Students who have not attended college or university after graduating from high school and wish to earn a first bachelor’s degree are first-year students. Students who took dual-enrolled college coursework while still in high school are also considered first-year students.
First Year Applicants
How to Apply
1: Complete the Application for Admission & Pay the Application Fee
- The easiest way is the Online Application.
Paper application available by calling 574-520-4839.
- Non-refundable fee: $35. A fee waiver is available to eligible students; for details, please contact us.
- If have you applied to IU South Bend previously or are a returning student, please contact Admissions before you continue. You may not be required to do a new application or pay the $35 non-refundable application fee.
- Priority Application Dates for:
Fall Semester: August 1
Spring semester: December 15.
Students eligible for the Early Start Summer Academy (GPA: 2.0-2.4) must apply by June 1 each year to be considered for this program. Those eligible for the Academy applying after June 1 will be deferred to the following summer's program.
Applications received after these dates may be deferred to the following semester.
2: Submit Your Credentials
Official transcripts (high school transcript /GED/high school equivalency diploma and exam scores, and any college transcripts) should be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from your high school. These can be mailed to:
IU South Bend Office of Admissions
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634
Academic credentials from outside of the United States which are not sent directly from the issuing institution must be accompanied with an Affidavit for Academic Credentials
3: Submit Your SAT or ACT Scores
You must request that the testing agency submit your SAT and/or ACT test results directly to IU South Bend.
- SAT code: 1339
- ACT code:1225
If you are over the age of 21 or have more than 12 transferable college credit hours, test scores are not required.
We will accept scores from the newly redesigned SAT and all SATI test scores.
NOTE: While it is strongly encouraged to complete all the sections of the SAT exam, Indiana University South Bend will not require students to complete the essay portion of the exam. When determining the admissions decision, the Admissions Counselors will take into account the Verbal and the Mathematic sections of the SAT. Again, we strongly encourage all participants to take the entire exam, but the essays are not required for an admission decision at Indiana University South Bend.
4: Receive Notice of Admission Decision
Most students will be notified about an admission decision by mail within two weeks of IU South Bend receiving a completed application and all supporting documents.