Indiana University

The Ideal College Experience


Indiana University Bloomington attracts students from around the globe who want the ideal college experience—great traditions, a gorgeous campus, international culture, Big Ten sports, and an active academic climate.

Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University's eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. For our traditions like the world-famous Little 500 bicycle race and our commitment to emerging technologies, IU was named the "Hottest Big State School" in 2005 by Newsweek, America's Hot Colleges.

We nurture bright minds with an exceptional support network and breadth of programs. For technology infrastructure and support, our campus was named "most wired" among public universities by PC Magazine in 2006. U.S. News & World Report has recognized IU for outstanding freshman programs and residential learning communities, and Time magazine praised our commitment to freshmen when it named IU "College of the Year" in 2001.

The Campus

Thomas Gaines called the IU Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful in the nation in The Campus as a Work of Art. Most prospective students who see our campus apply for admission. Abundant trees, flowers, and Indiana limestone buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century cover the nearly 2,000 acres of campus. Dunn Woods, the Arboretum, and the Jordan River provide a natural laboratory and breathtaking scenery.

  • One of only two universities in the world to own an actual movie theater that is on campus
  • IU's Lilly Library contains an Academy Award for Best Picture, the second copy of the Declaration of Independence, and the world's largest puzzle collection
  • The Kinsey Institute has been featured in many TV shows and magazines such as MANswers, Men's Health, and Cosmo
  • The IU Art Museum contains works by Claude Monet and Jackson Pollack and is ranked as one of the top five university art museums along with Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale
  • IU's Musical Arts Center is one of the grandest performance venues in the United States, featuring acoustical design and technical capabilities that are among the best in the country

The Culture

Bloomington, Indiana, is the arts and cultural hub of the Midwest. While IU's amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city's cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right. Bloomington residents and IU students, faculty, and staff form a vibrant, active community that benefits from the metropolitan qualities of a large city and the easy pace of a small town.

  • Enrollment of over 45,000 students, ranking in the top 10 among largest universities in the United States
  • Student body comes from all 50 States and over 130 countries, creating a unique and diverse culture
  • Named by USA Today as one of the country's Top College Towns
  • Ranked #4 on "25 Fittest Colleges in America" list by Men's Fitness Magazine
  • Named the "Hottest Big State School in the Nation" by Newsweek Magazine


Education and research are the core missions of Indiana University. IU's prestigious faculty constantly strive to expand human knowledge, and they share what they learn with our talented students. In the process, IU has become a leading university in such diverse areas as music, business, the arts and humanities, the life sciences, law, library and information science, technology, education, journalism, nursing, and public affairs.

  • Over 120 IU programs ranked in the nation's top 20
  • Kelley School of Business Ranked #2 Public School by the Wall Street Journal
  • Has been named "College Of The Year Among Research Universities" by Time magazine
  • Forbes Magazine named IU #18 on their "Best Public Colleges 2014" list
  • IU's music school, the Jacobs School of Music, is known for having some of the best faculty in the country; with multiple Grammy Award winners teaching everything from voice to clarinet