New Undergraduate Students
If you are a new USI student who has not previously attended the University, you must be admitted prior to enrolling in classes. The application for admission is available at www.usi.edu/admission. To make the registration process as easy as possible, you should complete your application for admission file by August 1, 2015. An application file may still be completed after this date, but you will be more likely to experience delays during registration. Completed application files must have the application for admission form, official transcripts, a $40 non-refundable application fee, and SAT or ACT scores. (If you have been out of high school for three or more years, contact an admission counselor to determine whether the SAT/ACT test is required). For questions regarding the application process, contact the Admission Office at 812-464-1765 or 800-467-1965 (option #1).
New Student Academic Placement and Testing
English – The Department of English has mandatory placement for all introductory writing courses (GENS098, ENG 100 and 101). Placement into an appropriate writing course is determined by a student’s high school rank percentile and Critical Reading and Writing SAT or equivalent ACT scores. Transfer students’ English placement will be based upon their transfer credit evaluation.
To place into ENG 101, students must meet two of the following three criteria:
- High School rank percentile of 51 percent or above
- SAT Critical Reading score of 450 or above
- SAT Writing score of 450 or above
Students who do not meet two of these criteria must write a placement exam prior to registering for their composition courses.
In cases where students submit ACT scores instead of SAT scores, the equivalent ACT scores will be used. In cases where students submit both ACT and SAT scores, the scores that place the student in the higher course will be used. In cases where the student’s data is incomplete, the student will be required to write the placement exam.
Reading – Reading placement is determined by a student’s SATR/ACTR score and/or transfer credit. Students who do not have an SATR/ACTR score, or who have fewer than 10 hours of transfer credit, will need to take the Reading placement test. Students may be exempt from a reading course based on the following information:
- SAT Critical Reading score of at least 420
- ACT Reading score of at least 17
- Ten or more hours of transfer credit
Mathematics – All students who earn baccalaureate degrees from USI are required to complete the mathematics component of the core curriculum. Placement testing procedures are designed to facilitate the transition from high school mathematics to college mathematics. These procedures are based on evidence that shows students who enter math courses at the proper level are more likely to succeed and complete their mathematics requirement(s) in the most expedient manner.
New Students – All students who are not exempt from placement testing (see criteria below) are required to take the mathematics placement test prior to enrolling in a math course at USI. The placement test is designed to determine students’ readiness for college-level mathematics courses and to place students into classes where they can be successful. The placement test results will determine the level of entry-level math course that students will be allowed to take; therefore, it is extremely important that one’s best effort be given to this exam.
Transfer Students – All students entering USI without transfer credit to satisfy the mathematics component of the core curriculum must take the math placement test prior to enrolling in a math course. This includes students with associate degrees from other institutions.
Nontraditional Students – Because students who enter courses at the proper level are more successful in college than students who take a course that is too easy or one that is too difficult, the Department of Mathematics requires that all nontraditional students take the placement test. Placement tests do not affect admission to the University; the results of the placement tests are used only to determine the appropriate entry-level math course. Starting in the right course will help you succeed academically, which ultimately will save you time and money.
Exemptions from Placement Testing – Some students may be exempt from taking the math placement test based on the following:
* Math SAT score of at least 640 or Math ACT score of at least 29
* Math SAT score of at least 600 or Math ACT score of at least 26
AND High School GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
With the assistance of an advisor, students who are exempt from placement testing may select the math course which best meets the requirements of his or her program of study.
World Languages and Cultures placement is recommended for students who studied French, German, Spanish, Japanese, or Latin in high school. The language placement test may allow those students to enroll in a course ranging from the second to the fifth semester of language study. Achieving a grade of B or better in the USI course in which they are placed, then completing a Departmental Credit form, earns credit for all preceding courses. Students requesting Japanese or Latin placement should contact the World Languages and Cultures Department (812-461-5203); French, German, and Spanish placement tests are given by Academic Skills (812-464-1743).
Placement tests help students transition smoothly to their studies at USI. Tests are given in mathematics, English, reading and foreign language. Placement tests are required for new and transfer students, with some exceptions. These tests can be taken in a variety of ways:
- Visit the USI campus during normal business hours with no appointment necessary. Normal business hours are 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome until 2 p.m.
- Visit the USI campus during special testing sessions in the evening or on a Saturday. You may register for a special testing session when you register for Screaming Eagles Orientation.
- Arrange for testing at a testing center in your community.
