Welcome to the Science@IUPUI Family!

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Get ready for your first semester with the School of Science

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At the School of Science, we pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary approach, extensive undergraduate research opportunities, professional school placements, and service to our students. Our students are some of the best on campus. They are involved in research, community service and campus leadership in a variety of ways. You can be too!

Complete the new student checklist below to finish your enrollment!

Create your IUPUI student technology account

As soon as you're admitted to IUPUI, you must create your technology account online. (You'll need your 10-digit university ID number, found on your IUPUI admissions letter.)

This will give you access to your university email account and the OneStart system where all official university business is conducted. Information regarding scholarships will be posted here and university personnel will begin to use your official email address to send correspondence relevant to your upcoming college experience—so be sure to check it regularly.

Apply for Scholarships

Universal Scholarship Application

Once your university technology account is created, complete the universal scholarship application. Fill in your personal information only once and, with a few clicks, apply for dozens of scholarships that match your profile. The deadline for completing the application is February 15. Don’t leave any money on the table!

Retake the SAT/ACT to get more scholarship money 

Even after you’ve been accepted at IUPUI, if you have a hunch you could have done better on your SAT or ACT, it’s not too late to try again! A better test score could qualify you for more scholarship money. IUPUI will accept your best test score for scholarship consideration (prior to the appropriate deadlines). November 15 is the deadline to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship, which also qualifies you for membership in the Honors College.

Honors College Scholarships

The deadline to apply for one of three competitive scholarships offered through the Honors College—the Bepko Scholars and Fellows Program, the Herbert Presidential Scholars Program and the Plater International Scholars Program—is November 15. Aim to have your application in by November 1 to allow plenty of time to submit supporting documentation.

Learn more about the financial aid, scholarships and employment opportunities available for students.

Visit IUPUI School of Science

Visit Science and engage with dynamic explorers and scholars like yourself—some who study, some who teach. See our urban research environment and meet world-class faculty engaged in cutting edge and translational research. 

Science Visit Days

jagdayScience JagDays
2017 - Sept. 20 | Oct. 11, 20 | Nov. 6, 30
2018 - March 5, 21 | April 3, 18, 26

9 a.m. -3 p.m. EST
Meet Science students and faculty doing diverse research in modern life and health sciences; enjoy lunch on campus and join a campus tour. Honors students can register for an honors JagDay.

Register for a JagDay

Finish Fridays
Decision Day 2018
March 23 | March 30
12:30 p.m. -4 p.m. EST

For Admitted Students Only! Find out more about the coming attractions at IUPUI! Sign up for orientation, grab a bite to eat in Citizens Commons, meet with your academic unit, and much more!

Register for Decision Day


Finish Fridays
Destination IUPUI for High School Juniors
April 6 and April 20  2018
8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. EST

Learn about IUPUI admissions, meet with academic units and student services, take a tour and grab a bite to eat in Citizens Commons.

Learn more


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Science Group Visits
Schedule a group visit to the School of Science for your school or organization. 

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Virtual Visits

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Next steps + Housing Webinar
Coming Soon

IUPUI Housing and Residence Life offers convenience, safety, service, programming, and a student-focused environment make us the premier housing choice.

Register for the housing webinar


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Next steps + Orientation Webinar
Coming Soon

Your orientation is designed to prepare you for achieving your goals at IUPUI. We'll guide you through what to expect with orientation. 

Register for the orientation webinar




 Science, Campus and Housing Tours

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IUPUI Campus Tours
M-F 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. EST | Sat 9:30 a.m. EST

Current IUPUI student ambassadors lead a 90-minute guided tour of the IUPUI campus. Date and times may change. Register for a visit with Science before your campus tour.

Register for IUPUI campus tour


housing toursIUPUI Housing Tours
M-F 8 a.m. –5 p.m. EST

Each housing community office offers housing tours during regular office hours. Register for a visit with Science before your housing tour.

Register for IUPUI housing tour


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Visit Science before Your Tour

Visit Science before a campus or housing tour. Spaces are limited to 5 students. Schedules may change. Visit requests must be a minimum of 5 business days prior to visit date.

