the SEVIS I-901 fees;
    4. After the payment of the SEVIS fee, the candidate can then schedule a visa interview at the nearest US embassy of their home country.

    Please note that the student must arrive in the US not prior to 30 days of the commencement of their classes.

    The following documents must be provided during the visa process:

    • Certificate of finances form;
    • Bank statements demonstrating liquidated funds for the same;
    • Scanned copy of the passport ID page;
    • A scanned copy of the most recent visa to the US, if previously obtained;
    • Current residing address and phone number;
    • Translated English copies of all documents if in other languages;

    Indiana University Undergraduate Admissions

    The university offers over 200 major programs among other minor programs spread over various fields of study. Some of the popular major programs of the university include accounting, business administration programs, applied mathematics, biology and many more. Students must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible for admission at the university:

    Where to Apply: Common application/ Coalition Application/ ApplyIU Application

    Application fee: 65 USD (Non-Refundable) 

    Admission Requirements: Application for undergraduate programs must be accompanied by the following documents:

    • Official test scores of SAT/ ACT (ACT Code 1210, SAT Code 1320)
    • Official high school transcripts 
    • Proof of English proficiency 
    • Financial affidavit 
    • Personal essay 

    Documents can be submitted electronically via the ‘atlas’ which is an online portal furnished with unique login credentials for each candidate.

    Indiana University Graduate Admissions

    The university is spread across 16 schools dedicated to various fields of studies. Some of the popular major programs of the university include accounting, business administration programs, applied mathematics, biology and many more for international applicants seeking to study in the USA. All graduate program applicants must have a completed bachelor’s degree before applying. In addition, students must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible for admission at the university:

    Where to apply: Online Application

    Application fee: 65 USD (non-refundable)

    Admission requirements: Application for graduate programs must be accompanied by the following documents:

    • Official transcripts/ academic records
    • Official test scores (depending on the department of study)
    • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL code – 1324)
    • GRE/ GMAT scores
    • Financial affidavit
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Personal essay 

    Electronic documents can be submitted via the ‘atlas’ which is an online portal furnished with unique login credentials for each candidate. 

    Here are some of the specific graduate courses offered by the university:

    Requirements MS in Accounting MBA MS in Computer Science Master of Arts in Mathematics MS in Data Science
    Application Fee 65 USD 65 USD 65 USD 70 USD 65 USD
    Application Deadline December 1 Round 1: October 15
    Round 2: January 5
    Round 3: March 1
    Final Round: April 15
    January 1 February 3 March 23 January 15 January 1
    February 3
    March 23
    Transcripts Required, minimum GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 Required Required Required Required
    Letters Of Recommendation Required, 2 professional recommendations Required, 1 letter Required Required, 3 letters Required, 3 letters
    GMAT/ GRE GMAT/ GRE, Minimum GRE: 157 verbal reasoning, 157 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing; GMAT: 620 total Required Required, GRE scores Required, GRE scores Required, GRE scores
    Personal Statement/ Essay Required, 500-700 words Required Not required Required Required
    Statement of Purpose Not required Not required Required
    CV/ Resume Required Required Required Required Required
    Work Experience Not required Required, at least 2 years Not required Not required Not required
    Interview Required Not required Not required Not required Not required

    Indiana University has maintained a very systematized and simplified way of accessing information and uploading resources during the admission process. The ‘Atlas’ is a modern online portal that can be used to submit documents, update applications or track your application packet. Upon receiving an application, the OIS within 5 day issues a unique ID and password which can be used to login to the portal. The admission decision will be communicated to the applicant from the respective department and also be updated on Atlas.

    Indiana University Cost of Attendance:

    Undergraduate Tuition Fee $37360
    Postgraduate Tuition Fee $28789
    Campus Accommodation $9821
    Living expenses $14841

    The University provides exceptionally well-performing students with an opportunity for direct admission. This option is given only to 10-20% of students and gives them the benefit of direct admission to majors program of their choice. To exercise this option, students are expected to meet deadlines, follow application instructions and prove by the way of test scores and academic records their educational standing.

    Indiana University FAQs

    Ques. How will I know the admission decision taken by Indiana University?

    Ans. The respective department of Indiana University to which you have applied will notify you with the admission decision either via email or mail. The department will pass on the same information to ‘atlas’ that will update the admission status on the applicant’s portal.

    Ques. How can I submit supporting documents for admission to Indiana University?

    Ans. Submission of all supporting documents for admission to Indiana University is possible only through Atlas. The OIS is responsible for sharing the login ID and password using which all documents can be uploaded.

    Ques. Can I cancel my application to Indiana University after submission?

    Ans. Yes. The application to Indiana University can be cancelled after submission by filling out the form on the Intent to enroll page.

    Ques. Can I make changes to my application form for Indiana University after submission?

    Ans. Yes. Changes to application form like email-address, contact information and name can be made by filling out the respective form on the website of the university.

    Ques. Can I apply to Indiana University using more than one application?

    Ans. Although there are three formats of available application on the website of Indiana University, the candidate must fill out only one application form.

    Ques. How long does it take to hear from Indiana University?

    Ans. The university takes usually a month or two to process your documents and send you a notification.

    Ques. Is Indiana University a Tier 1 school?

    Ans. In the latest US News and World Report rankings of the nation’s best colleges, India University secured continued recognition as a Tier 1 national university with outstanding graduate and undergraduate programs.

    Ques. Is Indiana University test-optional?

    Ans. IU has adopted a test-optional admissions policy beginning with the 2021 terms. The test-optional admissions policy allows students to choose at the point of application whether to have SAT or ACT scores considered as part of the application.

    Ques. What is the SAT score choice policy?

    Ans. The Score Choice policy at Indiana University is the policy of “Highest Section”. It is also known as “super scoring”. This means that you can choose which SATs you want to send to the school. Of all the scores the university received, your application readers will consider your highest section scores all SAT scores.

    Ques. Why are there three application options?

    Ans. IU is committed to student access and success. We want to provide students as many options as possible for submitting their applications. The common application is accepted at more than 600 institutions and the Coalition Applications is accepted at more than 90 institutions.

    Ques. Can I self report my test scores?

    Ans. If you would like to have the official testing agencies send your scores, use the codes listed below to have your official scores sent to Indiana University-

    • SAT code: 1324
    • ACT code: 1210

    Ques. Are there any famous alumni from Indiana University?


    • Jimmy Wales: Co-founder of Wikipedia
    • Harold Arthur Poling: Retired Chairman and CEO of Ford Motors
    • Company John Chambers: President and CEO of CISCO Systems

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