Indiana University: Red, White, and Hoosier

Academics and Campus

While there is a huge variety of Indianapolis schools, the entire state of Indiana is also well-known for its many great universities. Indiana University is one of the top universities in Indiana. This huge school has eight campuses spread around Indiana, including two partnerships with Purdue University, Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI). The two IUPUI branches are in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, and the Indianapolis branch of IUPUI is one of the many famous pillars of Indianapolis education. Indiana University has an annual budget of over $2 billion and almost 100,000 students are spread out over its eight campuses.

Promotional video for Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana


The main campus in Bloomington, Indiana is a sight to behold. Every building is made of solid Indiana limestone as a testament to the strength of the education you’ll receive at the university. This stately building material gives the grounds a strong feeling of tradition and makes the university’s venerable history almost palpable. The regal limestone is complimented by the oases of trees and shrubbery lining the campus. The Bloomington campus is a beautiful sight in the summer, when the green of the plant life sharply contrasts the elegant gray of the buildings.

IU Bloomington isn’t all about aesthetics, however. The university has seventeen different undergraduate programs, including arts and sciences, journalism, veterinarian training, and optometry.  The school also has a renowned education program that is known throughout Indiana. Indiana University’s graduate program is also highly recommended among scholars looking to obtain their master’s degree or Ph.D. The school has over 200 programs for 80 different degrees. There are a lot of options here, no matter what you want to do with your life.

Video documentary about the Old Crescent segment of the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana


Culture and Resources

Not only is Indiana University a hotbed for a diverse range of educational programs, it also displays cultural wealth from around the world. The main IU campus in Bloomington alone has over a dozen different facilities for the students to flex their cultural muscle: the Indiana University Art Museum, a gallery that has been exhibiting Indianapolis art and art from around the world for over 60 years; the Indiana Review, a national literary magazine that publishes fiction and poetry from both new and established authors; and the Ballet Theatre, which puts together three stunning pieces of Indianapolis performing art each year. Indiana University students also exhibit their work at the Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis.

Video about the 25th anniversary of the Indiana University Art Museum at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana


Indiana University in Bloomington also boasts a number of different libraries and library systems. Their repositories of knowledge are as good if not better than the Marion County public libraries, and that’s saying something! The university has one of the top research systems in the country, and there’s always a helpful staff willing to find that rare collection for you.

The Bloomington campus has the Lilly Library, one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the country. The Lilly Library was founded by and named after one of many famous people in Indianapolis and a former president of Eli Lilly and Company, Josiah K. Lilly. In addition, IU Bloomington has several distinct branch libraries that cater to a specific school in the university, like the Education Library, the Fine Arts Library, and the William and Gayle Cook Music Library.

Introduction video to the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana


While the Lilly Library and all the branch libraries are vast resources, the centerpiece of the Indiana University library system is the Herman B. Wells Library. This huge building showcases the trademark double limestone towers that characterize the IU Bloomington campus. Inside the library, you’ll find almost five million volumes, including one of the most comprehensive collections of ethnic and regional research work from areas around the globe. There are studies of Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Russia, and many more. If you’d like to find out more about any society (except maybe Indianapolis society, which can be found just up the highway), the Herman B. Wells library is the place to go.

Promotional video for the Education Library at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana



While Indiana University boasts a huge number of professional undergraduate and graduate studies and a vast, comprehensive library system, what’s a good university without a number of stellar sports teams to root on? Indiana University may excel at academics, but they also have a long and proud history of athletics; their teams rival some of the best that Indianapolis sports has to offer.

Video about the 2009 Little 500 bike race at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

Known as the Hoosiers (after the unique nickname for an Indiana resident), Indiana University’s red and white uniforms are iconic throughout the country for the classic college athletics program. The school has over twenty different sports teams, including field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, rowing, men’s and women’s golf, and softball. You name it, Indiana University competes in it, and competes well. Indiana University is part of the Big Ten conference, which also includes Indiana’s long time rival, Purdue University.

The Indiana University basketball team alone has a long and venerable history. If you know anything at all about Indianapolis college basketball or even national college basketball, you know that the Hoosiers are a force to be reckoned with. The team is a competitor in the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament nearly every year, but can’t seem to make it past the first round very often.

In the 2007-2008 season, the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team posted a 21-5 record in the regular season before being defeated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Arkansas. They also fell in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in a nailbiter against Minnesota at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. In the 2008-2009 season, the didn’t do as well as previous years. In the Final Four tournament, they lost in the first round to Penn State, and they didn’t fare much better during the rest of the regular season. But if you’re a Hoosier fan, you know that this historic team will bounce back eventually.

Video highlights of the Indiana University men’s basketball team throughout the years


Though not as lauded as the Indiana University basketball team, the Hoosiers’ football team has gained momentum in the past several seasons. In the 2007-2008 season, the Hoosiers posted a 7-5 record on the way to the Insight Bowl, even defeating Purdue University for the Old Oaken Bucket. However, they failed to bring home a trophy that year, falling to the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 49-33. The 2008-2009 season was a disappointment for many fans; the team went 3-9 and failed to qualify for a bowl game.

Video highlights of the 2006 Indiana University football team


However, the Indiana University athletics program isn’t all about wins and losses. They are also a participant in the NCAA C.H.A.M.P.S. (Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success) program. This program is designed to promote both the academic and athletic well-being of student athletes at over 500 post-secondary institutions. It brings together all the elements of the academic experience and creates a meaningful community of athletes. CHAMPS has sponsored blood drives, career seminars, alcohol and drug awareness programs, and many other community oriented services.

A Venerable Institution

All in all, Indiana University is a long-standing pillar of education in Indianapolis, the rest of Indiana, and even the nation. Their multitude of academic programs are designed to equip any student to meet the challenges of the world ahead, while their athletics programs are constantly competitive and build a spirit of teamwork and friendship that will last for years to come.

For more information on Indiana University and its various campuses, please visit the university’s homepage.

Indiana University – Bloomington (Main Campus)
107 S Indiana Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405

IUPUI Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202

IU East
2325 Chester Blvd
Richmond, IN 47374

IPFW Fort Wayne
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

IU Kokomo
2300 S Washington St
Kokomo, IN 46904

IU Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408

IU South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Ave
P.O. Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634

IU Southeast
4201 Grant Line Rd
New Albany, IN 47150

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