IFS Guide
Intensive Freshman Seminars

Program Details

As you may already know, IFS begins right before the start of the fall semester, and is a great way to get a jump-start on your Fall classes. Your IFS course begins on August 1 and ends just as the rest of the fall semester is beginning - IFS is a great way to maximize all 18 credit hours without taking a heavy courseload throughout the entire semester. Each student enrolls in one of our specially designed courses that cover topics such as graphic novels, sports and violence, popular culture, biology, philosophy, and civil rights. IFS courses are taught by some of IU's top faculty members, so you'll learn from the best professors in small classrooms, with enrollment limited to just 20 students.

Here's how it works:

- You arrive at IFS on Saturday, August 1st and move into your IFS Residence Hall room
- Most of your IFS coursework occurs in a unique intensive format over the next two weeks
- On August 14th you move into your regular fall housing
- Each professor and their students will schedule a final class meeting that will occur just after the regular fall semester begins (these will be complete by August 30).

One of the biggest advantages of IFS is the opportunity to become familiar with IU before the rest of the students arrive. More than 38,000 students will arrive on campus in the fall, but you and your IFS classmates will have the place largely to yourself until then. It's the perfect time to get to know the university, become familiar with the many resources and opportunities on campus, and get comfortable in this amazing and beautiful college environment.