Critical Registration and Advising Information

Your Enrollment Plan

Your enrollment plan was produced in a joint effort by you and a New Student Orientation (NSO) advisor. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the following NSO notes pertaining to your specific enrollment plan.

Your advisor recommended courses based on your placement test performance and major or exploratory interests. General Education (GenEd) courses were recommended as part of Indiana University Bloomington (IUB)’s Common Ground requirements. Final course selections are made by students, who assume responsibility for their choices.

If you decide to change academic major/interest, you can contact for appropriate major alternative courses. If you want to change GenEd courses, you can search for alternatives on the GenEd website. You can make changes to your class schedules on your own via and by then searching for the “add/drop” function. A processing fee will apply when changes are made two days after the original registration date. Drop/Add via instructions can be found on Student Central's website.

Information for All Students

Final Exam Schedule: You are responsible for comparing your class schedule to the Final Exam Schedule to ensure you avoid final exam conflicts. Go to, search “final exams," and launch the Final Exams tile.  If you find that you have final exam conflicts, speak to your instructors during the first week of classes to find out if an alternate exam time is possible.  

Holds: A hold on your record can prevent you from registering for classes. View any holds from your Student Center. Visit, search “holds," and launch the Records Holds tile. The UD site has information about holds and instructions for releasing them so you can enroll in classes.

University Division (UD) Website: The UD website is a comprehensive resource for helping you manage your academics and for providing the links to additional campus resources. 

Your IU E-mail: Official university communications will be sent to your university email address. You are expected to check your email daily in order to stay current with university-related communications.

Composition: You will earn an exemption from the IUB GenEd English Composition requirement if you had an SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing score of 710+, or ACT English score of 32+, or AP English score of 4 or 5.

Transfer and Test Credits (including ACP, AP, and IB): Once you know the actual results of your AP tests or have other transfer credits posted to your IU transcript, please carefully review your class schedule to be sure you are not planning to repeat a course for which you have already received credit. You may need to make changes to your class schedule.

Transcripts: Official transcripts should be sent to Indiana University, Office of Admissions. International students should send official transcripts to: International Admissions, Poplars 221, 400 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Drop/Add instructions are available on the UD site.

Placement Testing: If you have not completed the ALEKS Math Placement Exam, take it as soon as possible. The day after you complete the exam, please contact UD at to learn your results and course placement. You may be required to change your class schedule based on your ALEKS results.

Taking MATH-M 118 and 119 at IUB: UD students take MATH-M 118 and M119 at IUB only after meeting the required ALEKS Score. However, an ALEKS Score that meets the requirement to take this course does not always mean the course will be suitable for a first semester freshman. Math at IUB is a fast-paced, challenging class in which your grades will primarily be determined by exams and homework. Research shows students are better prepared to succeed in these courses by taking math preparatory courses before attempting MATH-M 118 and MATH-M 119.

Caution: Zero-level math classes do not count for degree.

ALEKS Math Scores Explained

MATH-M 212 and beyond require prerequisites or permission if the prerequisite is not showing.

Business: Complete the Kelley Course Permission Request Form before attempting to enroll in a BUS course that requires permission.

Chemistry: If you are seeking permission to enroll in CHEM-C 117/C127, please complete the online permission request form. Visit the Chemistry Department to see eligibility and recommended course sequences.

ECON-E 202: If you have credit for the prerequisite for this course (ECON-E 201) through test or transfer credit, but that credit is not on your transcript, then you must obtain departmental permission to enroll in ECON-E 202. Send an email to with your name and UID number and the class number for the specific class in which you want to enroll. Attach a screenshot of your unofficial transcript showing that you have the necessary prerequisite completed.

ECON-E 370: If you have credit for the necessary prerequisites for this course (ECON-E 201 and MATH-M 118) through test or transfer credit, but that credit is not on your transcript, then you must obtain departmental permission to enroll in ECON-E 370. Send an email to and include your name, UID number, and the class numbers for both the lecture and the recitation in which you want to enroll. Attach a screen shot of your unofficial transcript showing that you have completed the necessary prerequisites for ECON-E 370.

