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  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 out of 33 people found this review useful. 1 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    It's great for really all kinds of students, except ones who need a lot of one-on-one interaction with the teacher. You just aren't going to get that in many of the lecture hall classes. But other than that, there is truly something here for all types of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Like I said before, go and visit. Once you see the campus, it is hard to pass this school up. 2. If you are more of a partier, live in the Northwest neighborhood. If you'd like a more quiet dorm, go for Central or Southeast. But either way, get your housing application in asap so you will actually have a say in where you live. 3. It's cliche, but get involved. There are so many great organizations on campus, and you should really take advantage of that.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out-of-stater, so tuition can get a little pricey, but even so, I could not even fathom leaving IU. I just can't picture myself anywhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE it here. I cannot rave about it enough. IUB has literally everything you could ever ask for in a college. 1. The campus is stunning. If you are contemplating coming here, go and visit. You will quickly make your decision. 2. It has the perfect small town feel. You aren't in some urban city where you have to worry about getting mugged on your walk home, but at the same time, you aren't in the boonies with nothing around you. There are loads of shops, restaurants, and a mall all around campus, and an adorable, charming downtown area, and you'll always feel safe. 3. The campus is so alive. There are so many active groups and events. Something fun is always going on. Greek life is very big here. 4. There are great traditions. If you don't know what Little 500 is, you need to find out first-hand. 5. Big 10 sporting events... hey, even if our teams aren't that good, they're still really fun to attend! I've made some of my absolute best friends here and have had so much fun. I honestly think it is the best college experience someone could ask for.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of the education you get here is really reliant on which specific classes you take. I've had some really challenging, forum-based classes where I felt like I learned a lot, including a lot more beyond just the curriculum. I believe some of these classes really helped me become more perceptive and aware in general, but then, on the other end of the spectrum, I've had classes that are just power points that you copy down every day. They are excruciatingly dull, and the material never really fully sinks in. Being in Hutton Honors college (the honors program here) has been great and has offered me a lot of benefits in my education. Honors classes (people usually take 1-2 a semester) are smaller and taught by a professor (as opposed to a associate instructor), so they are much more personal and a great atmosphere for learning. If you are able to join the honors college I highly suggest you take advantage of that! (but don't worry, it's not necessary to get a good education here!) All in all, I believe that a degree from IU is a very respectable one to have. IU has many of the best programs in the country, especially Kelley School of Business, Jacob School of Music, and School of Journalism (my major). I'm very confident that when I leave here I will be prepared for a career.

  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 2 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Indiana University is really great for all kinds of people! When I walk down the street I see scientists, mathematicians, and poets. Even if you do not have one particular calling, you will find tons of people on campus with various combinations of talents and interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know exactly what you want to major in, apply for that school particular school instead of just general admission. A lot of these schools within the university are more competitive to get into when you start college.

    Bang for the buck

    As I mentioned before, Indiana University has a lot of offer academically and socially. One will not only graduate with a great degree, no matter what they major in, but they will be set up with contacts and networking skills that will benefit them throughout their life.

    Am enjoying being here

    No matter which dorm you are a resident of, you floor is a great place to meet new friends. The residence assistants really help you socialize and get along with you floor mates. Of course branching out and meeting people in the cafeterias, libraries, and class are stellar places to meet study buddies, future roommates, and life long friends as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Indiana University are accommodating to their students. If for any reason your schedule conflicts with office hours or review sessions most professors are willing to set up other meeting times for your benefit. There are many tutoring centers located in different parts of the campus, so picking one near your dorm is easy and convenient. If you are thinking of majoring in business the Kelley School of Business (KSB) is ranked one of the top in the nation; and their School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is tied at number two with Harvard. The facilities are one of the top in the nation and anyone should take advantage of all the Indiana University has to offer.

  • 12/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People looking to major in business or music; people who want a large school and the quintessential college experience; people who love cold winters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Starting college is a major event in everybody's lives and it can feel intimidating at first. Just remember that wherever you go to school, everyone around you is probably feeling the same way that you are. Don't be afraid to make friends and get involved in the school right from the start. Even if you feel like you don't fit in, schools like IU have something for everyone as long as you choose to seek it out.

    Bang for the buck

    I am from out of state, so the tuition is a bit pricey, especially in times like these, but so far it has been very worth it. If you are going for the music school, it is especially worth it simply because of the opportunities you can get here working with the faculty and other students. It may seem expensive when you're applying, but they have a wide range of scholarships that are often times automatic, so if you have good grades or other things that qualify you for scholarships you may find that it's not really as expensive as it seems at first.

    Am enjoying being here

    I moved here from San Francisco, so living in a very small (to me, at least) typical college town is a bit of a culture shock. It is a beautiful campus and a wonderful city. There are lots of cute, small shops downtown and a mall on the outskirts if you prefer the bigger chain stores. There is a certain spirit to this town that is quite infectious. Sports and Greek life are both very big here, and it's a bit of a party school, but there's nothing wrong with that. There are not many other schools where you can watch Big Ten sports in the day and go to see professional-level opera in the evening. This wide range of activities is one of the many things that makes this school feel special to me personally. I have met many great people here and made some great friends. I cannot think of a better way to start my college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I have only been here at IU for a few short months, it feels as if I have learned so much. I am in the Jacobs School of Music, more specifically, which is known to be one of the top music schools in the country. The faculty are all amazing so far, although I can't say I've been here long enough to have experienced the wide range of professors here in such a large school. The music school has an incredible program with about 1,600 music majors and many world-class musicians on the faculty. Academically, there is a very supportive environment here that, in my opinion, you can't go wrong with.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for any students who are interested in liberal arts. Also great for business majors, considering we have an amazing business school. The nursing program here, however, is extremely competitive. I think IU can find it's way into the hearts of anyone whose willing to work hard and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT slack off your senior year. No matter what college you plan to attend, they will look at your GPA and your test scores. Also, apply early. For IU, the longer you wait, the more competitive it gets. IU is an amazing school, and a college everyone should atleast consider.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's see...if you live in the dorm, you get pretty much everything. Included in the tuition is room and board, transportation with the buses which run all day, you get to use the printers anywhere on campus, use computers and technology, rent books from the library, use the academic services (which are GREAT, by the way). There are sooo much more, but those are a few of the basics. For in-state students and out-of-state students, no matter what, it's an amazing deal.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely beautiful. You cannot ask for a prettier campus. What shocked me the most is it's in Indiana! I've lived in Indiana my whole life, so it's shocking for me to see such a beautiful campus here. There's so many centers to go to for help, the library is amazing, there's food courts everywhere. You will never have a moment where there's nothing to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are so diverse, so adaptable to your interests, it's pretty much impossible to not learn so much. When I first came here, I had NO idea what I wanted to do. I took a few classes that seemed interesting to me, and after the first semester, I decided on a Sociology major. Every time I come home, I always have Did you know...? facts to give my family. I know they are very impressed and satisfied with my choice of college.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IUB is so diverse that there is a place for everyone. It is especially rich in the arts so if music, dance, or art interests you then IUB would be an excellent fit. The business, journalism, medical, and law schools are also world recognized so whatever your interest is you can be very happy there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of IUB's size. After visiting campus, which is a must, realize that most of your classes will be in the same general area and that you will see familiar faces. Everything shrinks down to a very homey size. Also make sure you get out of your dormroom and meet people. Being friendly can open a multitude of doors and makes the transition a million times easier.

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition you not only get a great and fun education but there are also all sorts of perks. Simply by being a student at IUB you get free movie and music rentals, access to world renowned libraries and collections, free entry to the fine arts museum on campus, dance and music room access, activities and access to the student union billiards room, free movies at the student union theatre, and so much more.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is something for everyone! Yes, it is a huge school but at the same time it is incredibly personable. By going to such a big school as IUB you are guaranteed to fit in somewhere and there is always a wide array of events going on and things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    There is such a variety of classes offered in every area of study. Because of this you get to choose classes that interest you and fill requirements at the same time. The professors are excellent and you can't help but get interested in the subject.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    I think IU is an ideal school for anyone interested in a wide variety of topics. From languages to business to music to the hard sciences, IU offers a great education at a pretty decent price and on a flexible schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    IU looks like a big school, and I know that when I first started it FELT like a big school. The campus is a decent size and the paths aren't even straight, so it seems easy to get lost. It's really not. There are so many ways to reorient yourself on the campus itself. As far as the population goes ... Well, I didn't want to go to a big school. I sincerely wanted to go to a small little thing with less than 3000 students. IU still seems to fit me perfectly, and I see people I know very well all over the place!

    Bang for the buck

    I won't deny that this school is expensive - especially if you're out of state. I can certainly say that I get what I'm paying for. So many opportunities for going abroad have just fallen into my lap, and the advisors of every department I go to are willing to sit down a work with me for as long as it takes. What other school in this price bracket makes it possible to pursue four majors in four years while taking a year and a half studying abroad?

    Am enjoying being here

    I thought high school was fun, but I'm having such a good time at Indiana University. I definitely consider this my new home! I was worried about dealing with a large school, but this school just fits with me. I am headed towards a few great majors, and it is EASY to get involved on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Indiana University has gone out of their way to make sure I get into classes I won't be bored in. They let me transfer in over 30 credits from my high school experience and placement tests, which means I didn't have to sit through any classes that I'd essentially taken before. Kudos!

  • 07/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 260

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    Tips for prospective students

    Spend your freshmen year taking basic classes and exploring you choices. Most students change their major at least once, so chances are you will too! Meet new people because these people will become lifelong friends and the people you spend all your time with for the next four years!

    Bang for the buck

    I pay in-state tuition, so it is definitely worth the money. IU has many great programs to choose from. There are many programs available to students that are included in tuition. Some examples are the bus system, career development center, and the gym facilities.

    Am enjoying being here

    Bloomington is a great town. The campus is gorgeous all year round and there is always something to do. The are plenty of restaurants and shops downtown. There is something for everyone! The school has so many clubs and activities that everyone is guaranteed to find something the love.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging and push you to do your best. They require lots of studying, but most of my classes have been very interesting and worth my time.

  • 07/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for students wanting to major in business, music, and law. It is also good for exploratory students because it has great academic programs in any field.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide that you want to go here, make sure you sign up for an early registration date. This way you have better options for your classes and class times.

    Bang for the buck

    IU is worth every penny spent. You get the complete college experience along with an outstanding education. Their schools all have amazing placement rates so you know they can help you find a job once you graduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never had this much fun in my life. There is always something going on in Bloomington. Even from the moment I arrived in my dorm, welcome week was beginning and I was busy from the get-go. The girls that were on my floor ended up becoming the best friends I could ever have. At least one of them seemed to be in each of my classes so I always had someone to walk with and study with.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only completed one year here, but I feel like I've already learned so much. You get to choose from a wider variety of classes, and most will fill your degree requirements in some way or another. There are many different electives that you can choose from. I never though I would have so much fun taking a piano class!

  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletes of any kind Artistic students Open-minded students Outgoing students Determined students

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit and see just how homely it feels here. Also apply early, even if you are just slightly interested. I really was not completely sold on IUB until I came on a visit and hadn't applied yet so I missed out on a lot of great scholarship options. Also don't let people tell you living on campus is not worth it, it totally is! Once you are here, go to every Welcome Week event there is, you make friends that you keep for the year and learn a lot about campus. Also if you are athletic at all, join a team. It is fun to be able to release stress through sports and meet people that are interested in at least one similar thing.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University does cost a little more than some schools in the state, but it is totally worth it! IUB has great programs that are all included in tuition that other schools never offer. IUB also offers great scholarship opportunities as long as you look for them.

    Am enjoying being here

    I never truly enjoyed going to class in high school, but here I wake up every morning excited to go to class even when it is snowing. The professors make it fun to be in class and learn. Living on campus is an experience that no one will ever be able to take from me. I have met so many people and grew as an individual by living on campus. The campus is a little larger than I thought I would like, but walking to class is actually not that bad and with its size it just holds more people to meet. Also even with its size it has a way of feeling like a small town. Everyone is very helpful and kind to the underclassmen. I feel safe, secure, and at home at IU. I honestly LOVE IUB!

    Am learning a lot

    The education I have received thus far from Indiana University is amazing! The professors make classes fun to attend and very educational. I never imagined that I would be in a room of 400 students and still be able to interact with not just students, but professors and IA's. I have never felt that I could not ask a question, and the professors are always up to answering anything you throw at them. I have learned so much information in the past 4 months and could not imagine learning anywhere else.

  • 10/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for any student that wants a great education, loves being involved, can handle being one of many students, and likes to be challenged. I see ALL types of students when I walk to class. There are no stereotypes here because nobody fits into one. You can come to IU and be the person you have always wanted to be. I will say this, however: IU is a big school, and you can feel lost if you do not form connections with other students, mentors, academic advisers, and professors. You have to be assertive enough to take control of your education and life. If you are not assertive, that does not mean you will not be successful at IU. In fact, coming to IU may help you with that, but it is something to take into consideration.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Know yourself, and be honest about who you are, what your values are, and what you are looking for in a college. Don’t choose a school for the name, the reputation, or for any other reason except for that it makes you happy. 2. Visit the campus as many times as possible! You might think this is not necessary, but you need to know if this feels like home to you. Participate in activities while visiting, especially activities that are not part of the organized schedule. 3. Make sure you pay attention to all the details when choosing a school—the costs, the courses offered, the degree programs, extra-curriculars, the town, distance from home, etc. 4. Ask current students about their experience at IU, and ask them to be honest. A lot of times, tour guides like to emphasize the positive and downplay the negatives. After all, they are trying to “sell” the school to you! 5. Try not to go home as much, especially during the first two months. This will really help make college be your home. 6. Go to office hours! You will hear this again and again, and for good reason! This is your chance to let the professors know you care. 7. Explore everything a college has to offer you, and take advantage of that! 8. Apply to scholarships!

    Bang for the buck

    IU is expensive, let’s be honest. That’s why if you are reading this and you are a high school senior, I recommend applying to as many scholarships as possible, starting now! However, IU does give you a lot of bang for the buck. I have found awesome advisers here that I cannot say enough good things about, the professors really do care about your education, the variety of classes is so huge that you will want to take them all, and the social scene is booming! Also, the meal points here work great because you get 60% discount on every meal you buy. And we have these great little convenience stores (c-stores) where you can use your meal points to buy medicine, cleaning supplies, or a late-night snack, and still get 60% off! You also get access to both gyms on the campus, the school and public buses; you get to check out all kinds of movies here (for free!). There is the world-famous Lilly Library, an art museum, even an Observatory! There is HPPLC (Health Professions Pre-Law Center) where there are advisers to guide you through the process of being a pre-law and pre-med student. You have the opportunity to take classes in the Kelley School of Business, Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, and Jacobs School of Music. You have it all, it seems like. But the only way you get the bang for the buck is if you take advantage of such resources.

    Am enjoying being here

    IU is awesome! Bloomington is a lively town that has a lot of activities to become involved with, both on and off-campus, such as IU Timmy Foundation, church, HOLA radio, Boys and Girls Club, the list goes on and on. There are restaurants galore, the variety of people here is amazing, most people are friendly, there are so many free events, such as soccer, volleyball, movies at the IMU, even choir concerts—it really does provide for a fun and exciting experience. (And let’s not forget about the famous IU parties). Bloomington is a very social place, but not in an overwhelming way. I love it! It's small enough where you don't feel lost, but big enough where you don't feel bored or stuck in a small town.

    Am learning a lot

    I have found that all of my teachers are always ready to help. They have office hours, which is free one-on-one tutoring! Having my teachers available has greatly enhanced my learning experience. With that being said, I have encountered classes that are boring, and it makes it harder for me to be excited for that class subject, in turn making it harder to learn. Overall, however, I have learned a lot, and not just about calculus, English, and biology. I’ve also learned how to make a presentation “STICKY”, how to dance the chorus to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, and how to be more social. The wonderful thing about Bloomington is that there is such a wide diversity of people and ideas that you will always learn about a new religion, the best places in town, life lessons—it’s all here! Another great thing about IU is that there is such a wide array of classes that you really do become a well-rounded person because you do not feel bound to your major. Electives are not just electives here; they are supplementary material to your core classes. For example, I am working towards a biology, pre-med major, and I am taking a business class presentations class. The skills I have learned in that class will help me tremendously when I have to present a research lab project, or even when I interview for new opportunities such as internships, scholarships, medical school.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is actually really nice. Because the campus is so big, security is around pretty often. They are here to help protect us and do not just look to get us in trouble. In fact, a lot of the security around campus are actually students.

    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for any student. You meet a lot of different people with different backgrounds and different interests. You are sure to find someone with similar interests as yourself but it is even more exciting to meet people with different opinions than yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 week is amazing! People come in from all over the nation to take part in the activities around campus. It's the last full week before dead week and finals week. Professors usually do not assign a lot of work during this week but if you happen to fall behind in your classes, you will not be able to enjoy it as much as you would like.

    Bang for the buck

    Discounts at food courts and c-stores. There are so many academic help sessions and programs that we are able to use just because we are students at IU. We are paying for an education might as well use the resources provided.

    What to do for fun

    Fun is whatever you want to do. Be outside, hang out with friends, or be alone by yourself, you have the freedom to do pretty much whatever you want. Just be safe and be able to live with the decisions you make and the consequences that may come out of certain situations.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is great here, but gets old really fast. The good thing is that there is a variety of different places to eat on campus and a lot of places deliver at different hours of the night. When eating on campus, we do get a 60% discount on food and other items purchased in the c-stores and food courts

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has it's ups and downs but overall I can't really complain. The ups: they're close to classes, and most have a food court or c-store located within them or another close dorm. The downs are really good for when it comes to quiet hours and some of the other rules. Quiet hours differ from dorm to dorm and can even differ from wing to wing within the same dorm, but the rules are to keep everyone safe and also provide an environment where we can study and sleep without being disturbed. Don't forget, we're in college for a reason.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging work. It's college. You get what you put into your studies. fell free to slack off and not take your work seriously, you wont be here long.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work and save money during the summer before coming down to Bloomington: being broke the first year on campus is stressful. Order your books early: its better to have your books before classes start, Waiting to order text books will cause you to wait longer to get them than it would have if you would have ordered them earlier. Manage your time: it's called college for a reason. we're here to learn. Have fun, but get your school work finished first.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an awesome place to live and go to school. the professor's are really here to help us out. With all the resources available on campus, there is no way you shouldn't pass a class.

  • 06/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 9 people found this review useful. 12 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    More liberal and accepting of diversity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus, don't just stay in your dorm! It will be so much more fun being involved!

  • 07/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is such a huge school that any person can come here. Yes, there are a lot of frat boys and sorority girls, but there are also a lot of people outside of the Greek life. Anybody can find their niche here. However, if a person does not enjoy a big-ten- school feel, they might want to steer away from this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a cliche, but get involved. There are so many opportunities on campus, you are bound to find something you enjoy that you can learn from. Don't get too wrapped up in the party life, but still leave time to enjoy yourself. Also, be open to new ideas and don't be afraid to meet people outside of your usual social circle.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is unfortunately about three times more money than in-state tuition, but I feel that it is still worth it, given that I really enjoy the university and that my classes so far have been worthwhile.

    Am enjoying being here

    I found my niche at Indiana and really enjoyed my first year. I got involved in the marching band and the school newspaper. I cannot wait to go back once the summer is over.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a journalism major and I have learned a lot in the classes I have taken so far and at the Indiana Daily Student, the college newspaper. I have learned more about design, which I discovered that I really enjoy, and my writing style has improved. Outside of those classes, I enjoyed the professors I had in chemistry, political science, classical studies and anatomy even though the subject manner was not always something I liked.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who enjoy working hard in different environments. People who enjoy working with others who are very different this is a great place. You are almost guaranteed to have more than one ethnic group in every one of your classes. This school is also a wonderful place for students who really want to learn. This school offers classes for almost any thing you could possibly want to learn about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. That is the best tip I can give you. This school is very diverse. You must be able to stay focused in order to succeed. There is a lot of ways to get distracted at this school but just as many ways to get involved.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    iu keeps the campus well lit at night and also has emergency stations scattered around campus to reach out to help if needed. there are also police officers that walk around campus to ensure everything is safe or help out if needed

    Greek Life

    there are tons of fraternities and sororities to join for anyone interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of sports clubs, intramural sports teams, and various other clubs within each department to check out for anyone interested.

    Great for these types of students

    iu offers something for every type of student. there are plenty of sporting events for the sports fan, and for those who are more on the artistic side, there are plenty of performances each week and even an art museum on campus to check out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the union is great to relax, or watch a free movie on weekends. the fountain in front of the iu auditorium or the arboretum are great places to relax and take in the fresh air.

    Bang for the buck

    iu offers plenty of things to do, with friendly people everywhere you go.

    What to do for fun

    the big thing around campus is to attend the various sporting events, especially the football and basketball games. if sports don't appeal to you, there are plenty of plays, concerts and musicals performed each week or go watch a free movie at the iu memorial union theater on the weekend. iu also has an excellent workout facility with an indoor pool, track, weight room, basketball courts, and tons of other great features.

    Food and Dining

    there are various food courts around campus each with their own variety of foods to choose from. there are also plenty of restaurants, pizza places and coffee shops within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    some dorms have food courts or places to pick up a late night snack or coffee which can be great for those days when you are swamped with work or when studying for exams. while the dorm rooms are not huge, they provide plenty of space for you and your roommate(s) and even some room for a small company of friends for weekends. each floor also has it's own lounge which is great for getting to know your fellow floor mates, watch movies, or study.

    Academic Rigor

    students tend to work very hard throughout the week with weekends focusing on a more relaxed and fun tone.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you plan to live on campus, be sure to choose a neighborhood that is closest to where you're classes will be located. if you plan on majoring in music the south neighborhood is your best bet, the central and north neighborhoods are ideal for the business school and for all of the sporting events. well's library is the best place to get your homework done or study if you need a quiet place to get things done. be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes if you do not bring a car or bike. most of all explore and enjoy your time here, there are numerous things to do here and there is no reason for you to be bored!

    In three sentences

    indiana university has the most beautiful campus in all of indiana and is surprisingly very easy to get around despite how large it is. the students and professors are great and really easy to get along with, and are always willing to help out in any situation. there is always something to do on campus or downtown, it is impossible to be bored!

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    there are many cops around campus and there are blue emergency columns for students who feel that they are in danger while alone. the blue emergency columns sound loudly and alert the authorities immediately.

    Greek Life

    there are very many fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are very many clubs and activities going on around campus every day. it is impossible to put forth effort to get involved and end up not getting involved with anything.

    Great for these types of students

    great college for progressive and liberal students. there is also a big lgbt population.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    indiana university fight song. the rock (football).

    What to do for fun

    join clubs and groups. get involved around campus. party. make friends in class and outside of class. find a new, productive hobby. share the hobby with friends.

    Food and Dining

    the food tastes decent, but not much of it is healthy. luckily, there are many organic and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are well-maintained. however, many of the dorms come without air-conditioning which makes for miserable summer nights.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes require a great amount of time for students to master the course material.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't let the college 'experience' get in the way of getting good grades. get out of your dorm your first year and get involved with the many organizations and groups that are offered.

    In three sentences

    the campus is beautiful. most of the professors make learning an interesting and exciting experience. the music school is a dream.

  • 07/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Iu is great for students who can handle a big school environment. If highschool got sufficating for you, Iu is a great way to start fresh and see more of the world. Everyone is very spirited and going to sports games and campus activities you can see everyone is proud to be a Hoosier!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new experiences regarding your classes and outside of the classroom at well. Be friendly around the dorm and explore the many activities offered on campus! When it comes time for classes to start, grab a map and walk to each building your classes will be held in the day before school starts. You'll feel less stressed the day of, and won't be that freshmen running in late!

    Bang for the buck

    Although college is not easy to pay for, IU is less expensive than many schools in the new england area. Especially for students who live are from Indiana and are able to pay in-state tuition, IU is a great value. For out of state students, it is a good option although college is always going to feel pricey.

    Am enjoying being here

    IU Bloomington is in a safe area, and has an expansive campus. It is easy to get around either by walking or the campus and Bloomingotn bus services. Students are very friendly to one another, making it easy to meet others. Im very happy with my college experience so far and am glad I chose to attend such a large school.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only does IU give you the college experience where one must learn to be time efficient to be successful, IU offeres stimulating classes in a variety of classes set ups (ie. labs, lectures, discussion). Although it is a large university, professors are very open and available, in my experience, when it comes to office hours and answering questions. Each large class also is assigned with AIs, or assistant instructors whom have usually taken the class in the past and are a big help with trouble areas and review.

  • 08/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a lot of options to choose from academically and socially, students who are interested in various areas of research, students interested in cultural diversity and fine arts, students who want to live in a smaller city, students interested in sports

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you're overwhelmed at the beginning. It's a big school with an equally big campus, a lot of buildings, and a lot of people. Give yourself time to get used to it. Also, when you start out, even if you're 100% sure of your major, take at least one cool, interesting class outside of your major just to give yourself a break from thinking about the same stuff all the time. Stay organized by using a planner - as trite as that sounds it will save your grade many times. Finally, get involved with as much stuff as you can, but don't force yourself to keep going to things if you're not enjoying them. The right thing will come along eventually.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University is very much worth the price you pay for it, if not even more! For starters, the university boasts many prestigious schools, such as the Kelley School of Business and the Jacobs School of Music, just to name a few. IUB offers an incredible amount of variety, so all different types of students can enjoy themselves there. And there's so much BEYOND the classes. Clubs and sports and places like the IU Art Museum and the Lilley Library, full of arcane little artifacts and beautiful artwork. Finally, the campus itself is a beautiful place, especially in fall and spring. Laying out on a blanket in the sun makes reading your textbooks a lot easier.

    Am enjoying being here

    The city of Bloomington is one of the nicest cities I have ever been to, and it has a great deal of character. Full of hippie culture and amazing authentic ethnic food from all corners of the earth, Bloomington is pedestrian and biker friendly, and brimming with music, art, literature, and culture. There is always something to do in Bloomington, and usually it can be done with a small amount of money.

    Am learning a lot

    Indiana University has a truly enormous and varied list of classes that any student can choose from. A student can fulfill his or her major requirements while at the same time taking classes like the Music of the Beatles and Belly Dancing for fun. The professors and associate instructors have been excellent in almost every class I've taken, and extremely willing to help and guide outside of classes. One of my professors is the worldwide expert on an esoteric classical Greek subject. I feel like I'm learning a great deal about a large variety of topics.

  • 08/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious Wanting a well-rounded college experience Both outgoing or more reserved students Like to be involved Likes to do many things-the town of Bloomington has many restraunts and landmarks to visit!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to attend a large public university, such as Indiana University, make sure you get involved on campus. Part of what makes Indiana University the succuess that it is, are the sports, theatre, Greek system, clubs and organizations that IU has to offer. One can drown in the student population if not involved in an enjoyable club or organization. Large classes and studying can get stressful and it is good to have an outlet where you can go to relieve some stress. Whether it be a sports team, a Greek organization, a choir, volunteer organization, or club you begin on your own, Indiana University has many opportunities for students to utilize.

    Bang for the buck

    College is an expensive investment for students in these hard economic times and for Out-of-state and In-state students alike, I feel that Indiana University is a pricey school. For most students, I feel there are scholarships and loans available to pay for living and education, but I feel since IU is a large public university, it charges many unnecessary fees that do add up overtime. I have found it hard to obtain information about scholarships and deadlines for awards after Freshman year has been completed.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus and overall college life at Indiana University Bloomington is extraordinary. Although the campus is one of the largest in the state of Indiana, the university offers so many extra curricular activites, volunteer opportunities, and venues for students to relax. Part of being on a large campus is all of the new experiences you cross each day and the different people you meet. At my time at Indiana University, I have met incredible people who have now become my best friends. The dorms are a great living experience for Freshman and an outlet to meet many new faces during Welcome Week, in what seems like unfamiliar territory. Each person I have spoken with loves Indiana University for the beauty of the campus and the vibrant college life that every student shares. Each time I am away from IU, I find myself wanting to be back on campus more and more.

    Am learning a lot

    Indiana University is known for being one of the top research institutes in the world. From IU's compelling classroom settings to the knowledgable professors, students here feel among the best of the best. As a Freshman, attending a university with 40,000 students is overwhelming at times, but when you are on campus and in class, the university itself seems smaller than most imagine. With an large university, attending class and work ethic are key to success. Indiana University offers an array of opportunities and resources for new learning everyday, but students have to find these opportunities on their own. I have found I have become an independent learner while at Indiana University and have become prepared for the workforce through my classes, helpful professors, and the many up-to-date resources Indiana University offers students.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for students who love diversity but also like to have their own niche. IU is also great for students who want to be independent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a major in mind when you come to school. There are so many options at IU that it can be a tad overwhelming at times. You are not alone. Find a good friend who is not just your roommate. Live at Collins Living Learning Center. They do the most amazing events and are always giving out free food which is a plus. Don't get a gym membership. Take advantage of the SRSC and the HYPER buildings.

    Bang for the buck

    IU is expensive but well worth it. Professors are constantly available to help you and there are even free writing tutorials. the Career Development center can even help you write a resume.

    Am enjoying being here

    IU is an amazing place to go to school. I love my dorm and all the activities they put on. We even do a haunted house for underprivileged kids. There is always something to do. You never have to be bored here. Take advantage of all of the free events that IU and the dorms put on.

    Am learning a lot

    There is always some type of educational activity going on. My dorm constantly sponsors educational programs that are free to residents and they are interesting as well.

  • 09/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Indiana University is great for students that have high expectations in life and who like to succeed. It is also for students who like to make long lasting friendships. With so many different students here from so many different parts of the world you will always want to keep in touch. IU has something for everybody because i do meet many different students everyday. It's just about finding it!

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I would say coming to this school, just make sure you can balance your time well. Seeing that there is always something to do weather social or academic you have to learn how to balance the two out. Also check out the campus and see what you like about is and check out the different student groups.

    Bang for the buck

    This school does offer a lot of the amount of money, but with that it just all depends on where you are coming from. Now being in-state i don't pay as much as out of state students. I know for a fact that is i was out of state that I would still pay because you do get your monies worth. There is always something going on and you always have something to do and new people to meet.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being here. the campus is beautiful and i often find my-self walking to lass instead of taking the bus. Also here at Indiana University you meet so many people from all over the world. I have a girl in one of my classes and she is from Hong Kong. I think that it wonderful that people from every aspects of like come to this school.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a transfer student here and i can honestly say that coming from my past school to IU is a totally different learning experience. Here the professors care about you understanding what you learn, and also the teaching assistants. In the beginning it may seem overwhelming but it all pays off. I can speak from one class that i am taking now, I would have never learned it at my other school. and I thank IU for this knowledge because it will definitely help me in the long run.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for the student who likes to get involved and do more than what is just in the classroom. IU has so much school spirit and pride, and all students get involved in something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Send in applications early, you can sometimes find out sooner. Come visit, it's beautiful here, and the pictures just don't do it justice. Visiting is something I am so happy I did, because I was able to get a feel for the campus before I enrolled.

