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Bloomington, IN
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30,949
Tuition (in-state)
$31,483 ($10,033)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I am a vegan on my campus and I struggled greatly to find food to satisfy my needs. My friends do not have the dietary restrictions that I do and still said that the food provided was poor. I ended up eating mostly microwaved "Amy's" products the entire year which are not necessarily healthy or for that matter, satisfying. There is one dining hall all the way on the other side of campus that has more vegetarian dishes but it was not convenient to get to. The school also just added another dining hall with "fresher" options but not much that is vegetarian or vegan friendly. It was a constant struggle from day to day to find something new and healthy. Nachos can only be counted as an accepted meal so many times.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Iu is known for it's night life. Underage students can go to frat parties whenever, and 21+ have a few varieties of bars they can go to. We have a few bars that have been ranked as the best compared to other University bars. Every weekend is a good time. Halloween, welcome week, and Little 500 are the best weekends to be at IU, and any tailgate.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food courts have a lot of variety, and the payment plan is great, however it gets repetitive so it's nice to eat out once in awhile.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of great and safe apartment buildings in good locations, however it's a bit pricey. They all come with parking garages, however those are also pricey. Some of them have a lot of security walking around the building, cameras, and keys to get upstairs.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus but that's mainly because I'm smart about not being alone at night. There have been a good amount of sexual assaults on campus, but there are always police driving around and blue lights around campus for people to press if they're in trouble. Most of these incidents have been because people were walking alone very late into the night.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: There are a few different neighborhoods on campus, Northwest is very popular because it's near the stadiums and a good walk to the main classroom buildings.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Basketball is very important to us, football is too but mainly just for the tailgates because our team is not very good. School spirit is everything to us.

5 College Senior

Facilities: IU has a large work out facility with free classes, we have an art museum as well as lots of sculptures around campus, the library is huge and very accomodating for quiet study and group projects. There is lots of green spaces by the dorms and in our arboretum. Campus events and traditions are plentiful and our sporting events are very popular.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Police are every where on popular weekends such as homecoming, Halloween, and little 500. We also have lots of under cover cops at our tailgates. There are also dorm cops who walk around the dorms at night.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of popular fast food restaurants, as well as some local options. We also have a street dedicated to ethnic options, which is very nice for students to get a variety.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I have been given financial aid every year, but every year we need to go through the process again to receive it.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The downtown area is very popular for students, although it's just one street it has a lot of shopping, food, and great bars. There are lots of cultural events throughout the year including music and art fairs. There are lots of homeless people in this area, but it's safe.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: Indiana University Greek life is the most competitive system there is. Greek life for boys is very simple and easy to join, however for girls it is very difficult and causes a lot of girls to transfer or even lower their self-esteem. The Greek life for girls is very unfair and should be altered. Greek life is very big at IU so not getting into a house for a girl is very hard on them and it is shoved in their faces for the rest of their college career.

5 College Senior

Majors: I am very pleased with the program I picked at my University. We have very intelligent professors, and SPEA is highly ranked in the U.S I have learned a lot of useful things from my courses and professors that will help me in my future. SPEA provides lots of help when it comes to finding jobs/internships by providing mock interviews and other resources.

4 College Senior

Majors: For my major, I had to take a few required classes before applying, needed a specific grade in those classes, at least a 3.0 GPA, and had to fill out an application. The process was very simply and they got back to me in a reasonable time period.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: So far throughout my college experience, my professors have been very intelligent and excited about the material that they are teaching. Every teacher has their own style of teaching, which creates different experiences for all of my courses and keeps things exciting.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Indiana University has a large alumni network that is willing to help any IU student. I have posted in IU alumni groups on LinkedIn asking for help finding summer internships and every year that I have done so an alumni has reached out to me willing to help. We also have lots of networking events on campus throughout the year.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Everything you need is located on your OneStart account, and it always tells you if there's action you need to take. The Financial Aid office is open five days of the week, so help is available if you can't help yourself through OneStart.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are no parties on IU's campus. If you want to have a social life, you almost have to go off-campus to partake.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Bloomington is probably the most socially liberal place in the city of Indiana. It's nice to be surrounded by so many different races and cultures.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I haven't been to other university's housing facilities, but I'd imagine that IU-Bloomington's are standard. Some places are better than others. You had better hope to at least get an air-conditioned room.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Fashion is pretty big at IU-B. When I walk to classes, I always see fine-looking people wearing some fine-looking clothes.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is the reason why many who attend IU-B gain the dreaded "Freshman 15".

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: A lot of IU students pursue degrees that will not land them a job after graduation. It all depends on what the choice of major is. Obviously a mathematics major will have better job prospects than a psychology major.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Aside from a rambling Philosophy professor I had as a freshman, the professors have been engaging and a pleasure to have teach me.

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IU is a well-rounded school, excelling in everything from academics to athletics. The fact that it offers something for almost everyone is the testimony given by the student body; over 40,000 kids from all over the world found IU and have made it their home for four years or more. IU’s campus is an original place in an isolated little town, and while it may be in the middle of nowhere, it doesn’t take long for most students to find something that makes it feel a little more like home.

Most of the complaints about IU involve its large size, and if you’re looking for the kind of school where everybody knows everyone else’s names, this isn’t the right place for you. However, the faculty, staff, and general population of Indiana University all work together to make an otherwise intimidating atmosphere feel a bit more accepting. There are so many opportunities here that your experience at IU is undoubtedly what you make of it. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to gain admission, you don’t have to be a long-time binge-drinker to have a great social life, and you barely even have to leave your dorm room to make friends. Ultimately, these are just a few of the many positives that make the college experience in Bloomington, Indiana the most memorable and most educational years of your life.

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