Upon admission to ISU, complete the following:
Step 9 — For nursing (RN to BS) applicants
Step 10 — MyISU Portal
Step 11 — Advisement
Step 12 — Registration
Step 13 — Bookstore
Step 14 — Student ID card
Step 15 — Starting courses
Step 16 — Sycamore Express
Step 1: Selecting a Major
Selecting the right major is a key to success. Applicants who have questions on credit transfer or admission requirements for a particular major should contact our office for assistance:
Office of Admissions
1-800-GO-TO-ISU (toll-free USA)
Note: For course-by-course transfer evaluation (for Indiana schools and selected other schools), visit the University's transfer planning tool.
Step 2: For Veterans / Military
Indiana State University is an approved veterans benefits institution. For basic information on eligibility (and links to applications and instructions) visit:
Indiana State University
1-800-GO-TO-ISU (toll free USA)
Step 3: For Nursing (LPN/LVN to BS) Applicants
Applicants interested in the LPN to BS Program follow a unique set of procedures to apply for admission and to get started.
For step-by-step instructions, go directly to LPN/LVN to BS program.
Step 4: Verify Program Availability
While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, ISU distance education programs are not available in all states. To determine if a program is available in a particular state, visit program availability.
Step 5: Admission
Apply online. Walk-ins are also welcomed.
Students normally receive a response from the University within two weeks of receipt of application, official transcripts from all colleges attended, and a non-refundable $25 application fee (subject to change).
Step 6: Financial Aid
Students are eligible for consideration for financial aid programs if they are seeking ISU degrees and are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
Note: Students may attend ISU and another institution simultaneously—and receive aid to cover both schools. A Consortium Agreement is required. For assistance, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid
Step 7: Scholarships
The University offers a limited number of scholarships for entering transfer students who will be studying 12 or more credit hours a semester. Deadlines vary. However, to be eligible for most scholarships, students must be admitted to ISU no later than April 1 for the fall semester and meet other eligibility requirements.
For details, see scholarships.
Step 8: Distance News (E-Newsletter)
Distance News is a free e-newsletter that contains important University announcements to help students start and complete their ISU courses and degrees. Subscribe now >>
Step 9: For Nursing (RN to BS) Applicants
Once admitted to the University, applicants who wish to complete the University's RN to BS Program must apply for admission to the College of Nursing. Instructions >>
Step 10: MyISU Portal
The MyISU Portal offers access to on-line registration, a student's University records, e-mail, and other services. Once admitted, students should activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal.
IMPORTANT: Students will need their University ID numbers (found on their acceptance letters), date of birth, and the last four digits of Social Security Number.
Step 11: Advisement
Once admitted, students should contact their advisors to discuss their transferable hours and plan their schedules for the semester. For contact information, see advisement.
Step 12: Registration
Courses (and instructions) are located in the Class Schedule on the MyISU Portal.
Step 13: Bookstore
Visit the ISU bookstore to purchase textbooks and other course materials.
Step 14: Student ID Card
Once admitted, students must obtain their student identification cards (ID) to access University services.
To request an ID, contact Traffic and Parking Services at (812) 237-8888 or ISU-Parking@mail.indstate.edu
The e-mail must include:
Step 15: Starting Courses
Step 16: Sycamore Express
Sycamore Express provides one-stop answers and assistance for currently enrolled ISU students. Once admitted and registered for classes, students should visit and bookmark this site for assistance with billing and finances, graduation, and more.
Distance Education Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU distance education programs may not be available in all states. Currently, distance programs are not offered in the states of Arkansas and Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.
Last updated 4 October 2013