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying out of state tuition to go to a state school, and it is absolutely worth it. I am getting an education that will help me persue the profession I choose.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! I am so far away from home, but I feel like I am not as far. People here are so kind and open to different people. I love my roommate and my dorm. The friends I have made here I know will last a lifetime.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are extremely interesting and the professors are awesome! They are always willing to help and meet up if you ever need it. Writing tutorial services, tutoring services, and so many other services are offered, and you can always find people in the libraries or sitting outside who can help you with anything!

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Partiers, Ethnic people, Intelligent people.

    Tips for prospective students

    You do actually have to study for exams. Take a break from having fun long enough to glance over your notes.

    Bang for the buck

    IU offers good scholarships. It isn't that expensive for in-state students even if you don't have a scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is extremely beautiful in the fall! All the leaves on the trees are changing colors and walking through the woods is gorgeous. There a ton of different things to do here and the people are generally nice and welcoming.

    Am learning a lot

    The upper level classes are great for learning new things. They have all sorts of classes over absolutely anything you want to learn. They even have a Yiddish class! The introduction classes are even good. Though you might not learn specific things in them, they are full of random facts.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for pretty much everyone because it is giant and diverse in it's student body and in the schooling that it provides. We do have an exceptional business school and a phenomenal music school if you are interested in those fields. But we show success in every single major that we offer and have opportunities for those students as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about going to IU, I definitely suggest coming to visit. Once you walk around and get a feel for the atmosphere, you will know if it the place for you. Also, if you are in the last stages of making your decision and need that last push, talk to a student here! We know what the truth is, not just what they feed you on the brochure. There are always people willing to answer any final questions you have that will make your choice an easier one!

    Bang for the buck

    IU is one of the lowest cost schools in Indiana because it is a public college. That being said, it has some of the most helpful resources available to its students. Indiana University is a college that employers know because the students that come out of there are always exceptional, and they didn't even have to pay double the cost to go to a private school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have had the time of my life so far at IU. The benefit of going to a large school is that there is always something going on that will interest someone. It is unbelievable how many different types of people go here, yet it is easy to find others like you because of the activities that you can partake in. The campus is absolutely beautiful and the town has an absolutely amazing atmosphere. I don't know how anyone wouldn't enjoy being here.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only been at Indiana University for a couple of months and I have already learned a lot, both educationally and about myself. As a freshman, the opportunities are endless to search for a career if you are undecided, or broaden your knowledge of your intended major. The professors here are extremely friendly and seem to enjoy what they are doing. They are always willing to help you and make learning something that you WANT to do.

  • 11/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will fit in at Indiana University. Interested in fine arts? Our fine arts school, as well as Jacob's School of Music are pefect for you whether you are a major or simply want to be involved in electives. Interested in sports? IU is a Big 10 school and very involved in sports. There are so many opportunities for students here that any type of student is bound to find something for them. With the wide range of interests Indiana University draws in, it is guranteed that every student will find something they're interested in, as well as find a new group of people that share their interests with them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming here, I was very nervous about the size of the campus. I thought it would be hard to get from point A to point B on time, and I thought the cold, rainy weather would be killer to walk in. In reality, though, it's great exercise, and the view is great. Another thing I was worried about was how intimidating this big university was. The best advice I can give is to go in with an open mind and be prepared for anything. No matter the college you visit, keep an open perspective and look for what is best for you.

    Bang for the buck

    It is well worth the cost of tuition whether from Indiana or out of state. What Indiana University has given me as far as experience and education is uncomparable to many other schools I have visited. The quality of education, community involvement, and great cultural experience is beyond great. It is definitely worth the price!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. While the walk to class may be a bit longer than some other universities, it is well worth it. There are so many students here that every one is bound to find a close group of friends that fit their personality. There are so many ways to get involved in the community. Whether sticking to your major or simply helping out at food pantries in the community, there is always some way to get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of education here is amazing. Coming here, I was nervous. I heard so many horror stories about how hard classes were, but it all depends on the type of student you are. It is important to remember you are here for school, so education comes first. I've found that the professors are always willing to help. Office hours are held many times a week which gives students a chance to meet one on one with their professors to get extra help. The professors want nothing more than to help their students get the best education possible.

  • 11/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for self-motivated people. Since there are so many students here, it is good to go above and beyond to get professors' notice. It is not, by any means, terrible for students who can follow the rules and do the work assigned, but outgoing students really shine here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs. They're fun, you'll make friends. This helps make you a happier, healthier person who is better able to deal with stress and studying. GO TO CLASS!!! This is not high school and skipping class is not rebellious and cool. You're paying to get an education, not a GPA and even if you can skip a class here or there and still get A's and B's, you will not learn as much. You're hurting yourself, not your professors. And remember, you're paying about $50 per class - don't just throw it away.

    Bang for the buck

    As I said before, IU will give you whatever you make an effort to take. If you work hard, go to class, and take advantage of the libraries, museums, professors, etc. IU is an excellent deal, for in-State students, anyway. I do not know what tuition is for out-of-State students, but I think that it would be worthwhile for anyone who is willing to make an effort.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first, I was worried about attending such a large University. Most of the other colleges I considered were small, Liberal Arts colleges. But this worry turned out to be insubstantial. IU is so full of energy - there are always lots of interesting people doing lots of different things; the energy is incredible. However, commendable though IU's diversity may be, it was still somewhat overwhelming until I found my niche. Last semester I joined the Indiana University Ballroom Dance Team. Now, I have a solid group of friends who will continue to see a few times a week until I graduate. IU also has one of the most beautiful campuses I have seen. There is a law that whenever a tree is chopped down for a building, a new one must be planted somewhere else on campus. Because of this, IU's old stone buildings are surrounded by old trees, who's leaves turn to fire in the autumn.

    Am learning a lot

    Indiana University gives students what they work for. Students can coast through with a C average and still graduate, or they can take advantage of the many opportunities and resources IU offers. The variety of classes is incredible, the professors approachable and eager to help, and there are resources available for those who take the time to utilize them. I am in the latter category of student; I try to take interesting classes and learn as much from them as possible. One of my favorite classes this semester is Music of the Andean Region. Before taking this class, I had very little knowledge of South American history and culture. But, this semester, I have used music as a lens through which to better understand Andean peoples. It has been a very rewarding study.

  • 12/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is a wonderful place for people who like people. It's as simple as that. There will always be a friendly face in Bloomington.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the thought of IU being a big school, it's simply a collection of communities gathered into one gorgeous place. Besides, there are buses which come to any stop every 10 minutes and will be able to get you to any extent of the campus. However, when deciding which neighborhood to reside in, make sure to keep in mind where your academic classes will be so that you can get to them in an easy and timely manner!

    Bang for the buck

    There is simply an abundance of opportunity to be seized when it comes to getting the bang for your buck. Broadway musicals come through Bloomington to perform at the IU Auditorium, along with famous comedians, Platinum Record-selling artists, actors, and even authors. The art museum is full of ancient artifacts from cultures long-gone, while the Lilly Library possesses treasures of the past, including letters from Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary Shelley, and even a lock of George Washington's hair! The list goes on. Since my arrival in Bloomington, I've yet to cease finding new and exciting things at IU. There is always, always something.

    Am enjoying being here

    In Bloomington, there is always something to do for anyone. There's a great social scene, but if you're not that social, worry not; there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourself without going out every night, such as free pancakes in your dorm lobby or a free movie screening in the stately Memorial Union. The campus is absolutely filled with gorgeous landscaping and scenery, and always feels safe, even in the early hours of the morning when the well-lit walkways illuminate the way home.

    Am learning a lot

    Thus far, my educational experience at IU has been nothing less than absolutely rewarding. Classes can be difficult, but the professors are ALWAYS available to discuss subject matter in their courses. Of course, there are some classes required for graduation which may not be directly apt to your major, but you're guaranteed to get something out of them, whether or not they're just gen-eds.

  • 12/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social Intrinsically motivated Curious Ambitious Artistic Open to new things

    Tips for prospective students

    With all of the academic resources that are available at Indiana University, it is easy for all students to be successful here. However, it is also easy for students to get lost in the shuffle, become distracted by relationships, and become over-involved in the party scene on such a large campus. It is paramount that students make responsible decisions regarding who to associate with and what activities to become involved in. It is important to have fun in college, but it is easy for students to fall into the heavy party scene at IU and watch their grades fall. Just because it’s a big campus and it feels like no one’s there to keep an eye on you, it’s important to be responsible.

    Bang for the buck

    At Indiana University, students and their families definitely get their money’s worth. Students have access to talented faculty and expansive academic resources. The student body may be large, but it is always easy to contact professors and schedule one-on-one discussions. Additionally, Indiana University offers some of the best academic resources available. In fact, the school’s Music Library is considered the largest academic music library in America. Plus, there are academic support centers and note-taking seminars throughout the campus that encourage student success in all fields. With these amazing resources, students can easily get their money’s worth (if they put the work in).

    Am enjoying being here

    Indiana University offers a very comfortable living environment. The landscape of the campus is beautiful all year; the bubbling creek shines beautifully during the summer, majestic trees transform beautifully during the fall, snow caps the limestone buildings during the winter, and flowers blanket the campus during the spring. It may sound trivial, but the visual beauty of the campus really enhances students’ college experience. In addition, all the students that I have encountered at Indiana University are friendly and welcoming. Although there have been recent reports of rape and anti-Semitic activity on campus--which is appalling, no doubt--local police responded swiftly and I still feel very safe on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    As a student in the Jacobs School of Music (JSoM) at Indiana University, I have access to some of the highest quality instructors and educational resources in America. The professors in the JSoM consistently demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and provide invaluable insight based on professional industry experience. By employing professors with successful academic and vocational backgrounds, Indiana University ensures that all students--including myself--achieve their scholastic and professional potential. In addition, Indiana University helps develop students into well-rounded adults by offering a variety of community service opportunities--through the Hutton Honors College, residence hall communities, and clubs--and promoting “go-green” programs

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is good a wide variety of individuals. It is good for anyone who is willing to work hard and try their best on their work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school looks for smart test takers. If your high school gpa is above a 3.0 you should be ok, but I suggest making sure to receive high scores on the ACT or the SAT. I took the ACT, so I bet if you got a 25 you should be fine to get in. Also once you're enrolled into the school, make sure you go to classes everyday and do the work. If you go to classes you'll get maximum attendance points which help toward the final grade and if you do the work you're helping yourself learn the material; if you're struggling in the class you have more going for you when you go to a professor for help.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is very expensive for out-of-stater's like me. So if you're out of state definitely work to get gpa based scholarships or financial scholarships. If you're an in-stater, the school is much cheaper money wise. It is a great institution though and I feel that it is still worth it for me to pay the money and go there than somewhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here at IU. There is no place I'd rather be. The campus is beautiful no matter which season, and it has become my new home. It is a great campus full of wonderful people and is a safe environment. I have found amazing friends and a place that fits me well.

    Am learning a lot

    The lectures and discussions of the University are extremely well organized. Professors organize a syllabus before each semester starts and they expect students to follow it because the include the course readings and homework. The teachers there range from easy to difficult, but even the difficult professors will work with students who are struggling since they allow the student's to come to office hours.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for students who want to learn, who like big campuses and who like to meet new people, because you will everyday!.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY STUDY STUDY!!!!! It really helps, also get to know your professors they will help you. Go to office hours, ion a study group and don't be afraid to ask questions. but most of all READ the chapters you are assigned. I know you have probably heard all of this already but it really does help.

    Bang for the buck

    If you stay focused on school and get involved you definitely get your moneys worth. the tuition may be high but there is so much to learn here that you can always learn something new, always!

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do on campus, whether it is a festival or show or any other event. There is something here for everyone from every walk of life. I believe that the different activities they have in the dorms are fun as well, they have things like pancake nights, movie nights, culture festivals and so on. Being at IU is fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Here at Indiana University I have learned how to balance my academics and my personal life. When you come to college you have ten times the freedom you had in high school, but you have to stay focused and I have learned how to do that. I have also furthered my knowledge in the academic arena. There is so much knowledge for everyone here at Indiana University and anyone who can should take advantage of it.

  • 06/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    All! It really has something for everyone from math geeks to football players, star prima donnas to environmentalist tree huggers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Indiana is getting increasingly competitive due to the top notch quality of the business school, among other things, so don't write it off as some crappy state school! Bloomington is the best place to be, it honestly does have something for everyone. I came to the school literally knowing no one, a huge leap of faith! I luckily had an awesome floor freshman year, and got involved in club volleyball and union board amongst other clubs, so I was able to make friends pretty quickly. Being at such a big school, it will definitely overwhelm you if you let it. Leave your door open on the floor, go to those stupid free pizza! meetings and be open minded - you never know what you'll end up being passionate about and where you'll be able to make friends! Its nice to be able to recognize people on campus :) Last piece of advice: Don't be afraid to reach out and ask questions!! Students LOVE to rave about their experience at the school, Alumni love to tell you their stories - you won't find an IU grad who doesn't look upon their time there fondly. Oh, and watch Hoosiers & Breaking Away before you come - they're Hoosier classics :)

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out-of-stater, so it is a tad expensive (but nothing compared to NYU, which was my second choice!). They are great with financial aid - I got a fairly hefty merit scholarship renewable for 4 years when I applied. My main point of advice on this topic is apply EARLY! Its rolling admissions, but you still don't have to commit until May. I applied in November just to get one application out of the way early, and I think in doing that I was able to get my scholarship because they still had the money to give out, so take full advantage of that!

    Am enjoying being here

    I could talk for HOURS about how much I love Bloomington. In one day, you can be at a football game in the afternoon, and at the opera right down the street at the MAC in the evening. The free and paid musical events that are put on by the Jacobs school are just incredible, as is the sense of school spirit that can be found at sports games as well as around campus. Though no one really knows what it is, we are all proud Hoosiers. Walking to class, half of the people on your way are wearing something with IU on it. In addition to the great campus life (and I forgot to mention - super pretty campus!) Bloomington is a great city. Lots of music venues, lots of shops (both mainstream at the mall and boutiques on Kirkwood), lots of bars, and many restaurants, it is overall an awesome place to be! 4th street has every type of ethnic cuisine you could ever want, which is really special. Bloomington overall is safe, and has a great reputation for having a great social aspect to it.

    Am learning a lot

    This really, really varies by school. I'm an Arts Management Major in SPEA with a concentration on music, which is a cool degree because I get to take classes in SPEA, Kelley, and Jacobs simultaneously, so I'm learning a TON and getting a really broad education! Kelley School of Business is great and definitely pushes you, but those who are Kelley majors come out all looking the same (I'm a SPEA kid so I'm slightly biased, but hear me out). They get the same resume template, and take all of the same classes until halfway through their junior year, so when they apply to jobs in Indy and Chicago, the recruiters have all seen that type of person before. That said, it is the type of person with a stellar education, but who rarely knows how to think critically. Jacobs is a fantastic school as well, though it is not for the faint of heart. The kids who are accepted as music majors are GOOD and it is very competitive! Different departments are more competitive than others, but overall, the school boasts an immense amount of talent. SPEA is known for not being as competitive, but that is because it houses majors such as Environmental Science, Arts Management, Public Policy, Legal Studies, etc. that don't really have another home. It is a top-rated grad school (literally - its #2 above Harvard & Princeton currently), and the professors who teach grad school are the same who teach undergrad classes as well, so you're definitely getting a great education. I can't speak so much for the other schools, but I know that many beginning science classes are large and challenging, but they make way for smaller, more intimate class sections. The Journalism school is well known also. Being in the Hutton Honors college has definitely added to my education, by giving me smaller class sizes and a generally more well-rounded view, i'd definitely recommend doing it.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are sociable and ambitious should apply here.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is all about connecting. The size of the student body, coupled with the driven faculty, creates a network of social and business relationships. You really need to be assertive about what you want and go for it.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many scholarships available. Most are merit-based, and lead to a greatly reduced bill. Many people actually get a refund each semester, which they can use for books, supplies, and the like.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere at IU is very friendly and energized. The advantage of being a big school is that there are a diverse array of clubs and organizations to take part in. Whatever you're interested in, you're likely to find at IU.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are really interesting. The professors are passionate about their subjects, and are willing to help you, provided that you go to office hours and speak with them individually. Outside of classes, you learn that you should branch out and talk to other people. Making new friends is easy if you try.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety at iu is job one. there are buses that run all over campus, as well as a free transportation service available to those out studying late at night. all dorms are only accessible by key card, and residents must pass through three different locked doors to enter their room.

    Greek Life

    greek life on campus is extremely active and makes its presence known through philanthropic endeavors and social gatherings. there are many houses to choose from, each with its own personality, so you can find your perfect fit.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many more than i could possibly name. if there is an interest, there is probably a club at iu that addresses that interest. iu also has one of the largest greek systems in the country and is home to variety of fraternities and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    iu has something for everyone, from the very studious to the very social. to the athletic or the artistic. that's what makes this campus fun: it's a mixture of personalities, interests, strengths, causes, and diverse backgrounds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the showalter fountain, located in front of the iu auditorium is home to a statue of venus surrounded by fish. after iu's ncaa men's basketball championship in 1987, the very heavy fish were somehow stolen by revelers. all were returned except one, which has since been re-created. legend has it that the fish will reappear when bobby knight is asked to return as iu's basketball coach. we might be waiting a long time for that!!

    Bang for the buck

    iu was rated one of the top schools in the nation for its bang for the buck and it's not hard to see why. it's got small town southern indiana charm but is as cosmopolitan as an ivy league school. education and job placement is top notch and the cost, even for out-of-state students doesn't even come close to what private institutions are charging. in fact, more than 40% of the student population hails from states other than indiana, including a large contingency from the east coast!

    What to do for fun

    take advantage of all the campus has to offer, from movies to parties, to bowling at the memorial union, to the yearly all-night iu dance marathon that benefits riley children's hospital in indianapolis. and don't forget the great restaurants right on campus and in town. one street on campus is devoted specifically to ethnic fare, including turkish, afghani and tibetan food. the tibetan restaurant is owned by the brother of the actual dali lama!

    Food and Dining

    a great deal of options and good tasting for institutional food. with the iu meal plans you can eat at any dorm on campus using virtual dollars. choices range from cafeteria style and all-you-can eat buffets, to snack bars, sandwich shops and an ice cream emporium. there's even a convenience store in one of the dorms, offering groceries, hot food, cleaning supplies, and other necessities.

    Dorm Life

    life in the dorms is definitely a highlight of the iu experience. it's a great opportunity to meet people from all backgrounds and have someone to talk to at the end of a long day. some of the dorms are home to learning living centers, including those for honors students, kelley business majors, computer science majors, and even one for those wishing to live healthy lifestyle. essentially, your floor is comprised of others with similar interests to yours. this is especially helpful when you need a study buddy.

    Academic Rigor

    yes, it's a state school, but that doesn't mean you can skate. iu is home to some of the most academically acclaimed programs in the nation. the kelley school of business is renowned nationwide, and attracts top students from all over the globe with its rigorous business curriculum and fortune 500 contacts. in fact, kelley business grads enjoyed about 96% job placement within the first three months after graduation in 2011. the very selective jacobs school of music holds the distinction of one of the best fine arts programs in the u.s. in fact, i am told it recently surpassed the juilliard school of music in a reported ranking. another example of academic excellence is the college of informatics, a relative newcomer to the iu campus. the college was established only 12 years ago, as the first of its kind in the u.s., and now shares the field with just 19 other universities. informatics is the study of relating computer applications to real world situations. sure, you have to learn a bit of programming, but it is the application that is the key. cognates include bio informatics, environmental informatics, medical informatics, computer security, artificial intelligence, and more. it's a wide open field, with more openings than people to fill them (unheard of in our current economy!), and iu is one of a select few schools to offer this major. lookout facebook and google--here come the iu students!

    Tips for prospective students

    first and foremost: visit bloomington, take a tour of the campus, check out the vast array of majors offered, and talk to current students about their experiences at iu. be open minded; you may be a science major but could find yourself directing a musical production or participating in intramural sports. take advantage of all that iu has to offer, from football and basketball games, to international food venues in town or nature walks in scenic bloomington.

    In three sentences

    this is a large school with a smaller school feel, due to the attentive faculty and the chances to get to know them one-on-one. there are so many opportunities to excel academically and socially, in addition to finding your niche in extra-curricular and volunteer activities. and, best of all, it is a melting pot of people and personalities from all over the united states and the world.

  • 02/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Self-directed, independent, passionate, curious, willing to expand their interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak up in your classes, don't be afraid to befriend upper class students, attend lectures and special events outside of class, try out all the different dining halls, explore Bloomington!

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student I can't say that IU is dirt cheap, but it's much better than many options out there, and the quality of education and quality of life I'm experiencing here make the cost well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    One of the benefits of IU's being just a big school is that there is a place for everyone. It is surprisingly easy to find your niche and to surround yourself with really amazing people. Bloomington is the perfect place to study, with just the right balance of interesting things going on but a small town feel as well. IU's campus is also one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and the Art Museum, Lilly Library, etc. add interest and lots of cultural opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    The breadth of classes offered at IU makes it virtually impossible NOT to learn a lot in whatever subject you might by interested in. Not only are there classes, though, but free lectures, art galleries, concerts, colloquium, and conferences held every single day that students are welcome and encouraged to attend. I have had my horizons broadened and my academic knowledge expanded here.

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Indiana University has a fantastic drama program. It is also renowned for its Pre-medical classes. Indiana is great for students searching for a big campus with a lot of opportunities. It is also a great campus for people interested in the greek system, there are 20 sororities and 29 frats on campus. It is also great for students looking for a beautiful campus surrounded by a quaint town that supports the university in all it does.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED!!! Indiana is a HUGE campus with over 30,000 undergraduate students. If you are coming from far away and don't know many people on campus, it is very easy to feel alone on campus. Go to the student involvement fair at the beginning of the year and learn what opportunities there are for you. There are over 500 student organizations on campus, one is bound to be right for you. If there isn't one, all you need is one other person and you can start your own! Use the resources you pay for! Go to the gym, or the health center, the writing service. These are things included in your tuition and not enough people use them to their advantage. Learn what help is offered and use it! Lastly, try new things! There are so many new opportunities on campus, try them. You might be surprised with what things you like to do you never tried before college. Overall just know what is going on on-campus and start early!

    Bang for the buck

    You really get what you pay for when you go to Indiana University. First off you have access to amazing staff and classes to take, there are classes in anything from chemistry, to stick fighting. There is something for everyone, but there are also so many resources on campus. There is a Writing Tutorial Service that will proof-read any paper you may have to write before you turn it in, there is a Student Recreational Center with an olympic sized swimming pool, there are computer labs located all across campus, there is also a health center which provides 2 free sessions for emotional and physical health, and all of these are included in your tuition! Make use of them! There is also an Auditorium on campus that brings touring broadway shows right to the university, though it isn't included in tuition it is an opportunity that very few other colleges have.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have had a rough time being at such a large campus, it is very easy to be forgotten in a crowd if you don't get involved here. The Greek system is a great way to get involved, but it relies upon your ability to get into a house, which not all people do. Students who don't get involved right away often have a harder time feeling accepted on campus, but for many other students who got involved right away, it has been nothing but paradise.

    Am learning a lot

    Indiana University has some of the best professors I have ever met, If you approach them they will take the time out of their day to clarify any questions you may have. I was sick a lot the first semester of my freshman year and all of my professors were gracious and helped me step by step complete what I missed. The classes themselves are phenomenal. Though the information is presented at a fast rate, it is presented in such a way that's easy to understand. Overall the quality of the classes are wonderful and the teachers themselves are caring. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a quality education.

  • 03/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    It is good for students with a wide social group. IU is a big school, and you have to be comfortable being around a lot of people. IU is good for people with many interests. It's good for students who don't know what they want to do and want to explore. IU especially has a fantastic business school and music school.

    Tips for prospective students

    In high school, your parents are there to push you all the time. They tell you to do your homework, and pressure you to do your best. But at college, you're alone. You have to push yourself. And if you can't do that, you have to surround yourself with people who will. Find good friends, talk to your professors, and take advantage of counselors.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm from out of state, so it costs much more for me to go here. It's worth it, it's just frankly annoying that I pay so much more to go here. Don't let money stop you from coming here, though. If you like everything else about IU, it will definitely be worth the extra money.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many different types of people here, that it's hard not to find a group of friends. There's tons of stuff to do on and around campus. It's such a pretty campus that you won't mind not being near a big city.

    Am learning a lot

    The work load is hard, but manageable. Some classes require much more work than others, but that professors are usually pretty up-front about what they expect from you. Classes are fairly interesting. It all depends on the classes you're taking and what you're good at.

  • 03/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Suburban dwellers, middle class, hard workers who want to also have a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Say hello to everyone you know when you pass by them, it can go a long way into building lasting friendships

    Bang for the buck

    Although I wouldn't consider out-of-state tuition here cheap, I would say its less expensive than many other out-of-state alternatives.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus when its warm and I don't mind walking all across campus. When its cold the campus just seems annoyingly big. People are very friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    Chemistry and language departments are absolutely fantastic. You definitely need to put your time if you want to succeed but if you do everything you need to do every class you take should be rewarding in some way.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    I would literally say that this school is great for every type of person. Whether you love art, business, technology, psychology, music, chemistry, law, or anything else you can think of, IU not only will have a major for you but a variety of student organizations to support you.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's easy to be daunted by the massive number of students here, but don't be. Work actively to meet new people, try new things, and get involved in as much as you can handle realistically. Getting a job or running for student office are great ways to get networked quickly. And in the meantime - focus on your grades! Many students get sidetracked by friends and parties freshman year, while in reality it is the most important year to build a solid GPA.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll find that IU is very comparably priced to the other Big Ten schools. If you are coming from out-of-state, tuition will be a bit pricey, but I have many out-of-state friends who decided coming to IU was worth the extra, and they've never regretted it. The school offers a lot of scholarships and you can find a way to make it work.

    Am enjoying being here

    Bloomington, without a doubt, is the greatest college town in Indiana and maybe the entire Midwest. As a creative artist type, I can't get enough of the concerts, art shows, and other unique festivals and galleries that seem to be happening constantly downtown. And if you don't consider yourself the creative type, no problem. The city is set in between some amazing state parks, and the school boasts one of the greatest intramural sports organizations in the nation. With literally thousands of clubs and student organizations, there is truly a place for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    If you are even considering a degree in business -- this is the school for you! The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in the nation, and for good reason. The courses, although by no means easy, are extremely practical and geared toward building your career in a concrete way. In addition, Kelley offers courses that most other business schools do not, giving Kelley students a real advantage. The school has an outstanding placement rate after graduation. And don't be daunted if you don't think you want to do business as a career - I plan on taking what I've learned here and applying it in a non-profit or ministry setting. What you learn here can be used anywhere!

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for people who want a small campus feel, while still getting the opportunities of a larger university. The automatic scholarships are helpful for those who cannot afford college, but have good enough grades and SAT or ACT scores.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the SAT and ACT enough that you can be qualified for the automatic scholarships. It is also helpful to get to know some upperclassmen that can tell you about some of the secret places on campus, or the shortcuts to get places. If you don't know an upperclassmen you can miss out on many opportunities that are not advertised. Explore all of your options on campus. There are so many teachers and counselors who are willing to help you if you ask!

    Bang for the buck

    This college is very affordable with the automatic scholarship opportunities. There are also other scholarship opportunities and many grant options for the regular school year and study abroad programs.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a beautiful campus that actually feels like a campus. I wanted a small campus feel, without actually having a small campus. The campus is actually very large, but I feel like the campus is small and intimate. There are many options for extra-curricular activities and many different activities planned by the dormitories.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been very happy with most of my teachers. Even if I don't like my teachers I have a chance to review them at the end of the class and the university actually listens to all the reviews that students write. My counselors have been very helpful and have helped me find classes that I enjoy and fit into my major. If I have questions in classes teachers are available many times during the week for office hours and almost 24/7 through email.

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    There are several departments that are top-notch within the university, but generally speaking if you are looking for a school with a lot of different types of opportunities then you should consider IU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about what you want to get out of college. I know everyone says to visit and research, but that's exactly what you should do. If you decide to come to Indiana University-Bloomington, I highly suggest going to IFS (Intensive Freshman Seminar). It's about a month long before freshman year starts, but it's wonderful and truly worth it. The courses are usually interesting, but perhaps more importantly you get to meet, and get to know, other students before you even really begin college. Two of the people I talk to most at school, I met during IFS. Also, once school actually begins just reach out to people, talk to the people in your class and join organizations, the more you reach out, the more you'll begin to feel like campus is your home! (Another thing, try to take advantage of all the free things to do! There is quite a lot!)

    Bang for the buck

    I can not speak for everyone, but personally I have received a lot of financial aid and am not too stressed about paying for school. There are also many useful things on campus for which fees are paid. The bus system is one of these (both IU's buses and those of the city of Bloomington as well). This is useful because it allows for ease of traveling throughout the city without worrying about having a car. Other things that fees cover (or at least help with) are the recreational centers (free places to work out), some health center related appointments, counseling, and UITS. UITS is the technology support that they have on campus. The center in the Wells Library helped me fix my laptop when the operating system crashed by selling me a newer version of windows at a discounted rate because I was a student! It saved me quite a bit of money.

    Am enjoying being here

    As I become more and more involved on campus, I find my enjoyment of it increases. During freshman year, I did not do a whole lot, but now that I have become more involved in several of the many organizations on campus I find I enjoy it more and more. At first the many options and sheer number of people can be daunting and difficult to find a suitable place for yourself, but the more involved you get with the various opportunities you believe you would enjoy, the better it gets.

    Am learning a lot

    Although some courses I have taken have not been challenging, for the most part they have all been beneficial. There are some courses that have challenged me a lot to learn and completely understand the material, and others that I have found very interesting and have, therefore, learned a lot from those as well! There is also quite a bit of learning that goes on outside of class as well

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Indiana University is wonderful for students interested in almost any subject. It is home to both the internationally renowned Kelley School of Business and School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. The University also facilitates a wide variety of extracurricular programs and organizations that cater to any and every student interest, from the Fine Arts to Sports and Mathematics.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many scholarships through IU available based upon a student's GPA and SAT scores, so be sure to do your best to maximize your scholarship potential and minimize the costs of tuition!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is most definitely a positive factor for those Hoosiers considering IU! There are MANY scholarships available for incoming freshmen, as well as those students interested in study abroad programs. The experiences and education at IU are comparable to those at many other prestigious schools, giving IU Hoosiers the most bang for their buck!