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Get on-campus housing

On-campus housing is GUARANTEED to any student who applies for housing by March 15. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with those students who apply the earliest receiving priority in terms of housing choices. Applications are available online beginning in October! Drop dead date to apply for housing is May 1.

Register for an IUPUI housing tour, Monday thru Friday, 8am–5pm. Housing tours are available through each housing community office during regular office hours.

Get ahead start through summer research and science competitions.

Interested in getting a jump start on your college career? Participating in one of our science enrichment programs or events might be just the ticket.

Summer Research & Science Education

Summer Research Experience in the Department of Physics Application Deadline March 18.

Project SEED American Chemical Society Summer Internship at IUPUI Application Deadline April 1.

IU Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program (IUSCCSRP) Applications Deadline Feb 27.

Summer Diversity Scholars Research Program Application Deadline March 1.

IUPUI Nanotechnology Discovery Academy (INDA) Application Deadline April 8.

Competitions, Fairs & Conferences

International Brain Bee (December)

Computer Science Day and Programming Contest (March)

High School Math Contest (Contest opens in early spring; Award Ceremony held in April)

High School Genetics Conference (March)

Colleges Courses and Credit for High School Students

SPAN: SPAN offers many opportunities that can be configured many ways. It permits motivated high school students to get started on their college education or just take courses that are not available at their local high school.

Project Lead the Way: Students can receive IUPUI for Project Lead the Way courses taught in their high school classroom.

FAFSA Financial Aid

Students should submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the March 10 priority deadline to receive full consideration for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid. To submit your FAFSA online, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. The IUPUI Financial Aid School Code is 001813.

Even if you don’t believe you need or would qualify for financial aid, we recommend you complete the application. This is especially true if you intend to work on campus. Many jobs are only available to students who qualify for Federal Work Study—a benefit you will only receive if complete the FAFSA.

Learn more about the financial aid, scholarships and employment opportunities available for students.

Submit enrollment deposit

Enrollment Deposit

Incoming freshmen admitted for the fall term must submit a nonrefundable $100 enrollment deposit by May 1 to secure a spot in this fall's cohort. Certain exemptions apply—find out more about paying your enrollment deposit.

Register for new student orientation

IUPUI New Student Orientation will be held in June and July. Registration will open MARCH 13.
Register as soon as possible and choose an early orientation date to increase your chances of getting your preferred class schedule.


Once these tasks have been completed, you are ready to register online for New Student Orientation. Be sure to register for an early orientation date to increase your chances of getting the class schedule you desire!


Orientation, which is required for all incoming freshmen, will introduce you to the IUPUI campus, student activities, and support services. You will also register for your first semester of classes at orientation. Whether this is your first college experience or you are transferring from another university, we are here to ensure you have everything you need for the first day.

First-Year Student (Freshman) Orientation

Freshmen orientation is a two-day event.  During orientation, you will stay in on-campus housing for the night, participate in academic planning sessions and interact with student clubs and organizations.

Transfer Student Orientation

Transfer Orientation is a one-day event and was developed for students who have completed 18 or more credit hours at another university. Your transfer orientation day will introduce you to many different campus resources, allow you to meet new people, help you explore a variety of engaging opportunities, and plan classes for the fall semester.


1) Take your required placement exams.
Be sure to sign up when you register for orientation. Your academic advisor will need to know your scores, or at least know that you've taken your exam(s), before registering you for classes. While specific requirements vary by major, both new and transfer students may need to complete a number of placement exams. Learn more.   

2) Ensure you have submitted AP and dual-enrollment course info to the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

3) Decide which freshmen program is right for you.
All incoming freshmen must select a freshmen experience for the fall semester. Learn more

Complete student orientation checklist

Make sure you have completed the following tasks PRIOR TO your scheduled orientation date. Advisors recommend doing the following at least 48 hours prior to orientation (the sooner the better to allow time for internal processing and reporting).

1) Take your required placement exams.
While specific requirements vary by major, both new and transfer students may be required to take placement exams. Be sure to schedule any placement exams that need to be completed in person when you register for orientation. Your advisor will need the results of your placement exams in order to register you for classes, so complete them at least 48 hours in advance of your orientation date. Learn more about placement exams.

