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The Ideal College Experience

Indiana University Bloomington attracts students from around the globe who want the ideal college experience—great traditions, a gorgeous campus, international culture, Big Ten sports, and an active academic climate.

Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. For our traditions like the world-famous Little 500 bicycle race and our commitment to emerging technologies, IU was named the “Hottest Big State School” in 2005 by Newsweek, America’s Hot Colleges.

We nurture bright minds with an exceptional support network and breadth of programs. For technology infrastructure and support, our campus was named “most wired” among public universities by PC Magazine in 2006. U.S. News & World Report has recognized IU for outstanding freshman programs and residential learning communities, and Time magazine praised our commitment to freshmen when it named IU “College of the Year” in 2001.

Breathtaking Campus

Thomas Gaines called the IU Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful in the nation in The Campus as a Work of Art. Most prospective students who see our campus apply for admission. Abundant trees, flowers, and Indiana limestone buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century cover the nearly 2,000 acres of campus. Dunn Woods, the Arboretum, and the Jordan River provide a natural laboratory and breathtaking scenery.

Vibrant Culture

Bloomington, Indiana, is the arts and cultural hub of the Midwest. While IU’s amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city’s cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right. Bloomington residents and IU students, faculty, and staff form a vibrant, active community that benefits from the metropolitan qualities of a large city and the easy pace of a small town.