Transferring to IU South Bend

Our application process is simple, straightforward, and convenient—and we can help you every step of the way. If you would like to meet with a Transfer Student Admissions Counselor before you apply, or if you have any questions during the process, please call our office at (574) 520-4839 or write to us at

To learn more about how your course work or exam results will transfer to IU South Bend and meet degree requirements, please review our transfer credit guidelines and equivalency charts, linked here.

How to Apply as a Transfer Student

Step 1: Complete the Application for Admission & Pay the Application Fee

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Perhaps the easiest way to apply is to complete our online application. If you prefer the pen-and-paper format, you can request one to be mailed by calling 574-520-4839 or by completing the online Transfer Information Request Form.

The non-refundable application fee is $35.  A fee waiver is available to students who qualify.  For details about what qualifies for a fee waiver please contact us directly at 574-520-4839.

If you applied to IU South Bend previously and wish to update your application to a future semester, please complete the Application Update Request before you continue.  The completed form should be returned to the Office of Admissions for review.  Do not complete the application for admission at this time.

If you attended IU South Bend previously as a degree-seeking student, did not earn a degree, and wish to return after time off or attending elsewhere, you will be considered a Returning Student. Do not complete a new application. If you earned your bachelor's degree since attending IU South Bend and wish to earn a second degree, please complete the application for admission.

If you have started coursework at another IU campus and have not earned a bachelor degree or higher, please initiate an Intercampus Transfer request.

Completed applications for the fall semester must be received by August 1 and spring semester by December 15. Applications received after these dates may be deferred to the following semester.

To apply now online, click here.

Step 2: Submit Your Credentials

Official transcripts from all of the colleges at which you have attempted course work should be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from your high school or college to IU South Bend. These can be mailed to:

IU South Bend Office of Admissions
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634

Students transferring in who have not completed an Associate’s degree should submit high school or high school equivalency academic records, along with all college transcripts.  SAT or ACT test scores can be waived for students who are over the age of 21 or who have more than 12 transferable college credit hours. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions about how to arrange for submitting your official transcripts.

Step 3: Receive Notice of Admission Decision

Most students will be notified by mail about their admission decision within two weeks of receiving a completed application and all of the supporting documents.

For questions about this process, please contact the Office of Admissions directly.