2) Ensure you have submitted AP and dual-enrollment course info to the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
If you have taken courses for college credit, your advisor will need a record of those courses and grades received before helping you register for your fall classes. The institutions granting credit will not automatically report the credit to IUPUI—you must ask them to do so. Be sure this is taken care of prior to orientation.

3) Decide which freshmen program is right for you.
All incoming freshmen must select a freshmen experience for the fall semester. Learn what options are available.

4) Submit Final Transcripts
Because your admission to the School of Science is contingent upon successful completion of your last semester of high school classes (or college classes if you are transferring from another college or university), you will need to submit your final transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as it is available.

5) Immunization Forms
All current students must have records of certain immunizations on file with the University. Follow the instructions on the Office of the Registrar website.

Learn about First Year Experience options

Starting college is a big step, and it’s important to get off on the right foot. When you begin your first year as a student in the School of Science, you’ll benefit from a range of programs and services designed to help you make a successful transition to college.

All students are required to enroll in one of the three following first year experiences. Read on to decide which is the best fit for you!

First Year Experience Course

Ease into the college transition! Within the School of Science you might take our “Windows on Science” first year experience course during your first semester. Check out course listings online and speak to your advisor to help pick the right first year experience course for you!

Or you might opt for the next level of commitment and reward by participating in a Summer Bridge experience or joining a Themed Learning Community: 

Summer Bridge

This option entails beginning the Windows course two weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester. In those two weeks, you'll begin to cover some of the typical Windows course content, get intensive refreshers on Math, and primers on college-level reading and writing. Get a head start!

Themed Learning Communities

The third option, which provides the most support to you as an incoming student, is to enroll in a Themed Learning Community.  Typically, a TLC involves a group of students enrolling together in a first year experience course, an intro-level course in their major, and a related general education course from another discipline. The instructional team in a TLC works to weave the chosen theme through the assignments and topics covered in all three courses. This year you can get involved in a TLC such as Molecules to Medicines, Inequality and Social Justice , Science and Philosophy and many more! Explore TLC's!

Save the date for new student events

As the beginning of the school year approaches, be on the lookout for invitations to the annual Science Picnic, the IUPUI Regatta, and a variety of events associated with the IUPUI Weeks of Welcome—designed to assist first year, transfer and returning students in making new friends and getting involved in campus life. Attending these events helps students get acclimated to campus before and during the first few weeks of class.

Make your way to the many informative, fun and interesting activities planned each day. There's something for everyone!

Connect with our Science student ambassadors

Feel free to email a Science student ambassador with any questions or concerns you may have or to set up an individual visit to the school. We're here to help guide you as you make many important decisions about your college career in the School of Science!

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The School of Science Ambassadors are committed undergraduate students determined to transfer their love and passion for the school to current and future students.

Maximizing the Next Four Years of Your Life

Jeremy ShererAre you ready to embark on one of the most transformative experiences of your life? Don’t let it scare you! Embrace it! Enrolling in a university isn’t just about getting a degree, it’s about meeting your best friends, changing your perspectives, expanding your outlooks on life, and it’s about helping you gain a fulfilled vision for what you want to do with your life.

I am confident that becoming a student at IUPUI in the School of Science will help you achieve exactly that. The School of Science community is one that you will gradually begin to love as you explore its clubs, mentorship, and opportunities for leadership. During the spring semester of my freshman year, I became a mentor for a general chemistry course I had taken just semester before. There are opportunities like these everywhere! Not only can you have an on-campus science-related job, but you will also make connections and gain skills that will help you become a more assertive and confident leader. 

There are always ways to become involved in the things that you are interested in. Many science students begin to gain professional scientific experience their first and second years by applying for positions such as the Freshman Biology Work Program or the Life-Health Science Internships. Through paid opportunities such as these, you can learn what it’s like to put your knowledge to use in a meaningful and developmental internship in areas such as medicine, dentistry, and biochemistry, to name a few.