ENG-W 131 Basic Writing: You can find out if you are eligible to enroll by going to the English Department’s website. If you are eligible but are unable to enroll or waitlist, submit a request for permission via the Undergraduate Course Permissions Form on the English Department’s website.

ENG-W 131 Multilingual: You can find out if you are eligible to enroll by going to the English Department’s website. If you are eligible but are unable to enroll or waitlist, submit a request for permission via the Undergraduate Course Permissions Form on the English Department’s website.

French 300-Level: If you have tested into 300-level French, complete the web form in order to request permission from FRIT to enroll in a specific class. Choose one or two specific classes which fit into your schedule and fill out the online form on the Department of French & Italian's website.

FRIT-F 115: Departmental permission is required to enroll in or waitlist this course. Complete the online permission form.

Hutton Honors College: You must obtain permission to enroll in or waitlist courses offered by the Hutton Honors College. Email or call (812) 855-3555 before attempting to enroll. You will need to provide your name, UID number and the class number of the specific class in which you want to enroll.

HISP-S 100: Departmental permission is required to enroll in or waitlist HISP-S 100. Call (812) 855-8612 or (812) 855-1157. Be prepared to provide your name, UID number and the class number of the specific class in which you want to enroll.

Italian 300-Level: Italian 300-Level: If you scored 75 or higher on the Italian exam and would like to take a 300-level course, you should contact Dr. Karolina Serafin, Director of Italian Language Instruction:​

Math: Departmental permission is required to enroll in or waitlist MATH-D 116 or MATH-M 106. The following courses require permission only if the student does not meet the prerequisite stated in the Schedule of Classes: MATH-J 112, MATH-J 113, MATH-T 101, MATH-T 103, and MATH-M212. Request permission online from the Department of Mathematics. Be prepared to provide your name, UID number, ALEKS Math Placement test score, and the class number of the specific class in which you want to enroll.

Privacy and Release of Information (ROI): Review the information on Privacy and Your Educational Records. You may fill out a Release of Information form, waiving your rights under the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) and designating specific third parties to whom your education information can be released. It is important to understand your rights under FERPA before you decide whether to waive them. To complete a Release of Information form go to

English Requirement: UD expects students to complete the English Composition requirement within their first 55 credit hours. Transfer students who enter UD with close to, or more than, 55 credit hours are expected to complete the composition requirement within the first two terms of Bloomington enrollment.

Alternative Major: Students with an intended competitive admission major must declare an alternative major with less competitive admission requirements. 

Major Declaration Required: UD expects students to declare an intended major no later than the term in which they will complete 56 credit hours.

Exceeds Hours Certification: To ensure that all undergraduate students make appropriate progress toward completion of a degree, new first-time students are required to enter a degree-granting program by the end of their third semester of enrollment (excluding summers). New transfer students are required to enter a degree-granting program by the end of their second semester of enrollment at IUB (excluding summers). 

Multiple Late Withdrawals: IUB undergraduate students who complete a Withdrawal from All Subjects for two academic terms (fall, spring, or summer) will not be permitted to register for a future term without written permission of the dean of their college/school or the dean’s delegate. These students will have a Negative Service Indicator (hold) that prevents future registration placed on their record by the Office of the Registrar until such permission is obtained.

Career Development Center: You will work closely with both your academic advisor and your career advisor. At the Career Development Center, career advisors can help you explore major-to-career pathways and find the right degree path for your strengths and goals. Your work with the Career Development Center is critical for enriching your intended degree through internships, job shadowing, resume-building, and professional development.

iGPS: iGPS is your short-term and long-term planning hub. Using iGPS Course Search, you can search courses by term and with course attribute filters. Using iGPS Plan, you can map out multiple semesters of courses and backups. Using iGPS Degree Map, you can view a sample semester-by-semester sequence for your major. Go to, search “iGPS," and launch the iGPS tile. Course Search, Plan, and Degree Maps are all available there. Student success means you will check in, reevaluate, and update your four-year plan every semester.

