Indiana University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Indiana University Bloomington is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 77%. The flagship campus of Indiana's state university system, successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are well above average.

The school has received numerous accolades for its academic programs and the beauty of its campus. IU has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for the quality of it's liberal arts and sciences program, and its research strengths earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. The 2,000-acre campus is defined by its buildings constructed from local limestone and its wide array of flowering plants and trees. The university also excels in athletics, and the Indiana Hoosiers are a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Considering applying to Indiana University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Indiana University had an acceptance rate of 77%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 77 were admitted, making Indiana University's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 44,169
Percent Admitted 77%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Indiana University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 75% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
ERW 580 670
Math 570 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Indiana University's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to IU scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 690, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Indiana University.

Requirements

Indiana University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that IU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT dates. Indiana University does not require SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Indiana University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 60% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th percentile 75th percentile
English 24 33
Math 24 30
Composite 24 31

This admissions data tells us that most of IU's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Indiana University received a composite ACT score between 24 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Indiana University does not require the ACT writing section. Note that IU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will combine your highest score from each individual subtest across all ACT dates.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Indiana University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.57 and 4.0. 25% had a GPA above 4.0 and 25% had a GPA below 3.57. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Indiana University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Indiana University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Indiana University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Indiana University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Indiana University Bloomington, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that approximately half of all admitted students come from within the state of Indiana. Throughout much of the graph, you'll notice some yellow dots (waitlisted students) and red dots (rejected students) mixed in with the green and blue dots (accepted students). Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Indiana University did not get in. On the flip side, note that some students were accepted with standardized test scores and grades that were a bit below the norm. Most admitted students had high school averages of "B" or higher, SAT scores of 1100 (ERW+M) or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Few students with "A" averages and above-average test scores were rejected.

Indiana University looks at the rigor of your high school courses and the quality of your high school, not simply your GPA. Also, the admissions folks at Indiana University consider your IU-specific essay and participation in meaningful extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience. Grades and standardized test scores are the most important part of your application, but these other factors can make a difference in borderline cases. While a visit to the campus is not required, it is encouraged for all interested students.

You have three options for your application to Indiana University: the IU-Online Application, the Common Application, and the Coalition Application. Regardless of the platform, you'll need to write a short essay about your academic interests and career plans. This essay also provides the opportunity to explain any obstacles you've encountered when preparing for college. Unlike most other universities, the Common Application essay is optional for Indiana University applicants.