The Indiana legislature established the institution in 1820, one of the first public universities west of the Allegheny Mountains. Indiana University (IU) hosted its first international student in 1842 and organized its first study abroad program in 1879.
Indiana University is a comprehensive public research university with campuses around the state of Indiana. Bloomington is IU’s flagship campus, and it is home to world-class business and music schools. IU also has the world’s first school of philanthropy, the nation’s first school of informatics and largest medical school. Forty graduate programs and four schools at Indiana University are ranked among the top 25 in the country. IU has robust and diverse academic programs in the arts and sciences, education, law, international studies, journalism, nursing, public health, and public affairs.
Indiana University is one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading North American research universities. IU is a Tier 1 research institution, and has rigorous research programs in many disciplines, including environmental policy, psychological and brain sciences, physics and chemistry, and foreign languages. IU’s Grand Challenges program addresses large-scale problems – environmental change, precision health, and addiction -- with interdisciplinary research together with business and community solutions.
IU’s Career Services offices assist students in finding internships and preparing for their careers after college. They offer job fairs with potential employers, connect current students with IU alumni, and provide training and networking opportunities.
IU prides itself on offering a variety of offices to assist students. A brief list of resources are listed below.
Several libraries can be found around IU’s campus, the most well known being the Herman B Wells Library where students can be found studying, researching, and utilizing the library’s numerous online resources and databases.
There are multiple computer labs and on-campus Wi-Fi (IU Secure). Fees are included in mandatory tuition and fees paid by IU students. UITS is the campus’s IT department
IU Bloomington has a large campus (over 1900 acres) with multiple classroom and administration buildings, research labs, student centers, residence halls, and sports facilities. The city of Bloomington has approximately 80,000 residents, including students.
All IU students have access to the Student Recreational Sports Center, with swimming pools, workout rooms, an indoor track, basketball courts, and group exercise classes.
There are over 750 student organization at IU Bloomington representing professional interests, hobbies, sports and recreation, academics, religion, service, politics, and more.