- Take the test at home using BVirtual. This option requires the student to use a webcam and pay a fee.
You should complete the necessary tests at least one week prior to Orientation to enable course registration on the day of Orientation. A photo ID is required to test. Students with disabilities requesting special accommodations must be registered with Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance of scheduling an appointment for placement testing. Contact Disability Resources at 812-464-1961 for more information.
For further details about academic placement and testing, visit www.usi.edu/university-division/academic-skills/placement-testing or contact one of the following:
English: 812-465-7128 or email@example.com
Mathematics: 812-465-1689 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Modern and Classical Languages: 812-461-5203 or email@example.com
Academic Skills (general questions): 812-464-1743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Student Orientation and Registration
As a new freshman or transfer student, you will be required to participate in a Screaming Eagles Orientation program to introduce you to life at USI. Participation is a prerequisite of registration. Through Orientation, you will become acquainted with the educational opportunities, facilities, and procedures at USI. After completing Orientation, you will work with an academic advisor who will assist you with course selection and registration for fall semester classes. Admitted students can participate in ONE of the following Orientation sessions:
|New Student Orientation
New (first time) students and Transfer students with
fewer than 19 hours earned from previous institutions
|Transfer/Adult Student Orientation
Transfer students (19+ hours) and
Adult students (25 years or older)
|Wednesday, March 25*
|Friday, June 19
|Saturday, April 18
|Friday, March 27*
|Saturday, June 20
|Saturday, May 30
|Thursday, April 23
|Saturday, July 11
|Saturday, June 20
|Friday, April 24
|Wednesday, August 19
|Saturday, July 11
|Friday, May 29
|Wednesday, August 19
|Saturday, May 30
|* by invitation only, based on academic standing
Transfer students who have completed 60 credit hours, adult students (over the age of 25), and students taking all of their courses through distance learning have the option of participating in one of the above listed orientation sessions or completing Online Orientation. Students can access online orientation at www.usi.edu/orientation beginning April 1, 2015. After completing online orientation, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the college of their major (or University Division for undecided majors) to schedule an appointment for advising and registration.
Learn more about Screaming Eagles Orientation by visiting www.usi.edu/orientation; email email@example.com; phone 812-465-7167 or 800-350-7830.
New Graduate Students
New graduate students must be deemed eligible by Graduate Studies and accepted for admission to a graduate program before enrolling in graduate courses (no later than the close of business on the Friday prior to the start of the term). The online application for admission to Graduate Studies and graduate program application information are available at www.usi.edu/graduatestudies. Completed application files must include the application for graduate admission form, official transcripts in a sealed envelope from all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended, and a $40 non-refundable application fee. International students may be required to submit additional information.
New graduate students are eligible to register during priority registration.
Students wishing to enroll in both graduate and undergraduate courses in the same term must complete an application for graduate admission. Once admitted, you should enroll in the graduate course(s) before the undergraduate course(s).
Graduate Studies is located on the first floor of the Robert D. Orr Center, Rm. 1060; phone 812-465-7015.
All students entering the University for the first time and/or living in University housing must meet the immunization requirements of the University and Indiana Code 20–12–71 enacted by the 2002 Indiana General Assembly. To comply with the requirements, you must provide current documentation of the following immunizations:
- two measles, one mumps, and one rubella (two MMR vaccines acceptable; first MMR must be given after 1967 and not before first birthday), or a physician’s written statement of immunity to measles and mumps due to having had the infection. Students born before January 1, 1957, are exempt from the MMR requirement.
- tetanus/diphtheria (Td booster) within past 10 years – tetanus toxoid NOT ACCEPTABLE
- tuberculin skin test (Mantoux only; must be administered and read in the United States) prior to the start of the first semester at USI, no earlier than six months prior for American citizens and six weeks prior for international students; must be read within 48–72 hours of administration; to be valid, needs the signature of doctor or nurse reading results
- all students MUST read and sign the Meningococcal and Hepatitis B Risk Acknowledgement Form and return it with the Immunization Form in order to complete their file
For further information or for answers to questions, contact the Student Immunization Office at 812-461-5285. The documentation must be mailed, delivered, or faxed to the USI Student Immunization Office prior to the start of your first semester at USI; lower level of the Health Professions Center, Rm. 0102; fax 812-461-5284. Immunization requirements and a downloadable immunization form can be found at www.usi.edu/healthcenter/policies/immunization-policy.