Incoming Freshmen

Undergraduate Admission Process and Requirements

Apply for admissions to the University of Southern Indiana by completing our online application. There is a $40 application fee. 

Each freshman applicant is reviewed on an individual basis and is evaluated on the following areas from his/her high school transcript

  • four years of English
  • three to four years of laboratory science
  • three years of social studies
  • three to four years of mathematics.
  • If graduating from an Indiana accredited high school, USI prefers students complete Core 40 requirements. 

Grade Point Average requirements: 

  • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • students age 24+ must have had a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA

Standardized Test Scores: 

Beginning with admission for 2021 academic terms, USI will allow students to decide whether or not to provide standardized test scores as part of their application. If students choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, we will superscore and take the best score from each section for a final score. Students who are homeschooled or attend a high school that does not provide traditional grades will still be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about USI’s test optional admission.

Students applying for spring 2021 must provide an SAT or ACT score. Minimum test score requirements for admission are noted below. However, due to the cancellation of SAT and ACT tests because of COVID-19, students can submit a request for review without test scores.

  • composite SAT score of a 900 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math)
  • composite ACT score of a 17
  • students age 21+ are not required to submit an SAT or ACT score

SAT code = 1335 | ACT code = 1207

Undergraduate Admissions also considers extra-curricular involvement and recommendations from counselors. Upon acceptance to USI, you will receive detailed information about orientation, registration, and housing. 

Note: During heavy application times, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process an application and make an admission decision, once all materials have been received. If you have submitted an application more than three weeks ago and have not received a letter, check on the status of your application.

Obtaining credit for prior educational experiences: 

Transcripts recording any course work completed while in high school that could be considered for college credit should be submitted with the Application for Undergraduate Admission. All work will be evaluated for possible credit according to USI's Credit by Exam policy and Transfer Credit Policy.

In some situations a student may wish to submit an appeal to the Office of Admissions. For more information, please call 812-465-7100. 


Undergraduate Admissions

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