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. During IFS, students take one three-credit, seminar style course. These credits are part of the student's fall semester course load. This gives students the advantage of completing one of their fall semester courses before the start of the fall semester. Students who take IFS are then at an academic and social advantage during the fall semester as they will have fewer course credits to manage.
Students who participate in IFS move to campus before other incoming freshman. Led by our fantastic upper classmen staff members, IFS participants get to know IU's beautiful campus and all its incredible academic and social resources. IFS provides a unique opportunity for all students to begin their fall semester with confidence.
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. Students then have more time to focus on their studies and coursework.
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 with 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.
The IFS application is available online.
The application opens on February 1 and closes June 30, or when all course seats are taken.
IFS is a rigorous two and half week program. IFS courses meet each day for several hours and often times more than once a day. In addition to classroom sessions, IFS students partake in a number of social activities, events, and field trips.
For this reason, it is often difficult for students to participate in multiple programs and/or activities during IFS. Students should contact both IFS and appropriate staff at any additional program(s) to seek permission and guidance before applying to IFS.
Students participating in LLC or thematic communities are typically able to do both IFS and their LLC. However, students should contact the director of their LLC and the Assistant Director of IFS immediately to discuss possible conflicts.
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. Students are not able to request a roommate during IFS. All participants will learn who their roommate is on August 4, the first day of IFS.
All IFS participants will move into IFS housing on move-in day. On the day of move-in, students will be directed to a parking area near the residence hall. They will then check in at the residence hall, receiving their room assignment, roommate information, and course information for IFS. At that time, students may move their cars into the circle drive in front of the residence hall and begin moving into their assigned room.
Parking in the circle drive is limited to fifteen minutes. Students should unload all belongings into provided carts and begin unpacking only after car is completely unloaded and removed from the circle drive.
IFS staff will be outside the residence hall to provide instructions and answer any questions.
Move-out occurs on the second Friday of IFS. At this time, all students will move from IFS housing and into their fall semester room assignments.
There is no need for parents, guardians, or friends to return to campus to help students with the move-out process. IFS staff provides moving trucks for all students to use and assists with the move-out process. All participants will receive detailed instructions prior to move-out day.
We encourage students to pack for the fall semester during IFS. Students should plan to bring summer and fall clothes for IFS. If students are able to return home prior to winter, we suggest not packing winter clothes for IFS.
Items such as televisions, refrigerators, or other large items can be brought to campus after IFS. A complete packing guide can be found in the IFS Guide.