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New Student Resources

At the Purdue School of Science, we pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary approach, extensive undergraduate research opportunities, professional school placements, and service to our students.

As an incoming student you can be involved in research, community service and campus leadership in a variety of ways.

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 One.IU 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.

Create my technology account

Apply for scholarships

Universal Scholarship Application

Once your university technology account is created, complete the IUPUI Freshman Competitive Scholarship applications. 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. You must be an admitted student to apply.

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.

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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. Final deadline 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.

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Apply for FAFSA

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.

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Submit your 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. Your deposit must be paid in order to register for New Student Orientation or accept scholarships.

Students who are Indiana 21st Century Scholars, or receiving select scholarships or grants are exempt from the deposit, as long as they submit the electronic deposit waiver form.

Pay your 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.

Before your register, you must create your technology account and pay your enrollement deposit.


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.

Reserve your spot

Complete placement testing

While specific requirements vary by major, both new and transfer students may need to complete a number of placement exams prior to orientation.

  • All School of Science students must take the English guided self-placement.
  • School of Science students are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement exam
  • Students pursuing any Bachelor of Arts or mathematics degree must take the world language placement exam.
  • International students must show English proficiency before admission. Information about English language requirements is available on the IUPUI International Affairs site.
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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) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.


Choose an optional freshmen program

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.

Decide which freshman program is right for you.

First Year Experience course

Taught in a classroom setting during your first semester at IUPUI, First Year Experience courses will help you make the transition from high school to college. Through the School of Science you can take "Windows on Science," which will prepare you to think critically at a collegiate scientific level.

Summer Bridge

In this option you will take a "Windows on Science" course two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. In those two weeks, you will receive additional refreshers on math and primers on college-level reading and writing. Summer bridge also gives you a head start on meeting classmates and finding your way around campus.

Learn more

Themed learning community

Themed Learning Communities (TLCs) pair overarching themes with discipline-based courses and an integrative first-year seminar. TLCs engage students with a community of learners that explore interdisciplinary connections both in and out of the classroom.

Learn more

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