Long-Term Planning: We encourage you to use iGPS Degree Maps, which provide 8-semester, 4-year, degree plans with courses and milestones outlined for all academic majors at IUB, as well as first-year course guides for exploratory students.

iGPS Inbox: iGPS Inbox allows you to receive push notifications from academic and career advisors, departments, and IUB systems. iGPS Inbox is intended for communication related to your success as a student and will help your advisors and IUB keep in touch about important deadlines, opportunities, and information related to your success. iGPS Inbox can be accessed through

Information for Specific Students

You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to be full time and in order for your financial aid to process.

  • In order to keep your eligibility for Sophomore through Senior years, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours between Fall and Spring semesters for Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years.
  • You can also use AP/IB and dual credits earned in high school towards your credit completion. (Speak with a 21CS Advisor for details)
  • Summer courses, although not funded by 21st Century, will count towards your current academic year totals.
  • Please contact your advisor before dropping any courses
  • Please contact the 21st Century Scholars office if you have any related questions.

BUS-A 100 Basic Accounting Skills (1 credit hour) 8-week course: UD students take BUS-A 100 in the second semester of their first year. While BUS-A 100 is only one credit, it is a fast-paced, challenging class in which your final grade will be determined primarily by two exam grades. Research shows students are better prepared to succeed in a course that moves so quickly in their second term.

BUS Admission: A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required in each Integrative Core (I-Core) prerequisite course. However, in order to be competitive for admission into the Kelley School of Business you should strive for a grade of ‘B’ or higher in each course and an IU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

BUS Transfer-International: The Kelley School does not award specific business course credit for courses transferred from colleges or universities outside the United States. All business courses taken outside the United States will be accepted for undistributed (elective) credit hours only. This policy can directly affect the amount of time required for international transfer students to complete Kelley School degree requirements. Therefore, if you are considering transferring, and you have already completed a considerable number of business courses, you are encouraged to carefully examine the advisability of transferring to the Kelley School to complete an undergraduate degree.

BUS Transfer: All transfer credit determinations made by the academic advisor during NSO pertain only to the Bachelor of Science in Business degree requirements. You must meet with a Kelley School of Business academic advisor AFTER being admitted and certified to the Kelley School of Business to make these determinations official. These transfer credit determinations may not be valid for other degree programs.

BUS Transfer: Transfer students must apply for Kelley School of Business admission and be admitted within their first two terms on the IUB campus. For the purposes of admission to the Kelley School of Business, a transfer student is defined as any student (not enrolled in high school) who completes at least one full fall or spring semester of 12 or more credit hours on another IU campus or at another institution.

BUS-UN Courses (Undistributed Credit): Most BUS courses will transfer into IUB as BUS-UN (Undistributed Credit). Only a limited number of BUS courses have the possibility of transferring to IUB. This limited list of transfer courses is evaluated by IUB admissions and, if necessary, the department, on a case-by-case basis. View the CTS to see the current list of approved BUS transfer courses. If you wish to have BUS credits reviewed, email

Specific Course Waivers: Students who believe they have the necessary foundational skills from their previous coursework at other institutions may arrange to take an exemption exam for BUS-K 201. These students, who succeed in passing the exam, may only receive a course waiver, but no course credit. Students who want to take the BUS-K 201 waiver exam should contact ksbenrol@indiana.eduNOTE: No student has ever successfully completed the BUS-K 201 exemption exam. 

International Students: International students who intend admission to the Kelley School of Business must first complete or be enrolled in all required SLST-T courses before applying and before enrolling in Business communication courses (BUS-C 104 and BUS-C 204). The English Department also requires completion of or enrollment in all required SLST-T Academic Literacy Development courses before enrolling in ENG-W 131 for Multilingual Speakers. NOTE: for students who began in fall 2020, no SLST courses will be required.

