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For assistance, please contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

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BEFORE applying:
  Step 1   —  Selecting a major
  Step 2   —  For veterans / military
  Step 3   —  For nursing (LPN/LVN to BS) applicants
  Step 4   —  Verify Program Availability

NOW—get started:
  Step 5   —  Admission
  Step 6   —  Financial aid
  Step 7   —  Scholarships

Upon admission to ISU, complete the following:
  Step 8   —  For nursing (RN to BS) applicants
  Step 9  —  MyISU Portal
  Step 10 —  Advisement
  Step 11 —  Registration
  Step 12 —  Bookstore
  Step 13 —  Student ID card
  Step 14 —  Starting courses
  Step 15 —  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:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Note:  For course-by-course transfer evaluation (for Indiana schools and selected other schools), visit the University's transfer planning tool.

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  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:

Veterans Services
Indiana State University
1-800-GO-TO-ISU (toll free USA)
(812) 237-2121

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  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.

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  Step 4:  Verify Program Availability

While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, ISU online learning programs are not available in all states. To determine if a program is available in a particular state, visit program availability.

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  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.

  • Step 1.  Apply for Aid

    Students can, and should, apply for aid prior to (or simultaneous with) applying for admission to the University. The federal school code for Indiana State University is 001807. For instructions and online application, go to
  • Step 2:  Check Financial Aid Status

    Once admitted to ISU, students can check their financial aid status by logging on to the MyISU Portal.
  • Step 3:  Receiving Aid

    Once aid is approved, students cannot receive aid until they are admitted to the University and registered for courses. To continue to receive aid, students must meet specific requirements. See keeping your aid.

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

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  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.

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  Step 8:  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 >>

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  Step 9:  MyISU Portal

The MyISU Portal offers access to online 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.

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  Step 10:  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.

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  Step 11:  Registration

Courses (and instructions) are located in the Class Schedule on the MyISU Portal.

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  Step 12:  Bookstore

Visit the ISU bookstore to purchase textbooks and other course materials.

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  Step 13:  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

The e-mail must include:

  • Student's name
  • Student's 991 number
  • Student's complete mailing address (street and/or post office box)

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  Step 14:  Starting Courses

  • Online courses:  To access courses, log on to the MyISU Portal and click the "My Courses" tab. Typically, courses are not accessible until the first day of class.
  • On-campus courses:  Dates, times, and locations are listed in the class schedule.

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  Step 15:  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.

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Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of 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 24 September 2014