    Am enjoying being here

    Indiana University is an energetic and lively campus, located in the heart of Bloomington, IN. There are always entertainment and activities, be it on campus or off. The University brings in many big names for performances, exhibits, and lectures that are always exciting for students to attend. However, if you want to get away from the feeling of being at school, Bloomington offers IU students an abundance of options, from a wide variety of international cuisine to movie theaters and wonderful shopping.

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers at Indiana University are invested in the success of the student, which makes it a dynamic and exciting learning experience.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    From IU Auditorium to Kirkwood Avenue and the Musical Arts Center to the Stadium and every little thing in-between, IUB has something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a group or a club, they are a great way to meet new people. Get to know your professor. I personally go up to my professor after the first day of class and say, Hi, my name is ----- and I just wanted to come up, introduce myself and say how excited I am about this class and I look forward to what is to come. Doing this makes yourself stand out to that professor and they are more likely to remember you the next class and it makes it easier to ask them for help :)

    Bang for the buck

    IU is a great bang for your buck. You get a great place to live with all the water you want to use, there are places on campus where you can eat all you can eat and places where you can eat a-la-carte, free wifi, free cable, free access to computers around campus, 700 free pages allotment at the beginning of each semester, free printer access around campus, free bus access around campus (IU buses), free bus access around Bloomington (bloomington transit buses), discount tickets to sports events, auditorium shows and musical arts shows, and so many more things. In the end when you add up everything IU has to offer, I'm amazed they don't charge more for tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love IU and I love Bloomington, because they both feel like two different worlds sometimes. It's as if IU was Neverland surrounded by the grown up world. On campus at IU you can always find some way to have fun, whether it's hanging out on Kirkwood, going to the mall, checking out a new movie at the AMC theatres, going to a show at the IU auditorium or any of the many other fun places around campus, there is no lack of fun.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot from IU, for example: 1. Best pizza on campus: PIZZA X 2. Best place to study outside: The tree closest to the Auditorium by the Showalter fountain. 3. Kroger's (on college mall ave) is open 24/7 4. Best wings on campus: WINGS XTREME 5. btownmenus.com = great site to bookmark (or any other online food ordering system thing.) 6. Plus many many more

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants a good education, anyone looking for an experience like no other, anyone who is stuck going to school in Indiana and wants to make the best of their college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus and check out everything I.U. and Bloomington have to offer. Go to a Football or Basketball game, visit Kirkwood, check out the dorms and get as much information as you can. Once you visit, you will never want to go home.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Indiana University may seem like a pricier school to go to, I feel like you cannot really put a price on the amount of opportunity and experience you receive while at I.U. There are many options for students who need financial assistance when it comes to paying for college. You can also apply for a wide variety of scholarships, depending on your major. Do not let the price scare you away. You cannot find an experience like this anywhere else in Indiana.

    Am enjoying being here

    Indiana University is what college should be! With all of the tradition, who would not be excited to go here? The campus is beautiful and historic. I feel very proud to call it my school. There are plenty of things to do on and off campus to keep you busy on the weekends and when you have down time. There are sporting events, events in your dorms or living communities, clubs and organizations you can join and there are plenty of really cool spots off campus where you can hang out with your friends or take family when they come to visit. I have made more friends in college than I would have expected. My whole entire floor of my dorm felt like one big family by the end of the year.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently studying Journalism at Indiana University. The Journalism program here at I,U., along with most of the other programs give you an unlimited amount of opportunity in and outside of your time at college. A degree from Indiana University is one of the most respected degrees out there. The classes are a lot more personable than I would have expected out of a Big 10 school. Professors here go above and beyond to make sure you are prepared for your career of choice once you graduate.

  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    People that are ready to learn and work hard. IU is also great for people looking for an open-minded environment. Not everybody is open-minded, but I feel that the campus is overall more open-minded than other Indiana campuses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring clothes for all the seasons! And be ready to walk or learn to ride the bus. IU's campus is pretty large and really hilly, but also biker friendly!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable, but I feel that the dorms are a little too expensive. Many of the dorms are older and worn and should cost a little less.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Bloomington! There is so much to do and the college is very diverse! The campus is beautiful, even in the nasty winter!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great here and very informative! There are also many resources readily available if a student needs tutoring, help on an assignment, or someone to review his/her paper.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for any determined individual who wants to gain an experience and education that will stay with them for the rest of their life! Go Hoosiers!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are worried about making friends, go and sign up for clubs/ organizations/ recreational sports teams!! There are all types of clubs or just make your own! If you wanna help out students like your self check out the admissions office programs, I did and it was such a rewarding experience. In addition, do not worry about the amount of students in your class because all the teachers have office hours so you can get any questions you have cleared up!

    Bang for the buck

    Hands down the best choice and experience of my life so far. I like it so much that I may even spend another year here!

    Am enjoying being here

    There are tons of things to do downtown and on-campus. Plus, the campus is amazing in the fall/spring!!!!

    Am learning a lot

    Although the classes you take may be big, the quality of instructors are the finest!

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    The campus is just AMAZING!

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    At this place, you have to do everything on your own. That means walking from one side of campus to the other side because you are the paper trail. They won't pick up phones and talk to each other, be ready to be annoyed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Office hours may be annoying, but you get the one on one learning that I especially needed. Also, going to office hours reminds them who you are and boosts your grade for participation and attendance!

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is expensive because it is a 'college town', including apartments over-priced.

    Did enjoy being here

    Beautiful campus, interesting environment, you will always want to go back and visit just to be in the feeling that Bloomington has.

    Did learn a lot

    Professors are interesting when you are able to get to know them, but the big classes don't give you much.

  • 09/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is the perfect school for well-rounded students who are interested in getting involved and working hard. Bloomington is especially eco-friendly, as well, which is something people should take into consideration.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit us! Check out Kirkwood Avenue, which is filled with cute shops and great restaurants. Take a tour of the beautiful campus and get a feel for what being a student here feels like. I made my decision to go here the second I stepped into Bloomington.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is fairly expensive, but worth every penny! I'm getting a phenomenal education, and I'm loving every second of it. IU puts an emphasis on student safety, which also makes me feel right at home. Plus there is so much culture here- the town is alive with music, art, and self-expression!

    Am enjoying being here

    I cannot imagine loving another school more than I love it here. The camaraderie among the students, faculty, and townspeople is unparalleled. IU has hundreds and hundreds of clubs for students to get involved in, and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities both on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    There is never a shortage of interesting classes to take at IU! Because it is such a big school, I really believe they strive to have something interesting for everyone. The professors I've had are flexible and always willing to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have. They even have a program where you can make your own major!

  • 10/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for students who love diversity and academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to IU. It is a great school. When you get here, get involved. Do not let the size scare you off. Once you're here IU becomes your home away from home.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University is not that expensive. But for the price you pay as a student there are so many perks and free events going on on-campus... not to mention the free women's basketball games as well as other sports.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Indiana University because there is so much to do. There is over 100 clubs and organizations to choose from and the campus itself is beautiful.

    Am learning a lot

    Indiana University is an institution not only for academically learning, but also for culturally learning. Indiana University enrolls students from many different countries and because of this there is so much diversity on campus. You really learn what the WORLD is like.

  • 10/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Probably nursing majors

    Bang for the buck

    I think this is one of the cheapest schools available, plus I'm in-state.

    Will enjoy being here

    Savannah is amazing!

    Will learn a lot

    In this environment, I could learn anything!

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for people that are more social and willing to do more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to multiple schools and make sure to have clubs and volunteer work listed.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of attendance is very good for students that are in state. If they are out of state then not so much.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am not a social person and IU is known as a party school so I am not entirely sure I would enjoy it there.

    Will learn a lot

    I plan on going here for graduate school unless I find something else that has a better opportunity. IU is well known for their science department.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students pursuing science, music, business and education.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that students try for as many scholarships as they can. Also don't let yourself get so lost in studying that you don't get to go out and live the college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is moderately priced compared to many colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is gorgeous, and very big. The environment leads to great times and an awe inspiring experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are very good at what they do, they prep you for life while also giving you the tools you need to learn.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    - People who enjoy teachers who enjoy what they teach - People who have an interest in or want to be exposed to different cultures - People who enjoy the arts [there are plays being put on here all the time! And they are wonderful!] - People who don't want to pay for gas - People who want to go to one of the best schools in the world [Did you know IUB may become an Ivy League?] I can't imagine wanting to be anywhere else! I think that everyone and anyone can find a place here at IU!

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T BRING A CAR! Parking is absolutely horrendous. That is probably my only complaint. And some of the drivers [and the people walking....] are horrible! I'm just now starting my second semester, and I've already been nearly run over twice. Most of the drivers aren't that bad, but when you put 30,000+ people aged 18-24 on one campus, you're bound to have a few close calls and accidents. In addition to that, paying for gas sucks. Why bring a car when the bus drivers will take you around the entire city for free?

    Bang for the buck

    IU is expensive! Really expensive! BUT, it's worth the money. It really, truly is. -The dorms are decent [especially when you compare them to dorms at other Universities]. -The food is good. -You get to ride both the campus and city buses for free. -You will learn a ton and be exposed to different cultures!

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE IU! I really really do! It's wonderful for the following reasons -You can find a job on campus pretty easily. There are so many cool places (clothing shops, coffee shops, food shops, gyms, etc...) and you are able to apply to all of them. You can specifically request an application if you are in need of tuition money. It's wonderful! -The food won't burn a hole through your stomach. I went to four different high schools. I know what bad food tastes like. I can assure you, the food is pretty wonderful in the majority of the college dorms! -There are tons of places to live both on and off campus. If you don't want to live on campus, you can request a housing exemption [they require freshmen to live on campus if they don't request a housing exemption]. I haven't heard too many complaints about the dorms. The worst thing I've heard is that the older buildings don't have air conditioning. So word to the wise- bring a fan or air conditioner. -It's so diverse that I think anyone and everyone can feel comfortable here! There are mixed people, White people, Black people, Latino people, Asian people, some Amerindians, people from the Middle East! It's great! There are also a variety of churches and religious groups you can become a part of. Catholic? Muslim? LDS? Anything else? There is a place for you here! And the races here tend to get a long. It isn't one of those places where people of different races and religions avoid each other. We blend pretty well! There are plenty of foreign students here too!

    Am learning a lot

    I absolutely love all of my professors!!! I heard a lot of horror stories about college professors while I was still in high school. The main complaint was: they don't care about their students. In my personal experience, this is FAR from the truth. It's true that you are more responsible for yourself. In some classes at IU, there is such a large amount of students that it is difficult for teachers to dedicate a lot of their time to one student. Also, some professors are busy writing books and/or teaching multiple subjects. Because of the sheer quantity of students, it can be difficult for them to make you feel special. However, that is to be expected when you are going into a large school like IUB. If any of the above things mentioned bother you, then perhaps you should apply at a smaller school. If these things don't bother you though, then you will absolutely love IU! And you will learn so so much. The teachers, in my experience, are very passionate about what they teach- much more so than high school and middle school teachers. The students around you tend to be more of an aid than a distraction. You'll meet some nice people while you're here and it's super easy to form study groups. We have this thing called onestart where you can send out a message to all of your fellow students in the class requesting notes or offering to form a study group. It is extremely helpful. The professors are also very easy to access and reach through email. If I had to complain about one thing- it would be math. Math classes- especially classes like Finite and Calculus- tend to be extremely large. And worse, the teachers are sometimes foreigners. DX Some of them have accents that are so thick that you can't understand them... That being said though, most of them are pretty easy to comprehend. Just know that you'll have to spend a lot of your own time studying if you aren't naturally good at mathematics. Mathematics are required if you want to graduate.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 260

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are outgoing and persistent this is the place for you. I've never met so many persistent and educated young people determined to succeed and school, that are also extremely good at having fun. If you are looking for a real college town; this is it. If you like meeting new people everywhere you go and also running into familiar faces; this is that place too.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will know if you like IU just by making a visit. I thought IU wouldn't be the school for me until I visited. It made all the difference and I loved it to death. I never thought I would find myself at IU, but it has been the best decision of my life so far. You never know if you don't try it!

    Am enjoying being here

    It has been the best time of my life so far. The people are very friendly at IU and the environment is lively and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are interesting and I feel like my workload is appropriate for my major. Professors and AI's make a HUGE difference. Make sure before you enroll in classes that you ask around about who the good profs are in the different schools of study. You won't learn much if you find yourself uninterested or unable to understand the professor. Also, try to stick to small class sizes, much easier to get involved in the class and learn that way.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 260

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    What to do for fun

    whether on or off campus, there is always something you can find to do and have fun. with so many fun and interesting things to do, it is sometimes hard to not get distracted from you studies.

    Food and Dining

    i enjoy iu bloomington's dining services, because it offers a wide range of food. also, the rps has made it a point to have food that accommodates all kinds of dietary restrictions: vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and allergies. the iu dining service takes into account the diversity among its students and strives to provide opportunities for all.

    Dorm Life

    depending on were you live and you social abilities, the dorm life can be a get experience. during your first year attending iu bloomington, it is a good idea to live in the dorms since it helps break the ice in meeting new people. even though sharing a room can be an unpleasant experience, you don't have to let ruin your entire college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    if you re looking to make the most out of your education, iu bloomington could be a great university for you. with a wide variety of studies, you can find the best program for you to excel in. every course that i have taken has offered me the opportunity to really learn the subject and enjoy the process along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not let the large campus of iu bloomington intimidate you; it is very easy to settle in and make yourself feel like home. you will have so many opportunities to meet so many different people and get involved doing all kinds of outdoor activities and clubs. try not to limit yourself. if something sounds interesting to you check it out, you never know how it can change you for the better.

    In three sentences

    indiana university - bloomington offers many great opportunities and there is something for everyone. there is great diversity among the students that attend iu. not only can you get a great education, but there are also vast numbers of extracurricular activities to get involved in.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 260

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    What to do for fun

    visit kirkwood! or, go to college mall. there is always something going on somewhere, so watch emails for info.

    Food and Dining

    food varies from place to place, it really depends on the day. however, a lot of different types are offered.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are all unique, and each offers different resources. they're a great place to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are moderate. some are obviously more difficult than others, but over, they're fairly simple.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to talk to random people. keep your door open to meet even more. just be yourself.

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love iu bloomington. kirkwood offers a variety of cultural foods. classes fit my likes and dislikes, and i've met many great and interesting people here

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 260

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    What to do for fun

    bloomington is awesome and it offers many opportunities for students to get out and experience it. iu has hundreds of clubs and organizations available to students and if you can't find one you are interested in, create one!

    Food and Dining

    iu has an different options for meal plans depending on how many a meals a week a student eats. they have numerous dining halls and each one has a different environment.

    Dorm Life

    indiana university provides choices for students depending on how much they are willing to spend. some buildings have added amenities but they are also more expensive. iu does an excellent job of repairing and keeping up the dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    indiana university offers so many different courses with varying degrees of difficulty. academic rigor depends on the student's abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    i suggest getting to know your professors by attending office hours and meeting them in more personal setting. show them that you are willing to work hard and take their class seriously.

    In three sentences

    indiana university is diverse. indiana university has amazing programs and opportunities for students. indiana university upholds a high standard of excellence.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 260

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    explore campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    talk to lots of people and find people to study with!

    In three sentences

    most teachers are great. they are educated on the topics they teach and enthusiastic to teach them. everyone is friendly and willing to help.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    there are blue boxes everywhere, where you can call the campus police, and there are always people around.

    Greek Life

    greek life is amazing. rush is a hard time but hazing is minimal and all of the people are great fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for absolutely anything one wants to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    freshman always have to jump in the fountain near the art museum and have to put their legs up on the lighted wall.

    Bang for the buck

    it is a cheap school for an 5 star experience.

    What to do for fun

    absolutely anything. we even have a board game club on campus.

    Food and Dining

    there are plenty of options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    living in a dorm is a great way to meet people and if you live in a llc there are so many opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are taken seriously, especially the language courses. if you manage your time well though, it should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    make friends with the right groups of people, it is a big campus and it is easy to get distracted from school.

    In three sentences

    campus is always full of fun, lifetime experiences. there is tons of different nationalities of people and foods. the wide range of class opportunities really allows one to be exactly what they want to be.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 260

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    Clubs and Activities

    there are all kinds of clubs and activities to get involved with there is always something going on, on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who want to learn from people of all types of backgrounds and beliefs. great for self-motivated people.

    Tips for prospective students

    for anyone looking to come to iu, i would say definitely come with an open mindset. bloomington can open your eyes to so many things you never knew were out there. most importantly, get involved! bloomington is a large campus so you have to be sure to get involved with an organization and feel the atmosphere of a small community. joining some type of community will allow you to feel more at home. come to iu and be ready for unforgettable ride.

    In three sentences

    indiana university was the best decision i feel i could have made. i have learned so much, inside and outside of the classroom. i love the diversity and wide variety of opportunity the campus has to offer; there's a place for everyone here.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 260

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    What to do for fun

    this is the perfect college town, so there is always something going on for students to do.

    Food and Dining

    when i tried the food here it was pretty decent. i'm going back again, so i can refresh my memory, but you don't pick a college for the food.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are like any other college. the option of living learning centers are a helpful addition to allow students to be more involved and have more opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    this school requires work, but students seem to handle it well and still maintain a full schedule of other activities and a healthy social life.

    In three sentences

    this school has a gorgeous campus! the education is second to none. the atmosphere is that of a perfect college town.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    as with any where in the world, there is a certain degree of danger. but i can honestly say that i feel very comfortable taking a walk by myself at night. anywhere you go, you can see iupd around, and it seems as if they double at night. i feel safe here, for sure.

    Greek Life

    greek life is big here, even though it's not a big part of the student body that does it. it's pretty exclusive, which makes it more alluring to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many things to do here. just take a look at their website.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students that are interested in both academics and having a social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    iu basketball, little 500, kirkwood, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    compared to other colleges, iu is really cheap and you get a world-class education while paying little. the value is great.

    What to do for fun

    there are tons of things to do on and off campus. the union board is constantly putting on programs and taking trips (that are free, most of the time) that really get you interested in campus. the campus recreational sports system is awesome, with tons of club sports teams and intramural sports/games to participate in. the campus is huge, so you constantly meet new people and have plenty of room to do stuff. off campus there are tons of restaurants and shopping venues that you probably can't get to all in one year.

    Food and Dining

    the food is a lot better than i expected, but it's not a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms here are phenomenal. apart from the occasional bureaucratic roadblocks and bs, they really strive to create an awesome environment where you can meet new people from literally all over the world and make friends for years to come.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics here have the flexibility of a state school and the rigorousness of a research institution. it varies by class, but most of the time expect to be learning and doing work.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved and be open to new ideas and adventures! the more you get involved, the more resources open up for you.

    In three sentences

    it is a very great school with lots of resources both academically and socially. for me, it is the best of both worlds with division i athletics and wide variety of clubs and student organizations alongside the distinction of being a top research institution. not only this, but it is also a state college, with makes the value phenomenal.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    not involved

    Great for these types of students

    social and artsy students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    little 500, youtube it!

    Bang for the buck

    an iu degree is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    join intramural sports or partying with friends.

    Food and Dining

    it's decent, but fairly good.

    Dorm Life

    exceptional

    Academic Rigor

    it is a fairly tough school when comparing to other state schools but the professors make it easy to learn the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to take all the advanced math in highschool that you can, it is much harder if you take it here.

    In three sentences

    indiana university is a great school that looks great on a resume as my sisters that are graduates have proven. the experience is so much fun and i actually like learning here compared to my previous school. after one visit, you will love the environment.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the dining halls at indiana university are very impressive, with a range of foods and always a healthy option. the staff is very friendly and the meal points are very easy to use. the prices are definitely reasonable as well.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at indiana university stands out to me because i met so many life long friends during my freshman year. all of the resident assistants are great and do an amazing job at helping to keep the student's involved and happy. the activities hosted by the dorms do a very good job of helping students make friends quickly. the dorms are also very well kept and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics at indiana university are challenging, however nothing is ever out of your reach and there is always more than one person to help you at any time of the day. professors are very helpful and there is always an assistant instructor or teacher's assistant that you can turn to for help. the resources available to students at iu are incredible and are often times another huge part of the aid students receive for their school work.

    Tips for prospective students

    many students at first glance may think that indiana university is too large for them. i find this to be one of the best things about iu since it allows for the large variety of school and social activities which cater to just about any type of person. as long as you get involved, you can't go wrong and you definitely won't be disappointed!

    In three sentences

    indiana university is an amazing school with a stunning campus, friendly student body and very helpful faculty. with many professors at the head of their field, it is obvious the academics are great. this would be a great school for any student to attend.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 65 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is pretty safe. we have safety lights up around campus that offer a button to call for the cops. there are also cops in almost all of the dorms and that makes it convenient for any issue that may occur

    Greek Life

    i am not in the greek life so i am not to sure how it goes.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are very many different activities and clubs going on. i was planning to join a leadership program but was unable to due to classes conflicting. i volunteer in my free time and i really enjoy this.

    Great for these types of students

    all students enjoy this even when they do not live on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one place where a lot of students hang out is the imu, we have many different places to eat at they also have a bowling alley and show movies.

    Bang for the buck

    money is tight i work for only six hours a week. with that money i have to pay my bills and keep some in my account to help me with anything i might need for school.

    What to do for fun

    for fun there are many different things. for fun i usually get together with friends for either a movie night or we will go out to eat. we sometimes get together and do each others nails and hair.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining offers very many different choices from you to chose from on a daily basis. there are also very many dorms that have the food places right inside.

    Dorm Life

    i love the dorm life. it gives you the chance to meet so many different people and from that you can take away some really close friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor is very good they offer many different majors you can choose from. the classes are also very good on if you do not understand something there is help.

    Tips for prospective students

    even when you get stressed take a break and also know that if you ever need to talk to anyone there is people you can consult whether it is your ra or a professional business.

    In three sentences

    it is a life changing experience you meet different people everyday. this school is also very diverse and i like that because it gives you a chance to learn about other cultures. this has also really help me decide on what i want to do in life.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 66 of 260

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    does the size of the campus ever seem overwhelming?

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 67 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    not much to report negatively. there was national news in the summer of 2011 but that is the exception and not the rule.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    little 500 bike race in april is lots of fun.

    What to do for fun

    intercollegiate athletes are always fun. there are many clubs, lots of activities. you can be as active as you want to be.

    Food and Dining

    plenty of places to eat. dorms offer good enough food. there are lots of choices and most are within walking distance. the bus system is great as well.

    Dorm Life

    there are three different neighborhoods and you can find one that will meet your needs/style.

    Academic Rigor

    i went to a highly rated high school and iu is just more of the same. i am working hard and doing well.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard in high school. admittance standards are high. merit scholarships are available.

    In three sentences

    great programs with great majors to choose from. beautiful campus. easy to get around. affordable housing.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 68 of 260

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is very important to the administration. there are security officers that patrol the campus until the late hours of the evening. there are always improvements that can be made, but the bloomington campus and community are getting involved.

    Greek Life

    there are so many fraternities on campus that have so many different people. there are latino greeks, african american greeks and many more. they participate in community service and do so many activities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 200 clubs and organizations on the bloomington campus. also any student can go and create their own organization if it is not available. i am currently involved in black student union and it has been a wonderful experience.

    Great for these types of students

    indiana university is great for students going into medical school. also students who enjoy a big campus that offers so many different activities and majors. its a great campus for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a tradition where students touch a certain statue on campus in order to get a good grade on an exam. also there is a fountain with five fishes on campus that is said to determine the luck of the basketball team.

    Bang for the buck

    the bloomington campus has over 100 different eating places and shopping places to choose from. with so many places, there are so many deals and price slashes that occur on kirkwood avenue.

    What to do for fun

    the ras in the dorm offer many fun activities every week that students can engage in. with these activities you can meet new people, have fun and relax after a long day of classes. it is great to have so many things to do to relax and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    we have three eating places in my dorm. each offer healthy eating choices with delicious tastes. there is hoosier cafe that offers snacks and quick coffee; el bistro that has a bustling eatery with a sandwich place, a mexican dining experience and a place where you can breakfast all day; traditional offers a buffet style meal where you can get plate after plate at your convenience.

    Dorm Life

    i love my dorm! it is so exciting to meet so many different people from so many different cultures all on one floor or in the elevator. my college definitely provides the best, because my dorm has three eating places and a plethora of game rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    indiana university prides itself on having an academic scale that is worthy of a top-notch university. you have to work hard and sometimes seek the numerous help centers that are available on campus. it is great that my college provides rigorous course work, but also provides me with help to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are going to attend a college as prestigious as indiana university, then you must have the drive and desire to succeed. there are so many opportunities that this college offers that you only need to pursue to be successful. this college takes higher education to a whole new level.

    In three sentences

    my college is amazing and i am so happy to be a student at indiana university in bloomington. a 1 to 10 scale is not enough to rate my college. my feelings about this school go way past 10.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Off Campus

    Academic Rigor

    My Major is in International Studies - International Communications

    In three sentences

    The best University ever!

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 70 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    Every large campus obviously has its security issues, but I personally have never had any fights stir up around me or any creepy instances. There are your occasionally newspaper articles where rapes or theft occurred, but most times are due to the person not acting responsibly with drugs and other substances. They also have police pods located around campus where you can press if you're in need of help. They have a night owl bus which runs late if you need the bus. They also have police escorts where if you get home from the library late or such and need a ride, the police will pick you up and take you to your dorm safely.

    Greek Life

    I absolutely love Greek life thus far. I am an associate so I'm paying my dues, but zero tolerance policies, and no hazing has made this campus' Greek life a lot more fun and safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many clubs, I couldn't possible have enough room to name them all. And to find them isn't a hassle either, they've set up a system online so you can search for any club.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like an academic challenge, students that are native socials, and students that don't feel like they fit all have a home at IU. Everybody will find somebody here, especially with over 30,000 students on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    IU's Welcome Week is a huge thing. It's where you learn the chant for basketball games, where you experience different cultures, get a lot of free stuff, and get to view some performances. Also, Bloomington has a downtown where there is a 4th street where there are literally almost every culture of food in existence. They have Thai restaurants, Chinese, Mexican, Cajun style, and many more!

    Bang for the buck

    IU is definitely worth every penny. The experiences you gain and friendships you can gain, the ones I've gained in two months, are priceless!

    What to do for fun

    I couldn't begin to tell you how much there is to do, not just academically, but for fun as well. With so many groups, and the ability to start your own, You'll always keep busy.

    Food and Dining

    The campus offers a wide selection of meals. For obvious reasons, it isn't the cream of the crop meals, but the food definitely has taste and there are options! A neat thing I found on campus were the two buffets they have at the Collins dorm and the Reed dorm.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Willkie and love it!. Very nice dorm for the upper classmen. The other dorms around campus are more social just because there are upper class men here and at Union, but living in any dorm you are bound to find someone or something interesting to take up your time. Another great thing about the dorms on campus, the have events every so often which means free food, fun, and friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to the school I attended last year, IU has a great academic program setup. Most classes will require more than just a pencil in handle. It's way more hands on so you gain true experience along with the boring writing and readings!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind when coming here. Don't get overwhelmed with the tasks and events always occurring. Make sure you do go to every event you can as possible, especially during Welcome Week.

    In three sentences

    IU is a great academic and social school. While attending you are sure to meet people, make friends, and acquire a great education!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lights lighting up almost all of campus when it gets dark at night, and there are police and campus officers walking around at all times. There is also a really cool service where you can call and have an escort take you home at night-- no questions asked. There is also a policy that if you are at a party and someone has alcohol poisoning but someone and that person are underage, no matter who calls, the student (if underage) will not get in trouble-- the cops and doctors would prefer that someone call than let someone pass away due to alcohol poisoning. They ask no questions-- they are simply thankful that someone had enough sense to call. There is also a program that all freshmen have to complete for Alcohol Safety. It's a short online course that takes no more than about 45 minutes, and it is required at all schools. This helps students understand drinking better, and this also helps the campus and police officers because students are more aware.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is known around here to have a sort of iffy connotation. There is a bit of hazing that happens when students are rushing, but other than that, it builds a great sense of community to those who are in it, and those around the Greek Life people can tell that it brings them closer as a sort of second family.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over about 800 clubs and activity-driven organizations on campus, and they are all easy to get involved in. Whether you want to be a part of the International Business Association, the IU Student United Way to take advantage of volunteering opportunities, or if you want to play Quidditch for the Midnight Snipes at IU and in regional/national championships, there is something for everyone. There are even clubs dedicated to loving and hating Justin Bieber.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for liberal, international, socially accepting, fun, studios students. It really has an environment where any type of student can thrive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Lotus Fest, in downtown Bloomington, where international traditions are celebrated in October, the Little 500 during an entire week in April, the Nearly Naked Mile Run in October, IU Basketball season from November to March, and the drumline playing in random places on campus the weekends before football games, among other things.

    Bang for the buck

    This school offers a lot, and there is a lot to take advantage of here. First of all, the professors care about their students, and are willing to help, so the grades you will get here (as long as you try) will be generally pretty good, the campus is absolutely gorgeous, and the fun you can have going out with friends, seeing a free and new movie out at the Indiana Memorial Union on the weekends, and simply being here for the learning experience makes attending this school totally worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    As I said, it is a party school, so if that's what you're looking for, then you'll be in luck. If you are a homebody though, there is limited cable in the rooms, and activities offered throughout the week at the dorms. There are also such things as the Little 500 (a week of celebration then a big bike race), IU basketball (#1), football games, concerts, operas, and activities in the dorms, such as tailgating parties, poker nights, movie nights, and cultural opportunities to meet international students.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is pretty convenient on campus, and there are dining halls almost everywhere. It is easy to go to other dorms to eat, and IU has been working on offering more healthy foods, so there is plenty of fresh produce if that's what you want, but they also offer pizza, Italian food, and even in some places, Mexican food or fried chicken. There is a plethora of food on campus, so it's hard to get bored. There are also Convenience C-stores stores all around, so if you want to buy stuff with your meal card to keep in your room, those stores are really nice to have around.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is fun. There are always many activities to do, and when there isn't, there are other dorms you can go and spend time in. You will get to know new people, and living on a floor with new people and in a room with a random roommate will definitely help expand your social circles so that you may open up to others. The dorms are all pretty comfy-- some are smaller, bigger, older, or newer than others, but all have their own charm. Yes, IU is considered a party school, but most students are respectful to others and it is easy to find a quiet (or loud) place to go depending on your wishes.

    Academic Rigor

    The math department at this school is pretty tough, but the professors are willing to help when asked. The other classes have high standards, and they professors simply want their students to learn and do well in their classes at the same time. Professors here demand that you do work for their classes, but are very open to questions and are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to prospective students that this campus is very diverse and liberal, and it is best to have an open mind if you are considering or planning to attend this University. Also, it would be smart to check out each of the individual schools within the University, such as the Education School, the Kelley School of Business, the Jacobs School of Music, SPEA, and the wide range of study abroad opportunities IU offers. I would say to look for what you want, and see how IU could help you attain your personal and educational goals.

