IU Groups Scholars Program

The Groups Scholars Program provides specially selected students with information, support, and guidance to help them excel in the classroom and beyond. We are here every step of the way--from the time they complete their application to attend IU until they accept their diploma on graduation day.

Eligible students are the first in their family to attend college with limited financial resources from all racial and economic backgrounds.


The Groups Scholars program was first established as “Groups” in 1968 to address low college attendance rates among first-generation, low-income, and physically challenged students at Indiana University. Funded by the Higher Education Act of 1965, and supported by the University’s strong commitment of additional resources and services, the Groups Scholars Program admits more than 200 students yearly, and has an alumni roster of close to 11,000 individuals. The program is now fully funded by Indiana University, and is a part of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA).

For more information about the IU Groups Program visit https://groupsscholars.indiana.edu/

Eligibility Requirements

1. Be a resident of the state of Indiana (at least one of their parents or legal guardians must live in Indiana.) No Exceptions.
2. Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen (have a green card) by May 15th. No Exceptions. Proof of citizenship will be required upon admission to the program. (Refer to the application worksheet for information regarding DACA and Green Cards.)
3. Meet the income guidelines and eligibility criteria as listed in the application worksheet.
4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5
5. Have completed a Core 40 Curriculum, including the minimum college preparatory courses shown below, by the end of the senior year.
6. Take the SAT by October 5, 2019 or the ACT by September 14, 2019. Scores must be submitted by the testing agency to IU Admissions. (Minimum cumulative of 750 for SAT or 15 for ACT)
7. Complete the FAFSA by November 1st (Recommended).

Minimum College Preparatory Courses
8 credits (semesters) of English - such as literature, grammar, composition and journalism.
7 credits (semesters) of mathematics - including 4 semesters of algebra and 2 semesters of geometry (or an equivalent 6 semesters of integrated algebra and geometry) AND 1 semester of calculus, pre-calculus or trigonometry
6 credits (semesters) of social science - including 2 semesters of U.S. history, 2 semesters of world history/civilization/geography, and 2 additional semesters in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics.
6 credits (semesters) of science - including at least 4 semesters of laboratory sciences (biology, chemistry,or physics)
4 credits (semesters) of world languages
3 or more credits (semesters) of additional College Preparatory Courses - additional mathematics courses are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree and additional world language courses are recommended for all students.

Students should schedule and complete at least 3 academic courses during the second semester of senior year. (Mid-year graduation is not recommended.)

Want more information? Register for an information session at https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03Chd1y2guiUD77

To apply

1. Complete your Indiana University Application for Admissions.

2. Before completing the IU Groups online application, which must be completed in one setting, students are encouraged to complete the application worksheet to gather all of the information needed. Essays should be typed in a word processing program and copied and pasted into the online application.

2. Complete the online Application. Your recommender should be listed as Natalia Ulloa

3. Return the Groups Checklist to Ms. Ulloa in the Counseling Office by Tuesday, October 27, 2020.