Direct Admit Day


Friday, March 22

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 first floor lobby of Ernie Pyle Hall.

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Tours available:

  • Arts + Humanities Tour:

    Embark on a captivating journey through the vibrant cultural tapestry that beats at the heart of IU's campus! Our tour takes you to fascinating places like the Lilly Library, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, and Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. Peek into a regular classroom and discover cool ways to dive into the arts and humanities, no matter your major.

  • Collins Living-Learning Center (LLC) Tour:

    Explore living history with our Collins Residence Hall tour. As one of the first living-learning centers in the nation, Collins isn't just a place to stay, it's a vibrant community shaped by students with a passion for leadership, sustainability, and the arts and humanities. This tour isn't just about exploring a residence hall; it's a chance to immerse yourself in the unique experience of being a student in a community that values both history and progress.

  • Memorial Stadium Tour:

    Tour IU's football stadium and get access to resticted areas such as the team center, the field, premium seating, the press room, and more. This tour takes place on Friday from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Sign up for an optional tour when you register for DA Day.

Saturday, March 23

To start the day, we'll gather in the IU Auditorium for a welcome address and orientation program. Afterward, we invite you to attend the Expo, where you'll learn about the College’s offerings in the center of campus. Plus, you can attend a campus tour, various information sessions, or grab a bite to eat. 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 9 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. We’ll be serving up coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries as you enjoy a student panel discussing life as a College student, mini-lectures from our faculty, and an exclusive performance by Another Round—Indiana University's premier all-male a cappella group.

Located at 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. This is also the time to collect lots of free College swag!

March 23 Expo

  • Want to learn more about what you can study through the College's three schools, 80+ majors, 90+ minors and certificates, and other programs? Make your way to both Franklin Hall and the Georgian Room inside of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Interested in exploring IU Bloomington’s campus? Meet in Room 134 of Ernie Pyle Hall to 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.

Each tour will last approximately 60 minutes. Sign up for tours when you register for DA Day.

  • College 101 Panel:
    All Direct Admits are invited to attend a special breakout session focused on answering your questions, sharing valuable College tips, and providing insights from current first-generation students, staff, and faculty. College 101 Panels will be held in State Room East in the IMU.

  • Walter Center for Career Achievement:
    Ready to unlock your future? Head to Room 206 in Ernie Pyle Hall to explore invaluable resources the Walter Center for Career Achievement has to offer and how students can start planning their journey to career success.

  • ASURE Information Session:
    Curious about research opportunities at IU? Drop by Whittenberger Auditorium in the IMU to join an Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) session and gain insights from professors and current students who are already immersed in their research journey.

There are options for each session at 1 and 2 p.m. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes, with 15 minutes allocated for walking to the next location. Sign up for your preferred information sessions when you register for DA Day.

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 only takes place on Saturday, 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. Hotel accommodations fill up quickly, so be sure to make your reservation soon!

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 in the Union
Contact: 812-855-1802
Booking link: Make a reservation
Group code: COASDADMAR24

The Graduate Hotel
Contact: 812-994-0505
March booking link: Make a reservation

Hilton Garden Inn
Contact: 812-961-3913
March booking link: Make a reservation

Contact: 812-339-5950
March booking link: Make a reservation

Home 2 Suites
Contact: 812-668-5985
March booking link: Make a reservation

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. Shuttles begin at 8:45 a.m. and provide 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 up 7th St. to 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

You'll have time to explore the IUB campus or downtown Bloomington during lunch on Saturday. For those who want to stay close, dining halls like Forest or McNutt offer a wide variety of options, as does the Indiana Memorial Union.

For those looking to explore the city, you can learn more about Bloomington's diverse culinary landscape at

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