So, go ahead! Explore and find your passions. Become a part of the things you enjoy and maximize your educational experience as part of the School of Science family. You won’t regret it. 

~Jeremy Sherer

Explore Your Interests and Make Connections

TomasOne of the most difficult things about beginning college is making new connections. It’s so easy to just come to campus, go to classes and then go home. But, having a group of friends going through the same challenges creates a support network that will be extremely valuable throughout college. Making new connections is easier said than done, however, especially if you aren’t used to it.

That’s where student organizations at IUPUI can help. There are so many student organizations at which you’ll find like-minded people no matter what your interest is. There are organizations for any science interest you might have, from psychology to biology to medicine, and also for everything non-science, like the Foodies Guild and even things like Ultimate Frisbee. You can find out about all the student organizations at IUPUI by visiting www.myinvolvement.iupui.edu.

There are student organization meetings/events happening on campus all the time. Look out for flyers posted around campus for event dates and times. Through involvement in student organizations, I was able to explore areas I was passionate about and make friends at the same time. So when you make it to the IUPUI Campus, get involved in student organizations and meet as many people as possible, from students to professors. You’ll open yourself to new ideas and new experiences that will ensure you get the most out of your college experience.

~Tomas Meijome 

Embrace the Challenge – RISE from A Student’s Perspective Krystin Seibert

Four years ago, I was like many of you.  I was nervous about change coming my way, yet excited for the future. I had a clear vision of where I wanted to be in five years, but the path to how I would get there was full of choices. I challenged myself to be open to whatever came my way and decided to attend a university where I would know no one. With a dream to become a Pediatrician, I chose IUPUI for the many opportunities that existed at an urban university with a nearby medical school.

The IUPUI RISE initiative challenges every undergraduate to include at least two RISE experiences - Research, International, Service learning, and Experiential learning - in their degree program. While I knew what I wanted to do next, most students do not. This challenge is perfect for both types of students. These experiences are exactly what future employers and graduate or professional schools look for. Luckily, the School of Science makes these experiences incredibly accessible to their students. Personally, I couldn’t stop at just two. I loved them so much I wanted to try everything. My experiences are just one example of a science student rising to the challenge. 

R: Senior research project – I work with Dr. Brenda Grimes at the IU School of Medicine researching a potential new chemotherapy drug for pancreatic cancer.

I: Study abroad in Valencia, Spain – I took classes in Valencia during the summer between my sophomore and junior year. 

S: Service learning – I have taken three service-learning classes. I currently am taking Swk-S180, Exploring Child Welfare in Indiana, in which I learn about child welfare and will complete 20 hours at an organization that provides child welfare services.

E: Life-Health Sciences Internship – I completed research in a paid internship with Dr. Grimes during my sophomore year.

I am currently a senior and will graduate from IUPUI this May.  Trust me, college will be over before you know it!  I challenge you to consider completing the RISE challenge and make the most of your experience. If you have any questions about the School of Science or my RISE experiences, feel free to ask me (krseiber@iupui.edu).  

More information about RISE can be found here.

~Kristyn Seibert

Stephanie MetcalfFreshman Fear is Normal, and Temporary

When I first came to IUPUI I didn't know anyone, and I had never even been to Indianapolis before. I also came from a small town and a really small school. My graduating class had only 50 people.
While IUPUI is not huge, from my experience it seemed ginormous! All of these things had me slightly terrified. Thankfully, this feeling didn't last long. I stayed in the campus apartments and made friends instantly. I also took a Windows in Science class, which is required for all science students, that was full of students from my major. This was the first class I had on the first Monday of the semester. The people I met and interacted with that first day of class continue to be some of my closest classmates and friends today.
Now it is two and a half years later. I know a ton of people. Some I met because they were my roommates, and others I met in classes. IUPUI also no longer seems like this huge scary place. I can barely walk across campus without seeing someone I know, and every time I am in the science building it happens. Indianapolis has turned into am amazing background to my experiences. The city has so much to offer in terms of entertainment, shopping and dining. While it may have been a little scary at first, I can't imagine being anywhere else.
~Stephanie Metcalf