    In three sentences

    This is a very pretty, diverse campus that has a lot to offer current, past, and prospective students. There is literally a major for everyone, and if there isn't, you can create your own major. Each student will find his or her place here and learn to love learning and this University.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 72 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    The campus of Indiana University is very safe because student safety is given top priority. Campus police is very active and several emergency call stations are located throughout the campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at Indiana University is a great way for students to make friends, succeed academically, and engage the community. About 20% of the students at IU belong to a fraternity or sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and organizations at Indiana University offer a little something for everyone. I have been a member of both the IU Habitat for Humanity Chapter and the IU Rugby Club where I have made life long friends and memories.

    Great for these types of students

    Indiana University is the place for diverse, well-rounded, driven people who are ready to grow. IU offers an environment where students can collaborate to learn about each other and themselves. Students quickly learn that they have the knowledge and ability to make a real splash in the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every spring the Indiana University Little 500 bicycle race generates the greatest week in all of college. A full week of concerts, events, and intense school spirit leads up to the world's largest collegiate bike race.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University provides a very affordable yet top-level education. Students are given the instruction and resources needed to make a successful career after graduation. I believe the investment in my Indiana University education is the best I could have made as a young adult.

    What to do for fun

    There is never a dull moment at Indiana University. Whether you want to catch a basketball game in historic Assembly Hall, shop around in wonderful downtown Bloomington, attend a premier show at the IU Auditorium, or participate in the world's largest collegiate bike race, there are plenty of ways for students to always have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered at the dining halls is high quality and very delicious. There are several dining halls conveniently located throughout campus. Each offers a great selection of various foods that are tasty and nutritional.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm my freshmen year was a unique experience that I will always cherish. I developed friendships with my roommate and other dorm students that have lasted for years. Living in a dorm was the perfect way to get acclimated with the college.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel thoroughly challenged every single day I step into the classroom. Indiana University is powered by an outstanding faculty with unparalleled real world experience. Students are always encouraged to develop into problem solvers and concerned citizens of the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the many opportunities Indiana University has to offer. There are countless student organizations to be a part of and great experiences to be had. The students here are strong, intelligent, wonderful young people from all different backgrounds.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is the best Pubic University in Indiana. I am receiving a phenomenal education at a very affordable price. I feel prepared and confident to succeed in the marketplace after graduation.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 73 of 260

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very fun, but very competitive.

    What to do for fun

    Kirkwood stores are great as well as IU's sporting events and music events.

    Food and Dining

    Good variety, but gets old.

    Dorm Life

    Fun kids with academic priorities.

    Academic Rigor

    The Kelley School of Business is difficult, but you never ask When am I actually going to use this in life? because all courses are relevant to the business world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to call out meetings and get involved in various activities to make the campus seem smaller and meet more people.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has a phenomenal atmosphere. The Kelley School of Business prepares students for real life in the business world. The social and academic scenes here are unparalleled.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This is my number one school! I can't wait to apply and hopefully I get accepted. It's everything I want in a school.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 75 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    We have the IU police, IU alert system (which texts and emails you - and your parents if they choose - when something is happening I.e. tornado warnings, etc), blue buttons for calling police, and groups that provide you with someone to walk home or a ride late at night so you don't have to go by yourself.

    Greek Life

    I honestly don't know much about this, it wasn't a big interest for me. There are definitely plenty of houses and options!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs, tons of intramural teams, and plenty of jobs to get! You can definitely find something that works for you easily - there is an activities fair, job fair, and internship fair at the beginning of each year to help you get involved and show you all of your options.

    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for everyone! It is a big school tough, so you have to be willing to put yourself out there to make friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    IU has awesome tailgates before football games, and basketball is also a big deal around here. Another cool tradition is sitting outside the art museum staring at the color changing lights on the building - weird, but cool and relaxing!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state, IU is absolutely a great bang for its buck. Out of state seems quite pricey to me but I don't know the going rate for colleges outside of one's home state. I love my experience at IU and I am getting a fantastic education while having lots of fun! I wouldn't tease it for anything.

    What to do for fun

    Where to start? Kirkwood and 4th street have a lot of cool dining options. There are lots of cool bike and hiking trails not far from campus - even one with a waterfall. There are tons of clubs to join, volunteer opportunities, and concerts/plays. The art museum is great, there are free movies in the Union building Thursday-Saturday, on campus bowling and pool, and a beautiful arboretum to study in. There is ALWAYS something going on at IU if you choose to partake.

    Food and Dining

    There are many, many options to choose from in the dining halls. I am a picky eater by every account, so this was a concern for me. The number of options at each and every dining hall (you can eat at any of them, at any time throughout the day) makes it easy to be satisfied - even for those with allergies, health restrictions, or if you are just plain picky.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms generally have shared showers but you can choose if you would like co-Ed or same sex floors. The rooms are all decently sized (for dorms that is) and all of them are fairly close to convenient dining options. Freshman must buy a meal plan, but there are a lot of options to choose from and I definitely enjoyed the convenience. I recommend asking for the North or Central neighborhood, just because the South buildings tend to be a bit more out of the way. The dorms are a great way to make friends, plus there is always someone around to hang out! The location is unbeatable as well - I miss living on campus for the convenience.

    Academic Rigor

    IU has a wide variety of majors, but upon arriving here it appears the course loads range in difficulty drastically. You can choose to take blow-off courses for your gen-eds, or take classes that are more difficult but taught by highly esteemed Professors who pass on a lot of cool knowledge! Your course schedule is what you make it to be, but some requirements are tough. IU has a lot of professors who have done some really incredible things, don't be afraid to meet with them and ask!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tip #1: Look into the living-learning centers in the dorms. They sound nerdy but I moved to one part way through the year and made a lot more friends because of it! It's easier to meet people and you generally have more common interests; it is not the nerdy atmosphere I expected in the least. Tip #2: Meet with an advisor in the department your major is in. Even before you are accepted, they are eager to help and have tons of information to help you with your college decision, decide what classes would interest you, and make recommendations. Tip #3: Don't go home every weekend. Actually, do not visit home for the first two months if it isn't necessary! I know it's hard to feel homesick and going home can be awfully tempting for some freshman, but the first two months are key for making great friends and finding your niche! Also, don't be afraid to talk to other students in your classes - you can study and form fast friendships!

    In three sentences

    It's hard to describe IU in just three sentences; Indiana University is a beautiful large campus, located in a city with a smaller town vibe. There is so much to Bloomington, with the fine dining options, community involvement linked to campus, and thousands of activities to participate in and people to meet! The campus itself is spaced out and quite beautiful, with a huge variety of classes and majors to choose from - there is definitely something for everyone!

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    As soon as I stepped on campus during the spring, I fell in love. It's a beautiful campus and is able to offer so much and more to its students. The financial aid is wonderful and the community of students is very welcoming.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 77 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt very safe on campus even when I have had to walk alone at night. I often see cops out patrolling and walking the sidewalks making sure everything is okay. IU is a very well lit campus and has emergency telephone stations where all you have to do is click a button and help will be sent right away. Also if a student feels unsafe, they can call campus safety and be escorted home.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big thing at IU. Greek life allows students to have opportunities that they might not have otherwise. IU's Greek life is very proactive and safe. They constantly advocate against destructive behaviors.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that are open to students. New students can do campus tours for prospective students. There are also fun foreign language clubs where the members gather and play games and eat foods of that culture.

    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for the photographer because of its beautiful landscape. It's great for the sports fanatic because there is much hysteria for sports. Overall the campus has something to offer everyone, which I can't list in three sentences. My advice would be to come here and find what fits you, because there is no doubt you will find something here for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing I found a little unusual was the Naked Mile Run at IU. Students all gather in October with as little as clothes as possible and do the run. You would think that it would be painfully cold, but everyone is always having such a good time while breaking a sweat that they barely notice.

    Bang for the buck

    IU is such a great deal really! It is the perfect college and yet it isn't as expensive as other colleges. All of the costs are manageable and a great deal for this five-star school!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do at IU, from going to athletic events, auditorium showings, shopping, eating, sight-seeing, attending cultural events, there is never a dull moment. There are many stores and eateries on the square that accommodate anyone. Also on game days there is so much excitement among students that it makes you want to join the fun!

    Food and Dining

    I love the food at IU. There are so many options that allow students to be healthy and fill up to get needed energy. There are so many places to dine at here that a student could eat a new, different food every day their first year.

    Dorm Life

    At first I was apprehensive of dorm life, but now I absolutely love it. I have so much freedom and can decorate my room however I want to. I also really have grown to enjoy my roommate and we often go to dinner and to the auditorium. Dorm life helps freshmen find friends and create a sense of community with others.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are huge at IU and students and teachers take them very seriously. You can also find tutoring help or study sessions going on at any time on campus. Professors are very eager to help and make it well known in class and on their syllabus

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering going to Indiana University I would first visit the campus. This will captivate you with its beauty right off and cause you to want to attend Indiana University. Second I would try to meet new people here, because all of the friends that you make help you to have the best experience possible.

    In three sentences

    IU is the best decision I have ever made. There is no doubt it is a five star school. If you are considering going here, don't hesitate, you won't regret it!

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 78 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are safety phones placed throughout campus and a fair amount of lights once it is dark out.

    Greek Life

    20% of the students are involved with the greek life. There are numerous volunteer and philanthropy opportunities if you're involved in a greek organization. However, there is the chance to be as involved as you would like, even if you aren't involved in a greek organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities that it can become overwhelming as a freshman but make sure to make the most of it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will thrive at Indiana University. Since it is a big campus and some classes are big lecture halls, it is best if the student is motivated and has a desire to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a career development venter on the corner of North Jordan and 10th street that is one of the most helpful institutions on campus. They will help you find jobs, internships, and graduate schools.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state school it is definitely the best bang for your buck. The music school is better than Juilliard and the Kelly school of business is one of the best in the nation. Besides the cost of books and tuition there isn't much you'll have to pay for once you are at Indiana University.

    What to do for fun

    Bloomington is an amazing town with unlimited options. For students who are over 21 there is a great nightlife and for those under 21 there is a free bowling center and movie theatre on campus. There is never a dull moment if you are involved in student organizations and the campus hosts a lot of on-campus events.

    Food and Dining

    The food can become somewhat repetitive, but that won't be till late in the second semester. There is a new dorm and dining hall on campus that offers steak, frozen yogurt, starbucks, and many other options.

    Dorm Life

    I had an amazing freshman year in the dorms. My RA was very helpful and my floor was very close. I lived in the center of the campus but I have heard that no matter where you live, you'll love it. Each dorm has a very different life.

    Academic Rigor

    I have always been challenged in all of my courses. That being said, every single one of my professors has been more than willing to help me in all of my studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to start out doing something you are truly interested in. The social aspect of Indiana University can be alluring, but in order to graduate in four years and have the best possible options after graduation make sure to be very involved with your classes.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an amazing institution with a lot of opportunities. Life at IU never becomes boring and as a senior you will never want to leave. It is a big campus but it can be as small as you want it to be, depending on what you're involved in.

  • 05/30/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The recreational center was booming when I was there. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I enjoyed being able to interact with the students during this free time of theirs.

    Food and Dining

    The choices you were given were wonderful. The taste was amazing and healthy at the same time. I loved that you could choose from so many options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seemed to be working for the students. I liked that you could house with people from different countries as well. The importance of the buddy system was well thought of.

    Academic Rigor

    The students all were working hard. The academics were outstanding as well. The students seemed busy but happy at the same time.

    In three sentences

    I found the atmosphere to be very peaceful. The people and faculty were very helpful. The campus was beautiful and well maintained.

  • 06/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Indiana University Bloomington. The freshman advisors and resources really helped me discover the right major for me. All the classes I've had so far have been really engaging and interesting, and the Professors are amazing!

  • 11/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you have a system of studying, THAT WORKS, then this school is perfect for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study the material before and after the class, in order to fully understand what is going on in the classroom. This is crucial for surviving the science courses (Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, etc.).

    Bang for the buck

    It was definitely worth my money coming here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus. I love walking around the campus, especially during the fall. I love the fact that there is always an activity to do, somewhere on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I absolutely love the courses that I am currently taking. The teachers are very helpful in making sure that their students fully comprehend the material that is being taught.

  • 11/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like a big 10 atmosphere then IU is the place you want to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definately visit!

    Bang for the buck

    You will get alot out of being there as a person and a student.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is awesome and very pretty! It's a cute town.

    Will learn a lot

    It's an amzing university. you can't halp but learn while there.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    it seems likes a good school for my graduate studies. i am looking here for that.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    more could be done to better protect students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the union is the campus spot to hang out between classes.

    Bang for the buck

    textbooks are expense. form a network with other individuals who have the same major and switch textbooks.

    What to do for fun

    the campus hosts many events. also, there is the theater and iu auditorium shows.

    Food and Dining

    there are several dining options. just do not eat at the same place everyday. also, they offer part- time jobs to students.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms vary. some are more involved than others.

    Academic Rigor

    there are many programs to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    always apply for student aid and going go to class. it will help you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    indiana university has many great opportunities for students. the school academic programs are diverse and allow for exploration to find the right area of study.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 85 of 260

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    Campus Safety

    I don't live on campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't live on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    IU Bloomington is known for its online programs, so it's good for anyone who needs to study completely online.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't live on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I spend over $1200 per class to not learn much.

    What to do for fun

    I have no idea. I don't live on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, I've been forced to take courses that I learned nothing from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect IU to be better than other schools.

    In three sentences

    IU is ranked in the top 15 schools in the nation. However, I've found its teaching program to be as lacking as any other school's. Teachers need to be able to inquire, and programs need to teach teachers how to inquire.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I love to go to the SRSC. and take some of the classes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 its a race and concerts.

    What to do for fun

    I like to hang out with my friends and watch the free showings of movies.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is really good but like most good food unhealthy. They have a lot of vegan food too.

    Dorm Life

    If you have no ac get a bunch of fans and get to know your floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    It tough but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an idea what major you want to get into and go to all of the welcome week functions.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school. You will have to work hard but its really fun. You learn to be independent here.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU-Bloomington has there own police force, the IUPD, which are great at what they do and are pleasent in the process. My only suggestion would be for additional Call for Assistance buttons of some sort to be placed throughout campus in case of emergencies.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately I do not have much opinion in this field as I did not rush or become involved in the Greek Life. It is, however, a large community at this university.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is a club or activity a student is interested in, there is a 99% chance there is a club or activity for them. If by chance there isn't, however, IU-Bloomington is very acclamatable and welcoming to students establishing new groups/clubs or activities in which they have a passion.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds and any kinds!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are entirely too many to name but a couple include the world famous Little 500 Bicycle Race, the always populated and unique venues of Kirkwood Ave, and the shaking of the hand of Herman B. Wells's statue by the parents of incoming freshmen to bid farewell & good luck to the children they are sending off to college.

    Bang for the buck

    There are pricey areas and great savings, depending on where you go or what you are doing. Asking around is the best way to find what you're looking for.

    What to do for fun

    Not only is there an array of campus/university activities available to students, the town of Bloomington itself is multicultural, multifaceted, and unique in many ways. It provides a variety of things to do on an endless scale.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, reasonable prices for meal plan options, and availability of healthy choices as well.

    Dorm Life

    You should research the dorms before signing up for your residency and choose the dorm that best fits overall your personality and will encompass your goals for college.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major and course load, of course, but you only get out of something (in this case, college) the equivalent of what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything possible to start; your involvement can be cut down and your interests more directly narrowed as you go but it is always better to have tried something out than to always wonder what if. Also, more importantly, it is MUCH easier to maintain a good GPA than it is to get a lower one back up to where it should be, it does not take much to hurt your GPA in college.

    In three sentences

    It is a university that offers a wide variety of areas of study; there is a degree for every different type of person. The professors employed at IU-Bloomington are extremely knowledgeable in their fields and, because it is a research university, are not only teaching their particular subjects but are also actively involved in and always current on the most up-to-date information out in these subjects as well. The campus itself is incredibly beautiful and provides a aesthetically pleasing setting during all four seasons of the year.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Pretty cheap even for out of state in comparison to other schools. Also for Kelley can get automatic scholarships with a certain GPA and SAT score.

    What to do for fun

    Parties...lots of em.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food gets old fast but there are tons of restaurants with great food and Kirkwood can be a lot of fun.

    Dorm Life

    McNutt is awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    Kelley School of Business can be challenging but not too bad. Don't worry, you will have more than enough time for a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit Bloomington and see for yourself! Beautiful campus.

    In three sentences

    Great place to be! Tons of fun and impressive academics. Kelley School of Business really prepares you for the real world and works hard to find you a job.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are lots of frats and sororities, and one for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a crazy amount of ethnic restaurants.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Bloomington always has lots to do, and walking the streets is always fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and get involved!

    In three sentences

    IU is a great place for students who like to be involved and have fun. The programs are great and rigorous. Studying is necessary.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety does a great job with the domestic violence and campus violations on campus. They are efficient and very reliable.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is almost the most essential part of college life located here in Bloomington.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexuals, and Transsexuals), Student Advocates and many more club activities take place on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Having Health problems? We have a wonderful on campus Health Clinic open to everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of student have petitions on campus monthly in order to reach out and talk to the people they feel are ignoring their wishes.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University offers a wide variety of classes, food stores, and transportation. This is beneficial to the well-being of both students and teachers.

    What to do for fun

    We have an on campus Bowling Alley where a lot of the students attend daily. We also have a building on campus where students can go work out and play basketball.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great! Very nutritious with a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't really like dorm life, but the meal plan was great!

    Academic Rigor

    Very great with reaching out to student who are trying to advance into their programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of the large campus and don't let it's population distract you.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great school. Good learning experience and its courses prepares you for your careers. Indiana University is very successful with educating its students.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Crazy and fun

    What to do for fun

    IU campus is located directly next to downtown Bloomington, where many businesses, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, are located. Additionally, buses and taxis are numerous, allowing easy transportation to other destinations in the Bloomington Area. As for on-campus fun, many dorms and clubs throw events, cookouts, and more.

    Food and Dining

    Over the years, IU has been improving the on-campus cafes, and dining halls. Their menus vary, but there is always some kind of snack to be found, including coffee!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms (as a Freshman) is the best way to meet new people, make new friends, and find your niche. Additionally, all of the dorms are conveniently located in the center of campus, making every classroom and facility just a 5 to 10 minute walk away.

    Academic Rigor

    Class difficulty varies depending on the course taken, as well as the professor teaching. For the most part, the most challenging classes are the ones one can learn the most in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore your options, because there are many different opportunities and classes available for students. Although known to be a party school, many departments at IU are nationally ranked; being a student here is the best way to learn how to balance success in school and in social lives.

    In three sentences

    IU's beautiful campus and countless opportunities makes it an enjoyable and rewarding place to attend school. Each school is made up of numerous well-known programs, and consists of professors and administrators who are skilled and have had experience in the field they teach. Most importantly, the school pride emitted by the masses makes me proud to be a part of Indiana University.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bloomington is a fun town. Between movie theaters, the mall, bowling, parks, pools and other activities, there is a lot to do. Kirkwood Avenue, which is where the bars and shops are, is right next to the heart of campus for great food, drinks, and entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different places students can eat on campus. The union is excellent for variety!

    Dorm Life

    Although I didn't live in a dorm at IU, I've only heard very positive feedback from everyone who has.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are willing to put in the work, you will be able to get solid grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take intensive writing courses! Good reading, writing, and critical thinking skills will be useful in every field. Also, take advantage of the many scheduling options that IU offers.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my experience as an English major with minors in Criminal Justice and Psychology. The campus is beautiful. I have greatly improved my critical thinking/analyzing skills, along with my close reading skills, and the scheduling options are phenomenal.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Geocaching is a fun tradition on campus. There are geocaches placed all over campus for students to search for and when you find one, you write your name on it. Another fun tradition is Little 500 week where there are tons of events and concerts leading up to the big race.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun! I am involved in CRU and love the friendships I have made there. It is fun to walk around campus with friends at night and visit the Art Museum. There are beautiful lights projected on the wall and students love to lay on the ground and hang out there. Hoosier Den is also a fun place for students to go with friends to eat junk food, sing karaoke, and play board games until 3am on weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come on a campus visit to get a feel of the campus and life here at IU. There are also opportunities in the spring to stay overnight in a dorm room with current students to get a very real sense of college life.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington is a wonderful school full of opportunity. There are hundreds of ways to get involved on the beautiful campus. Everyone here is friendly and shares a love of IU!

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have been missing a student since June of 2011 named Lauren Spierer. The Police here in Bloomington are always out patrolling in search to get kids who are drinking. Drinking tickets and Pre-Trial Diversion account for 37% of Monroe County's Circuit Court revenue.

    Greek Life

    Very large Greek system which creates a divide between the Greek students and the Non-Greek students.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a fair amount of student organizations outside of Greek Life that can really help you branch out and meet your peers.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to join Greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The largest intercollegiate cycling race is held here in Bloomington called the Little 500. The movie Breaking Away is about this great event. Teams from the Greek houses and Independent teams in the area all compete in a race modeled after the Indy 500 car race. It is incredibly exciting and has been going on for over 60 years here!

    Bang for the buck

    IU is a very expensive school if you are out-of-state, and I would advise you to really think about spending your money more wisely if you are not from Indiana. IU has great academics, but so do other states in the Midwest and around the country. Indiana University charges so much more to students who are out of state (like me) and it has become very overwhelming for me when I think about how much I'll have to pay back in loans.

    What to do for fun

    IU has a fabulous Art Museum and Theatre. The Union Board is always bringing popular artists to perform throughout the year, for example: Dave Matthews Band, Lil Wayne, and Sublime. There is always a performer that will appeal to the masses. We also have a great bar scene in Bloomington off of Kirkwood Av. and is very popular amongst the of-age students.

    Food and Dining

    I most definitely gained weight when I was a freshman because I loved the dorm food. Some food courts are better than others and the C-Store is a place where you can mock grocery shop for smaller items, which tend to be nutritious and healthy!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is great because you can choose to live on floors designated to your personal interests (such as outdoor adventures) or your major. The RA's are fabulous and always try to get everyone involved on their floor to participate in non-drinking related activities.

    Academic Rigor

    In high school I had a 3.6 GPA and was highly involved in student activities and sports. Here at IU I don't feel I am challenged as much as I would like to be. Certain programs and majors are more difficult than others, such as International Studies and the Kelly School of Business (which is nationally renowned). Overall I have plenty of time to balance my school life with my social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    IU-Bloomington has a very large Greek Life populations. If you do not enjoy a party scene or rambunctious young adults running around on the weekends then do not attend this school. IU is a great graduate school for serious scholars but a typical, wild, experience for undergrads.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a beautiful campus that has a variety of different things to do. Students can choose to become a part of their Greek Life culture or get involved in other many other great student organizations. Bloomington has so much to offer as a town and can open your eyes to many different cultures and ethnic groups.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe during the day, but at night campus can get a little dark and I don't always feel safe. Nothing has ever happened to me personally, but I hear stories.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for pretty much everything here.

    Great for these types of students

    People that are interested in one of the few liberal campuses in Indiana and the Midwest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some lights that are outside the art museum that are kind of a go-to spot for students. You're supposed to lay down by the wall and watch the lights.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is beautiful. If you want to go to a place where you're surrounded by trees and flowers, this is the place to go. Most buildings are pretty clean. My classes are interesting enough.

    What to do for fun

    There is a mall pretty close to campus. There is a movie theater in the IMU that students can attend for free. There is a bowling alley and an arcade in there too, but you have to pay for those. The art museum is free for students. The IU Auditorium has some good shows come through during the year.

    Food and Dining

    Collins does not have the best food, but luckily there are plenty of other place with good food to go to on campus. Off campus there are a lot of delicious and diverse restaurants close by.

    Dorm Life

    In my dorm there are always programs and club meetings to attend that are really fun. It is fairly easy to meet people and make friends in the community.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of really good professors here that usually require a lot of work, but there are also classes that are a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check where the buildings are when you sign up for classes so you aren't trying to run from one side of campus to the other in fifteen minutes.

    In three sentences

    IU has a really beautiful campus with a lot to offer. There is a lot of culture here. The course selection is pretty good.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Drink.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty bad.

    Dorm Life

    Party Central.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a University, one would hope it would be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live off of campus as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful and Huge. The prettiest campus I have ever seen. It's highly ranked and deserves every bit of the credit.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone at night and you will be fine.

    Great for these types of students

    Party hard yet serious students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 great!!!

    Bang for the buck

    They charge you for everything!

    What to do for fun

    -Little 500 -Hoosier basketball

    Food and Dining

    The food is horrible!!!!!

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are so loud it is hard to sleep. They are often very dirty.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your career choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    IU may be known for it's parties, but it is wise to study. After all who wants to pay 20K a year for some party?

    In three sentences

    Classes are large, but overall it is a good school. If you prefer close relationships with professors I would look into other schools. It is a little expensive as well.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bloomington is a wonderful community. There are a lot of volunteer oppurtinties close to campus. There are many wonderful restaurants off of kirkwood and other fun activities to do in the down town area.

    Food and Dining

    I have had a few meals on campus, they are very average, nothing I look forward to.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot accurately rate this, I live off campus with my husband.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenge academically at IU (more than the previous two colleges I have attended).

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new ideas and ready for a challenge!

    In three sentences

    Indiana university is a place for me to gain a new insight and learn about cultures and other issues. IU is a fast paced environment and challenges students to be ready for the real world.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a pretty safe campus, with only a few minor incidents. Of course, there are the occasional freak accidents, but you'll find those anywhere. I don't think I've ever really felt unsafe. There's an escort service if you're walking home alone and you do feel unsafe, so that's nice to have.

    Greek Life

    Very Greek. Apparently one of the most competitive sorority rushes in the country. But if you're not Greek, you won't struggle to find things to do or people to meet. If anything, you'll know a Greek, and a Greek knows everyone, so your friend can always hook you up with Greek-related activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are practically a zillion things to choose from! You'll have trouble picking which ones NOT to join. During Welcome Week, you'll have a ton of opportunities to learn about different organizations in all areas - sports, academics, honors, volunteering, Greek, residence halls, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! No matter what your interests, your background, or your goals, you'll feel right at home here. Even if you're afraid of a big school, you can make it as small as you want (introduce yourself to your professors and get to know them, join clubs, etc... or just don't ever leave your dorm... whatever floats your boat).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Little 500 bike race is the top one on my list - it's been ranked as the Best College Weekend in America! IU Basketball is a huge deal (definitely get the season tickets). Fun fact: we're the Hoosiers (no one really knows what that means, but we love our mascot all the same).

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, IU is a great education at a great price. I have some out-of-state friends who are less than thrilled about the rising cost of education, but a degree from IU is one you can be proud of and one that will take you places, so it's worth every penny. Plus there is good financial aid/scholarships and tons of jobs around if you want extra help paying for school.

    What to do for fun

    There's a great mall close by, free movies every weekend at the Union, and downtown is just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus. Lots of people party on the weekends, but for the rest of us, people-watching can be just as entertaining. The Jacobs School of Music has TONS of free and cheap events, some of which you can even live stream on your computer, such as operas, ballets, and a veritable plethora of musical ensembles. Our athletics are great (except football), and our campus is amazingly beautiful all year round. You won't run out of fun stuff to do!

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is dorm food wherever you go, but IU has fairly good dorm food. Plenty of variety all over campus, and Bloomington has some really REALLY awesome ethnic restaurants within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Roommate assignments are completely random at IU - no questionnaires or anything. If you and your roomie don't get along, it's not hard to switch rooms. The RA's do a decent job with programs for their floors, and 98% of the 40,000+ students on campus are super friendly and easy to talk to. Before you register for housing, you need to know that the Northwest neighborhood is full of business kids, athletes, and people who like partying, the Central neighborhood is more like the East neighborhood and probably has the best variety of people, and the Southeast neighborhood has lots more science and artsy kids because it's on that half of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    IU will be as rigorous as you make it. As a premed Biology major, I work my butt off to get good grades, stay involved, etc. I know a lot of business students who have class 3 days a week and don't do a whole lot of anything. It all depends on your program and your goals in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that IU has a reputation as a party school, and it lives up to it. If partying is your thing, there is a place for you. But if you don't party (I don't), you'll find tons of great people and lots of cool things to do besides partying on the weekends.

    In three sentences

    IU is a great school that has a place for everyone in its student body - no matter what you like, you'll find other people who have the same tastes. A wide variety of schools, majors, and programs at a state research university means that if you change your career plans, you won't have to change schools. Financial aid is an important factor for many students, and IU has lots of opportunities for scholarships, work study, and employment to make college possible for everyone.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join an intramural league, attend a sporting event, IU Cinema, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    Wright food court is the best. Not many alternative non-meat, gluten, or dairy free options unless you go to Collins. Make sure to check out 4th street and the Union for a fun night out with a variety of food options and flavors.

    Dorm Life

    Wright dorm in central campus is a great middle location. Make sure to bring a large window fan since most dorms don't have central air. Collins LLC offers a more art and vegetarian based setting.

    Academic Rigor

    Social sciences and history courses tend to be more academically challenging. Mix up a tough schedule with some HPER classes like yoga or self-defense. Unless your are pre-med don't take upper level biology courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take electives that sound interesting to you, they will count towards your degree anyway. Try to attend at least one basketball game! Go to on campus events, you meet so many people you wouldn't have before.

    In three sentences

    Large campus with a small town feel. Well respected across the continental U.S. Helped me discover my future aspirations.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Out of state is insanely expensive unless you are attending for Jacobs or Kelley.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 is by far the best tradition on IU campus. This a bike race held every spring, based off of the Indy 500. It has been called the greatest college weekend! Indiana University Dance Marathon( IUDM) is a unique tradition started just over 20 years ago. IUDM is a philanthropy event to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The majority of participates dance for 36hrs with out sitting down or sleeping. Last year over 1.8 million dollars were donated for the kids.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I begin with this? Iu offers so many things, I dont think I've ever been bored. Club sports, Philanthropy, clubs, free movies on the weekends, concerts, plays, little 500(bike race), greek life, Big 10 basketball, tailgating, football, shopping and dining ( close to campus)

    Food and Dining

    Great food courts and C-stores. Lots of variety and access to many different types of food. As an upper class man I now miss the easy of eating at the food court everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm freshmen year was an awesome experience. I dont think I have one negative thing to say about my dorm. I mett some many new people living in the dorms. All of the dorms are within about a ten min walk to the center of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    From the Kelley School of Business to the Jacob's School of Music IU offers it all. Each college/school with its own unique opportunities and challenges!

