Indiana University--Bloomington

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107 S. Indiana Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405-7000

Phone: (812) 855-4848
2013-2014 Tuition
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#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. National Universities

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Indiana University--Bloomington is a public institution that was founded in 1820. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,371, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,926 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Indiana University--Bloomington's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 75. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,209 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $32,350 (2013-14).

No one quite knows what a "Hoosier" is, but a murky definition does not stop students at Indiana University— Bloomington from fiercely identifying with the term. The school's sports teams are notorious competitors in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, and, since Indiana University does not have a mascot, all teams are known simply as Hoosiers. There are more than 650 student organizations on campus, and more than 5,000 students go Greek in the school’s large community of fraternities and sororities. Freshmen must live on campus, though there are some exceptions, including living at home with parents, being over the age of 21, being married or pledging a fraternity or sorority. The Indiana campus is tobacco free, though students may smoke in their own vehicles. The Midwestern college town of Bloomington, or B-town, as it is known to many, is home to a lively cultural scene. Arts and entertainment performances, such as the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, take place year round. Students can explore the surrounding area through the Indiana University Outdoor Adventures program, which coordinates boating, caving, and rock and gorge climbing trips. Active students can compete in the annual Little 500, the largest collegiate bike race in the nation and a fundraiser for university scholarships, or spend 36 hours on their feet in the IU Dance Marathon, a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Among IU Bloomington’s many graduate-level programs are the highly ranked Kelley School of Business, School of Education and Maurer School of Law. Indiana’s law school is an innovative program renowned for its first-year team-based approach, a diversion from the typical legal education. Distinguished Indiana alumni include composer and songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, who penned “Georgia on My Mind"; screenwriter and producer Jeri Taylor, who wrote for "Star Trek"; and famed dieter Jared Fogle, a spokesman for the Subway sandwich chain.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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, Americas 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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1820
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $772,185,113


Interested in applying to Indiana University--Bloomington? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Indiana University--Bloomington is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.4%
Application deadline N/A
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Indiana University--Bloomington is 18:1, and the school has 35 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Indiana University--Bloomington include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; Social Sciences; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 55%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Education 8%
Social Sciences 8%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 7%

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Student Life

Indiana University--Bloomington has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,371, with a gender distribution of 49.3 percent male students and 50.7 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Indiana University--Bloomington is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 42,133
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Indiana University--Bloomington offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Indiana University--Bloomington also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Indiana University--Bloomington.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Indiana University--Bloomington, 43.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,413.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,209 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $32,350 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,149 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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