Academics

Location
Bloomington, IN
Undergrads
30,949
Tuition (in-state)
$31,483 ($10,033)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: IU offers a wide range of programs and is willing to even develop programs to fit a students need

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It's challenging but also interesting

4 College Senior

Academics: There is quite a bit of reading, writing, research, and group work involved in the social work program. You have to learn to work well in groups and not be the "control freak" or the "free loader". It can be really tough, but it teaches you how to be a great team player--a marketable skill most employers look for.

Faculty is wonderful. I can't rave enough about them. Talk often with the professor you click with, and you will create a wonderful mentor relationship.

5 College Senior

Academics: You can study anything you want at IU! If we don't have a program for it, you can create one!

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4 College Junior

Academics: Indiana University offers many academic options. All professors allot a certain time for students to speak with professors if they come across issues or questions. The school also offers tutor sessions for students struggling in a certain area.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Best Course Variety
  • 34th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 45th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 112nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 310th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Hometown
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
Major
Public finance/Unknown
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IU is widely recognized as an institution that can turn floundering freshmen into impressive, work-ready professionals in four short years. A diverse selection of classes from which to choose, qualified and specialized teachers, and a myriad of extracurricular academic options available help to sustain that reputation. Regular access to professors outside of class can make or break some classes, and a student might have to go out of his or her way to dodge the anonymity that can accompany a huge student body. However, there are options that can bring a much sought-after small-school experience to a big-school environment.

Because of large class sizes (particularly the general education courses), a lot of responsibility falls squarely on the student's shoulders. This isn't like high school. No one will notice if you don't attend a lecture class of 200 or sleep through a midterm, and it's quite easy to get lost in the shuffle. Professors' office hours, mandatory small discussion sessions, and a network of undergraduates all in the same boat help combat the obscurity of being an IU student. Recent provisions for freshmen by the administration have been widely acknowledged and appreciated by the student body, and if you have enough drive, IU's academics can take you as far as you care to go.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,750
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
350
Total FT Faculty
2,413
Faculty with Terminal Degree
75%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,168
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
68%
Transfer-Out Rate
14%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
146
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 34%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 47%
  • 50 or More Students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jacobs School of Music
  • Kelley School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • School of Informatics
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 10%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Public Administration: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Business/Public Affairs Library
  • Library
  • Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open-minded. There are a lot of different people here from a lot of different backgrounds.
  • Check your e-mail continuously.
  • Don't be just another face in the crowd.
  • Don't get so wrapped up in your academics that you don't have any fun; it's entirely possible to maintain a 4.0 GPA and still have a good time.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Go to class and pay attention.
  • If you need help with anything, don't hesitate to ask.
  • Join as many organizations as you can without overloading yourself.
  • Stay on top of things.
  • Use the resources on campus to help you find your path if you're not sure.
  • You don't have to go to all the lame orientation programs.
Did You Know?
  • IU's Student Union is the largest in the world. With restaurants, a bowling alley, a pool hall, plenty of study space, and a luxury hotel, the Indiana Memorial Union is a gathering place for students working as much as students playing.
  • The Lilly Library has one of the premiere collections of rare books in the world. Among the gems is George Washington's letter accepting the presidency of the United States, the New Testament of the Gutenberg Bible, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, and four Shakespeare folios.
  • IU's Art Museum was designed by I.M. Pei and Associates- the same firm that designed the entrance to the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
  • James Watson, one of two biologists credited with the discovery of DNA as we know it today, received his doctorate in zoology from IU in 1950.
  • Other famous IU grads include actor Kevin Kline, television newsperson Jane Pauley, and basketball star Isiah Thomas.
  • Can't find a major out of the 133 offered? Try the Individualized Major Program, which allows students to create their own majors. By basing this unique method of study on your particular goals and interests, you'll graduate with everything you need to know to get where you want to go. Past graduates have found a way to study everything from Japanese animation to fashion photography to ecohumanism via the IMP.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 23% Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games writer
  • 17% Hoagie Carmichael - American music legend
  • 14% Joshua Bell - Grammy Award-winning violinist
  • 11% Wendell Willkie - lawyer, presidential candidate
  • 9% Mark Spitz - Olympic gold medalist, swimming
  • 9% Kevin Kline - Academy Award-winning actor
  • 6% Charles Kimbrough - actor
  • 6% Isiah Thomas - NBA player
  • 3% Will Shortz - editor, NYT crossword
  • 3% Jared from Subway
  • 0% Trista Rehn - star of TV's "The Bachelorette"
  • 0% Shaun Micheel - PGA Championship 2003 winner
  • 0% Jane Pauley - television broadcaster

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 98 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 98 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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