    Tips for prospective students

    Most importantly study hard! Get involved on campus nad explore all IU has to offer: Greek life, Dance Marathons, basketball games, intramural and club sports, concerts, Little 500( Worlds greatest college weekend) and just about everything in between. College is a once in a lifetime experience, make sure you make the most of yours by going to Indiana University.

    In three sentences

    I couldnt have made a better choice than going to Indiana University. IU has it all: beautiful campus, awesome academics, Greek life, tailgating, basketball, Little 500 school spirit, philanthropy. Bloomington is a small city with a big heart!

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although everyone has heard about the missing Indiana University student from last June, Indiana University is safe. They offer safe rides (they come pick you up and take you to wherever you need to go) that are offered every night I think. There are also emergency lights every couple hundred feet around campus. The emergency lights have phones and buttons on them to contact the police.

    Greek Life

    Indiana University's Greek life is ranked #1 in the nation. I actually joined a sorority this year. At Indiana University, there are 20 sorority chapters and we are getting another this year I believe, there are only 25 total. We are only four chapters away from having every single sorority at Indiana University.

    Great for these types of students

    Indiana University is great for all types of students. The education one will receive is absolutely amazing, but with all the opportunities offered there, it is almost impossible to not have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    As much as I love Indiana University, it is so expensive. My family is part of the working middle class and we struggled to get through my freshman year. Now, going into my sophomore year I have to find more scholarship money in order to go back in the fall.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun at Indiana University. There are countless intramural sports to get involved with. There are clubs for everything possible. The buses take you off campus so you can go out to eat or go shopping. The dorms hold many activities a week and they all vary. There really isn't ever a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple food courts on Indiana University's campus. All the food courts have a variety of foods. If you get tired of one kind of food you can simply go to a different food court and get something completely different to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm called Eigenmann, and I loved it. The rooms were massive. There was a food court in the basement, a bookstore, and even a rock climbing wall. Eigenmann held activities at least once a week, so there was always plenty to do. We had central heating and air conditioning as well, so while the weather fluctuated outside we could stay comfortable in our dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm sure this goes for every school, but you will find that some classes are much easier than others. The classes you would assume to be difficult, are. I would say the academic rigor is fair. College isn't meant to be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    My main tip for prospective students is to make sure they focus on their classes and grades. My GPA is not where it should, but I didn't realize just how much independence I would have and let my grades suffer. Another tip I have is to get involved. Indiana University has so much to offer; it is a little difficult to figure out where to start, but once you do get going, get involved with everything you can.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University in Bloomington is one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world and the students have so much pride in their school. I would rate Indiana University a solid nine out of ten; I love everything about it, except the cost. I have been there a year and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else to further my education; I am, and always will be a Hoosier.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is never a dull moment in Bloomington. I personally went with my group of friends to our older friends houses, and various frats. We also stayed on occasion and had a girls night in, or a movie night. You can always find something to do here.

    Food and Dining

    At first, the food is great. But after a month or so, I was sick of the food. But if you're looking for food other than the dining halls, there's so many great choices. Especially, down by Kirkwood and the mall.

    Dorm Life

    I personally had a great experience with the dorms. I met my best friends on my floor in my dorm. Some dorm buildings are better than others. I lived in Teter, which I think is one of the best. The dorms weren't too small and we had air conditioning in our rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work was a big change from my high school. It was definitely challenged at first until I figured out how I needed to get things done. Once you make the transition, it's no problem at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always remember that your school work comes before partying. Students make the mistake of going out before getting their work done, and you will regret it. There's always something fun to do in Bloomington, and there's always the next weekend to have fun too!

    In three sentences

    Everyone attending this school has so much pride and love for it. It's such a great experience if you grew up in a smaller town. Although, the campus is big, and there are a lot of students, this is one amazing school.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    It opens up a lot of doors for you if you join. Don't go into college with your mind made up one way or the other.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about everything. Find things you are interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I would recommend seeing shows at the IU Auditorium.

    Bang for the buck

    Try to eat at the local places. The fast food and chain places will be there when you graduate college.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoyed riding in the Little 500. I also volunteered a lot for numerous organizations. I had a couple of part time jobs as well as was a manager for the mens basketball team.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is great but will get old after a while. Kirkwood and dining places on the square offer great places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I never had to live in the dorms but from what my friends said they enjoyed it and it allowed them to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major your time at IU can be very difficult. The hard work over four years will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus activities and join a Little 500 team. Get season tickets to basketball games and study hard.

    In three sentences

    It is a great place to spend four years of college. It is a beautiful campus that will offer you opportunities in numerous areas. I would would recommend that anyone interested in an elite education to attend IU.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you go to IU, then the words Little 500, Culturefest, Wells Library, Sample Gates, Kirkwood, Dunn Meadow, and Showalter fountain are all too familiar. Attending Little 500 race is a must at least once. Sitting around Showalter fountain with friends is relaxing. Culturefest is a nonstop learning experience. Learning all the cheers and traditions for football and basketball games is key. But before anything, shake the hand of Herman B. Wells' statue for good luck!

    What to do for fun

    Oh, where to begin? Football games, basketball games, other sporting events, theatre productions, clubs and groups, exploring Bloomington, service events, trying the gobs and gobs of ethnic restaurants, dorm events, literally you name it, it should be possible at IU. And if it isn't? Make it!

    Food and Dining

    The only down fall is going from home cooked meals to whatever one can scrape up at a c-store or dining hall in order to feel satisfied in the hunger department. But for a less picky person, there are food options galore. Whether one is vegan, vegetarian, has food allergies, or loves everything food related something palatable is available.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at IU is not what is stereotyped to be. The RA's are dedicated to their job, the janitors take pride in what they do, all RPS staff members want to make students comfortable, and everyone else strives to make your experience at IU one of a kind. Also, your roommate can kind of have a huge impact of your overall experience as well, so chose wisely!

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't like to work hard, don't go here. If you find a class to not be challenging enough, there is always another one a couple of steps up that will do it. Professors here expect that you are capable of not only learning the material but also being able to conceptualize and apply it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask as many questions as possible. The willingness to help you is everywhere and in everyone. Get involved in what interests you! IU offers so many unique opportunities that other colleges do not so take advantage of them. And as always, put academics first.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an excellent school. It goes above and beyond in order to ensure the best for its students. If a question has ever arose, one should know that if it can't be answered on the Indiana University website, a professor or faculty member is willing to help any step of the way.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt very unsafe on campus, but that's because I don't go out by myself after 1am or so. You have to be smart. Even though some bad things do happen, it's not more than any other large university.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and groups to join. Tons of choice.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type. Honestly, with 40,000+ students, it's easy to find people like you, if you make an effort and seek them out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little Five is the greatest college week in the country. The movie Breaking Away is based on the tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    My perspective is an out-of-state one. So I pay A LOT to go to IU. That being said, I don't regret a single minute of it, or a single penny spent. IUB is my home.

    What to do for fun

    Many underclassmen go to house parties, if they can find them. There's also a free weekly movie at the IU Memorial Union - movies that aren't in theaters anymore but aren't on DVD yet. Most dorms have TVs and lounges for movie nights in, and many have weekend programming specialized for people who want an option other than 'going out.' There are also several venues for music in Bloomington, and the IU Auditorium has pretty cool performances, though they tend to be pricey.

    Food and Dining

    Food courts on campus aren't... the best. For a long time Collins had the best reputation, but lately, even that stopped improving. The good thing is, there is a TON of amazing food right off campus. If you like ethnic food, there's Fourth Street. On Kirkwood, there's a Chipotle, a Noodles and Co., and a Panda Express, and there are several excellent restaurants for pancakes right off campus.

    Dorm Life

    My experience is limited to my own dorm, but even from others I've talked to, almost all their friends were made on their dorm floor. You can pick your living arrangements by your interests, if you want. We have many Living Learning Communities and themed housing. Or you can live on a non-themed floor. Either way, chances are you will make friends and meet tons of people.

    Academic Rigor

    It's all about the effort you make and the classes you take. It's possible to get away with doing minimal work for minimal effort, but if you want to make the most out of your education, it's also possible to challenge yourself. I haven't taken any 'Easy A' classes, but that's been my choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    The beauty of IU being such a huge school is that you are pretty much guaranteed to find your niche somewhere. Also VISIT CAMPUS. IU was not my first choice University until I visited it, when I fell in love with the campus and the feeling of it and could no longer picture myself anywhere else.

    In three sentences

    Located in picturesque Bloomington, IU is known for being one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country - an absolute truth. Here you have the option about whether you want to take large lectures and be just a number or stick with small seminars and get a more interactive lesson. But, as a large research university, regardless of your preference, you have access to some of the foremost researchers in their fields and a quality education.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No matter where you go, there's going to be bad people that do bad things. IU and Bloomington is no different, except for the fact that we have a pretty good city and campus police force. Downtown can feel sketchy at night because there are many bars and quite a few homeless people walking around.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prevalent here, but you won't feel left out if you aren't involved. Many of my friends rushed, and some of them realized that it wasn't for them, many of them also decided that they love Greek life. The Greeks tend to be pretty easy to spot and can be stereotyped quite a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said before, there are tons of clubs to join. There's seriously a club for everyone and anyone. They have more social clubs, along with physical clubs like dance, tennis, and karate.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, social types that enjoy meeting new people daily. There are also plenty of quiet people that go here, but I think social people excel more in this setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a state of Herman B. Wells (IU's most influential president) on campus, and you are supposed to shake his hand and he will give you good luck while you are at IU. There is also a story that a woman committed suicide in one of the dorms, and you can hear her scream at the strike of midnight on the night she killed herself.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be a little pricey, especially for people coming from out of state, but I think it's all worth it. The alumni still feel a strong sense of community and tend to visit Bloomington annually.

    What to do for fun

    It all depends on what you are into. There are so many different options to choose from. You have the option to join campus clubs that range from the salsa club to environmental groups. There are 2 movie theaters, along with a drive-in theater right outside of town. There are a couple lakes nearby and there's plenty of shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at IU are amazing! They open early and stay open late. There are plenty of food courts, along with convenience stores and small bakeries in many of the halls at IU. At the Memorial Union, there is an abundance of choices, from Burger King to Pizza Hut to nicer options.

    Dorm Life

    Once again, it all depends how social you are and what dorm you wind up in. If you're into partying, Briscoe or McNutt Quad would be great for you since it's close to the stadium. If you want to be close to campus and don't necessarily care about partying, the central location with Teter Quad and Wright Quad is perfect for you. There are plenty of options to choose from, but when you get placed, you only choose a part of campus and IU places you in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what major you are. If you are in the Kelley School of Business or in the Jacobs School of Music, you will be constantly busy. Plenty of the other schools, however, aren't nearly as demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be warned that the campus isn't all that small. It may take 10-15 minutes to get to some classes from certain buildings. The bus system is great, so I would suggest using that as often as possible. There is definitely a good party scene if you're into that, but you should be wary because there are a lot of police that keep close tabs on the town.

    In three sentences

    The town of Bloomington is small enough to feel safe, but there's enough going on so that you don't get bored. Indiana University has a beautiful campus with plenty of chances to get involved. There are a ton of majors and minors to choose from!

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Each dorm has an officer in training living in them, and the cops are all really nice. It's a pretty safe campus.

    Greek Life

    There are over 40 different Greek houses, so your chance of finding a house you like is pretty high. I didn't rush, though, but many of my friends did and they loved it. Still, not being a part of greek life doesn't hamper my experience at IU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities, I couldn't list them if I tried.

    Great for these types of students

    The great thing about IU is that it's so big, anyone can find a home there!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rosewell House located in the middle of campus is where you are supposed to kiss a sweetie at midnight. There's a legend that if you do, you two will get married. A lot of couples have also carved their names into the trees surrounding it. You can also shake the hand of the Herman B. Wells statue for good luck on any upcoming tests!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are ever hungry, Pizza X has a lot of awesome deals. Also, Avers pizza sometimes drives around handing out free slices! You are never short of pizza in Bloomington.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Kirkwood! It has tons of neat boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other fun stuff. There's also a big mall off campus, and a couple different movie theaters. The IMU on campus also screens free movies (we sometimes get movies before they are out in theaters!) and has bowling.

    Food and Dining

    We actually have a TON of options on campus and off campus. The food courts are pretty good, but the really great food is on Kirkwood and 4th Street.

    Dorm Life

    I have made so many great friends from living in the dorms! Something is always going on, and there's always new people to meet. The RA's really care about helping you with everything and they're super understanding. The rooms aren't too bad either.

    Academic Rigor

    The work here is what you make it. If you go to class, study for your exams, and do the homework, you'll be just fine! While some of it can be challenging (or just long), the professors really make sure the homework is there to help you... not to burden you. You really do get what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the size scare you away! I was so afraid that I'd get lost, or fall into the background here, but I didn't! There are so many great opportunities at IU and literally hundreds of groups and organizations to join. You can even make your own! And after a week or two, the campus is really easy to navigate and starts to feel like the perfect size. I can make it to any class in under 30 minutes by walking. And the bus schedule is really easy to figure out, too. The best advice I could give you is to just come visit and see for yourself!

    In three sentences

    IU has an amazing school spirit that you won't be able to find anywhere else! Just like the students, the professors also have tons of spirit and really do enjoy being at Indiana University. The campus is beautiful and feels like home.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    While it is one of the more expensive public universities, the fact that I will be attending there again next fall should speak for itself. I don't think that anybody would want to take on the burden of $20,000 a year on something that wasn't worth it. But my freshman experience was great enough, both academically and socially, that I find that such an experience is priceless. One doesn't have the pleasure of learning from the best academics in their field studying at a local community college. One doesn't share a campus with twenty thousand other students that are just as intellectually capable and competant as them staying at home. Because if this, it is the tuition and living expenses that are steep in price, but the total experience as a whole is invaluable.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous options available to have fun on campus. Every year there are Broadway perfomances in IU's own auditorium. If you enjoy a good movie, the movie theatre is only a 5 minute bus ride away just off campus. IU is also home to one of the most storied NCAA basketball programs and the pre-season ranked No. 1 team in the nation, making attending a basketball game at Assembly Hall one of the most electrifying experiences the campus has to offer. Every spring, the campus plays host to the Little 500, a team bicycle race that students participate in. Often associated with the 500 is the week of partying and musical performances by the likes of rappers Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, and Wiz Khalifa along with DJ's such as Afrojack and Avicci. There are two main gymnasiums on campus, both of which offer full weight rooms, basketball courts, racquetball, dodgeball, intramural sports, swimming pools, etc., for one's excercising pleasures. In all, there is no shortage of fun in Bloomington.

    Food and Dining

    I would rate the dining experience on campus as above average. There are plenty of places to find food on campus, including the library after rigorous study sessions, not to mention the off camus dining that is readily available for delivery at nearly all hours of the day and night. On-Campus convenience shops that take meal points are located within each residential neighborhood so students can stock up on non perishable food items to keep in their dorm rooms. To be blunt, there is no excuse for a student to go hungry at Indiana University.

    Dorm Life

    I was blessed with a great roomate my freshman year, so my opinion is likely very biased, however; I was quite pleased with the dorm life. The coed building allowed for a pleasant amount of social interaction. But on the other hand, this occasionally would interfere with my academics. The temptation to do something other than my class work would always linger, also others' own social endeavors would often provide a distraction to me. As a result I often made my way to the library because my dorm was not a great environment for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    I've been challenged academically in ways that I have never been challenged before. In high school I never studied and was able to pass with A's and B's. My entire work ethic has transformed as a result of the rigorous coursework, but it's been managable due to professors that are readily available for assistance and what seems like an infinite number of resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you attend all of your classes and study hard. Its easy to get caught up in the social atmosphere and lose your focus. Make sure your priorities are straight and be ready to work hard, but also enjoy yourself and make the most of your experience.

    In three sentences

    The home of some of the most knowledgable professors in their respective fields, coupled with all the resources a student would ever need, allow for the greatest learning experience available. The campus is absolutely gorgeous. The social/greek life lives up to its lofty reputation.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always cops around in case they're needed and emergency calling stations are on just about every corner.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is definitely a huge part of IU's culture. Rush is always a big deal and Greeks are always involved with everything on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs for all kinds of interests. From ballroom dancing to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you'll find a club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're an in-state student, IU is great with or without scholarships. For out of state students, I will admit that IU finds ways to make you pay an incredibly large amount more for the same education. It gets ridiculous, and for a lot of people I met, too much. More people transferred back to where they live because they couldn't afford another year at IU. Tuition is continuing to go up and for a lot of students, it's becoming unaffordable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    IU does the Nearly Naked Mile where people will show up in their underwear and run outside together. I was sitting in the library studying when I first saw it and it was one of the funniest things I think I've ever seen.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're and out of state student, tuition is really steep. There are a lot of other scholarships you can get throughout your years, but there are a lot of people trying to get them and not a lot to go around. Make what you do count.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on somewhere on campus. You can go see a free movie on the weekends (movies that haven't released to DVD or anything yet) and there are a lot of different clubs you can join to meet new people and do something other than sit in your dorm all day.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different places to go depending on what you feel like. The main dining halls generally have some sort of sandwich, pasta, and salad bar. Then smaller places like Union Street carry a lot of interesting things like vegan-friendly food and organic.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. I had a lot of friends who struggled with their roommates, but don't be afraid to go random and put yourself out there and meet someone new. Anything can be fixed and your roommate can end up being one of your closest friends during these years.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what kinds of classes you decide to take and the kind of workload you put on yourself. Doing well takes diligence though and there are classes that will challenge you and make you think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go with the flow and don't make things too hard on yourself. Academic achievement is important, but don't forget to breathe and enjoy these years of your life. You might feel like college automatically makes you an adult, but college is where you start learning to be an adult. And above all, everyone fails. Just make sure that if you do, believe that you can grow from it. Dare to fail gloriously.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is large university with an equally large student body. However, they make up for their wide-spread populous with hundreds of opportunities for students to get involved and enjoy their years as a Hoosier.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Night life is a large part of the Bloomington culture. The tailgates for football games are great, and Little 500 is the greatest college week ever!!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food and dining in Bloomington! 4th street is full of different cuisines and there are many yummy places to eat all around town! (As well as in the dorms!)

    Dorm Life

    I had a room mate that I knew, which was nice. It was a great way to meet new people and I ended up living with 3 girls form my dorm floor my sophomore year. It had a lot of cool activities as well as a food court, which was great!

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you find a balance between social life and academics, you will be fine. I was able to focus most of my attention on schoolwork and my social life was secondary to this, but I was able to maintain both.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many things as possible. There are several different clubs, sports, and groups. As a Psychology major, I had the opportunity to work in a child development lab where I actually recruited subjects and performed experiments with little kids. It was an amazing experience. I also mentored at a middle school for adolescent girls which was also a rewarding experience. Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University Bloomington is an absolutely breath taking and beautiful campus. There are so many options for majors and many extremely knowledgeable professors. I loved my experience here and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a fun experience while gaining knowledge and preparing for your future!

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go for it!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great place to find yourself with an endless amount of opportunities. Indiana University also gives one a chance to interact with people that one may weren't able to interact with at their previous school. Indiana University is an overall great school to attend and I am a proud Hoosier.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    IU is at the top of my list of schools to apply to.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every campus has its scary story of dangers of students. Just like any city, if you go somewhere unsupervised with sketchy, not sober people nothing good is going to happen. I have never had any sort of problem at IUB because how much danger you get into just depends on what kind of situations you put yourself it.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're worried about money, don't be! Get out there and apply for all the scholarship opportunities IUB offers! There are so many amazing people, professors, classes, and travel opportunities you will find at IUB; all you have to do is get here.

    What to do for fun

    I'm a music student, so for fun I always go to the orchestra, band, and jazz concerts (we are in the top 2 music schools in the country!). Also IU is a Big 10 school so go to the sporting events! There are also tons of places to eat and just hang out!

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is like highschool food, something you'll eat on the run but not your top choice. Get off campus sometimes and go down 4th St, 3rd St, and Indiana Av. There are so many great ethnic restaurants that have excellent service and AMAZING meals! (oh and MOTHER BEARS PIZZA)

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Eigenmann my freshman year and I loved it! My floor-mates, RAs and room were great! Eigenmann is one of the farthest dorms from anything cool on campus, but I still had a great time. That proves that it doesn't matter where you are in Bloomington, IU is really amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Hutton Honors College student, and I love taking the honors classes because they are intimate, in-depth, and the professors are so knowledgeable. The academic classes are also challenging. Big classes means a lot of new friends and study groups!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students-- GET A MAP! If you are seriously considering Bloomington, I would highly suggest you come here a few times and get familiar with the campus! That is one thing I really wish I had done before attending. Also, save those meal points!

    In three sentences

    The IU Bloomington campus has everything for everyone. There are an insane amount of opportunities for all people and their interests. You really can accomplish any goal or dream you have here,

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since Indiana University-Bloomington is a large campus there are many ways for students to feel secure in their dorms, walking and in class. There is an Indiana University Police Department. There is also a number you can call for a safety ride bus service if you are out late night studying and don't feel comfortable walking home by yourself. If you are walking however there a emergency buttons placed all around campus that you press in order to call for help in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    The greek life at Indiana University-Bloomington is very diverse and doesn't just limit itself to a club. These organizations are very predominant figures on this campus and are also easy to get involved with. They sponsor most of the events on campus and help to build our community into a student friendly place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Indiana University-Bloomington has a great amount of clubs and activities that every student can enjoy. There are over 20 sports clubs that you can join and also free sessions of certain dance, swimming, or exercise activities that you can take advantage of at the gym which is also within walking distance of dorms.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students who like to keep busy, be creative, love to meet new people everyday, and also students who like to be intellectually challenged. Athletic students are also encouraged to come because of the many sports activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In almost the heart of the campus there is a statue of a man playin the piano. Everyday there is a flower placed in his left hand. I don't really know the reason why but it's interesting to pass by and see that students keep up with this tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University-Bloomington has many oppurtunities for scholarships and also helps current students to save money on books, clothes, appliances and more. Based on certain criteria any prospective student can apply and find a scholarship better suited for the.

    What to do for fun

    The campus always has something going on everyday. They also have different houses on campus that host special events according to their organization. The downtown area Kirkwood is also within walking distance and the mall is only a 10 minute bus ride from campus.

    Food and Dining

    All of the dining halls are within walking distance of your dorm and stay open until a very reasonable time. They all offer vegan and vegetarian options and also include health plans and tips for students and staff. Their meal point system is also very effective for a quick and efficient eating experience.

    Dorm Life

    There are at least 3 dorms in each neighborhood and almost everything is within a 15 minute walking distance. Their room sizes are very spacious and most include a variety of amenities to enhance your living experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging. Some classes are taught by graduate students which seems to make them more up to date than older professors. Lecture halls sometimes exceed 300 students allowing more oppurtunities for students to register for specific classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a big and beautiful campus with a plethora of activities and workshops. Always remember to manage your time and know your top priorities as it is always easy to be distracted from your main goal.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington allocates many opportunities for prospective, attending, and graduate students. It is a very diverse campus which allows much exploration for a variety of cultural aspects. The university also holds a great variety of majors, minors, and certifications covering a wide variety of careers.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. I even walk alone at night home from the library or friends dorms (don't tell my parents!) All of my girl friends feel comfortable jogging at night as long as they go with someone.

    Greek Life

    SO FUN. Greek life is so exciting. There is a house for any one's personality, so don't worry about typical Greek stereotypes. Now that I'm a member of the Greek community I am continually surprised at how much smaller the campus seems. I think I probably know someone in every house on campus at this point...from classes, clubs, and nights out.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of it.. there's a club for it. Even walking through the arboretum on a Tuesday during the spring you get to see the fencing club outside practicing. I'm in Women in Business which has been a really supportive group academically and socially.

    Great for these types of students

    Awesome school for sociable people who still like to focus on succeeding academically. After all... it's all about a balance.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I start! Basketball games are crazy fun, and all the other sports. I love going to soccer games and women's volleyball games too. The work out facilities are great at IU and I know there are always intramural opportunities. Free workout classes are always fun to attend (zumba, spin, strength and core).

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is pretty good, just not always healthy. The c-stores like the one in Mcnutt are awesome though you can buy anything basically with your meal points... even toiletries.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak for the other dorms but I loved my floor and Mcnutt in general was awesome. Everyone that lives in Northwest pretty much seems happy.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the business school and all my business prerequisites have been mildly challenging at minimum. There is tons of academic help available though such as Kelley Coaches, a free tutoring service for accounting.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get involved right off the bat! Go to all the welcome-week events and feel free to introduce yourself to anyone you meet. Everyone feels vulnerable at first, but if you just put yourself out there you will feel right at home in no time. -Be smart when scheduling classes. If you can't be productive early in the morning...don't take a math class at 8:00 AM. On the other hand, if you start class at noon every day your class schedule might run into dinner time. I hated having late classes because I had less time in the afternoon to study and work on homework. -HAVE FUN! I'm a huge proponent of working hard, but at IU we live by the motto, work hard, play hard. -Go to all the sporting events you can (yes, even football games). You'll be glad you went, trust me.

    In three sentences

    What I love most about IU is the atmosphere and the friendly people. At first I was scared to go to such a large school but not even a week after being there, I realized there are hundreds of ways to make a big school feel small. The amount of free academic help is awesome here and there is a great balance between school and social life.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    College town!!!

    Food and Dining

    Cute Cafes and Many options based on points.

    Dorm Life

    I did not experience this first hand

    Academic Rigor

    Programs were thoroughly explained. Lots of money has gone into improving academics. Higher standards for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a great college environment on a charming campus, check here out!

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful campus in an awesome college town. Saw lots of the facilities and options and definitely saw great potential

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The IUPD is Indiana's own police department, and can be seen patrolling any given day. There are also emergency phones located around campus that can used to call for help. All dorms require either a key or student ID to access, and are secure 24 hours a day. There are also transportation options available at night: the Night Owl bus,in conjunction with the Campus Bus system, offers late night rides, and so do taxi companies that are available at reasonable rates. The IU Notification system alerts students to severe weather conditions, as well as safety or crime threats. IUB also has resources for those who have been assaulted or who need vehicle assistance.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a big presence on this campus. About 17% of students are involved with Greek life, and there is ample opportunity to join, with more than 40 chapters on campus. Greek life is heavily involved with the Little 500 and IUDM, and offers students the chance to get involved within their chapters. If you're not interested in Greek life (and we're talking about 83% of the students now), there are plenty of other ways to get involved and meet people. Be aware, though, that there is a slight divide between those who aren't Greek and those who are.

    Clubs and Activities

    With more than 750 student organizations, there's no shortage on activities for students to get involved in. There are volunteering groups, advocacy groups, professional/academic groups, ethnic groups, and political groups. IUB also has a wide range of club and intramural sports to join. For more on what's offered, visit: http://www.iub.edu/student/activities/clubs.shtml

    Great for these types of students

    1. Big-school fans. If you're looking all that a big school offers -resources, lots of people, tons going on - then you're in the right place. 2. Those looking for a liberal arts education. The requirements for a degree demand that most students take a broader spectrum of classes. If you're looking for a well-rounded education, you're in the right place. 3. Those looking for a competitive edge while applying to grad school or the job market. The Kelley Business School is consistently ranked as a top business school, and our academics are nationally recognized. With plenty of career advising resources, IUB is a good place to go to achieve those future goals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Little 500 and IUDM require special mention here as strong traditions to IUB. Other traditions include: laying on the ground and watching the lights change at the IU Museum; posing for a picture by the statue of Herman B. Wells, a revered past president of the university; running the Nearly Naked Mile (for a good cause); eating Pizza-X breadsticks; getting made-to-order cookies from Baked; kissing someone special at the Rose Well House at midnight; painting the Jordan Bridge to promote events or say happy birthday; realizing we have no mascot As far as unusual locations, we have: 1. the Showalter Fountain; it'�?�?s tradition to steal a stone fish from the fountain when our Men�¢�?�?s Basketball team wins the NCAA Championship. One fish that was taken after our 1987 victory was never found and has since been replaced. Speculation tells us that the original must still be on campus. Somewhere. 2. the Indiana Memorial Union. It'�?�?s one of the largest student unions in the world. It�¢�?�? s also haunted. There are lots of accounts of people hearing things, seeing things, having lights go off, and sometimes just getting the feeling that you�¢�?�?re being watched. 3. the Kirkwood Observatory; during good viewing months, one of the school�¢�?�?s older telescopes is open for public viewing once a week 4. the IU Museum; contains no 90 degree angles (except for some stairs) and was designed by I.M. Pei, famous for, among others edifices, the Louvre Pyramid 5. Dunn Meadow; it�¢�?�?s a great place to relax and throw a Frisbee; protests have and will be held here from time to time, like during the Vietnam War

    Bang for the buck

    The response to this one depends on where you live. In-state students definitely have it better: they pay in-state tuition, and there are scholarships and research programs that are only offered to in-state students. If you live in Indiana, then you're definitely getting a bang for the buck by attending IUB. Out-of-state students are different. As one, I can say from experience that the tuition is pretty high, and while there are plenty of ways to finance your education, be aware that you are not afforded some of the same financing opportunities that in-state students are.

    What to do for fun

    There is never a shortage of fun things to do on this campus. Parties are ever-present yes, but if that's not your thing, don't worry. There are club and intramural sports teams for one join, and the Sports and Recreation center offers free exercise classes that any student can go to, as well as lap pool and racquetball courts. There are also more than enough events to go to to keep busy. Sporting events happen year-round (most of which are free), and the IU Auditorium hosts musicals, comedians, and musicians all year. A free movie plays at the student union every weekend, and the Jacob's School of Music ( one of the top music programs in the country) puts on weekly performances, from concerts to operas. Each residence hall/themed floor hosts its own array of events, and a lot of the extracurricular clubs you can get involved in have their own as well. There are museums to visit, lectures to see, festivals to attend, and shopping to do. Greek life is pretty big here, so there are a lot of fraternities and sororities to pledge/rush. Let's not forget the Big Events: Little 500 and Dance Marathon (IUDM). These happen once a year, but are huge on campus. Visit : http://admit.indiana.edu/life/index.shtml to look around at what you can do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    On campus, there are some good food options. Each neighborhood has a food court, so there is always food within walking distance. Each food court offers a decent variety: sandwiches, Italian, Mexican, a bakery, breakfast food, a salad bar, etc. There are a couple places that students can go to for more variety too: the Southwest neighborhood has a great Bistro for more gourmet sandwiches, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet. The Hoosier Cafes are open late for those students are up past ten (i.e.: everyone). The Northwest neighborhood has a good ice cream shop. There are also convenience stores in each neighborhood that also accept meal points. Like a convenience store, packaged foods are sold (chips, ice cream, frozen dinners, etc.). Your food points are kept on your student ID, which is handy. As far as off campus dining goes, you really couldn't ask for anything better. Downtown Bloomington has dozens of restaurants and cafes, and offer pretty much any type of food you could look for. Along with the popular chain restaurants (Chipolte, Subway, Noodles & Co., Potbelly, Jimmy John's, etc.) there are countless other places to eat. Buffa Louie's is a popular wings place, the Village Deli offers breakfast, and 4th street has more international restaurants than you'll ever see in a three-block radius. That's to name a few. There a pizza places galore, but maybe one of the best things about Bloomington dining is the delivery services. Not only are tons of places open very late (think 3, 4am) but there are delivery services that offer to bring food right to you from restaurants that normally don't deliver.

