Freshman Students

Follow these steps to apply to Indiana University Indianapolis as an international freshman

You should apply for freshman status if you have never attended a college or university. You must earn a diploma from an accredited high school before you enroll at IU Indianapolis.

Make sure to check our admission standards and deadlines before you start the application process.

Request Information Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

  • Step 1: Submit the Online Application

    IU Indianapolis accepts one of two online applications for freshman students:

    Apply IU
    Common Application
    Submit only one application for admission to IU Indianapolis. You must submit the nonrefundable $65 application fee to complete your application.

    Helpful Tips

    • The Common App will require you to complete an essay.
    • You are not required to have an SAT or ACT score to submit either application.  


    If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to email us at

  • Step 2: Submit Your Supporting Documents in Atlas

     You will submit your supporting documents electronically through Atlas, our online portal for international students. Within five business days of submitting the online application, you will receive an email from with instructions. 

    You can also log into Atlas to see your next steps and see which documents have been reviewed and accepted. Our international admissions team will contact you if there are any questions about your documents.

  • Step 3: Receive a Decision

    After you submit your academic records and we have determined that you have been academically admitted at IU Indianapolis, we will notify you via email. You will be able to access the letter about your admission status in Atlas.

    If you have not submitted your  proof of English proficiency, you should submit it now.

    Also, be sure to check your email on a regular basis. We will email you if we need any additional documentation or if we have any other instructions for you. The waiting period until you hear if you have been admitted is usually two to four weeks.

    Learn more about what happens after you apply, including how to check your admission status.

  • Step 4: Submit Financial Documentation for Visa Purposes

    If you will need a student visa in order to enroll at IU Indianapolis, you must submit financial documentation verifying your ability to pay your tuition and living expenses for up to one year. To learn more about this, please download and read: Financial Information for International Students

    In order to complete this step, you must fill out both, the“Submit Financial Support Agreement” and “Submit Financial Documentation” e-forms in Atlas.

    We cannot issue you a visa document until you have completed this step.

  • Step 5: Submit Your SEVIS Transfer form (English Language or U.S. High School Only)

    You will need to transfer your SEVIS record to IU Indianapolis if you are currently on a student visa (F1) and are studying at a U.S. institution.

    Log onto Atlas and follow instructions for filling out and submitting the SEVIS Transfer Request Form.

  • Step 6: Submit your enrollment deposit

    IU Indianapolis requires all fall international freshmen to officially accept their offer of admission by paying a nonrefundable $100 enrollment deposit.

    Once your deposit is received, it will be marked as such on your student record. This will allow you to register for student orientation (which takes place virtually during the summer). Your deposit will be applied to your first tuition bill.

    You can pay your deposit online. Pay your deposit within three weeks of admission. As a reminder, your deposit is not refundable if you decide to attend somewhere other than IU Indianapolis.