Find out more about fall 2020

On Wednesday, May 27, IU President Michael McRobbie announced that instruction will take place on campus as well as online for fall 2020. We will welcome students back to campus for the start of the fall semester on August 24.

As our campus continues to outline what to expect for the 20202021 academic year, this page will serve as a way to gather your top questions, including questions about admissions, scholarships, being on campus, and more.

Top takeaways from President McRobbie's message

  1. Classes will resume on campus for fall 2020 where instruction will be a blend of in-person and online.
  2. The academic calendar will run from August 24 to May 9. The fall semester will include special 3- and 13-Week Sessions.  From December 21 to February 7, we will have a new Winter Session that is online-only. This session will allow students to finish fall semester, to begin spring semester, or to take new intensive courses. 
  3. Residence halls will be single occupancy with an exemption process for students who wish to have a roommate.

Learn more about fall 2020


For the 20202021 academic year, you will have a blend of in-person and online classes. Your classes will make extensive use of technology while preserving as much as possible the most important elements of the in-person experience.

IU has proven success in providing online learning. Most recently, IU has been acknowledged for openly sharing our best practices for online learning and teaching with other universities. You can see how we are supporting students and faculty at and But don’t take our word for it—hear what online learning is like from current IU students.

See Emily's experience  See Cristian's experience

Students going through New Student Orientation will already be familiar with the tool that organizes your online classes. As part of your NSO program, we will walk you through the Canvas tool and how it will be used by your professors in the fall.

A variety of measures are being put in place to help ensure the health and safety of our IU community once we return to campus, including, but not limited to: providing cloth face coverings for all students, faculty, and staff; implementing rigorous cleaning protocols; adapting to lower-contact dining services; and reducing the number of people on campus at one time. For a detailed and updated look at what the university is doing, visit the Return to Campus section of the fall 2020 website.

You can also learn more about a new agreement with IU Health to screen and test any member of the IU community who is symptomatic for COVID-19.

The academic year will be structured very similarly to previous years. We'll still be semester based, with 16-week, 8-week, and 3-week courses available, along with newly-added special 3- and 13-week courses. The biggest change will be in where you take your classes. Some classes will be online while others will be face-to-face. During December and January, the heightened flu season, we’ll be asking students to stay safe by finishing the fall semester online and starting the spring semester online.

We’ve charted the academic year so you can see when you’ll be on campus and when you’ll be fully online.

Remember that your NSO appointment is when you'll meet remotely with your academic advisor in real time. Your academic advisor will guide you through creating your first semester schedule. The schedule of classes will be updated by July 15 with any changes to course delivery, location, and time. The instructional mode (in-person or online) may not be known at the time of your appointment. But don't worry, you'll have time later in the summer to make changes with continued guidance from our expert academic advisors.

We are happy to welcome you to campus this fall and to have you live on campus. Housing assignments will begin in late June. Due to new safety measures, Residential Programs and Services is instituting a new review process for honoring roommate preferences. Please review and confirm your 2020–21 housing application preferences by 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 10. If you take no action, we will begin making assignments using your current preferences. You can learn more about housing and roommates at and get any questions you have answered by askRPS.

IU provides a number of eateries and cafes around campus—as well as a variety of ways to get your food, including online ordering options via GrubHub. We will continue to provide quality food and service in an environment that is safe for you and our employees. Visit for more information about what to expect this fall.

At this time, the plan is for tuition and fees to be assessed as normal.

Your New Student Orientation (NSO) experience will take place online and will provide you with opportunities to build community virtually, help you learn about being a student at IU, and guide you through your advising and registration process. If you've reserved your seat at IU but have not made your reservation for orientation, you can do so by logging in to the Orientation Portal. You can then get started in Canvas, complete your advising and course registration, and connect with fellow Hoosiers.

Get to know NSO

Yes! While the size of events may look different this year, we can’t wait to introduce you to IU during your first weeks as a Hoosier. Welcome Week will help you get acquainted with campus, meet fellow Hoosiers, and get ready for your first year at IU. Take a look back at Welcome Week 2019.

You sure can—and we hope that you do! You can find all of IU Bloomington’s student groups via the BeINvolved website. Once on campus, we’ll also help introduce you to student organizations. However, you can always reach out to the contact on the BeINvolved site to learn more.

Our new agreement with IU Health provides a web-based symptom checker as well as a testing site in Bloomington for all IU community members. If you become ill while on campus, you will be asked to go through the virtual symptom checker and then you will be guided on the best next steps.

The campus is preparing for this possibility. Plans for this will be updated on the website.

Yes, all scholarships that were awarded or successfully renewed for the upcoming 20202021 academic year are approved and will be funded as such. Students who have questions pertaining to their financial aid accounts should contact Student Central

We want you to start your IU journey just as soon as possible, but we also understand that in some instances this may not be the right year for you or your family. Our deferral process hasn’t changed. You have until two weeks before the semester begins to defer your enrollment.

If you take 12 or more credit hours at another institution during your year of deferment, you must reapply to IU Bloomington.​

If you are a direct admit to one of our schools, please check with your school to learn about any additional guidelines for deferment.

Please review our policy for deferring and reach out if you have any questions.

Students admitted to Indiana University Bloomington may defer enrollment for up to one year. If a student completes the deferral process by the required deadline, eligibility for the Provost’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, or Global Engagement Scholarship will carry forward. For all other scholarship offers, the awarding department will exercise discretion regarding the availability of the scholarship for the new enrollment semester.

If you take 12 or more credit hours at another institution during your year of deferment, you must reapply to IU Bloomington.

If you are a direct admit to one of our schools, please check with your school to learn about any additional guidelines for deferment.

While the deadline has passed for 2020–2021 Office of Enrollment Management scholarship resources, we recommend checking out our Non-IU Scholarships page, which provides free resources that can connect you to non-IU scholarships. This resource is frequently updated as we find new opportunities from external organizations.

Students and families who have questions related to financial hardships or have seen changes to their individual or family financial status should contact Student Central

Visit the Office of International Services website to find out everything you need to know as an international student at IU.