    Dorm Life

    As with everything else here, you have plenty of options when it comes to dorm life. If you want a social, true-to-expectation college dorm, head to the Northwest neighborhood. This neighborhood fills up the fastest, and for good reason. It's known for its social atmosphere (think dorm parties every weekend), and there's always plenty of people ready to live up the weekends. The Central neighborhood, while slightly more low-key, offers a great location on campus as well as plenty of socializing itself. The Southwest neighborhood is a little more eclectic, and Collins is definitely for more artsy, creative people. All dorms are within walking distance to food courts or cafes, and convenience stores. Each dorm has activities year-round that the residents can go to, from 5K runs to midnight movies in the quad. There are also a lot of themed floors in each neighborhood. From Health Professions to Outdoor Adventures to Business to Honors Floors, students have the chance to live on floors with other people who share their interests and classes, which is a great way to meet people who have similar interests. Each neighborhood also has computers and printers for student use. Word to the wise: submit your housing application soon after you're accepted to ensure you get one of your preferences. A lot of students put this off and end up unhappy. Go about it the right way, though, and dorm life (despite its communal bathrooms) can be a blast. Visit here: http://admit.indiana.edu/life/housing.shtml for more reading on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    This school offers students the chance to truly shape their education into what they want. The academic rigor spans a difficulty rating to prove just that. There are plenty of easy classes and even more hard ones, and the ones you take are up to you. How hard your classes get depends on what major and college you choose to enter. The multitude of honors tracks and programs offer a challenging course load to those ambitious undergrads, and there are also plenty of fun classes to take as well (History of Rock and Roll anyone?). With the vast number of classes offered, students can adjust the rigor of their academics to a level that suits them and their goals. The great thing, too, is that there's always help when you need it. Writing services, free tutoring services, preprofessional aid, there are many resources available to help students do well. The academics are nationally recognized as top-notch, and IUB offers plenty of programs to help students achieve: study abroad programs, research opportunities, and freshman seminars, just to name a few. Visit here: http://admit.indiana.edu/academics/index.shtml for even more on academics at IUB.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore what IUB has to offer. Get online, visit campus, and see for yourself what makes this a great school. Look at what courses are offered, browse through the student organizations we have. Remember, you're not in class all the time, so look for opportunities to relax and have fun that appeal to you. Be open to new ideas! I hated the thought of a big school when I first started my college search, but when you start focusing on what you like instead of what you don't, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at what sort of options that opens up. Also, ASK QUESTIONS! Don't be shy: ask current students, former students, the Office of First Year Experience, anyone about what IUB has to offer. We love the opportunity to brag.

    In three sentences

    The very best of what a Big Ten school can offer: competitive academics, hundreds of student organizations, and great athletics for sports fans. IUB has enough resources to make your education exactly what you want it to be. The school is nationally recognized for its top-notch academic programs, culture, and music and art, not to mention its location on a beautiful campus in a quintessential college town.

  • 06/27/2012

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    In three sentences

    Indiana has a beautiful campus filled with parks and lots of opportunities. The professors are very intelligence and willing to answer any question you have. At Indiana it is not competitive compared to other schools.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the campuses former principals enjoyed reading at night outdoors, while doing so he realized there was a lack of lighting on the main paths, so he took his book out and marked spots where there was not enough light to read along the path and had lights installed. Walking on campus at night feels safe, during orientation we went on a midnight walk and I saw students running for exercise as late as 12 am, seeing that these students felt safe enough to do so made me feel at ease. The student government also spoke with us during orientation revealing their latest idea of a late night taxi service back to campus at any hour so student don't have to walk in the dark. I like that everyone is coming together to make the campus safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join for any person.

    What to do for fun

    I like to stay fit so I checked out a lot of their psychical activity spots for my free time. There is also an on campus theater, museum, and recreational center. Not to mention the student union plans out events that reach out to everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Gaining the freshman 15 doesn't seem like much of a challenge after dining at on campus spots. My family and I enjoyed the food and pricing. There is a vast variety for every type of eater.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are more than what I expected. The rooms give you a sufficient amount of space to make your new home. Another feature i was impressed with was the placement tests given to you to try to place you in an environment you would feel comfortable in. i enjoy music and places I can practice at, although I am not majoring in music I was able to be housed with most of the Jacobs School of Music students.

    Academic Rigor

    As I went for my first visit I wasn't sure i was going to get the right balance of challenge and ease in the courses, but during my advising sessions with the teachers and counselors it was clear to me that I would get everything I would need and more to further my education and take my life places I wasn't sure I was going to be able to take it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, apply, apply. Apply yourself to school, apply yourself to college, and apply yourself to life. Nothing is impossible and the sky is the limit just try your hardest and put everything you have, into anything you do, and you can make it far

    In three sentences

    I have never felt more excited to call another place my home. Everyone is friendly, teachers are caring, and the future has endless possibilities. Bringing my younger brother to campus with me has opened his eyes to realizing how pushing yourself in school can pay off in big ways.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Stay on the lighted paths!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very expensive to start which is discouraging, but what is included in tuition is overwhelming. Access to most campus facilities like the Recreation Center is your freedom.

    What to do for fun

    There is everything from restaurants to intramural sports. Students can find pleasure from just walking around campus. Fun is everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot compare the dorms of IU to any other dorms, but my experience was decent and exciting.

    Tips for prospective students

    IU has a lot to offer. Start exploring its opportunities early.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University lies in a beautiful part of Indiana where the nature and town of bloomington is breathtaking. The scene adds to the thrill of education at IU of which I have heard to be top-knotch. The schools are nationally ranked so I expect to receive the best education I can find.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus. Kirkwood Avenue is a great place to eat lunch and go shopping.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to join new student organizations. The networking within them is so valuable.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has provided me with wonderful career building and networking opportunities. The faculty I have had within the college of arts and sciences have been extremely helpful and willing to go out of their way. Also, the campus itself is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Indiana University is a big party campus. People often stay up and walk around throughout the night. There are loads of street lights and red buttons you can press whenever you feel in danger. In spite of that, with a campus so huge and diverse, you can't expect complete and utter safety. There were still fears about rapes and disappearances when I went. For the most part, a lot of it was rumor and speculation, but the fear was still there.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't involved in the Greek life, nor do I ever plan to get involved, but I do remember it being something of a big deal among many of the students. There are many sororities and fraternities to join - both academic and nonacademic - as well as a big entrance event.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities. If none of those appeal to you, you can start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Business Majors. Indiana University is very competitive for business students, but it's also very prestigious. Indiana University is also great for artsy students. If you like to draw, write, or act, there are many places on campus to do so.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you hang out by the Lilly Library, you'll often spot the artsy students doing interesting things for their classes. Once, while I was rushing to class, I saw a bunch of dancers spontaneously arise from the crowd and dance. The campus itself can be pretty unusual if you look in all the right places.

    Bang for the buck

    The bang is pretty nice for the buck, definitely if you have lots of scholarships and grants. Indiana University is very beautiful and memorable.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said above, Indiana University has many, many clubs, events, and performances. You can also expect many events to be free or cheap. Just keep your eyes on all the flyers and you'll find a variety of things to do for fun. The Indiana Memorial Union is the best place to hang around to keep track of many events.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of great places to choose from. Of course, given 3-5 months, it all gets tiring. IUB also has meal plans. These can be pretty expensive. As much as I enjoyed the meal points and all I could buy with it, I almost wish I wouldn't have selected it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life in Indiana University is wonderful. I wish I participated in more events and competitions hosted by the Resident Assistants (RAs). In fact, it's the RA system and the dorm themes that make the experience so wonderful. Of course, how great the dorm itself is depends on where you live, but even the 'lower' dorms are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Indiana University Bloomington is renowned for its beauty and prestige. Sure, it may not be as rigorous as an Ivy League, but you can definitely expect to spend many nights studying. The only way to avoid this is having a full schedule of 'chill' classes, and you don't want to do that to yourself when you're working toward a specific major. Plus, some chill classes will surprise you and suddenly get complicating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you talk to your roommate ahead of time so that you can both figure out who is bringing what to the room. Trust me, you don't want to have two of everything unless your room will be a nice, big one. Come up with a monetary plan. By that, I mean figure out if your parents will be giving you an allowance or if you'll be applying for a job. Indiana University is expensive. Keep track of important numbers, financial aid and your dorm's main office especially, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Most importantly, come up with a plan to balance work and fun. I let work and loneliness overwhelm me, and it was my downfall.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has a beautiful campus, an inspiring atmosphere, and a large amount of events and opportunities. Exploring the campus is an adventure in itself. Unfortunately, because you must live on campus your first year even if you live in Bloomington, the adventure definitely comes with a hefty price tag and stress.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is well respected at IU and is said to be very fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different activities/clubs to choose from. The list in endless.

    Great for these types of students

    Enjoys sports and academics. Enjoys having options of what to do and who to hang out with. Enjoys big campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many unusual traditions like little 500, the annual bike race. Also jumping in the mermaid fountain.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in town like shopping or going to the movies or going to plays or music festivals.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great school to consider if you like big 10 ra-ra schools that love sports and school spirit.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is amazing. I am pushed academically. The town is so much fun!

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    E-mail and text notifications ensure that students are always aware of what's going on on campus. The university police are very responsive and helpful, as well as the Bloomington police themselves. To me, the Bloomington campus has always felt safe throughout all hours of the night. If there were any worries while walking around campus, there are plenty help buttons located throughout campus that will guarantee the arrival of a campus officer, alleviating any potential anxieties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going on in Bloomington and always something to do. All one has to do is look down at the chalk writing lining the sidewalks, informing students of activities ranging from protests, to improv comedy.

    Great for these types of students

    From sport freaks, to art geeks, IU in Bloomington has something for everyone. There are hundreds of groups and organizations that will make any student feel at home. Not only that, but the academic departments are among the best in the country.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 (an annual bike race) is perhaps the biggest college event in the nation and there is even a movie about it. There is also the Nearly Naked Run that takes place annually, our tailgate parties before every football game, and an annual dance marathon, which spans for 36 hours in efforts to raise money for Riley's Children's Hospital.

    Bang for the buck

    The university itself is not expensive in relation to most public universities, however I am an out of state student so tuition is definitely pricey for me. Despite this, I enjoy my time at IU and feel that it is money well spent due to not only what the school offers, but the town itself.

    What to do for fun

    Besides food, Bloomington also offers great coffee shops and is home to a great music scene. There are many venues around town, so finding a pleasant music experience is not a hard task to complete. On top of that, Bloomington has a great art museum, as well as art exhibits practically every weekend. There are local playwrights that hold plays every week at the local theater, as well as the plays done by the university in its magnificent auditorium. The university cinema is perhaps my favorite place to visit due to its beautiful atmosphere and amazing movie selection that takes place year round.

    Food and Dining

    While the campus itself does not have much to offer as far as food, the town of Bloomington has an amazing selection of food, ranging from all types of cuisines and always accommodating to vegan diets. Downtown Bloomington will never disappoint even the most stubborn eater.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived on campus myself, but have heard many stories. While the dorm life seems to be very beneficial for socializing, it can also lead to problems at times due to students that tend to get loud late at night. However, the campus offers many places elsewhere to get some quiet study time.

    Academic Rigor

    Course work can oftentimes be very strenuous, however each professor I have had this far has been helpful in tackling each problem. Despite the difficulty, the teachers will do their part in getting you to succeed in your studies; all that is required after that is personal determination.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I think I could give is to always meet with your academic advisor in regards to scheduling, or any information you might find useful when picking classes. They will do their best to learn your interests and build a semester that will not only take care of your essential credits, but also provide you with a rewarding and fun college experience.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has a wonderful staff that is very helpful and knowledgeable. The campus grounds themselves are very beautiful, boasting its limestone architecture which only becomes more of an amazing sight during the winter. The library and cinema are amongst the best in the nation, expressing the university's dedication to academics as well as an enjoyable campus life.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    With all of the dorms on campus, there has to be places to eat! The food offered here at IU is great and I never get tired of it!

    Dorm Life

    There are tons of options to choose from when deciding to live on campus. The residential life is peaceful and clean, I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are here to challenge us and set us apart from the competition.

    Tips for prospective students

    To prospective students, be prepared for the pride that the current students have for Indiana University. It's unlike anything I've seen before. We all welcome you to our university!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a beautiful campus to study at with school pride unmatched. Hoosier Nation makes me feel at home and welcome here at IU. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in attending college.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    IU offers a variety of things students can do for fun. There are numerous intrameral sport activites, different clubs ranging from Spanish, Debate, Occupational Therapy, Harry Potter, and much much more. There is a bowling alley right in the middle of campus, and always a movie showing somewhere on campus. The campus is walking distance to a fantastic community of Bloomington filled with lots of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food at Indiana University. Anything from vegetarian to sushi. No matter what your appetite is, you'll find everything you love and could want. The dining halls are always very clean and never overcrowded because there are so many. There are normally never any waits and the food is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great social experience. There are dorms fit for every college student. There are a variety of dorms ranging from luxurious spacious dorms to smaller more intimate dorms. The dorm life provides a sense of community and introduces people to lifelong friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This university will push every student, and force them to challenge themselves academically. It is a vigorous, but rewarding, course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    All students should be prepared for a challenging but rewarding academic career. They should definitely visit the campus before attending to make sure the size and scenery is fit for them.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great opportunity to experience diversity in the community. It is a university full of opportunity that pushes every individual to succeed. It offers multiple programs, clubs, intramural sport activities, and many more in order to provide a social experience outside of academics.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out the many awesome places to eat around campus such as Mother Bears. They have the BEST pizza!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus gets old after a while, but it is still good.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms definitely isn't the most comfortable, but every freshman is required to. You meet many new people and find so many friends by living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Any college you go to is going to be more difficult than high school. IU is no exception. The school may be known for wild parties and such, but you can't forget why you are there. Study, study, study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply early so you are eligible for the automatic scholarships and check out other scholarship opportunities on the IU website.

    In three sentences

    IU is very diverse. There are so many different people at IU. You can literally walk around and hear three or four different languages.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and group opportunities. Its a little ridiculous.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and fun-loving.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for a steal

    What to do for fun

    The Indiana Memorial Union has food, movies and bowling. IU basketball games are a MUST! Any IU sporting event is great. Bloomington has a lot of concerts and festivals, along with a great food scene.

    Food and Dining

    I have to admit that the food is not the best. However, there are a lot of choices both on and off-campus. Eating in Bloomington is great! Lots of ethnic restaurants. And there are a bunch of convenient stores on-campus to use.

    Dorm Life

    I would say that the dorm living is average for a big state school. Rules are not too strict and you can still have fun, but each dorm differs from one another.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that this really depends on the program you choose. the basic core classes are not difficult but once you find your major, it can really change. Business and sciences are difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a big school, with a large population. I know that this is not for everyone. Have fun and be sociable. This school will seem overwhelming at first but you will quickly find your way and never want to leave.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great school for students who want a true college experience. The school offers a large variety of programs and allows for so many campus opportunities and abroad experience programs. IU is in a true college-town where a student can have fun and eventually find themselves a part of the campus.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who are outgoing and like to have a good time. Also, the Kelley School of Business is nationally ranked so it is great for business students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Annual Little 500 is unlike any other college week there is. Another awesome week is Welcome Week which is the week before classes.

    What to do for fun

    Go to every tailgate. Buy basketball season tickets. Amble down Kirkwood for shopping or people watching.

    Food and Dining

    It is extremely easy to gain weight while eating in the dining courts as a freshman. The food is delicious and that is the issue! There are many options, but most are unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet many new people. I met some of my really good friends on my floor. Make it a habit to mingle with everyone, you never know who you might click with!

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenging school, but it is not impossible to maintain good grades. Attending class is very important, not only for the information that is covered but many classes also take attendance checks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't over-do it your first year. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. Talk to classmates and professors, it will go a long way.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington has amazing professors. The campus is stunning. There is something for everyone, no matter who you are.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU is a very safe campus, highly lit and secured with a high police force. There are emergency posts posted up all over campus with buttons students can push is some one is in need of help. IU is very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE at IU. Girls rush in the spring instead of the fall (like most schools do it) and this is nice because you can get adjusted the IU the first semester that you are there and decide if greek life is right for you. The boys rush in the fall and in the spring. There are 19 sororities and over 20 fraternities. Greek life is so much fun and a great way to make long lasting friends. The greek system at IU is very involved in IU and making it a better place for students.

    Clubs and Activities

    IU has every club or activity that you have ever heard of

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a big 10 school that is lively and exciting. You have to be able to know how to work hard and play hard. IU is full of all different types of students, but all of them have lively personalities and the drive to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a gazebo in the middle of campus. At midnight you are supposed to take your girlfriend/boyfriend there and kiss them in it. Otherwise you are not officially co-eds and you will not be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    IU is pretty expensive, but at IU you get the best of the best. Everything is up to date and high tec. IU is constantly doing renovations in order to improve it's services and accommodate the needs of it's students. You get everything you want out of IU and the four years you spend there is well worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    People can go see free movies at the union, the union also has bowling and a billiard room. You can go shopping or out to eat down on kirkwood. There are always different social events going on around campus, various parties and such. There is little 500 in the spring which is the best week at IU. Little 500 is a bike race and is a week filled with parties and fun. There is never a dull moment at IU

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dorms at IU is pretty good considering it is dorm food. It is food court style and each dorm has its own food court, so there are a lot of options to choose from. The restaurants located on kirkwood are awesome, kirkwood is awesome in general. It is just a fun street that is populated all throughout the day and night and it has a ton of ethnic restaurants, there is a lot of variety. The union also has a food court, as well as the library (all good food).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was so much fun. There is always something going on around/in the dorms at IU. The best dorms to be in are in the Northwest and no one really wants to be in any of the other dorms. All of the dorms are close to campus. There are dorms that are co-ed and there are dorms that are split girls/boys by floors. Both are fun and different. The co-ed dorms have privite bathrooms with individual showers and toilet and the all girl/boy by floor have communal bathrooms. The rooms are small, but not too small and most of the dorms have air conditioning. I loved living in the dorms and met a lot of great people that way. You get use to the communal bathrooms (they are not bad and they are cleaned by maids). You get really close to your floor and always have a support system, it's great!

    Academic Rigor

    Indiana is a very challenging school and you may not be use to the work load coming from high school. However, the work load depends heavily on the particular major that you choose. There are some majors that are a lot more challenging than others, which you will figure out while taking what everyone refers to as the weed out classes. Teachers will not baby you and you will need to do all of the given assignments, even if they are optional. Overall, as it's rated a very good academic university, the course-load at IU is challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing your dorm you want to locate yourself somewhere in the Northwest. These dorms are close to all freshman classes and are also the dorms with the most social events. When it comes to picking your classes, you need to make sure that you don't have any weird gaps in between classes that do not allow you to go back to your dorm because you will be stuck on campus for an awkward amount of time. Also, class difficulty is based on the particular teacher. So, when choosing classes you should check ratemyprofessor.com and also, Indiana University's teacher grade distributions. Always go to class, and take really good notes. Most teachers base their tests off lecture material and not particularly the material in the textbooks.

    In three sentences

    IU is one of the most beautiful and welcoming campuses that I have ever been on. You will get a fantastic education, make amazing friends, and have the best four years of your life. I feel like IU is my home and I dread the thought of ever having to leave.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Unbelievable

    Great for these types of students

    Students who party and can handle school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek Life in general!!

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive

    What to do for fun

    Too much. The greek life is unlike anything you have ever experienced.

    Food and Dining

    Above average.

    Dorm Life

    Have to choose Northwest. Its the most fun. Not for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    Expected toughness. Mix of easy and challenging classes. Choose wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your academics first priority.

    In three sentences

    The best time you will ever have. Great education. The real college experience.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Drink and a whole lot of other stuff.

    Food and Dining

    Good luck.

    Dorm Life

    It's easy living.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just study.

    In three sentences

    It is a very dedicated to students. It is very athletic. It will be the time of your life.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many extracurricular activities that you feel like college is not just a school, but a hobby too. There are so many things to get involved in that help with along with your journey.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have so many options that you will never get bored or go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and clean and have a dorm floor helps you connect and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers had times where they will meet you outside of class to make sure you are keeping up in your studies and to give you any additional help. The professors do so much more than just teach studies. They prepare students for life and encourage them to go outside of their comfort zone. The professors are like your own little cheerleaders along the whole journey.

    Tips for prospective students

    IU gives you a place to call a home. It is somewhere where you enjoy learning and can find knowledge on every street. The teachers not only do their job, but go above and beyond to make sure you are doing yours as well. Receiving a diploma from IU is not only an accomplishment, but it is a triumph.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a beautiful campus that makes you feel welcome and at home. The professors there are very helping and the knowledge you receive is rewarding in more ways than one. Attending IU has not only made me a better student, but has made me a better person by giving me challenges and opportunities that are necessary in life.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus offers factors like campus police, lighted paths, and emergency buttons. But your safety is really in your hands. Make good decisions.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do: a party, a sports event, an opera, a dorm activity, a show at the auditorium, an event at the union. Just look out for them.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food: affordable price (for those living on campus), decent taste (some of it), poor variety (I have a sandwich everyday). But food of campus is great!

    Dorm Life

    Northwest is the party neighborhood, and Southeast is full of music majors. What your dorm is like is really just depending on who is living in your dorm. Although people in Ashton tend to keep to themselves. There are plenty of dorm planned activities always going on.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty scale ranges based on your major. Obviously Kelley's School of Business or Jacob's School of Music are more competitive than are other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!! With so many students, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Joining a small group helps to find students with similar interests.

    In three sentences

    IU is a big party school. It is easy to get caught up in the social life and forget about school, but IU offers plenty of educational help. The campus is also beautiful!

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a fraternity or sorority, it is completely worth it and a large part of way I love IU. Also attending tailgates is a big deal during football season, and Basketball season tickets sell like crazy. GO HOOSIERS! The bars at IU are some of the best in the country.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food at IU is good for the most part, I miss it now that I do not get it everyday. However, you do get sick of some of it as a freshman in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at IUB are spectacular. They provide an excellent and easy way to begin socializing in your first year at college. Each neighborhood tends to have its stero-types which are surprisingly accurate, but this is not to say that they don't each have desirable qualities.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes at Indiana University are top notch and of high academic rigor. There are always a few easier classes though, but it is not easy to find these.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in your classes in order to start out with a good g.p.a. Join as many student organizations as you are interested in and take general classes freshman year in case you switch majors.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely adore attending Indiana University-Bloomington. The academic opportunities this school has presented me with are amazing and numerous. The student body is intelligent, diverse, and simply fun to be a part of. The town of Bloomington is a wonderful place to be in school because it is beautiful and has all the amenities a college student could wish for.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    IU is gorgeous, diverse, and home to the quintessential college experience. Between the academics, athletics, and extra-curricular possibilities, it's my favorite place in the world!

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've used the emergency police escort service a couple of times, and the officers are always incredibly nice and eager to help. I've never had a problem with safety, really. Even within the dorms, I trust all of my floormates and can usually leave my room unattended without worry of vandalism or theft.

    Great for these types of students

    I'm the type who prefers a LAN party over a frat party, and I've certainly found my niche here. However, there's room for basically all types, considering the size of the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Swim in Showalter Fountain, and watch for the mysterious ghost woman on the steps of Reed Hall at Halloween.

    Dorm Life

    Safe, friendly, and quiet. Though many prefer to study at Wells Library, I like to study in the comfort of my own room.

    In three sentences

    Though known for its wild parties, IU Bloomington also offers top programs in a number of fields, from music to anthropology to a one-of-a-kind Individualized Major Program. The professors and admin genuinely care about the well-being of the students, and made me feel at home in a way that none of my friends at other universities experienced. Truly, this school offers the college experience and a world-class education for far less than comparable colleges.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I have lived in a dorm the past 2 years at my home high school and hope that this will be extremely inviting as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Hopefully the rigor will be extremely difficult- it's what I'm used to.

    In three sentences

    This school has been my top choice ever since I visited the website and I am extremely interested in attending. I've read all the reviews however, and have been unable to find anything on the journalism program. Does anyone happen to know anything about the college's amazing journalism program I've read so much about on the site?

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus security cars driving around at all times, it is vey safe.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of parties that you can have fun at the greek houses, and there are also study tables for when it is time to focus on school work.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all types of sports clubs and activities. And I'm sure that if the campus does not have the activity/sport that you are looking for, you can start a group yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Great place for business and art students many of opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are traditions at the sports games: the cheers for the games, and the movements. An unusual place to go to is the art museum, it has no right angles in the building.

    Bang for the buck

    Tee money that you spend here is definitely worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities and fun raisers. There are chances to get involved with the people in your dorm by joining the board of your specific dormitory. You can also join a sports team.

    Food and Dining

    Many choices of different types of food!

    Dorm Life

    There is just enough space to fit in the necessities and a couple of luxuries.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are strict about work and you can get kicked out of school if your are not on top of your game!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to new people and get to know them.

    In three sentences

    I think it is a nice campus full of very friendly people. The courses are challenging but the teachers give you many opportunities to raise your grades by offering study hours. There is a great business school: Kelly School of Business.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on IU's campus.

    What to do for fun

    Bloomington offers a vast array of activities throughout the year. There are always operas, plays, or musicals to be seen and there are concerts to go to all the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is so-so. Definitely hit or miss depending on the day and where you choose to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The social scene at IU is great - there are constant opportunities to make new friends. However, some of the dorms are kind of old and don't have air conditioning, which is not so fun.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are challenging and I feel like they will prepare me for life after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to set aside a specific time to study - one can get easily distracted by the social scene if not careful. Also, take the time to really learn your way around campus. It's a huge school.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great place and has almost any major imaginable. The social scene is great, and the school has a vast amount of extracurricular activities available. There is definitely something for everyone at this great school.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anybody!! IU is so welcoming to many kinds of people. Every race, religion, person belief is accepted and embraced at IU.

    Bang for the buck

    I know college is expensive, but I think of it as an investment in my future. I have had to take out a few student loans to pay for my education.

    What to do for fun

    My roommate and I have gone to a few parties with other people. It is a great way to meet people from other parts of the country. We also like to go down to Kirkwood Avenue where some of the local restaurants and stores offer special deals to students.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options at IUB for eating. I am very conscious about what I put in my body and eat. I'm so glad there are so many healthy choices. No matter what time my breaks are from my classes, I can find something to eat. The convenience of using my IBucks everywhere is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    I love my roommate! We had the chance to talk and text before actually meeting each other. I live on a great floor and it seems like everyone gets along great. Sometimes, it can be hard to study so you have to learn self-discipline.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have all challenged me already. I understand how some of my high school teachers were trying to prepare me for the college experience. Learn how to take notes now! It is vital to your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop good study habits now. Take the time to research and learn about the college you want to attend. You don't necessarily need to know what you want to be in life. Take some time to explore that your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    IU is a great place to call home. I have been here for 3 weeks and I feel so welcome here. My classes, professors and friends are all wonderful.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have heard about problems with sexual assault but that just comes with being a party school. Don't be stupid and you prob won't have problems.

    Greek Life

    No idea, everyone else seems to like it. Its a pretty big deal here just not my thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    I imagine you can prob find anything from ballroom dancing to dungeons and dragons. You just have to look

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone as long as you aren't overwhelmed by large numbers of students. You still can get individual attention but it is a large campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sitting with your legs up against the wall of the art building at night. There is this light show that they turn on its fun to just relax and contemplate life.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of festivals, museams, films, shopping, and parties. Nashville is a really pretty town just a little drive away as well as the lake where you can go boating or whatever. Bryan park is really fun to have a picnic in the warmer months where you can just people watch. When I went people were LARPing and tightrope walking and doing yoga. Sleding is fun in the winter months. There is also sporting events which even if you dont like to watch are kind of fun to go to and just have fun with friends.

    Food and Dining

    As long as you are willing to walk around a little you can basically find anything you want. There is a large variety in the food courts and even more in the downtown area. Choices at night are limited but hey, if you are trying to get food at 3am having the choice between Jimmy Johns and pizza x beats nothing at all.

    Dorm Life

    I found dorm life to be extremely friendly and social. Everyone has a different experience but it is what you make of it. Only downside was the whole no AC thing but it didnt matter after the first month or so.

    Academic Rigor

    I find myself challenged by my classes but not in a way that is overly stressful or extreamly time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    IU offers a ton of resources for basically anything. Use them. And never party at the Villas.

    In three sentences

    Quality classes and instructors. Lots of fun. Great amenities.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus cops everywhere, everyone walks in groups, there's a program called safe ride, buses run late, emergency vehicles on campus 24/7; you'll always feel safe!

    Greek Life

    There are a ton of fraternities and sororities on campus so if you love Greek Life you'll definitely find what you're looking for at one of these houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of is here!

    Great for these types of students

    Business and Music Majors (Kelley School of Business and Jacobs School of Music are constantly ranked #1 in the nation)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the finite math professors here gives extra credit to his students if they paint themselves red and then bring in a picture of themselves attending the football game that way.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get exactly what you pay for here. Everything is great quality and your money goes a long way.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do here: go hiking, go to the lake, farmers market, watch light show at the Art Museum, comic club, see a musical/dance performance, free movies at union every week, football/basketball games, and so much more!!!!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is EXCELLENT! There's always a healthy option, vegetarian option, and vegan option available as well as your every day favorites. I only wish they didn't charge money for sides of dressing, sour cream, or syrup.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms with air conditioning and heating units are wonderful! Sharing bathrooms isn't so bad and you live near all of your best friends. Just keep the area clean because you share this building with everyone. The

    Academic Rigor

    The prerequisite classes aren't necessarily difficult but the core classes for each major are designed to teach you exactly what you need to know and they do it well!

    Tips for prospective students

    Knowing what you want to study will help you get into a specific school at IU. Bring a raincoat, umbrella, rain boots, and heavy coat! With activities follow a formula: one sport related, one major related, one community service related, and one fun one. This will keep your schedule manageable with optimum benefits.

