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.
Momentous IU breakthroughs and inventions—like the structure of DNA and the fluoride in our toothpaste—are part of a legacy of transforming how we live through research. IU researchers study an enormous range of interests, tackling the big questions in one of the most respected and exciting environments for discovery. It’s no wonder IU is ranked among the world’s most innovative universities.
Through research opportunities that are as infinite as the cosmos, you’ll be inspired by new perspectives that draw on IU’s global expertise and our passion for doing good in the world.
Career preparation is built into the fabric of IU. After all, you’re here to get an education that prepares you for whatever comes next, whether that’s a job or graduate school.
You have access to career development services throughout your time as an IU student. And you’re encouraged to pursue internships, volunteer activities, and service learning opportunities to build your resume at every turn.
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.
For more personalized assistance, contact the UITS Support Center for help via chat, phone, email, or walk-up—24 hours a day, seven days a week. IU also offers support services for technology repair.
The UITS Support Center provides IT support to all IU campuses. So that Support Center staff can efficiently assist you, be ready to provide details about your problem or question.
Our many locations and IU Online offer a learning environment for every kind of student. Wherever you study, you’ll earn an Indiana University degree and find a community where you belong.
If you’re a domestic first-time freshman or transfer student, we’ve made it easier, faster, and more affordable to apply to more than one IU campus.
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.