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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Some facilities are more modern while others are more traditional. I enjoy the areas made for studying. The campus truly shows that they put there students needs first in every aspect.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: IU is generally a pretty active school. The sports centers are nice and outdoor areas are beautiful.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I strongly recommend IU bloomington IN

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.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: there is a ton of things to do. you would never be bored

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 28th
    Best Student Centers
  • 45th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 61st
    Best Library
  • 79th
    Greenest Campuses

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The signature limestone buildings on campus are constantly undergoing renovations that no one ever seems to witness. There is a covert team of custodians, gardeners, and maintenance personnel that keep everything beautiful. IU really does have everything. For the fitness junkie, there are state-of-the-art facilities; for the movie buff, there are foreign and rare movies screenings; for the food lover, there are gourmet meals served periodically in the elegant Tudor room in the IMU.

IU does a great job of finding ways to keep students entertained by and enamored with the college lifestyle. The campus is a close-knit community with so much to offer. If you are unable or unwilling to go off-campus, you don’t have to. You can mail bills at the on-campus post office, eat a gourmet lunch, watch movies and shows, get a fade or a haircut, play a game of pickup basketball, or work out without ever stepping foot off IU property. Although it might be somewhat monotonous to live for four years within a few square miles, the nearby facilities are what make IU a convenient, fun, and pleasant place to be.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,860 acres
Student Centers
Indiana Memorial Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Business/Public Affairs Library
  • Herman B. Wells Library (the Main Library)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Anywhere outside on campus
  • Courtyards outside of the dorms
  • Dunn Meadow
  • The IMU
  • Wells Library
Bar on Campus
None, but there are many bars in downtown Bloomington, which is nearly next to campus.
Bowling on Campus
Yes, in the IMU.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are several small cafés in various schools and libraries, as well as Sugar & Spice and Starbucks in the Memorial Union.
Movie Theater on Campus
The Indiana Memorial Union shows movies and pre-release screenings on weekends and selected weekdays.
School Slang
  • Arbutus: IU's yearbook.
  • Campus Access Card: Student ID, which serves as a meal card and sometimes the key to your room, in addition to allowing you access to the HPER and the SRSC.
  • FIG: Freshman Interest Group; a learning community open only to freshman in their first semester.
  • Hoosier: IU's "mascot." An intangible expression of school spirit; what you are if you attend IU.
  • Hyper or "EssAreEssSee": How to say the names of the two fitness centers on campus
  • Indiana Daily Student: School newspaper; your first source for news and a great way to gain real-life writing experience.
  • INSITE: Indiana Student Information Transaction Environment; an online system to keep track of you grades, financial aid, course offerings, and other important info.
  • J-School, B-School, Ed-School, etc.: Shortened version of an academic school (Schools of Journalism, Business, Education).
  • Little 500: IU's famous bike race, which takes place every spring. Also the subject of the movie "Breaking Away," this event draws spectators from all over the country.
  • Oooeey Pooeey: Pronunciation of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); IU's sister campus in Indianapolis.
  • Showalter Fountain: In the square containing the Fine Arts building, the Lilly Library, the Art Museum, and the Auditorium, this fountain is often the starting point for marches or candlelight vigils.
  • The Stacks: The upper floors of the main library; where surreptitious liaisons are rumored to take place every now and again.
  • WIUS Pure Student Radio: IU's student radio station, managed and operated by students 24/7.
  • WTIU: IU's public TV station.
  • Basketball: Always an exciting Big Ten competitor, the men's (and women's) basketball team has shown increasing prowess over the years. Students have a tendency to support their Hoosiers wildly and irrationally at home games, and when the men's team made it to the Final Four, there was a massive, street-consuming celebration that bordered on riotous.
  • Dance Marathon: Every year, a 48-hour dance competition is put on to raise money for the Riley Hospital for Children. Since 1991, when the tradition began, a sum of over two million dollars has been raised through this event.
  • Freshman Induction Ceremony: Freshmen are gathered, the band plays, the faculty watches, and a "spirit" (usually a theater major) recites a speech about gathering new freshmen into the fold, then freshmen take an oath of their loyalty to the school. This tradition dates back to 1933.
  • IU Outdoor Adventures: This is a group that plans, down to the last detail, exciting trips for IU students who need to get away for the weekend or longer. There's everything from whitewater rafting to hiking, and if you like the outdoors, this is definitely for you.
  • Little 500: Since 1951, IU has been the proud home to what's known around the country as the "World's Greatest College Weekend," a non-stop party that centers around a bicycle race. See the movie Breaking Away, which was filmed entirely in Bloomington, to get a feel for the spirit.
  • Other Sports: Hoosiers love their athletics, and even the teams that fail to perform never fail to capture our hearts (like the football team).
  • Tailgating: The fields across from the stadium fill up early on game days, and this is one of the best times for families and alumni to join current students for a good time. Make sure it doesn't get out of hand, and you won't have any problems.
  • Union Board: This organization is the behind-the-scenes power that brings the cool stuff to IU. Various committees focus on getting big-name acts to the auditorium, putting on all-ages events on campus, and releasing an annual collection of poetry and prose made up of student work, among other things.
Urban Legends
  • A third floor room at Read Hall is haunted by a student who was killed by her boyfriend.
  • In 1998, a psychic correctly predicted a mass murder on Halloween at IU (this is not true).
  • The bells in the student building clock tower will ring out if a virgin walks across campus.
  • The Career Development Center is haunted and has been for more than 50 years.
  • When building the main library, architects failed to take into account the weight of the 3.7 million books inside. Now, the building sinks a quarter of an inch every year into the earth.
Favorite Things To Do
Between classes, you can shoot a game of pool in the Union, listen to live music, or look at a photography exhibit in the gallery. There's always bowling if you're looking for something a little more physical, and afterward, you can quench the thirst you worked up at one of the restaurants out the back door. Book a spring break trip at the travel agency, or an IU Outdoor Adventure. Nice weather? Take a stroll through the arboretum, or visit the solarium to do some sun spot watching. If you're in the mood for something more academic, take a tour of the Lilly Library's rare book collection There's usually a movie or two showing around campus, a popular option everywhere, but that's just the beginning. Free concerts at the Musical Arts Center are appealing, as are the operas and ballets performed there. The IU Auditorium consistently brings in big-name acts along with shows such as Stomp, Rent, and Miss Saigon. The most popular place on campus for at least a few months out of the year is undeniably the Assembly Hall, where the men's basketball team takes on its opponents.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 127 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% Little 500
  • 24% Basketball
  • 19% Tailgating
  • 7% Dance Marathon
  • 7% IU Men's Soccer
  • 5% Union Board
  • 2% IU Outdoor Adventures
  • 2% Other Sports
  • 2% IUSF
  • 0% Freshman Induction Ceremony

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 22% Kirkwood
  • 18% Dunn Meadow
  • 18% Anywhere outside on campus
  • 12% The IMU
  • 10% Sample Gates
  • 8% Courtyards outside of the dorms
  • 8% Forest coffee shop
  • 5% Wells Library

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 38% Watch free student movies at the IMU
  • 31% Put my feet in the fountain during warm weather
  • 12% Look through telescope at astronomy building
  • 12% Visit the IU art museum
  • 6% I enjoy working at the SRSC

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 12 responses

  • 50% Rec Centers
  • 36% Dining hall
  • 7% On campus libraries
  • 7% Undergraduate Instructor

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 20% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 20% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 135 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 41% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 135 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 41% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 56% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Wells library is sinking due to weight of books

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Dining hall


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