Indiana University

Indiana University-Bloomington Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University is a large public university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Indiana University - Bloomington the School for You?

Founded in 1820, Indiana University's main campus, Indiana University - Bloomington, offers bachelor's, master's, doctorate and professional degrees. This school offers more than 180 fields of study, including African studies and Victorian studies. Read on to determine if this school is right for you.


  • Ranked #36 among Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report
  • The acceptance rate of 74% is higher than the national average of 63.8%
  • The 4-year graduation rate was ten percentage points higher than the national average of 40%
  • Endowment grew by nearly 15% from 2010 to 2011


  • Students graduate with an average debt of $28,769, which is higher than the national average
  • The student-faculty ratio is 19:1, which is 3 points higher than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

U.S. News & World Report ranked IU - Bloomington #36 on the Top Public Schools list. Several of the school's undergraduate degree programs were ranked within the top ten, including entrepreneurship, which was ranked #2. Highly ranked graduate programs include several in the sciences, as well as public affairs and education. Kiplinger named IU - Bloomington one of the 100 best values in public colleges. Additionally, many IU - Bloomington students opt to remain at the university after their freshman year. The school boasts a retention rate of 89% for full-time students, per the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES).

Some of the colleges and schools at IU - Bloomington include the Jacobs School of Music, Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law and University Graduate School. Popular majors at the university include business, communication, fitness studies and social sciences. Between 2010 and 2011, the endowment of the Indiana University & Foundation increased by nearly 15%, as reported by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Getting In & Financial Aid

Students enrolling at IU - Bloomington need to send in their applications with their high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. These applications may be checked online. Through the school's rolling admissions policy, applications are reviewed year-round, but IU - Bloomington recommends that candidates apply by April 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester. These recommendations apply to both freshmen and transfer students. Admissions counselors are available to guide students through the enrollment process. Transfer students must provide college transcripts. If the applicant has been out of high school for 3 years, is at least age 21, or has completed 26 college credits, standardized test scores are not required.

IU - Bloomington offers more than $500 million in financial aid annually to students. Every year, between 18 and 22 students are awarded the Wells Scholarship, which covers the 4-year tuition, a living stipend and course fees. Other scholarships are available to transfer and international students. Students who are interested in financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) Rolling***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 10****
Application Fee (2011-2012) $55*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 74%***
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $10,033 (in-state), $31,483 (out-of-state)***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 8%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $28,769***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.4%*

Life at Indiana University - Bloomington

The Campus as a Work of Art ranked IU - Bloomington as one of the five most beautiful campuses. There are more than 700 student clubs to join. IU - Bloomington also features many sports teams that compete in the Big Ten Conference. In addition to clubs and sports, students can enjoy the school's annual traditions, such as the November Dance Marathon, which raises money for Riley Children's Hospital. Off-campus, students can enjoy Bloomington's restaurants, theaters, coffee shops and clubs featuring live music and entertainment. Outdoor activities, including boating and skydiving, are available nearby.

IU - Bloomington has a variety of on-campus living options, including traditional residence halls, apartments and learning communities. Additionally, students can join sororities and fraternities. First-year students are required to live on campus. There are also several different meal plans available to students as well as a variety of dining facilities, including delis, coffee shops and convenience stores.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small City*
Student Population (2011) 32,543 undergraduate students, 10,188 graduate students*
% Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 50% to 50%*
% of Full Time Students (2011) 96% undergraduates, 64% graduate*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2010) 63%*
% of International Students (Fall 2010) 7%*
Retention Rate (2011) 89% full-time students, 74% part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
Extracurricular Activities Around 700 student clubs and organizations***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Indiana University, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 300 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1106
  • Phone: (812) 855-0661