Transfer Students

Welcome to IU Bloomington!

While all information in the New Students section of this website generally applies to all students, including you as a transfer students, it is very important that you also pay particular attention to the following critical transfer instructions as you prepare for New Student Orientation.


Transfer students are required to attend orientation. Initially, there will be a hold preventing you from registering for classes. After you present your completed Transfer Advising Pass at orientation (explained below) and have met with an advisor, we will remove the hold so you can enroll.  You must complete your Transfer Advising Pass prior to arriving for Orientation. There will be little time to do so on the day of orientation.

Advising Pass

The Transfer Advising Pass is just what it sounds like: your completed checklist and Pass serve as your ticket to advising and registration. By completing the checklist on the Advising Pass, you should be able to determine much of what you need to register for in the upcoming term. Write down any questions you have, and your orientation advisor will help you.

Your Transfer Courses and Transcripts

It is very important that you bring either transcripts or a complete list of each and every non-IU college-level course you've taken. It is equally critical that you follow the simple instructions on your Transfer Advising Pass to determine how any non-IU classes will transfer to IUB, if they have not already appeared on your IU transcript. Doing so prior to Orientation is vital, as there will be little time for you to do so on the day of orientation!  Courses taken through any IU campus will automatically appear on your transcript.

Transfer Success

The advice below is derived from hours of collective student and advising experience and research. Please take it seriously.

  • You should be able to articulate precisely why you've chosen to transfer. For example, which of your specific goals could not be achieved at your previous school, and how exactly can IUB fulfill this need where your previous school could not?
  • Recognize that, as a transfer student, you will really need to hit the ground running as you adjust to different academic and time management expectations, new teaching styles, and a different campus culture.
  • Meet with your academic and career advisors early in the new semester! We can help you with every aspect of your undergraduate goals and experience, or refer you to someone who can.
  • Once your course schedule is complete, begin to utilize the Manage Your Time, Reduce Your Stress resource. Incorporate these actions for success into your semester and entire degree process.
  • Students who establish themselves within their campus community are clearly shown to be more successful. They garner more from their degree and contribute more to their campus and local community. Grab some friends or new classmates and take full advantage of what IUB and Bloomington have to offer: chat with well-known movie directors and producers, or attend Q&As with famous Hollywood actors, at IU Cinema. Attend a talk by a Nobel Prize laureate, or head downtown to the Lotus World Music Festival. Head off-campus to offer consistent community service of your choice. Establish your support network!

We are glad you have determined that IU Bloomington is a good fit for you, and want you to find fulfillment during your time here! Trust us: following through on the above will help you make it happen.

Your Additional Orientation Questions

First check the UD Knowledge Base to see a list of questions students just like you have asked us. Write down any remaining questions to ask during orientation.

And remember to bring your completed Transfer Advising Pass to your Transfer Orientation Meeting.