Transfer Students

Make your move to IU Indianapolis

Go further when you transfer to Indiana University Indianapolis. Whether you're returning closer to home or brand new to Indy, you'll find it all at IU Indianapolis—an affordable, world-class education with countless opportunities to gain hands-on experience and prepare you for career success.

We're here to help you navigate the entire process, from preparing for your transfer, to applying for admission, to knowing what to expect after your application is submitted

Ready to apply?

As a transfer student, you'll apply for admission using our Apply IU application.

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What we look for in transfers

First, ensure you're in good academic standing with your current school.

We'll also consider the number of transferable credit hours you've completed:

You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and be eligible to return to your previous college in order to transfer to IU Indianapolis. If you don’t meet these standards, you must sit out for one semester (not including summer sessions) before you can transfer.

View our student profile for our most recent transfers

The admission standards you must meet depend on whether you qualify for admission to IU Indianapolis as an incoming freshman.

  • If you would not have qualified for admission as an incoming freshman, you must complete 26 transferable credit hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 at your current college before you can transfer to IU Indianapolis. (The 26 transferable credit hours cannot include any dual-credit courses or college courses completed while you were in high school or secondary school.)
  • If you would have qualified for admission as an incoming freshman, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and be eligible to return to your previous college to transfer to IU Indianapolis. If you don’t meet these standards, you may sit out for one semester (not including summer sessions) or return to your previous institution and raise your GPA to a 2.0 before you can transfer.

How to apply for admission

The first step toward your admission to IU Indianapolis is to submit your application by our posted deadlines for the term you are applying. You can usually apply for admission as a transfer student as early as one year before your semester starts.

  • The application for fall admissions is usually available on or around August 1
  • The applications for spring and summer admission are usually available on or around February 1

When you're ready to apply, you'll want to make sure to follow the steps below to make sure you are submitting a complete application.

And if you're applying to transfer from another IU campus, you'll still complete these steps; however, you will not have to pay an application fee and we will be able to pull your official IU transcripts.

With more than 100 undergraduate majors across 15 undergraduate degree-granting schools, chances are we have the major you're looking for at IU Indianapolis. And if you still aren't sure of your major, no problem. You can check out options in our 12 areas of academic interest, or apply as an exploratory student to find the right fit for you. 

If you are applying to IU Indianapolis as an undergraduate transfer student, including if you are transferring from another IU campus, you will apply using the Apply IU application for admission. 

Start the Apply IU Application

When you submit your application, you must pay a $65 nonrefundable application fee.

Students who are transferring from another Indiana University campus, or those transferring from Ivy Tech Community College with more than 45 credit hours will automatically have their fee waived when they apply. 

Once you have submitted your application for admission, you will need to have your official transcripts sent to the office from each college or university you have attended since graduating from high school, as well as those where you earned dual credit in high school. 

If your school sends transcripts electronically, and the transcript vendor or the school requires an email address for delivery, please use  Many schools use a third-party vendor (such as Parchment) to deliver transcripts electronically, so an email address may not be necessary. Simply select IU Indianapolis Undergraduate Admissions as the recipient on the vendor’s website.

You can also have your school send us a sealed official transcript through the mail. Transcripts should be mailed to:

IU Indianapolis Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Cavanaugh Hall 147
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202

 If you are currently attending another IU campus, you do not need to provide us with your IU transcripts, but do need to provide transcripts from any other college or university. 

Transfer credits from exam credit

If you have received transfer credit from an exam, your results must be sent to us directly from the testing agency. This includes AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge, and Dantes.

If you are applying for admission to IU Indianapolis as an international applicant on a non-immigrant visa, the process for you to submit your documents to IU Indianapolis International Admissions is different from students who reside in the US. 

Review what materials we need and how to submit them

If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or undocumented immigrant who has completed secondary and/or postsecondary education outside the U.S., you will apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. U.S. citizens who attend American, international, or U.S. Department of Defense schools that hold U.S. accreditation also apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

To apply, you will follow the admission process for freshman applicants. After the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives your application for admission, we will submit a request for Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) to review your credentials for any secondary and/or postsecondary education you completed outside the U.S. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions submits the evaluation request directly to ECE on your behalf and pays the evaluation fee—you do not have to make the request or pay the fee yourself.

You can view the required documents for your country of education on the ECE website. Use the dropdown menu in step 2 under “5 Easy Steps to Apply” to select your country of education. You do not have to complete any of the other steps in the checklist; the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will handle those for you.

We will send instructions for submitting the required documents to ECE to the email address you provided on your application for admission. All documents must be sent directly to ECE, not to IU Indianapolis. Documents submitted to IU Indianapolis will not be returned or forwarded to ECE. Documents must be received by ECE by the priority application deadline.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will make an admission decision after we have received notification that ECE has evaluated your credentials. We use ECE’s evaluation to determine your level of prior education and whether you qualify as a freshman, transfer, second degree, or nondegree student. We will accept only an evaluation that we request directly from ECE.

Information for students with prior behavioral or academic conduct

As part of IU Indianapolis' commitment to maintaining a safe campus community, you must disclose on your application prior conduct that resulted in legal or academic disciplinary measures.  

  • Have been subject to formal disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion) for academic or nonacademic reasons at any high school, postsecondary institution, college, or university.
  • Have been charged or convicted of a crime (or a foreign legal equivalent) that has not been expunged by a court.
  • Have any currently pending criminal charges (or a foreign legal equivalent) against you.
  • Have engaged in any behavior that caused injury to any person(s) or property (including, but not limited to, vandalism or behavior that led to a restraining order against you) that resulted in some form of discipline or intervention.


You will not automatically be denied admission to IU Indianapolis if you have a previous conviction or disciplinary action, but your application must be reviewed by the Admissions Committee before an admission decision is made. It can take up to four to six weeks for the Admissions Committee to review applicants with disclosures.

If you meet the criteria above, you will need to provide IU Indianapolis with a detailed statement of your prior conduct and, if applicable, grant us consent to access any legal records associated with your disclosure.  

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Campus safety and security reports

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing policy statements, crime and fire statistics for all Indiana University campuses, is available online. You may also request a physical copy by emailing IU Public Safety at or by visiting IUPD.