    In three sentences

    IU is spirited in many different ways for many different things. The school offers every student the opportunity to do things they've never done before and have always wanted to do. The weather and campus environment are beautiful and inviting.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see at least one campus police car everyday I'm on campus, and students receive email updates if there has been suspicious or dangerous activities/persons seen on or around campus, or even just in Bloomington in general.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many groups on campus, I would not even know where to begin. There are groups for specific majors, for hobbies, for cultures, for just about anything.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite is the idea that Collins is called Hogwarts, because of the look of the building. Also, there is a place on campus where you are supposed to go on midnight on Valentine's Day to kiss your soulmate.

    What to do for fun

    You can do just about anything you want at IU. There are several groups on campus you can join. You can even start your own groups if you can find people to join you and you get approval. Since IU is located in Bloomington, there are also several different types of places you can go to in town, off campus.

    Food and Dining

    You can find any kind of food you could possibly want on campus! There are so many options that I'm not sure it would be possible to try them all in a semester if you went somewhere new everyday. I have found several new foods I love just by trying out the restaurants around here. The food at the campus food courts are usually really good as well!

    Dorm Life

    I am not sure exactly what dorm life is like on campus personally. I transferred here and only lived in one of the on-campus apartments before moving to an apartment off campus. I have heard from many of my friends here though that the dorms are pretty nice, and they offer several ways for you to get to know other students.

    Academic Rigor

    IU is not like high school. You will have to do actual hard work while you are here to meet standards. So if you skated by in high school, you have to teach yourself some discipline now if you want to do well here. It will be worth your time though, trust me!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are doing your homework in high school. IU does not let in just anyone, you have to prove that you are a good student and are willing to put effort into your work. Also, be ready to experience a very amazing town with so many options for every part of your life!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great place to go for your college career! All the professors are excellent, and you will find most students are really friendly as well. Also, there are so many majors, as well as classes, to choose from, that you will always be able to find something interesting!

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is relatively safe. I know of a few people who were mugged, but only because they were walking alone at night. Don't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Tons of Options. IU is a party school

    Clubs and Activities

    While not as big as I imagined, the people you'll meet in these clubs will become your best friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Music, Business, Party-type, while studious ones will find life a lot easier in the southeast neighborhood.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a small forest in the middle of the campus (Dunn Woods), which is pretty cool.

    Bang for the buck

    IU undergrad for business is pretty great for the money and is one of the reasons I came here

    What to do for fun

    Join some clubs, party, but don't party too hard.

    Food and Dining

    Read is by far the best place to eat, and Collins buffet is a close second. There is a bistro with sandwiches and mexican food at Read, as well as a Hoosier cafe (with a salad bar, and some fast-food-type dining options) and also an all you can eat buffet (Landes Food Court) that is one of the best deals for your money.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty great. Make sure you don't cause too much drama or noise on your floor. Forest (which is where I live) is probably one of the best places to meet the chill type. They are all very musical there (because it is next to the Jacob's school of Music) and if you spend time in the lounge, you can probably hear someone playing smooth jazz. If you're going to the Jacob's School of Music. Forest is a pretty great place. A cafeteria will be open next year and it is air conditioned (unlike some of the closer dorms to the school of music).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not hard, with some courses designed so that it can be pretty hard to fail. However, do not skip courses. Many exam questions are worded the same way as it was discussed in class...not the textbook.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early for housing. The best place on campus is probably Teter. If you want to live solely on cafeteria food, make sure you buy a higher up plan that is a better deal. The food here is not that bad. Also, go to as many call out meetings as you can for free pizza a good opportunities to join clubs.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the courses are plentiful. Professors here know what they are doing (for the Business School). The housing is a little old, but nothing is falling apart.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety Escort is a transportation service to take students around campus to and from classes so they do not walk alone at night. The cost is free. The IU Police Department Bloomington works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement to make sure IU campus is safe 24/7. The IU Police Department is a full service agency that has officers and cadets and is open 24/7. If you feel as if you are in danger, please call (855-SAFE (855-7233) immediately.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a cheerleader, so I am very involved with student enthusiasm and ambition. It is such a great joy to look up at the crowd and see the fans in the stands all decked out in their IU gear. It is a rush that I cannot explain. It pumps me up and makes me want to cheer my hardest to make IU win. I recommend getting involved in as many clubs and as many intramural sports as possible . There are over 100 clubs from Air Force Reserve Training to Women in Business

    Great for these types of students

    Any college is great for certain people - self motivated, mature, strong so they don't cave to peer pressure, and able to walk away from a fight in case of name calling, a part of the maturity factor. IU is great for level headed students that are career oriented and can be involved in a school sport or intramural sport, but still have fun. You have to believe in the HOOSIERS!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    IU is an awesome school and has an awesome legacy that follows. Herman B. Wells was the 11th president of IU College and passed away in 2000. He has the biggest library on campus named after him, called the Wells Library. He was the President and Chancellor of IU until his death. There is a granite statue of Dr. Wells on the campus of IU that has his hand out as if shaking someones hand. It gets a lot more handshakes than I do; they say that if you shake Dr. Wells hand you will be very successful at IU. I have just about broken his wrist I have shaken it so many times. So far, predictions are good.

    Bang for the buck

    Getting involved in as many activities as you can is the best thing that you can do. After all, IU is noted for being the #1 party schools in the United States. I am a freshman and believe me when I tell you, no one, yes; NO ONE is immune to peer pressure. Every inch you walk, there is a party, every corner you turn, there is a party. You can do yourself and your parents a huge favor by turning and walking away, if they call you names, just let it go right over your head, you were the bigger person and I can guarantee you are going to feel better tomorrow. My friends and I hang out in our commons room, a large study room. For fun, we work out, or go to the inside pool for exercise, visit others dorms, or go to the union and play pool. Stay involved to keep yourself busy.

    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do for fun? Intramural sports are a big thing, if you like any sport, we have a team for you. There is the little 500 bike race, on the big open grounds we often play Frisbee or just run in the beautiful green grass, we have many clubs, and ride bikes.

    Food and Dining

    There is dining everywhere. There is no problem to go hungry on campus. The Union has the best food; foods of every kind. There are small cafes everywhere throughout the campus and they all accept your campus card. If you have a chance to make it to Kirkwood Avenue, there are so many eating places down there it is unbelievable. They have American, Chinese, and Japanese. Thai, it is amazing food. There is often a concert or something going on Kirkwood for entertainment.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exactly what you make it. You can pick to live with your best friend or you can pick random. It is very often said and true, if you pick to live with your best friend that you will no longer be best friends. When you apply for housing, you cannot pick the building that you want to live in, you pick a neighborhood where you would like to live. For example, the business students that did not get direct admit into the Kelly School of Business, generally will pick a building close to where most of the business classes are taught; a biology major will choose a neighborhood where most of the science classes are held. You usually hang out and meet people on your door quickly. If there is a problem with your roommate, your RA will try to fix the problem and if they cannot fix it the housing department will become involved. My suggestion is if you do not have a roommate, and go random, find a roommate on Facebook, start talking and getting to know the person and then decide that you want to be roommates and call IU by the date indicated and they will put your applications together. They are very helpful and want your first major move from home to go smoothly.

    Academic Rigor

    The very first thing that shocked me was the lecture rooms, OMGoodness. I am from a small high school in Mt. Vernon, IN. My graduating class had 174 students. I walked in to my first class and all I saw were students, everywhere, turn to the left - more students, and turn to the right - more students. I was scared to death. I knew some of the people with a lecture hall that big, I knew I was not going to find them. I quickly moved to the side and got out my cell phone (my lifeline at the time) and called one of my friends from orientation. (those freshmen orientation groups will become your best friends). I text two of them desperate, WHERE ARE U? They had just walked in the door, so my panic level lowered drastic and the anxiety was gone. The academics are a little rougher than high school. They give a lot of homework, a lot of reading and in the math class they go really fast. The professors never hesitate to ask if you have questions. I cannot express enough how willing the professors are to help. They want all of us to pass their class and have outstanding futures. I also belong to the Hutton Honors College. This is a a separate college on the campus that is for the valedictorians from high school. It is a wonderful opportunity, and I am really glad that I decided to do it. They give out certain scholarships for academics. They do have separate housing, but you do have to stay with the Honor students if you don't want to. It is a lot of studying and you have to be able to close use your time wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up; the sky is the limit, take the ACT & SAT until you are satisfied with your scores. Keep working hard, once admitted, meet IU students on FB; once on campus meet as many people as you can and get involved, it is amazing how many people you can meet in one evening. I am constantly mingling around meeting people. I love IU and the campus. There are so many historic things around the campus that I feel honored to be a part of the history in the making. IU offers more than 180 majors and 330 degree programs and graduate students can pursue more than 190 master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. Almost every academic area can be a major or a minor at the undergraduate level and graduate level.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful; mentors are very friendly; I have not yet run into an unkind person. The Professors are here for you and they make sure that you understand the material that was covered. No professor that I have had had denied me extra time for questions.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always someone/someplace you can contact or go, if you're smart.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally a club for anything. If not, you can make one.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 5!!!

    Bang for the buck

    For my position, I'm getting what I pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, Mall trips, Late Nights with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Some variety in different places, but also a core menu.

    Dorm Life

    There's always someone to talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes depend on your own skill level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends early, and in all your classes. Don't stress too much about grades. Everything will be alright.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great school to attend. There are many activities both in the dorms and around the campus. The classes are so interesting, too.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have a heard of a few incidents, but I have never felt unsafe on campus. If you're smart, it's very easy to stay safe at night. There is a free Safety Escort System, buses running until 2 or 3 AM, and there are safe paths through campus that have police call boxes.

    Greek Life

    IU has one of the largest Greek systems in the country. Some houses are awesome, others not so much. A lot of the big parties are at Greek houses and they pretty much run student tailgate for football. Rush for guys is in the fall and Recruitment for girls is in the winter.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, you can find anything. During your first few weeks keep an eye out for call-out meetings because they are sometimes only advertised on the sidewalks or bulletin boards.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to balance academics and fun, IU is the place to be. It is also consistently ranked as one of the most active campuses in the US.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500, which is a bike race held every year in April, is known as the biggest college party in the country. I can't wait for my first one.

    Bang for the buck

    Still pretty expensive since I'm an out-of-state student, but there are a lot of awesome services that are offered with the fees we pay.

    What to do for fun

    The list is endless. You can find literally anything here.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the food courts is adequate. The healthier and freshly-prepared options are much more expensive, which is annoying.

    Dorm Life

    Don't apply to the Northwest neighborhood just because it's known as the party neighborhood. You can find a party anywhere, so choose based on the neighborhood's proximity to your academic program's building or the Living-Learning Communities that are offered in the neighborhood. Also, I recommend using your freshman class's Facebook page to find a roommate. I found mine there and we're perfect for each other!

    Academic Rigor

    Your academic experience here can be as tough as you make it. Some programs are extremely competitive (Jacobs School of Music, School of Nursing, Kelley School of Business), while others leave some flexibility for less serious students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school, especially if you have the opportunity to stay overnight with a current student to experience the real campus atmosphere without your parents. At first, Indiana was my last choice, but after I visited I knew this was the perfect school for me.

    In three sentences

    I never hear a single bad word about my school, whether it's from current students, alumni, or even people who have just visited. There really is something for everyone here. It has the perfect balance of academics, activities, athletics, and of course, parties!

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally safe. IU sends texts and emails when there is an emergency and offers safe rides home from the studying at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fun and exciting! Although not for everyone, it is a great way to involved in leadership positions, networking, and making new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone to join! Look out for flyers and attend a lot of call out meetings.

    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for every kind of student. Everyone has a way to get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of things that IU students like to do to cross off their bucket list. Anything from watching the lights on the art museum to jumping into the quarry, there are plenty of unusual traditions to be apart of.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, Indiana University is not too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of shopping downtown and on Kirkwood Avenue. There are also a lot of restaurants to try. 4th street is full of international restaurants that are fun to explore. There is always some sort of event going on in town.

    Food and Dining

    All dining halls on campus are great. After freshman year, the older students love to find freshman that will buy them food with their meal points!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live on campus, dorm life can be different for everyone. Look into the neighborhoods you can live in and choose what you think will be best.

    Academic Rigor

    Indiana University is known for academics. From the Kelley School of Business to the Jacobs School of Music, we have many well known programs here that will keep you studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit Bloomington! Our campus is beautiful in the fall and it is the perfect time to take a tour. Walk around downtown, check out the buildings on campus, and get a feel for the student life.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is the perfect college. The fun, upbeat atmosphere of the campus makes your experience here unforgettable. I am so glad I chose IU!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security in every building and always driving around campus. I feel very safe on campus not only in the day time but i feel safe at night time.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is pretty nice. All of the houses look great and the guys and girls in them are super cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    All of the activities here are so much fun. Not only are they fun but there are hundreds of them to choose from and they hit all criteria's!

    Great for these types of students

    There are so many things to do for every kind of student. Places to study, places to socialize, or just somewhere to go and sit for a while.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the unusual traditions they have here is the Nearly naked mile. I'm sure its other places too but I found this to be the unusual tradition they have here.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University Bloomington is a Campus that makes me feel at home. Everyone here is so accepting of everyone, no one is afraid of being who they are and are able to show their true colors. Indiana University Bloomington is the place to be, to be the person you want to be and be happy doing it.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do not only in campus but outside of campus. You could go shopping at the mall with your friends, Walk through campus to see the sights, or just hang out on Kirkwood and grab something to eat and watch some awesome performances at small resturaunts.

    Food and Dining

    The dining courts here are pretty good! They are in just about every building so you will never go hungry:) The food is pretty tasty and there is so much to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so cool. Being able to meet new people on your floor, let alone your roommate is such a great experience. I loved dorm life and would not encourage you to miss it your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors know what they are talking about and you will get a great education here. There's no doubt about that!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to be who you are. Indiana University is such a great school to be at and you will for sure love it here.

    In three sentences

    Indiana university is a great school to be at and would encourage any high school senior to come here. It has many majors to choose from and can fit anyone into it. Indiana University Bloomington is the place to be.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very well lit at all hours of the night. Also, they have emergency machines located in various spots.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, IU is a great experience and just by visiting a few times I am in love with everything it has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun. There is a mall located close to campus and plenty of sporting events to go attend.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is excellent. Just on visiting the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorm here so I am not exactly sure on this topic.

    Academic Rigor

    I plan on attending next year so I am not sure on how hard the classes will be. But to receive a good education it probably will require hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in whatever interests you the most. Being involve will open many doors and allow you to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The campus of Indiana University is excellent! Although some people don't like the idea that is so large, people are very friendly. You will receive a great education as well as a great experience.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are awesome. I love attending the IU rugby games. Both the womens and mens teams are very competitive and provide for good entertainment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 is probably the biggest even on campus. It's a bike race that happens every year and pretty well gives the city a spark of life for a week. During t he week there are concerts, games, the race, and just a lot of opportunities to have fun. The movie Breaking Away captures a bit of the tradition behind the race--watch it!

    What to do for fun

    Bloomington is next to Lake Monroe and the Hoosier National Forest. There are a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities from rock climbing, hiking, to camping. During the spring and summer the lake is great for water sports and swimming. IU basketball games are also amazing--you must go to an IU basketball game while attending the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty dang good. Bloomington itself has a lot of restaurants from around the world that will amaze you. Everything from Greek cuisine to Thai. You will never get bored with the food options. If you're not careful the freshman 15 will quickly turn into the freshman 50!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but they are great for making friends. You'll find that your core group of friends will probably come from your dorm. Unfortunately it also provides a lot of opportunity for students to get in trouble. They host a lot of parties, provide study groups, and are generally good atmospheres.

    Academic Rigor

    It is college, the classes are difficult. As with anything, if you have a desire to learn, you'll do well. I've found their science courses to be particularly difficult. If you read the books, attend the classes, and spend the time necessary for study you'll do well. But, don't expect the teachers to always be there during office hours!

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out your automatic scholarship applications. They will avoid them if you are not persistent. Get to know the campus, walk around, you'll be grateful that you did the day classes start. Research different clubs and groups that you would be interested in participating in. IU has a lot of great club sports teams that are competitive and extremely fun.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington has a lot of teachers who really want to help their students succeed. It provides a challenge for those who want to learn. The university is great at getting its students involved in many activities.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a big concern for Indiana University. There is a great alert system that is linked to both e-mail addresses and text alerts that informs students of suspicious acitivity or immediate danger on campus, as well as weather advisories. There are also many booths located on campus that have a safety button that will alert an escort if you do not feel safe walking on campus at night, and there is also a number you can call for the same service.

    Greek Life

    There are also a lot of soroities and fraternities on campus. I'm not really sure about how these work, but I constantly see students wearing Greek letters and hear about my classmates' Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club available for almost any interest and also many intra-mural activities for a lot of sports. Some of the sports offered weren't even something I had known you could do at college.

    Great for these types of students

    There really is a wide variety of student life on campus, as well as educational opportunities for any students, including the arts, sciences, a great business school and a great music school.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, IU is a beautiful campus with excellent classes and teachers. However, the parking on campus is quite difficult, as students are allowed to only park at the stadium and must use the buses to travel to and from campus. Although it is understandable due to the large number of people in attendance, it makes it time consuming to get to class. You must also pay a transportation fee, included in tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is a large variety of opportunities for entertainment on campus. The IMU regularly hosts free movie showings, as well as providing a bowling alley just next to the food court. The IU Auditorium hosts many great shows all throughout the year. The shops and bars downtown are also a great place to hang out and can be accessed via bus from campus. Additionally, many dorms put together activities throughout the year that are free.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are quite varied all throughout campus. Almost every vendor, campus-related or not, accepts the Campus Access account as a form of payment, which is accessed by your student ID and links to money available on your student account.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm, but I had friends who did and they enjoyed living there, although it is met with the typical dorm-room issues such as lack of space and the unfortunate shared bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found the coursework to be challenging here, as a chemistry major, although not impossible.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a beautiful campus full of both teachers and students who are serious about learning. In addition, there are many opportunities for extra curricular activities and social involvment. There is a variety of fields for students to study and explore.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU is a big campus and it can be easy to get yourself in a dangerous situation if you're not careful. There are streetlamps on at night and a lot of the most commonly taken walkways also have lights along them at night as well. If ever you're afraid or cautious to walk somewhere alone or for any reason, there is a number that you can call that will have designated workers come pick you up from where you are and drive you to your destination anywhere on campus for free. The bus system also runs pretty late at night too, if you don't feel like walking.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not a part of Greek life here on campus, there are many different fraternities and sororities located on campus that you can rush for. Besides that, there are also a couple of co-ed Greek organizations that are focused on community service, minority groups, and academics.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities made available to the students at IU. Pretty much any activity or interest you have has a club or organization relating to it. Besides that, all of the facilities offered like the Union, cinema, and SRSC are a great way to get involved as well.

    Great for these types of students

    IU Bloomington is perfect for students who have a busy lifestyle and are okay with being around a lot of people most of the time. It is good for those who are accustomed to large schools and who aren't afraid to get involved in other activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few places on campus said to be haunted (I live in one, and have had experiences with it). There is a chapel that you are supposed to kiss the one you love in on Valentine's Day at midnight because it supposedly gives you good luck. There are big red clocks throughout the campus that play on the hour and quarter hours and that also play music when it rains. Dunn meadow is beautiful and is a great place to hang out, relax, study, or take a nap.

    Bang for the buck

    All in all, IU Bloomington is a great school if you're looking for a big college town, that has great academics, and various activities for a busy lifestyle. There are great learning opportunities here and with all of the activities and resources made available to all of the students, it is a great university for the cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are TONS of extracurricular clubs/activities/student organizations here on campus and you're bound to find one you fit into. They range from sports, to games, to academic groups, and just about everything else. There is a student cinema that offers a free weekly movie. There is the student union which hosts different events and concerts throughout the year. There is the SRSC for working out and also taking classes. Whatever you're into, there will be something available for you to get involved in and you could never get bored here.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple places throughout campus that offer residential food areas/stores. They have a pretty good variety and also always offer vegetarian and healthy options for those of you who are health nuts. The prices are outrageous unless you have a meal plan (mandatory for freshman), or use your Campus Access card and then you get a 60% discount which brings the prices to what you would consider normal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are pretty diverse depending on where you stay. I live in Read which is in the southeast neighborhood. It is a standard dorm and I live in a double. The rooms are a decent size for your basic items but don't plan on bringing a lot of extra furniture pieces or anything as the rooms become crowded pretty quickly. If you have more money in your budget, there are other dorms you can choose that are more fancy and a lot bigger, or you can just choose to have a single room all to yourself. Regardless of where you live, the RA's in the dorms usually have floor meetings and other activities that you can be a part of to meet new people, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    I guess it's hard to rate this because it can be dependant on what your area of study is. I will be studying in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and the work requires a lot of time and effort outside of class. Multiple hours per day on most homework assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest being mentally prepared for the change of schedule in your daily life if you're new to college. IU is a big place and being new on campus can be a bit scary when you're first learning your way around. However, Hoosier hospitality is everywhere so don't ever be afraid or hesitate to ask for help from another student or staff.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great place to obtain higher education while being able to get the full experience of being a college student. There are academic opportunities provided for everyone and the organizations and activities are a great way to make connections and get involved. It doesn't take long for you to call IU your new home.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the sports games and all the welcome week activities, you will meet some awesome people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and apply for scholarships early.

    In three sentences

    IU is a school with great resources, anything you will ever need to succeed in your field of study is right on campus.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been random incidents of violence on campus. As long as you're smart and aware, campus is relatively safe.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of sororities and fraternities on campus if that's your kind of thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find a club or activity to get involved in, then you aren't trying very hard.

    Great for these types of students

    B students, International students, Students who love partying, students of color

    Bang for the buck

    Finances are still a nightmare however your tuition will get you pretty far with opportunities on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Bloomington, College Mall, Kirkwood Avenue, Brown County State Park (about 30 minutes from campus). Basically if you stay on the east side of Bloomington, you are bound to find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food at IU is actually good compared to most places. Just be sure to mix it up. Also Kirkwood Avenue is a fantastic street to find great food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are rather small and inconvenient but I will say that it is great for social life and most of the dorms on campus are kept in very decent shape.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter which major you pick, expect to work your butt off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can. Spots for scholarships fill up quickly. If you're unlike me and you actually know what you want to do after college, apply for the direct admit programs of your choice.

    In three sentences

    IU is the ideal place for the student who is outgoing but yet wants a great education. IU offers over 100 majors, leaving a student with many career opportunities to pick from. With about 40,000 people attending IU, a student is always able to meet new people of all origins.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of restaurants to eat at in Btown. A lot of cool nearby woods/forests/trails and a big lake too.

    Food and Dining

    Blech.

    Dorm Life

    Much of what you make it. You can have a great time, if you seek friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging, but only if you want it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT, VISIT, VISIT It will make or break the experience for you.

    In three sentences

    Large school with a lot of spirit. Academically challenging if you want it to be. Socially enjoyable on all fronts.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It is cool. It is chill. It is the place.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get an excellent education for the money you pay. Due to it being a public university you will find you pay a lot less and most of the departments are within the top twenty in the country,

    What to do for fun

    IU Sports are huge as we rival Purdue. There are several drum circles, sororities, fraternities and campus organizations to get involved in. My advice... volunteer! It looks great on a job application and it gives you extra experience in your field of study. If also gives you a leg up when you graduate along side your peers who don't have any real world experience.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining options on and off campus. Campus food is pretty good and I would recommend a higher meal plan to save money on outside campus purchases. If you can always depend on campus food you won't have to live on Ramen Noodles until you move off campus! LOL!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is what I would imagine it to be at any college. It sucks if you get a bad roommate but, it's a great way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    There are obviously some classes that are pretty easy, piece of cake, walk in the parks but, your major classes are not that way at all. Homework, tests, projects and other assignments are all thought provoking and force you to think critically no matter what subject you are studying. Plan to spend an hour studying for every hour of time you are actually in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study the map of the campus and learn where everything is before your first day of class. The campus is huge and you will need to take public transport or drive your car at some point. Don't be afraid to ask questions, inquire about where buildings are or where certain offices are. People are usually very nice about helping you find where you are going and they might know about changes that you didn't hear about before school started. Register for classes as soon as you can! Classes fill up quickly no matter what year of school you are in. Go to the earliest orientation possible so you can get the times and days you want for your classes.

    In three sentences

    A large array of degrees, programs and options for students who know what they want to do and those who aren't sure when applying to college. A beautiful campus with several transportation options and several resources. Helpful professors, staff and a place where you find friendliness, openness and freedom to discover and be who you are.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to downtown Bloomington.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus.

    In three sentences

    The faculty is great. The campus is beautiful. The town of Bloomington is very student friendly and full of culture.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Measures are definitely in place to ensure student safety. There are lit walking paths with strategically placed blue lights, which summon campus police officers when pressed. There's a campus escort service to drive you home if it's late. Many dorms have police officers living in them. Alerts are sent out if there is an assault or emergency on campus.

    Greek Life

    It's definitely alive. The frat scene is hopping and friendly. Sororities are notoriously difficult to get into, but if you want to try, go for it. The on-campus houses are really nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you want to do something, there's probably a club for it. At the beginning of the year, there's a Student Involvement Fair where clubs set up tables in Dunn Meadow and vie for your attention. Interest groups and charity and athletics abound. There's even a Quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    There's something for everyone. But if you are not willing to take chances and try new things, this might not be the university for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Basketball is a big deal; even if you don't care, at least pretend. Lay on the ground outside the art museum and watch the lights change color. Go swimming in the Showalter Fountain. Run the Nearly Naked Mile. Take part in the heated rivalries with Purdue and, to a lesser extent, University of Kentucky. The Arboretum has every tree native to Indiana. Most buildings are made of Indiana limestone.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is pretty good and there are a lot of opportunities for scholarships. Out-of-state tuition is a little steep, but the scholarships help make up the difference. Considering it is a world-renown university with an illustrious history and amazing alumni, the tuition is a good deal.

    What to do for fun

    Go to shows at the IU Auditorium or the music school. Lounge in the Arboretum. Go to free movies at the Union and get froyo afterwards. Walk down Kirkwood. Go to the local mall--it's small but has good stores.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delightfully below-average and really expensive considering the quality. The smallest meal plan is more than enough for an average student. Non-university dining is awesome though. Bloomington is known for its ethnic food and pizza.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on the neighborhood. Northwest is very social and likes to party, while Southeast is more artsy and close to the music school. Central is close to everything but can be hard to socialize in certain dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The university attracts a large range of students academically, so there are going to be people both above and below your level. If you are looking for difficult classes, you can definitely find them, particularly through the Honors College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your dorm neighborhood wisely. Check out professors before registration. Sign up for housing and orientation early. Visit the campus!

    In three sentences

    It's what you make of it. There are lot of opportunities for every kind of person. But it's very easy to get lost in the crowd.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    IU has the most beautiful campus out off all the colleges I explored.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have always felt safe on campus. there is plenty of campus security, and buses to take when one isn't feeling safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life, this one is very tricky. I am currently in the process of rushing for a sorority, and to me it is one of the best experience of my life! It is a very competitive field, but the most fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whatever you can think of, IU most likely has it. We have everything from and Honor's College program, to Quidditch club, to a tennis club. Anything that catches your interest is so much fun! Great drama club as well.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any student, fan or not. IU Hoosiers always are huge fans of basketball, and no matter what, it is a great conversation starter too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Depending on the person, but my favorite is going to all the basketball games!

    Bang for the buck

    Everything around IU is amazing, there are always things to do, and yes, sometimes you have to pay, but honestly, it is worth it! Going to Kirkwood and exploring the fun atmosphere. Going to get ice cream with your friends, or trying out ethnic food on 4th street, where there is an international food street. There are many great things to try, and your money is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of activities to do for fun. there are always plays and free movie screenings going on! And even just walking around the campus and exploring new things is a blast. My favorite is during Halloween when there is a Haunted Tour of IU, taking you from place to place on campus and its haunted history!

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. It is something that I never say that I love. If you find something you love, you get sick of it pretty quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so great! they are always supportive and helpful with whatever you need. They become your best friends, making the dorms a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an education major and being here at IU gets me so excited to become a teacher. I am working and meeting every type of person that you can imagine, and I love it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to come to a campus that is large. It has nothing to do with whether you are social or not, it has to do with how comfortable you are in a larger atmosphere. But once you become a Hoosier, you'll love every second of it!

    In three sentences

    I am absolutely in love with IU! This school has amazing programs to attend. The campus is huge, but I love it. There is always something to do when it comes to a major and I have enjoyed every second since being here.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There's a variety of restaurants around campus, most of them really good. There are also multiple dining locations -inside residence halls and buildings with classes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms aren't bad - I'm in a triple with two potluck roommates, and it's decent. Many people don't observe quiet hours usually, but most people are pretty good during finals week. I'm in an academic learning community, but I soon realized that doesn't really mean anything. I am lucky to have a few hallmates who care about their grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared by studying ahead of time. To get good grades, always study a little bit more than you want to. It will pay off. Also, college is a lot more difficult than high school, and teachers are not as interested, but if you pay attention and go to class, good grades are definitely possible.

    In three sentences

    IU has a large campus, but it is definitely beautiful walking to class. It has a great variety of people- ages, nationalities, beliefs. There is so much enthusiasm as a school- basketball season is especially crazy! :)

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on around town and on campus for every type of person. Don't be afraid to branch out and get to know people. Most of all explore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep up on financial aid and balance parties with work.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University Bloomington is a great school to go to. The professors are always willing to help you with classes. Also there's no better place to live the college life.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lake Monroe is not too far and you can go camping. The gym is really nice and great place to workout with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Wright is not the best. Kind of cafeteria style. But there are many Places to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    Teter is a great dorm and i highly recommend trying to live there. Bathrooms are separated and clean. It has A/C. Try to get to know the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers want to help you learn and going in during their office hours is a really good idea. The classes are very interesting and some have a theme that make the learning more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If living in dorms, try to get to know your floor during the first week and leave your door open. It will make for a better year.

    In three sentences

    This college has very diverse students that attend. Interesting surrounding town with many shops in walking distance, with many different things going on every day. Pricing for the school accumulates and many of the charges are not really explained why they are being charged to the bill.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on the campus. There are a lot of people around during the day and even a lot during the early night time. As long as you don't walk around by yourself in the pitch black, you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs range in so many activities. It's easy to find one you're interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for students who work hard, but also want to have a fun time.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth it to go here. It's a wonderful university with so much to offer.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs that one can join. There are also so many festivals going on all of the time. The campus is always busy with stuff going on.

