If you are interested in enrolling in an online program or course, we encourage you to review the Indiana State Online registration process below. If you require assistance, contact us or chat with a staff member.
Before You Apply
Step 1: Selecting a Major
Selecting the right program is a key to success. Applicants who have questions on credit transfer or admission requirements for a particular program should contact our office for assistance:
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Note: For course-by-course transfer evaluation (for Indiana schools and selected other schools), undergraduate students should 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 or contact:
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1-800-GO-TO-ISU (toll free USA)
Step 3: For Nursing (LPN/LVN to BSN) Applicants
Applicants interested in the LPN/LVN to BSN 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 BSN 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 online programs are not available in all states. To determine if a program is available in a particular state, visit program availability.
Step 5: Admission
To enroll in an online course or program, an individual must be admitted to Indiana State University as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student and must satisfy minimum admission requirements.
- Undergraduate admission: instructions and admission applications
- Graduate admission: requirements and application instructions vary by program; details are listed by program in the graduate programs section of this site.
Step 6: Financial Aid
Students are eligible for consideration for financial aid programs if they are seeking ISU degrees or a required teacher certification and are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.
For instructions and online applications, visit 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 additional details, visit scholarships.
Step 8: For Nursing Applicants
In addition to applying for admission to the University, nursing applicants must apply for admission to the Nursing Program.
Step 9: MyISU Portal
The MyISU Portal offers access to online registration, student University records, e-mail, and other services. Once admitted, students should activate their University Username on the MyISU Portal.
- Go to isuportal.indstate.edu
- Then click "Activate Your University Username."
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 10: Transfer Credits
Upon completion of the admission process, academic advisors review students' transcripts to determine which credits will transfer. Students should contact their advisors to discuss their transferable credits and plan their schedules for the semester.
For more information about transferring college credits, undergraduate students should visit Transfer Central.
Step 11: Registration
Courses (and instructions) are located in the Class Schedule on the MyISU Portal.
Step 12: Bookstore
Visit the ISU bookstore to purchase textbooks and other course materials.
Step 13: Student ID Card
Once admitted, students must obtain their student identification cards (ID) to access University services.
To request an ID, call or email Traffic and Parking Services at:
Phone: (812) 237-8888 Email: ISU-Parking@mail.indstate.edu
The e-mail must include:
- Student's name
- Student's University ID Number
- Student's complete mailing address (street and/or post office box)
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.
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.
Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: 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, U.S. territories, or Canadian Provinces. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, U.S. Territory, or Canadian Province, visit program availability.
Select Indiana State University online programs are open to U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses. Check specific program availability in regard to programs which require clinical rotations.
All programs are closed to all students residing in any other jurisdictions.