Undergraduate

Direct Admission

Freshman applicants at IU are either admitted to University Division (UD) as pre-majors or are directly admitted into their chosen program. Most incoming freshmen at Indiana University enroll in the University Division and are later certified into the School of Informatics and Computing. But if you qualify and are selected for direct admission, you can bypass this certification and enter the School of Informatics and Computing for your first semester at IU.

Students that have a submitted a complete application to the Office of Admissions by November 1, meet our criteria for direct admission, and are admitted to Indiana University Bloomington will be offered direct admission. Remember, you must apply to the B.S. in Computer Science or the B.S. in Informatics to be eligible to for direct admission to the School of Informatics and Computing. 

Through the Direct Admit program, you'll be provided opportunities to collaborate with Informatics/Computer Science advisors, administrators, faculty, and student leaders. These contacts will help you network, plan your personal and academic development plans, and explore available resources. You also will be invited to participate in special programs specifically designed for directly-admitted students, such as dining with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, learning about undergraduate research, student engagement, and overseas studies opportunities, and meeting with the Director of Career Services to prepare for a career in technology.

  • Direct Admission Criteria

    You will be offered direct admission to the School of Informatics and Computing for fall 2017, if you meet the following criteria:

    • Submitted a complete application to the Office of Admissions by November 1.
    • Admitted to Indiana University with either Computer Science B.S. or Informatics B.S. listed as intended major.
    • Have a minimum SAT score of 1310 (critical reading and math only) or minimum ACT score of 28. Superscores are accepted for both the ACT and SAT.
    • A 620 minimum math SAT score or 26 math ACT score if your intended majoy is Intelligent Systems Engineering.
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Indiana University Bloomington and SoIC accepts weighted GPAs if provided on your high school transcript. All GPAs will be converted to a 4.0 scale by the Office of Admissions.

    You will receive official notification of your direct admission to the School of Informatics and Computing within four weeks of having been admitted to Indiana University Bloomington.

  • Selective Scholarship Application

    If you have met the above criteria and have been offered direct admission, then you will receive our Selective Scholarship Application (SSA). The SSA will be used to determine SoIC scholarship offers.  We’re looking for students who have demonstrated leadership skills, boast competitive grades, SAT or ACT scores, and who plan to use technology in their future career plans.

    If you have questions about the SSA process please contact soicugrd+recruiting@indiana.edu or the Office of Scholarships at acheive@indiana.edu

  • Application Process

    To be offered direct admission and to receive the SSA, please follow the steps below.

    1. When applying to IU, list your intended major as either the B.S. in Computer Science or the B.S. in Informatics. These majors can be found in the "Major of Interest" drop down menu on the application under the School of Informatics and Computing. (Please note that should you apply for the B.A. in Computer Science, you will not be eligible for direct admission or the SSA for the School of Informatics and Computing.)
    2. Make sure your completed application is on file with the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions (domestic applicants) or the Office of International Services (international applicants) by November 1.
    3. If you’re admitted to IU, meet the initial eligibility criteria, and are offered direct admission you will receive a Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) in your admission packet and via email from the Office of Scholarships. Complete and return the SSA by the specified date.
    4. You will be notified if you have been offered a Selective Scholarship from SoIC by February 2016.

    If you have questions about the admissions process please contact soicugrd+recruiting@indiana.edu.

  • Petition Process

    Applicants may be eligible to petition for direct admission through the Internal Application process. We’re looking for students who have demonstrated leadership skills, who boast competitive grades, SAT or ACT scores, and who plan to use technology in their future career plans. 

    Applicants who Meet our Minimum Criteria

    Applicants may still be eligible for direct admission even if they did not initially meet our initial criteria. Students who fall into one of the two categories below may be eligible to receive our Internal Application to apply for admission.

    1. Students who applied by November 1 to another major and would like to switch to the Computer Science B.S. or Informatics B.S., and meet our minimum criteria.
    2. Students who applied after November 1 to the Computer Science B.S. or Informatics B.S. and meet our minimum criteria.

    Potentially-eligible applicants may be invited to complete and submit an internal application. You will be contacted directly by the School of Informatics and Computing if you are eligible.

    Applicants Slightly Below our Minimum Requirements

    Students who applied by or after November 1 to the Computer Science B.S. or Informatics B.S. and are slightly below our minimum criteria may still be eligible for direct admission through our Internal Application process. If you believe you should be considered for the internal application please contact soicugrd+recruiting@indiana.edu.

  • Selective Scholarships

    IU offers a lot of scholarships, but we offer scholarships exclusively for informatics and computer science students. Below are examples of scholarship opportunities available to our incoming freshmen who have been directly admitted. Students who are invited to complete the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) will be considered for the following scholarships.

    All of the scholarships below are available to both informatics and computer science students, unless otherwise noted.

    Cecil (Corky) Richmond Scholarship

    Worth up to $5,000 per year, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman and is renewable up to four years if the recipient remains in good standing. Preference is given to Indiana residents. Learn more about Corky Richmond.

    Direct Admit Scholarship

    These $500 - $2,000 awards are made to incoming freshmen who exhibit high promise for achieving academic success based on standardized test scores and an application essay. The scholarship is renewable if the recipients remain in good standing.

    Crowe-Horwath Scholarship (2 available)

    The Crowe-Howath Scholarship is a $1,000 award. Recipients are eligible to re-apply for this scholarship and receive it again if they remain in good standing.

    Dow AgroSciences Scholarship (4 available)

    The Dow AgroSciences Scholarship is a $1,000 award. Recipients are eligible to re-apply for this scholarship and receive it again if they remain in good standing.

    Gibbs Scholarship

    Worth $2,500 per year, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman and is renewable up to four years if the recipient remains in good standing. Preference is given to Indiana residents. Preference is further given to Indiana residents who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    School of Informatics and Computing Hudson and Holland Matching Scholarship

    Up to a $2,000 award. This scholarship is offered to an informatics or computer science student who is also supported by IU’s Hudson and Holland Scholars Program for high-achieving underrepresented students. This scholarship is renewable if the recipient remains in good standing in the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program.

    Telamon Scholarship

    This $2,500 scholarship is awarded for use beginning in a student’s freshman year. This scholarship is renewable if the recipient remains in good standing. The Telamon Corporation, led by Albert Chen, is the donor.

    * All scholarships are subject to change and availability.