Direct Admit Day


Friday, February 17

Ernie Pyle Hall
940 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

For any overachievers who want to get a head start on all the fun (you know who you are), you can check in early and catch a personalized tour before the festivities begin on Saturday.

Early check-in will take place on the second floor of Ernie Pyle Hall.

Register for early check-in

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Tours available:
  • Arts + Humanities Tour:

    This tour will highlight the cultural heart of IU’s campus, including the Lilly Library, Neal Marshall Center, and Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. Students will learn about volunteer, internship, and job opportunities related to the Arts and Humanities, along with advice on how to get involved in arts and culture activities on campus.

  • Collins Living-Learning Center (LLC) Tour:

    This tour of the Collins LLC offers the opportunity to explore a residence hall space and to learn more about the experience of being a student in a living-learning community.

  • Arts + Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) Lab Tour:

    During this tour, you’ll hear from a current student who has participated in the College’s ASURE program. You will also have the opportunity to visit one of our state-of-the-art research lab spaces, which is representative of many of the research spaces available to undergraduate students in the College. 

  • Night Sky Tour (6:30-7:30 p.m.):

    This is a special tour taking place later on Friday evening so that you can enjoy the night sky using our historic observatory telescope. Built in 1900, this antique, but fully functioning mechanical telescope has aided in important celestial discoveries over the last century. You will also get a chance to speak with faculty and staff from the Astronomy and Physics departments about their majors and contemporary research in these fields. Did you know that Bloomington will be in the center of the path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024? Discuss this event and other astronomical topics during this tour.

Saturday, February 18

To start the day, we'll gather in the IU Auditorium for a welcome address and orientation program. Afterward, we invite you to explore a variety of breakout sessions where you'll learn about the College’s offerings at three locations in the center of campus: the Auditorium, Maxwell Hall, and Franklin Hall. Plus, you can attend a campus tour, grab a slice of pizza, or hang out in the Franklin Hall commons to watch some IU basketball. Check out what each location has to offer and start planning out your afternoon!

IU Auditorium
1211 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Doors open at 8 a.m. for check-in.

Join us in the IU Auditorium for a welcome address from Rick Van Kooten, executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Vivian Nun Halloran, associate dean for diversity and inclusion. We’ll be serving up coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries as you enjoy student presentations on campus life and mini-lectures from our faculty, as well as an exclusive performance by Another Round—Indiana University's premier all-male a cappella group.

Three locations in the heart of IUB's campus

Plot your own adventure through the center of campus to make early connections with faculty, staff, advisors, and your fellow scholars as we proudly introduce you to College departments, programs, and services. You’ll have a chance to discover opportunities and tap into all the resources available to our Direct Admits across three locations. This is also the time to collect lots of free College swag!

  • Interested in studying abroad? Curious what career services can do for you? Want to see what student life at IU has to offer? Drop by Maxwell Hall.
  • Want to learn more about what you can study through the College's three schools, majors, minors, and other degree programs? Make your way to Franklin Hall.
  • Interested in learning more about some of our most popular laboratory science programs? Head to the Auditorium's foyer.

Interested in exploring IU Bloomington’s campus? Learn about academic programs, our spirited community, and tour our gorgeous campus.  In order to prioritize interested students, we have limited the number of guests in this tour.

Register for a campus tour at 1 P.M.

Register for a campus tour at 2 P.M.

The Commons, Franklin Hall
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

All Direct Admits are invited to an exclusive men’s basketball watch party. Enjoy lunch on us—free pizza, veggies, and lemonade—and help us cheer on the Indiana Hoosiers as they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Plan your trip

We’re so excited for you to join us! The links below offer everything you need to help plan your visit. While Direct Admit Day is one day only—Saturday, February 18—many families choose to arrive on Friday and check-out on Sunday (or later), offering more time to explore Bloomington. You may check-in early on Friday at Ernie Pyle Hall from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. and experience tours on Friday starting at 5:00 p.m.

All Direct Admit Day events are free for Direct Admits, but travel expenses are not included. As you book your travel, don’t forget: Bloomington is on Eastern Time—one hour ahead of Chicago and the same time as New York.

The College of Arts and Sciences has reserved a limited number of rooms at the locations below. Guests are responsible for making their own reservations and for all travel expenses. Rooms available on a first come, first served basis:

Historic Biddle Hotel:
Contact Brandi Clark:
Booking link: Book your group rate for IU College of Arts and Sciences
Group code: COASDA23

Courtyard by Marriott:
Booking link: Book your group rate for IU College of Arts and Sciences

Hilton Garden Inn:
Contact Diana Thomas:
Booking link: Book your group rate for IU College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Brooke Lasher:
Group Code: CSDA

Contact Brooke Lasher by phone or email and mention the group code to receive the discounted rate.

Free parking is available at East Parking Garage near the IU Auditorium. The Poplars and Henderson Parking Garages also offer free parking and will have shuttles running to and from the Auditorium. The shuttle begins at 7:45 a.m. and provides frequent pickups. 

Paid parking is available at the Indiana Memorial Union lot, located next to Ernie Pyle Hall for those interested in Early Check-in, and a short walk down 7th St. from the Auditorium.

The IU interactive campus map includes IU and non-IU buildings, construction zones, visitor parking lots, accessible lots, bike racks, and emergency phone locations.

View the IU campus map

Learn more about accessible parking

The closest airport to Bloomington is Indianapolis International Airport. Allow 1.5 hours of travel time from the airport to Bloomington. You can also use a shuttle service to travel between the Indianapolis International Airport and Bloomington: Bloomington Shuttle Service.

Since Direct Admit Day is all about you, we certainly want you to be comfortable—dress is casual. Since you’ll be walking from location-to-location on campus, be sure to dress for winter-in-Bloomington weather!

Absolutely yes! Families are welcome to join our Direct Admits on this special day.

If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact us at (812) 855-7036 or

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