Undergraduate

High School Students

At IU, freshman applicants are either admitted to University Division (UDIV) as pre-majors or they are directly admitted into their program.  Most incoming freshmen at Indiana University enroll in the University Division and are later certified into the School of Informatics and Computing.

To get started, you must apply through the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions for domestic admissions, and the Office of International Services for International admissions. When you apply to IU, list your intended major as either the B.S. in Computer Science or, the B.S. in Informatics, or the B.S. in Intelligent Systems Engineering on the application. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science is administered by the College of Arts & Sciences. Students that apply to the B.A. in Computer Science are not eligible for direct admission to the School of Informatics and Computing. We would be more than happy to assist you on which degree is best for you and your future career aspirations.

Direct Admission

Some students qualify and are selected for direct admission, and can bypass certification and enter the School of Informatics and Computing for their first semester at IU. Check out what direct admissions is, the criteria to be directly admitted, scholarship opportunities, and the petition process. 

  • What's Direct Admission?

    Direct admission is for applicants who meet our academic criteria and are able to begin their freshman year in the School of Informatics and Computing. Through the Direct Admit program, you'll be provided with opportunities for you to collaborate with Informatics/Computer Science/Intelligent Systems Engineering advisors, administrators, faculty, and student leaders. These contacts will help you network, plan your personal and academic development plans, and explore available resources. You will also 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 education; 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., Intelligent Systems Engineering B.S., or Informatics B.S. listed as intended major.
    • Have a minimum new SAT score of 1310 (critical reading and math only) or minimum ACT score of 28. Superscores are accepted for both the ACT and SAT. If you have taken both the old and new SAT, the College Board provides an online tool called the SAT Score Converter to help you see how your scores from the old and new tests compare to each other.
    • A 620 minimum math SAT score or 26 math ACT score if your intended major 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.

  • 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, or the B.S. in Intelligent Systems Engineering. 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.

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

  • Intelligent Systems Application Process - Currently Accepting Applications

    Automatic Direct admission application eligibility

    You may be eligible for direct admission to the Intelligent Systems Engineering Program is you meet the following criteria:

    • Have a minimum new SAT score of 1310 (critical reading and math only, 620 minimum match score) or minimum ACT score of 28 (26 minimum math score). If you have taken both the old and new SAT, the College Board provides an online tool called the SAT Score Converter to help you see how your scores from the old and new tests compare to each other.
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Meet the above criteria, but originally applied to another major at IU and would like to switch to the Intelligent Systems Engineering Program.
    • Make sure your completed application is on file with the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions by Novemeber 1 application priority date.

    Application Process for Direct Admission after November 1st

    1. Apply through the IU Bloomington Office of Admissions for domestic admissions, and the Office of International Services for International applicants. When you apply to IU, list your intended major as the B.S. in Intelligent Systems Engineering.
    2. In the "Major of Interest" drop down on the application, find the School of Informatics and Computing to select the above majors.
    3. Upon acceptance to IU, if you meet or fall slightly below the direct admission criteria, you will receive the SoIC internal application.
    4. Contact Natalie Edwards (natjedwa@iu.edu), Becky Baugh (bbaugh@indiana.edu), or (soicugrd+recruiting@indiana.edu) for more information
  • Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) and Scholarships Available to Freshmen

    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

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

    * All scholarships are subject to change and availability.

    Accelerator Scholarship

    Amount:  Varies, $500 - $1,000
    Major: Computer Science, Informatics
    GPA:  Minimum 3.0
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: None

    Number and recipients determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee.  

    Blue Horseshoe Scholars – Accelerator Scholarship

    Amount: $1,000
    Major:  Computer Science, Informatics
    GPA:  Minimum 3.2
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: underrepresented populations; preference to women.  If informatics major, preference for the following cognates: computer science, business, and/or math.

    Computer Science Student Fund

    Amount: Varies, $500 - $1,000
    Major: Computer Science
    GPA: N/A
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: N/A

    Number and amount determined by Scholarship Selection Committee.

    John R. Gibbs Scholarship for Innovation

    Amount: Varies, typically $2,500
    Major: Computer Science, Informatics
    GPA:  N/A
    Class Standing:  Incoming Freshman; renewable.
    Preference or Special Considerations: preference for those demonstrating or expressing interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. Preference to Indiana residents and those with financial need when all other qualities are equal.

    Informatics Student Fund

    Amount: Varies, $500 - $1,000    
    Major: Informatics
    GPA: N/A
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: N/A

    Number and amount determined by Scholarship Selection Committee.

    Interactive Intelligence Scholars Program

    Amount: $1,000
    Major: Computer Science
    GPA:  Minimum 3.0
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: Preference given to women; special consideration to underrepresented populations including those with diverse cultural experiences; and further preference given to students with permanent address in Indiana or the Midwest region.

    Krane Scholar Award (2018) Project Support

    This award alternates between SoIC and The Media School and encourages collaboration between the disciplines. In even years it is awarded to a SoIC student, in odd years to a Media School student.

    Amount: $500
    Major:  Computer Science, Informatics, or Journalism
    GPA:   N/A
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: To support a project that uses and/or combines journalism/media and/or information technology-based concepts, including but not limited to projects, research, travel, materials, conference attendance.  Special application; see Nancy Lemons in SoIC or Emily Harrison in The Media School.

    Anurag & Aruna Mendhekar Scholarship

    Amount: $2,000
    Major: Computer Science
    GPA:   Minimum 3.0
    Class Standing:   Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations:  N/A

    Cecil ‘Corky’ Richmond, Jr., Scholarship

    Amount: $1,000 - $2,500
    Major: N/A
    GPA:  N/A
    Class Standing:  Incoming Freshman; renewable
    Preference or Special Considerations: Indiana residents

    Read about Corky Richmond.

    School of Informatics Scholarship (CHIP)

    Amount: Varies, $500 - $1,000
    Major: Computer Science, Informatics
    GPA:  N/A
    Class Standing:  Undergraduate
    Preference or Special Considerations: Number and amount determined by Scholarship Selection Committee.

    Read the names of CHIP donors on the wall in the Informatics East Lobby.

    Telamon Diversity Scholarship

    Amount: Varies, typically $2,500
    Major: Computer Science, Informatics
    GPA:  Minimum 3.5
    Class Standing:  Incoming Freshmen; renewable.
    Preference or Special Considerations: Academic excellence; underrepresented populations including financially challenged students, underrepresented genders and/or students with diverse cultural experiences.

     

  • 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 the Informatics B.S., or the Intelligent Systems Engineering B.S., and meet our minimum criteria.
    2. Students who applied after November 1 to the Computer Science B.S., or the Informatics B.S., or the Intelligent Systems Engineering 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 the Informatics B.S., or the Intelligent Systems Engineering 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.

Questions about the direct admissions process can be sent to soicugrd+recruiting@indiana.edu.