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Your chances of getting into Indiana University Bloomington

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

82.4%
Admission Difficulty for Indiana University Bloomington
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at IU is 82.4%.  Its admission rate is the 29th lowest in Indiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into IU and can you get accepted?

Indiana University Bloomington is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 41,272 out of the 50,080 who applied were admitted.

Indiana University Bloomington typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.74. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into IU?

82% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Indiana University Bloomington you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.74 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1290 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

IU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.74

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into Indiana University Bloomington?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into IU are to have around a 3.74 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.74 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as IU accepts 82% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at IU is 3.74 on the 4.0 scale. 37% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #9 in Indiana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since IU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Indiana University Bloomington students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 36.7% Good
3.75 to 3.99 22.91% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 18.58% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.47% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.99% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.27% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.09% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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IU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Indiana University Bloomington. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 38% of students submitted SAT scores and 21% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1180-1400

Applicants Submitting SAT 

38%
SAT Scores for Indiana University Bloomington
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 590
Composite 25th Percentile 1180
SAT Scores for Indiana University Bloomington
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 710
Composite 75th Percentile 1400
Average SAT Score 1290

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Indiana University Bloomington?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at IU is 1290 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1180-1400. Students who get into Indiana University Bloomington score in the top 27 percent of all SAT test takers..  IU ranks #4 in the state of Indiana and #197 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1290 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. IU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1180, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Indiana University Bloomington is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1290 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1290, you have around a 82% chance of being admitted. A 1400 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 90% chance of getting in.

Indiana University Bloomington admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1400 and Above Good >90%
1290 to 1400 Avg + 82%-90%
1180 to 1290 Avg - 71%-82%
1070 to 1180 Reach 56%-71%
Less than 1070 Low <56%
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IU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

27-32 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

21%
ACT Scores for Indiana University Bloomington
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 25
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for Indiana University Bloomington
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into IU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to IU is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 32.  The school ranks #4 in Indiana and #164 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

21 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Indiana University Bloomington.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Indiana University Bloomington is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into IU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 82% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 91% with a 32 ACT score.

Indiana University Bloomington admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >91%
29 to 32 Avg + 82%-91%
27 to 29 Avg - 73%-82%
25 to 27 Reach 62%-73%
Less than 25 Low <62%
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High School Class Rank

62% of Indiana University Bloomington freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 29% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Indiana University Bloomington students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28.9%
Top 25% of class 61.7%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Indiana University Bloomington admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 26,434 23,646 50,080
Accepted 21,950 19,322 41,272
Acceptance Rate 83% 82% 82%
Enrolled 4,849 4,887 9,736
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Indiana University Bloomington is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Indiana University Bloomington and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Indiana University Bloomington Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Required to be considered for admission
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Indiana University Bloomington
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Indiana University Bloomington is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.74 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1290 and ACT of 29 will almost guarantee your admission.

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