Kelley Application: Find information on applying to the Kelley School of Business on the school's website.

Business Minors: Information on the requirements for the Kelley minors and Business Foundations Certificate (BFC) can be found on the Kelley Student Portal.

Questions: If you have additional questions related to the Kelley School of Business, you may contact the school at

Credit Hours: In the fall and spring terms you must be enrolled in 12 credit hours to maintain status.

Language Proficiency: If your native language is not English you may fulfill the IUB GenEd World Languages and World Cultures requirement through demonstrated proficiency in your first language. The College of Arts and Sciences will verify student documents to see if the IUB GenEd World Language and Culture (and if applicable, the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement) will be satisfied. If foreign language proficiency cannot be established, you will be notified by email that you need to submit the Foreign Language Proficiency Form to the College Recorder’s Office.

SLST-T and Application to Kelley: International students who intend admission to the Kelley School of Business must first complete all required SLST-T courses before applying, and before enrolling in Business communication courses (BUS-C 104 and BUS-C 204). In addition, the English Department requires the completion of all required SLST-T Academic Literacy Development courses before allowing enrollment in ENG-W 131 for Multilingual Speakers. NOTE: for students who began in fall 2020, no SLST courses will be required.

SLST-T Grades and Credits: Courses are graded. The credit hours for these courses do not fulfill degree requirements, but DO count toward the credit hour load, the term grade point average, and the cumulative grade point average.


Office of International Services (OIS) Advising: Questions about visa status, work authorization, travel signatures for immigration documents, dropping all courses, etc. 

Quick Question Advising:

Monday-Friday 1-3:30, Poplars 221, 400 E. Seventh Street
(812) 855-9086

Full-Time Enrollment & Maintaining International Student Status: Enrolling in a minimum of 12 credits in fall and spring semesters is one of the requirements for staying in legal immigration status. For questions about your class schedule, dropping and adding classes, and degree planning, contact UD advising. For questions about international student regulations and staying in status, contact OIS advising.

Maintaining Status:

Enrollment Requirements:

OIS Events and Programs:

AP Credit: Some health professions programs restrict the use of Advanced Placement or credit-by-examination towards meeting admission requirements.

Exemptions: Receiving an exemption from a requirement from your undergraduate institution is usually not considered equivalent to credit from coursework and is not accepted by most professional schools to fulfill requirements.

HPPLC: If you are interested in a career in law, medicine, or another health profession, review New Student Orientation Guides on the Health Professions and Prelaw Center website.

Orientation: Information about upcoming Pre-Law Freshman and Pre-Med Freshman Orientations can be found here.

BIOL-L 112: Read the class notes on the registration screen carefully. Some BIOL-L 112 classes require students to take exams in the evening (outside of the regular class time). If outside time requirements are listed in the class notes, you will need to leave that time open in your class schedule.

CHEM-C 117/C127: Students cannot enroll in CHEM-C 117/C127 until they have satisfied a prerequisite. To determine eligibility, students should follow the instructions on this page.

Chemistry Placement Test (CPE): Take the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE), or find information/instruction on the ALEKS Review Course. Students may take the Eligibility Quiz to determine placement in Chemistry before meeting with an advisor. The CPE is not required to enroll in CHEM-C 100, CHEM-C 101/121, or CHEM-C 103.

Transfer Single Articulation Pathways: 

Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP) students must follow several important steps when starting their course work at IUB in order to earn a baccalaureate degree:  

  • Indicate on your application that you are applying for admission as a TSAP student, 
  • Meet all TSAP admission criteria for the desired baccalaureate degree and be admitted to IU Bloomington as a TSAP student in the specified program, 
  • Follow the TSAP degree map in the specified program, without deviation, completing all courses on time and meeting all minimum grade requirements for the degree. 
  • TSAP students who change majors, decide to pursue a different degree, or do not follow the TSAP degree map as specified will no longer be considered TSAP students. 

TSAP Explained: