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

Academics: Professors are spectacular. Especially my two acting profs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Regarding the professors, mostly to me, they have been challenging.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The physics facilities are awful but the music and business facilities are top notch.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some intro professors are awful but then you get the teachers who change your life. The registration process is a little confusing but otherwise okay.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am double majoring in political science and criminal justice. Indiana University has top-notch programs for both of my majors. They both offer a lot of internship opportunities in the Bloomington area and even in Indianapolis. The workload and curriculum is invigorating but not too overbearing, and it is extremely interesting. The professors are all extremely experienced and go beyond the call of duty when helping their students.

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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 15 responses

  • 20% Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games writer
  • 18% Hoagie Carmichael - American music legend
  • 11% Wendell Willkie - lawyer, presidential candidate
  • 11% Joshua Bell - Grammy Award-winning violinist
  • 11% Mark Spitz - Olympic gold medalist, swimming
  • 9% Kevin Kline - Academy Award-winning actor
  • 9% Isiah Thomas - NBA player
  • 4% Charles Kimbrough - actor
  • 2% Shaun Micheel - PGA Championship 2003 winner
  • 2% Will Shortz - editor, NYT crossword
  • 2% Jared from Subway
  • 0% Trista Rehn - star of TV's "The Bachelorette"
  • 0% Jane Pauley - television broadcaster

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 98 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 98 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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