Start Again at IU Columbus

We're always happy to welcome students back to campus. Even if you've attended another college or university since you last attended our campus, we can help get you on the right track.

Are you a returning applicant?

Returning applicants are defined as students who have previously attended IU Columbus (or IUPUC) as a degree-seeking student, even if they have attended another college or university since that time. If you're unsure as to whether you should apply as a returning student use our find my applicant tool to confirm.

As a prospective returning student, your admissions counselor is Drhea Emberton. Contact her with any of your questions!

How to Apply

The information below walks you through everything you should know in order to successfully apply for admission to IU Columbus.

Before you begin the application process, there are a few things you should do to prepare yourself.

1. Know important deadlines

Apply for admission as early as possible. Applications are processed as they are received. Please allow three weeks for processing after all materials are submitted. For priority admission consideration, please submit your application and all additional materials by these dates:

  • Fall semester: July 15

  • Spring semester: December 15

  • Summer session I: April 1

  • Summer session II: May 15

2. Review admission standards

Returning students who are in good academic standing at IU Columbus may return even after attending other colleges and universities, pending you received a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the other institutions. 

If you were previously placed on academic probation at IU Columbus before leaving, you will return on academic probation, pending your admission.

If you were previously dismissed from any IU campus (including ours), you will need to petition for reinstatement

3. Research academic programs

We recommend you learn about our specific academic programs so you can better complete the "Academic Goals" section of our application. Exploring our majors will give you a better idea as to what we offer and if we offer the major you are interested in.

Degrees & majors

4. Learn about costs and financial assistance

We offer one of the state’s most affordable educational values and our banded tuition helps keep you on track to graduate in four years or less. Use our helpful tool to estimate the costs associated with attending IU Columbus. 

Cost calculator

You have many options when it comes to finding financial aid to pay for college. Before you get too far along in the college admissions process, make sure you understand the types of aid available to you.

Financial aid

The steps to apply as a returning student are easy! However, we cannot process your application until we have received all your application materials, so be sure to submit everything as soon as possible. If your application is incomplete, it will delay the review process.

1. Complete and submit the IU Shared Application

Applying to IU Columbus is free! If you have questions while completing your application, please email

Be sure to indicate you have previously attended IU Columbus/IUPUC on the application within the "Academic Info" tab. The IU Columbus CEEB code, for searching purposes on the application, is 4216.

2. Submit any additional required documentation

You will be required to submit an official college transcript from any college or university you've attended since last attending IU Columbus/IUPUCFor any transcripts we request of you, you must contact the school and request your transcript be sent to IU Columbus.

  • For Electronic Delivery (preferred method): Please have each transcript sent to the following email address –
  • For Mail Delivery: Please have transcripts mailed to the following mailing address – 
    IU Columbus
    ATTN: Office of Admissions
    4601 Central Avenue
    Columbus, IN 47203

Here are a couple things you can do while you wait for an admissions decision.

1. Make changes to your application

To make changes to your submitted application, please email and the changes you need made. An admissions staff member will respond with any additional steps we need you to take.

2. Check the status of your application

If you would like to get a status update of your application, please call the Office of Admissions at (812) 348-7390 or email

3. Apply for financial aid

If you haven't filed a FAFSA yet, now is a great time. You will need to file a FAFSA each year you wish to receive aid. The IU Columbus FAFSA federal school code is E01033.

4. Meet your admissions counselor

To get all your questions answered and to learn more about IU Columbus, we recommend you schedule a time to meet with your admissions counselor.

5. Cancel your application

If you wish to cancel your application for any reason, please call the Office of Admissions at (812) 348-7390 or email and include your name and date of birth. 

If you have already registered for courses and no longer wish to attend IU Columbus, you will need to follow the steps on the Office of Registrar’s website to withdraw and avoid any fees or tuition charges.