IFS is a two and a half week academic program for incoming freshman students at Indiana University Bloomington. All incoming freshman are eligible to attend.
Students who participate in IFS move to campus before other incoming freshman. During IFS, students take one three-credit course with other incoming freshman students.
The academic benefits of IFS are numerous. IFS classes are small and have no more than twenty students per class, providing students an opportunity to get to know their professor and the other students. All IFS classes are taught by renowned IU faculty members with experience teaching incoming freshman. The three-credits from IFS are counted toward the fall semester course load. This allows students to register for up to eighteen-credits within the flat tuition rate, but complete three of those credits prior to the formal start of the fall semester.
The social benefts for IFS are significant as well. Incoming freshman have the opportunity to connect with other new students, meet returning student leaders, and become familiar with campus before the start of the fall semester.
International students must arrive to campus Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
Domestic students must arrive to campus on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
Classes begin Sunday, August 4, 2019.
IFS rates are subject to change each year the cost of housing.
Students are charged a $132.50 program fee upon applying. This program fee is applied to the student's fall semester bursar bill and is non-refundable.
In addition the program fee, the cost of room and board are charged to the fall semester bursar bill. This includes IFS housing and meals for the duration of the program. To see the most recent rates, visit Payment & Fees.
IFS offers several scholarships, including need-based and programmatic scholarships. To be considered for these, students must indicate their interest for scholarship aid on their IFS application.
21st Century Scholars and students who have taken college classes while in high school through the Advanced College Project (ACP) are also considered for scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is no additional application required for scholarship consideration.
IFS participants are required to live in IFS housing for the duration of the program. All participants live in on-campus housing. This will likely not be the same residence hall as the students' fall residence assignments. For the 2019 program all IFS students will be housed in Read.
Roommates are assigned and the majority of students will share a room with one of their IFS classmates.