Indiana University-Bloomington (also known as IU Bloomington) is the Indiana University’s flagship doctoral-extensive, residential campus. The school is known for attracting students from across the planet who wish to have the ideal college experience – an active educational environment, beautiful campus, awesome traditions, international culture and Big Ten Sports. Also, the professors and administrators on campus are dedicated to academic freedom, meeting the ever-changing learning and research requirements of not just the state but the country and the world in general.
New students will definitely fall in love with the campus. As a matter of fact, Thomas Gaines called this institution’s campus one of the 5 most beautiful in the country – a lot of prospective students decide to enroll for admission as soon as they set their eyes on it! There are lots of lush trees, beautiful flowers and limestone buildings that date back to the late 19th century and cover almost 2,000 acres of land. The Jordan River, Dunn Woods and the Arboretum provide amazing scenery.
The university is regarded as the Midwest’s arts and cultural center. While their incredible arts and entertainment offerings are known to play a huge part in the cultural atmosphere of the city, Bloomington is totally amazing in its own right. The community residents and students, staff, and faculty form an active, vibrant community that benefits from the slow pace of a small town and the urban merits of a big city.
Indiana University was founded as the State Seminary in 1820 by the Indiana state government in New Albany. The school was originally situated at what is now known as Seminary Square Park, which is close to the intersection of College Avenue & Second Street. Indiana’s 1816 constitution required the state legislature to establish a general system of education, but it took quite a while for the legislature to keep its promise. Although, in 1820 the original state-licensed legislative charter for Indiana University-Bloomington was granted, construction commenced in 1822; in 1823, the first professor was employed and in 1824, classes were offered. In 1830, the school graduated its very first class.
The school quickly developed in its first couple of years. The institution’s first president, Andrew Wiley, was hired in 1829 – this immediately signified the school’s developing professionalism. The school’s name was changed to Indiana College by the General Assembly in the same year. The legislature changed the institution’s name for a last time in 1838 to Indiana University.
In 1851, Wylie passed on and his death marked the end of the institution’s first period of growth. Almost 100 students and 7 professors were on campus this year. In spite of the institution’s more noticeably secular purpose, the university’s professors and presidents were required to set a moral example for the students. David Starr Jordan, a non clergyman, became president in 1885.
Between the administrations of Wylie and Jordan, the institution developed slowly. Only few changes shook the institution’s repose. In 1867, the university admitted its very first female student, Sarah Parke Morrison; this made the school one of the first state institutions to offer admission to females on an equal basis with males. Ms. Morrison went on to become IU Bloomington’s first female professor in 1873.
Students can select from over 180 major and 130 degree courses of study that are offered at this institution. Graduate students can choose from 190 masters and PhD and professional degrees. Students will also be glad to know that virtually all academic areas that are available as a major can be pursued at the undergraduate and graduate levels as a minor.
Students who have not exactly decided on a major or a definite career path are advised to check out the ”Explore Majors at IU” webpage and also check out a lot of the career services and advising services available. Students can even create their very own major via the institution’s Individualized Major Program.
Here, students can earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Also offered are unique learning experiences such as overseas study, Residential Learning Communities, and Intensive Freshman Seminars. Students here will be academically challenged. This is a large university with a lot to offer and over the years it has grown to include the following schools under the university umbrella:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Jacob’s School of Music
- Kelley School of Business
- Maurer School of Law
- School of Education
- School of Global and International Studies
- School of Informatics and Computing
- School of Journalism
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Optometry
- School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- School of Public Health-Bloomington
- School of Social Work
- University Graduate School
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Students who are interested in applying for admission should know that its admission is selective. The school reviews every single application for its individual qualities and particularly considers factors that highlight educational performance and preparation, high school curriculum’s strength and quality, latest grade trends, SAT or ACT scores, and class rank.
Students are encouraged to apply if they have taken 4 – 5 academic classes every year and have earned grades that are above average in the classes that they have taken. If the institution decides that an applicant is not ready for its educational challenges just yet, they will be given alternatives to consider – this includes the chance of transferring to Indiana University in the future.
Please Note: Other factors that will be considered by the admissions committee include extracurricular activities, work experience, essays, community service, letters of recommendation, dual credit; AP (Advanced Placement), ACP (Advanced College Project) and/or IB (International Baccalaureate) courses are seen as proof of intellectual maturity and motivation.
The admissions committee may consider the obvious strengths and weaknesses of a prospective student’s college preparation program, the applicant’s possible contribution to a varied learning environment and the trend of the applicant’s grades in the college prep courses.
Students are offered the opportunity to finance their education through its many financial aid programs. IU participates in every loan, federal grant and work study program available and the institution also awards millions of dollars in scholarships to eligible students every year. Students should visit the Office of Student Financial Aid in order to get detailed information on need-based financial assistance and the Office of Scholarships in order to get details on merit-scholarships.
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With very few exceptions, every new undergraduate student must to live on campus during his or her freshman year.
There are loads of fun things to do and students will be proud of the institution’s many traditions, such as applying paint to the Jordan avenue bridges, being kissed beneath the Rose Well House dome, taking part in the Dance Marathon where students dance for a whole 366 hours non-stop in order to raise funds for Indianapolis’s Riley Hospital for Children. The dance marathon has raised over seven million dollars for the hospital since its inception in 1991. Homecoming is also one of the traditions that a lot of students look forward to.
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The Hoosiers 24 men’s and women’s athletics teams are known for making students pleased and proud to wear the crimson and cream colors. The teams hold 24 national team championship titles – this includes five in basketball, six in swimming, and seven in soccer – and has won over 130 National Collegiate Athletic Association individual titles.
This is an accredited institution of higher learning and a North Central Association member. The Higher Learning Commission provides accreditation for this school.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.