    Food and Dining

    There's a variety of food all around campus. In the dorms there are so many options. In the Memorial Union, there are even more fast-food options available.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm, Wright Quad, is pretty nice. We have a cafe and a connivence store. Not to mention the fact that we have a huge formal lounge to study and hang out in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but rewarding. If you study enough, you'll do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus may sound like it's huge, but once you know your way around it becomes easier to navigate. Central is the best neighborhood to live in. It only takes me about 10-15 minutes to go to my classes from Wright Quad.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and just the right size. There's always something going on so it's easy to become involved in any type of activity. In the first semester I've lived there, it has already become my home.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For in state students, tuition is at a great price. Having world renown schools such as the Kelley School of Business and Jacobs School of Music for such an accessible tuition rate are worth the price because of the quality of education that the professors give their students.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts all have their strengths and they do not disappoint. If you are low on meal points, go to Gresham food court, which has a buffet for the cost of 3 meal points. If you're craving a higher quality meal for dorm standards, go to the Collins buffet. Their desserts and special meal events will keep you coming back for more. Carved turkey and ham: heaven sent food when you're in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Applying yourself in college is a principle that is very valuable in the rest of your college career, as well as adult life. The effort one puts into happiness has a direct relationship to one's overall satisfaction with dorm life. Keeping your dorm door open and attending school events with students of your floor are examples of applying yourself to have a better experience in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Your professors want to see you succeed and will offer whatever possible to see their students earn their intended degree. Attend your professor's office hours at least twice a semester to network for potential recommendations and jobs in the future when needed. Of course, attending office hours at least twice a semester to have a better understanding of the material is crucial to your academic success at IUB.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be a well-rounded student in high school before entering IUB. Understanding responsibility and balance is essential in being a successful Hoosier and adult.

    In three sentences

    A balance of academics and an inviting social atmosphere envelops a Hoosier. A Hoosier is a well-rounded individual that understands the responsibility of a higher education, yet utilizes the social atmosphere as means to network and create a college family. The campus is remarkable with detailed architecture that draws nostalgia and interest.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Just as all college is, tuition is expensive, but I'm glad that I'm attending.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do- just pick one and I'm sure you'll find something to fit your fancy!

    Food and Dining

    The food is average, though much better than high school!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm, even though it's not fancy. I love my roommate too, I'm glad I did random.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I'm taking are challenging, but not too hard to where I can't complete them

    Tips for prospective students

    Really look into all the colleges you're looking at, don't just decide based on family.

    In three sentences

    I love IUB. The classes are great, the campus is beautiful, and there are so many great opportunities. It's really easy to be involved, and maintain a healthy school life as well.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    SO competitive. Seriously, if you are a girl going through rush, don't expect to get in. Less than half of the girls who sign up for rush in the beginning end up in a house. The process sucks but if you get in, the greek life is huge here and so much fun.

    Bang for the buck

    If you get into Kelley, it is THE BEST business school for the money. So much cheaper than others, but the same or better quality than others that cost tens of thousands.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, frat parties, basketball games, tailgates, etc.

    Food and Dining

    They are not as amazing as I've seen at other schools, but a few of the dining halls are pretty good. Also the C-stores are awesome, you can use meal points for break, chips, candy, basically anything you could find at a gas station or 7/11.

    Dorm Life

    Some (like Briscoe) have just been renovated but others in the Southeast dorms don't even have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what your major is. The business school and nursing school are very rigorous, other ones...not so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the peer tutors, tutoring help in the library, and other free services the school offers. That SAVED my grade in math.

    In three sentences

    AMAZING business school, seriously one of the best. Greek life is huge (but extremely competitive for girls) Big on sports and fun tailgates (big party school)

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Generally, campus is pretty well lit- my only complaint is there are not enough of the blue-light boxes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs at IU, you can probably find a club for any sort of interest. We even have a Quidditch club!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money to go there.

    What to do for fun

    Go lay down on the sidewalk by the lights at the museum, put your feet up on the walls, and enjoy the lights. There are free movies every weekend at the Union! Of course, there are also once-a-year events like IU Dance Marathon, Little 500, and various festivals.

    Food and Dining

    All in all the food is good, but it's pretty much the same thing in each of the dining halls, so it's hard to find variety.

    Dorm Life

    My opinion on this is probably skewed because I've been told I have a really bad floor, but my floor has had issues with vandalism and obnoxious, drunk loudness after quiet hours on the weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot will be expected from you, but not more than you can manage.

    Tips for prospective students

    Indiana University's campus has a lot of hills, so be prepared for that when you're walking around campus. Join a club or two, it'll make it so much easier to make friends and get to know people. Finally, don't get swept up in the typical college experience, a bad first semester can be hard to recover from.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a beautiful campus with a lot of different great opportunities. It has two world-renowned schools, Jacobs School of Music and Kelley School of Business, but it's great for plenty of other majors as well. There are so many different classes, clubs, and people, you're sure to find your niche.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    As an IU student you receive free access to every sporting event (excluding football and men's basketball) as well several musicals, plays, operas, and movies that aren't even released on DVD yet! Bloomington is also the perfect college town that includes a mall, several comedy clubs, bars, and hundreds of delicious restaurants all within walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    Most colleges only provide you with a cafeteria-like area to eat. Not IU! Head to Collins or Read dining halls for a traditional home-style buffet served EVERY DAY! Fill your plate up as many times as you like for less than $4. But if you're still craving that cafeteria food, head over to Wright or Gresham and they'll make sure you're covered!

    Dorm Life

    There are over 50,000 places for students to live, and almost every dorm has a different Living Learning Community that you can apply to live with based on your likes and dislikes. This allows you to meet people with similar interests and make life-long friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be threatened by the 4 star rating. IU professors challenge you to think outside the box as they help prepare you for like in the job force.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply by November 1 in order to qualify for Automatic Academic Scholarships! All you do is apply for the school and they automatically check to see if you qualify for scholarships ranging from $4,000-$40,000. No extra costs, no essays. Simple, free, easy.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University Bloomington is a truly amazing college. They posses just about every major you could ever think of (minus engineering), and if they don't have a major you like, you can make your own! Add to that a nationally acclaimed athletic program and I promise IU will soon become your favorite place on earth.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has been some altercations the past few years, but I personally haven't experienced any harm done while out at any time.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of black and white fraternities and sororities to join. There will be a fraternity for you to fit in if you decide to come to IU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different sports and recreational clubs. There is pretty much anything from the reading club to rugby to fit anyone's need for fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mermaid sculptures in the fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do. There is a party almost everyday. Just getting involved in the different programs around campus is also pretty fun.

    Food and Dining

    Foods great. There is a big variety of places to go that allow one to enjoy something new everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I have a single and I love it! Although, I have heard complaints from others about not liking their random roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very hard and take up your whole day. Everyone has to figure out their own means of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!! ALL THE TIME!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a class A school. It is filled with many intellectuals that may help you on any path of business you wish to attend. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to stay in the Midwest.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many places to find food to eat. Most of the dorms have at least one food place while some dorms have up to three places. The food is good and very accessible.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great on campus. People are always so friendly, making it a breeze to make friends and find someone to hang out with. There are different sized rooms available so you can live with a roommate or by yourself if you prefer.

    Academic Rigor

    Indiana University is a great academic school so the classes can be a bit tough. It all depends on your major and the classes you choose. It is up to you to step up and take the challenge of a tougher class, or if your not so strong academically there are still options for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Indiana University is not only great in the field of academics, but it ranks high across the charts. Being a competitive Big 10 school make sporting events a blast and very exciting. There are also endless amounts of clubs, intramural sports, and jobs available on campus so it easy for anyone to find a pass time.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington is a great academic school. The professors and teachers of the classes are well educated and fluently teach materials, making learning seem like a breeze. Indiana University is a great school.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If youre a girl,be smart.Dont be out alone.Never.ever.ever ever be out alone and always try to have a nice guy friend around you to accompany you.

    Greek Life

    Its great here though I will say that dont be under pressure to join. If you dont join,you dont lose out on anything.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a lot of clubs though they do not actively market themselves so its upto you to find out about them.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education from the business school but in terms of a liberal arts degree,its not worth your money unless youre in state.

    What to do for fun

    Bloomington is a vibrant town with a lot of culture and the school provides movies that are ongoing throughout the year all times in the day. There is plenty of partying but that becomes boring after a while. The downtown area is full of life most times and it helps to have friends to go with.

    Food and Dining

    Food is terrible.Freshman year you have to bear with it but later you can buy your own food and begin to cook if you move out of the dorms.The other sad part is that most dorms dont have a cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small but can be integral for establishing your social life. Its not perfect because some dorms are notorious for the partying that they partake in.

    Academic Rigor

    Its not a hard school compared to a lot of top notch schools but if you take 16+ units,you will have a busy semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a school that will set you up for success but like any other college,it is what you make of it. This school provides all the neccessary tools that a student needs to excel in the real world such as great professors and a wide variety of majors to choose from. Work hard in hs to get accepted and once you're here,dont forget that work comes before play.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with minor flaws. One of the best things about this school is the money they are pumping into their business program along with their basketball program. One of the worst things about this school is the food here.All in all,you get a great education here and you have a great social life if you attempt to make new friends.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are everywhere and very friendly. I have never felt threatened here and have walked home at all hours of the night through campus. Every street and sidewalk is well-lit and frequented by IUPD.

    Greek Life

    It's great here if you're into that. I'm GDI.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join them early! There are so many opportunities, literally thousands of them but you have to go to the first meeting and sign up. It's that difficult.

    Great for these types of students

    Literally any. There are so many different types people here from all over the country and world that you will never be bored unless you force yourself to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump into Showalter Fountain. Run the nearly naked mile, do whatever you want, the possibilities are endless.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition was just raised and no one is happy about it. The education and experiences that you will receive here, however, are more than money could ever buy.

    What to do for fun

    Art museum, Lily Library, walk around the beautiful campus, hang out on Kirkwood, go to a show, people watch from a bus bench, play sports, go to the gym and rent out any sports equipment you can think of and play it, join one of the thousands of clubs. There is absolutely no reason for you to ever be bored on Indiana University-Bloomington's campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are no fast food options here which is amazing. Some of the food isn't great but there are so many options that you can always find something good to eat at more than one place for literally any kind of diet.

    Dorm Life

    No one likes living in a dorm over living right off campus where there are parties all of the time but it is more than easy to make good friends in the dorms and they're better than most other university dorms that I've seen.

    Academic Rigor

    Indiana University is very rigorous academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't ever take friday classes. Save your 2-3 excused absences for Halloween week and Little 5. Don't take any 8AM classes unless you have to, because you woke up that early anyways when you were in high school.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. I love the atmosphere, there are countless beautiful people who are always smiling and usually very friendly. The classes are challenging and make you see things in ways you never would have thought possible before.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is advised to never walk around at night by oneself here, especially as a girl. This is because it is a big campus and anything can happen. However, I have never felt threatened or unsafe on Bloomington's campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at IU is great. There is always some sort of event going on at one of the fraternities or sororities. Though I have not actually rushed, I have heard many positive things from my friends who have.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs at IU Bloomington and tons of activities! Intramural sports are only one of many different things one can do. For example, SSA (student alumni association) is involved in planning homecoming events!

    Great for these types of students

    Indiana is great for outgoing, dedicated students. It is also good for people who are more reserved and are looking for more opportunities to grow. It really has something to offer for all personality types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A funny tradition IU has is to lay at the edge of the Art Museum with your feet on the wall at night when the rainbow lights are shining on it. I'm not sure why, but it's something everyone has to do when they come to Bloomington. Also, if one is kissed in the gazebo, legend has it the two who share the kiss will be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it's almost impossible not to find something great about IU. Almost everyone I know who is either a current student or IU alumni has a passion for the school. There's something special about Indiana- an energy, a spirit, a pride- that once you experience, you'll never want to give up. In addition to the community and school spirit, the education is respected nationwide, the environment and people are warm and accepting, and life is good in Bloomington!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun to do at IU. Whether it be parties, homecoming events, or athletic games, it's almost impossible to be bored for too long. This is definitely a plus but being able to prioritize between school and fun is necessary if one wants to succeed and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many nice residence halls to eat- Wright, Reed, Gresham, etc. I think the food in all of them is pretty similar though so after awhile it gets old. However, the C-stores are also good because they are a quick in and out to grab food before or after class.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has its pro's and con's but it definitely gives the full college experience. The floor I live on is like a small community. Everyone has become friends with one another and it's nice to have that feeling when I'm away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    The way I have described the academic rigor at IU is challenging but manageable. It is by no means easy, but it is also very doable. With a little bit of motivation and good time management, success in the classroom is very attainable.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important things I have learned through finishing almost a year at IU is to attend office hours. Meeting with professors is so helpful and helped me to get A's in my classes. Also, find your classes at the beginning of the semester- before classes start- so you are relaxed on your first day.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a lively environment overflowing with school spirit and enthusiasm. It is packed with opportunities to not only grow in one's education, but also to become well-rounded with sports, leadership programs, work, volunteer activities, and more! IU is definitely a place with something to offer each and every student.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are free movies on the weekends at the Union.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're living in a dorm the first year, live in Wright Quad. It's central to everything.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great school to attend. There are tons of clubs, organizations, and job opportunities on campus. The best part is the beautiful scenery that you will experience everywhere you go.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to list- but I will say that there is a club for everyone and everything here at IU.

    Bang for the buck

    I've been blessed to be here fully on a scholarship that only IU provides. For those of you who don't know about it and are from Indiana, check out the 21st Century scholarship opportunities at IU.

    What to do for fun

    I like to hang out with my friends, play tennis, play the piano, act, sing, go to the gym, listen to music, and read.

    Food and Dining

    There's a great deal of different kinds of food here and I love that about IU. We were even given an Honorable Mention for 'Most Vegan Friendly University.' So, whether you like your meat, or you don't, you'll find a great variety of things to eat. There's even gluten free!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is great! I wouldn't have met a great deal of my friends here if I hadn't lived in the dorms. Mine is very close to campus and a food court so it's very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are amazing. I have been challanged in ways I never have before and I am only getting better because of it. The departments and different schools here are nothing short of top notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate! Whether it's getting ahead on studies, finding internships, getting a job, volunteering, playing intramural sports, or joining groups, you never want to pass up an opportunity to get ahead. And don't be shy! You could ends up with hundreds of friends if you just start by saying hello.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is one of the best colleges out there. Not only are there many opportunities to achieve greatness here in a huge variety of fields, but the atmosphere is something you'll never find anywhere else. There is something special here for everyone; anyone can find a home in Bloomington.

  • 01/31/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the games! B-town is known for their basketball

    Food and Dining

    Great variety! There are tons of options and even some vegan/vegetarian restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. It will get you hooked! There is something for everyone here.

    In three sentences

    Iu has a beautiful campus. The city is great and filled with things to do. The school is also very diverse.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    For girls, it is the worst process you will ever go through but if you get into a house it is the best experience of your life! For guys, if you are not in a house and don't know many people it is very difficult to go out and have a good time.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lay under the art museum lights

    What to do for fun

    IU basketball games, tailgating

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in Northwest your freshman year! Foster, McNutt, or Brisco dorms. Join Greek Life and take advantage of every opportunity

    In three sentences

    Indiana University Bloomington is exactly like the colleges that you see in movies. From the social scene to academics, this university has something for everyone to participate in! Get as involved as possibly and you will definitely get the most for your money

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on the campus. Plenty of people and safety equipment.

    Greek Life

    IU has one of the biggest Greek Life in the country. Our school provides all aspects of Greek life for every student.

    Clubs and Activities

    The bars are always going at IU. People of age always have a great time at the bar scene.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has many sporting events and social life. There is always something going on at IU.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very fun. It allows you to meet new people and grow together.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can be as challenging as you make them. All students have different loads of school work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your freshman year very seriously. It is easier to get everything done first and relax later in college.

    In three sentences

    IU is one of the greatest colleges to go to. It has endless oppurtunitys for education and social life. IU also has a great sports program.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus itself has lit up walk ways everywhere and always cadets and police officers around for security. I never feel unsafe here. But, I will warn that leaving campus and going into downtown Bloomington can be a little weird sometimes because there's some interesting townies and some homeless people.

    Greek Life

    HUGE! Every fraternity or sorority you could wish for and we have it. Whether you want to hang out with serious science/law/business people or you just want to be in cliche, you will not be alone here. It feels like everyone is either apart of greek life or their best friend is!

    Clubs and Activities

    Name something you love, anything, and we most likely have a club for it.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a little pricey compared to other schools in Indiana, but you get a nationally respected and recognized degree.

    What to do for fun

    This is a very hard section to fit into such a small space. What can you not do for fun at IU?! We have EVERYTHING! Sports, shopping, endless restaurants, bars, clubs, music venues and events! We have a million clubs and intramural sports. You will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    Bloomington is one of the number one places in the nation for pizza, it sounds ridiculous, but you won't understand how amazing it is here until you try it. There's every kind of restaurant here though, and conveniently most deliver, which you can order through an easy website btownmenus.com!

    Dorm Life

    There is every range of dorms available form the old buildings with window air conditions to pricey suites. Most are located in reasonable distance to classes and you can always hop on a campus shuttle.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard when you're first entering and have lots of general expansive classes, but the professors are great and truly passionate about what they're teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your educational goals before you come here, we're not just competitive in sports, but have extremely competitive degree programs that are easy to get lost in the crowd if you're not committed. Get involved, there's so much to do here, you don't have to be an all-star to play your favorite sport, join a club, there's plenty of people here who will love what you love and help you along the way.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is the perfect combination of historical limestone buildings with a modern attitude.Whether you're in college to get a well respected and extensive education or party 7 days a week, IU has something to offer for everyone. There is never a dull moment here since we're nationally ranked in sports, have countless intramural activities, and have an incredible college town atmosphere.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of cool places to go. There's the Comedy Attic where a lot of professional comics come and do stand-up. Check out a film at the IU Cinema or the weekly free film at the Union.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't great. But, its passable

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a very social person, so Dorm life isn't really for me. Everyone's kind of loud.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging, but not needlessly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a great place. It also has a really growing film department.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never encountered anything that made me feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Amazing greek life - Lots of houses to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none.

    Bang for the buck

    Just as good as any other 4 yr. state institution.

    What to do for fun

    Go out, see a play, go to a comedy show, see a movie, shop at the mall - The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Yum! Better than some fast food restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    So much FUN!

    Academic Rigor

    Go to class, read the book, do the work. It's very doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! It's so easy to stay at home, but nothing will help you more than actually going to class.

    In three sentences

    Fun school to attend. Easy to get lost in the entry-level courses that everyone takes (Freshman Writing, Freshman Math, etc). Once your into your degree things get much better!

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University is fairly good about offering a lot of services to students, but some things like scheduling, bus services, and professors often are under par.

    What to do for fun

    I often times find myself going for walks on campus and taking a new path back to car just to find a new route or hidden treasure along my new path.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food and dining is superb at Indiana University. Much variety can be found throughout campus, and all is priced within reason.

    Dorm Life

    I am unable to comment on this portion because I have never lived in the college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor varies tremendously with Indiana University; with any campus, there are some very challenging courses as well as some fairly easy courses. Typically, colleges do not want to offer simple classes where little is learned, but for me, these types of courses are great for me to fit into my schedule to help ease my homework load in a given semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first tip that I would offer prospective students is to take a tour of the campus, and maybe even sit in on a lecture (if allowed) to gain a perspective of how big classes truly can be. I would also recommend saving up and forking out the extra money to stay in the dorms on campus at least one year; there are events that freshman are exposed to on campus that would never be had if someone commuted to campus. .

    In three sentences

    I would rate Indiana University as 4 stars out of five. I really enjoy the campus atmosphere and the diversity that can be found within classmates. The reason I have not rated by school at five stars is because of the size and layout of campus; often times commute times are outrageous.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and tons of activities. There is a page on the IUB web site that lets you search for clubs and groups; even if you don't join in the beginning of the year, most clubs let you join throughout the year. This was a big concern for me as I came in as a transfer student. So don't worry and look for something that interests you or just go for something totally new! That's how you make college a great experience!

    Bang for the buck

    Many of the events on campus are free or cost less than $10. Bus fair is free to the mall and free all around campus. The dining food is 60% discount when you use your student meal points. The only kicker is that some places don't use the meal points and you have to use real money. The system can be a little complicated in that way but even then you don't use too much money and it is up to you whether or not you spend extra cash on things. You do, however, have to spend your own cash on laundry as it costs about $3.50 dollars for a single wash and dry.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do! The arts school always has some play showing in the theaters, not to mention the events going on at the auditorium. At the union (the main center of campus), people from all over the nation come to have presentations, which you may be required to go to for a class or two. Other than that, dorms and clubs are always hosting events so you can learn more about their cause. There are tons of religious groups, frat and sorority houses, volunteer organizations, etc. You cannot get bored. You would have to try.

    Food and Dining

    It's dorm food. Better than prison food, but it's no homemade cooking. Honestly, though, there are good places to eat and there's a whole street of foreign food. Plus, we have some amazing baking spots that you can create your own cookies from scratch (Baked!) and dorms that make waffles (in front of you so there is nothing sketchy mixed in) with ice cream on top. The food is what you make of it and it runs on a debit card-based system. Hint: get the small one. You will never eat anything more than that unless you are an athlete. I made the mistake of getting a larger one and havenâ??t made a dent in it. While the amount you have rolls over to the next semester, it doesn't go to the one thereafter. Donâ??t waste your money.

    Dorm Life

    Live in a learning center. The experience is twice the normal dorms. We have events going on nearly every night and you never get bored with the assortment of personalities in the halls. I also prefer a coed dorm to calm the drama level from the girls and the testosterone level from the guys. Plus, you get a more rounded experience! You also find people that are similar to you and that you can bond with; these are the people that often become your family away from home and take care of you when you are feeling sick (or dealing with hangovers). And donâ??t worry about the random roommate assignments. They do work out more often than not and if they donâ??t you can very easily switch at any point in the year.

    Academic Rigor

    The beauty of college is that you create your own schedule, meaning you determine the rigor of your year. The classes here are not terribly difficult, but you have to keep up with your work or professors may as well be speaking in a foreign language. For business lovers, the Kelly School is known for being a great program but is also notorious for being super hard. If you want it, you will have to push yourself; if you are wavering, get a minor instead and don't stress yourself out so much that you burn out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class; it's a simple but very necessary act. You are paying 20,000 or even 40,000 (out-of-state) for this school. If you don't go to classes, you might as well not waste all that money. I'll advise you to do the homework too. Unlike high school, it isn't just busy work that you can skip and it doesn't matter. The homework (especially readings) makes up a good portion of exams or at least participatory in-class work. But most importantly, get involved with things outside of class; this is where you meet life-long friends and find invaluable connections. There are literally hundreds of clubs or groups made to fit any personality

    In three sentences

    The people here genuinely care about your success, which can be a difficult thing to find in a big 10 campus. Don't be intimidated by the size and embrace the numerous opportunities available because you won't find them at smaller universities. This is a beautiful campus that very quickly becomes a second home.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is literally a never ending lists of things to do here at IU. I get e-mails and flyers about different activities all the time. Take advantage of all the fun and free things to do at IU, especially during welcome week!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many more food choices here than I thought their would be. They have daily specials and there's always a variety of choices. If you don't want cafeteria food though, you can always go to a c-store or a cafe and get normal snack foods.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you research which dorm you want to live in very well. In order to get into your preferred dorm of choice, make sure to get your housing application in as early as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at are IU are excellent, just make sure you work as hard as you can. The professors are excellent and will help you as much as they can, as long as you ask for help when needed. I love taking classes here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities given here at IU. Focus on grades, make new friends, and have tons of fun!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has always been my dream school. There's just nothing like the atmosphere at this school. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU is a very safe campus. Something I would strongly recommend though is always walk with someone wherever you go, and always walk it lit up areas. The campus has emergency phones placed all over campus so if you ever feel in danger, there are always those for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and organizations on campus. Currently, I am involved in Student Athletic Board which is where kids get together and decide like themes for games, and hanging banners up at games and working certain things for games. Another organization I am in is the Student Alumni Association. There is an organization for literally EVERYTHING! Activities on campus could include homecoming week with the nearly naked mile, the dance marathon, going to the gym with friends, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition most IU students do, is they have to go to a tailgate before a football game. It is an awesome time with friends and family. Another experince most IU students experience is waiting in line to go to a basketball game in the freezing cold. It's just what IU kids do, I guess it doesn't bother us students to do that for something that we love so dearly here. Of course Greek life is something most kids experience, but its not for everyone. Its always fun just to experience whether you join a house or not.

    What to do for fun

    First of all, going to IU is fun. There are SO many activities and organziations to get involved with on campus. If your an athlete that doesn't play on the school teams there are always intrammurals for everyone. You can go to the gym with friends, hang out with friends in the dorms, even things like bowling on campus is fun. For people that don't really have the taste of sports there are still things for you. There are always dances, musicals, choir concerts, etc. Anything you can think of pretty much, there is that to do on campus. You can also go to the collegiate games. Basketball is always a big thing, but even the football or soccer games are fun to go to. So don't ever feel like there is nothing to do because if it's not on campus I'm sure you could get it started.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services here are great. The vast majority of the time I eat in the dining halls. The food is great I think. There are both options for healthy foods and foods to eat for snacks, or junk food. The dining halls are a great place to eat because you can enjoy your meal while mingling with your peers. It may be a time to catch up with friends or you could even study in the dining halls while you eat. My experience with the food and dining is something I could never say bad about.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is something I feel everyone should live through even if you are from Bloomington. I think it's a great experience. When I first came here I was skeptical about living in the dorms and having to share things with a roommate, but I managed. I felt this experince was a positive in every aspect. I was roomed with a great roommate, we got along very well, and we learned things about each other that we didn't know when we first met. Also, living in the dorms allows you to interact and strengthen your social life. Having this opportunity greatly increased the number of people I interacted with. Not only did I meet people on my floor, but I went to other floors and met others on other floors. Living in the dorms also allowed me to be apart of a learning center. I joined a Fitness and Wellness Living Learning Center. This not only allowed me to interact and meet new people, this opportunity influenced me to become more physically active while living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic standards here are set very high. It is a very competitive school and there are so many ways to succeed here. The degrees and programs at IU have very high standards, but are very well accomplishable if you just make it your priority and do the work. Going to class, studying, and finding any need of help is a must when you come yo IU. Thinking that you can get by without doing the readings or going to class might send you down the wrong path in a heart beat. IU is very well-known for their academics and is something that should scare you, but encourage you to strive towards your goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming to Indiana University from high school is a HUGE change. The expectations are raised a whole level with academics and living on your own. Be prepared to engage in things that you may never have thought of doing, and most of all HAVE FUN! If you plan on coming to Indiana know that this is a huge campus and it's not always for everyone. Don't freak out when you see how big it is, walk the campus, get used to your surroundings, and become comfortable with Bloomington. If you ever have any questions about anything, don't ever hesitate, always ask someone. There are people here that want to help and would/will be more than happy to.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an enriched college in which you gain knowledge while enjoying your social life with friends. Indiana is a wonderful university to pursue your knowledge and better your understanding in a field of your interest. There are 100+ degrees and programs to obtain a good depth of knowledge in that specific area.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greatest Greek Life campus in the midwest.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of different clubs, organizations, and intramural activities that students can become involved with that broaden social circles while providing a source of physical activity or strengthening of academic background.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend an equal if not greater amount of time working on school work out of the classroom as you spend in the classroom. It may be difficult to manage your time but in the long run it will all be well worth it.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a campus that can potentially fit any educational aspiration a student could desire. It is a beautiful campus with a vast array of opportunities available to anyone with sufficient drive to succeed. It is amongst the top universities in the world and produces some of the greatest minds of the generation.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel really safe on campus. Everyone is really friendly and only want to help you out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of campus. Not everyone is affiliated with Greek life, but it's a fun thing to be apart of. Only 20 percent of the student population goes greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities for literally anything you're interested in. We have a Quittage team if that tells you anything.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're a student who is serious about their studies but also loves to have a fun time, Indiana University is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the nearly naked mile that happens for donation of clothes then you run a mile after, nearly naked. There's the Kinsey Institute where the 2nd largest collection of pornography in the nation is held.

    Bang for the buck

    IU is all around great.

    What to do for fun

    There's so many things to do in Bloomington. You can go to Kirkwood and check out the restaurants. You can go to the various on campus sites like the art museum.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is typically a lot of junky food that is very tempting but there are a lot of healthy alternatives if you want them. I've always found the dorm food to be tasty and fresh.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, you meet your best friends in the dorm and wouldn't trade my first year living in the dorm for anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can get tough but it's nothing anyone can't handle. Stay on top of everything and then you'll be in the clear.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy because everyone is just as scared as you. Be friendly and you'll make more friends than you think. Be smart about your decisions and have a good time.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University in Bloomington is one of the most beautiful places in this nation. The campus is full of fun and exciting events all year round and the students are just as excited as you are to be a Hoosier.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Insane

    Great for these types of students

    Really anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The multi-colored light tower that reflects on the art museum in the middle of campus. Kids lay on the ground with their feet on the wall at night to watch the lights go up the building. We also have a beautiful arboretum that's fun to lay around/in during warmer weather

    Bang for the buck

    You have the chance to work with/do research with outstanding faculty. Jump on this opportunity! IU has a great reputation as a great school.

    What to do for fun

    It's Indiana, so not too much. But again, this is what you make it. Lots of beautiful national parks in the area, an underground river, great microbreweries, and a cool climb gym in town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, take advantage of the opportunities

    In three sentences

    Nationally recognized faculty Beautiful, collegiate campus Lots of opportunity, up to you to take advantage of it

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's a little more expensive down in Bloomington then where I'm from. Keep an eye on your bank account, it shrinks fast.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want to do, do it. Go to the SRSC, attend rush events, meet people.

    Food and Dining

    The choices you have are awesome the first month, but the fast food and adult beverages take a toll on your physique.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great. Try a random roommate, it helped me meet a whole new group of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Budget enough time to get your work done, go to office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard during the week. Play from thursday through sunday. Don't forget about school, that's why you're there.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great IU police program

    Greek Life

    Frat Row

    Clubs and Activities

    you name it, IU probably has it

    Great for these types of students

    any and all

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are cemeteries scattered across campus

    Bang for the buck

    Mother Bears Pizza has a great deal. $20 for a large pizza, bread sticks, dipping sauce,a 2 liter and 2 brownies.

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best, but not the worst either.

    Dorm Life

    it's ok.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard, stay in school, don't do drugs, ask for help when needed, take math your senior year of high school

    In three sentences

    IU is a large school with a lot to offer. There is something for everyone here, both academic and social. I am glad that I go to school here.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for any student who loves to meet someone new everyday, large classes, hustle and bustle, free bus transportation, and enjoys learning about new cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of Hoagy Carmichael playing the piano, students love to put flowers in his hand that is laying on top of his piano, and around Valentine's Day, he receives gifts as well. Also there is the Rose Well house, an open-air pavilion, that students believe if they are kissed at midnight there, they are officially co-ed.

    Bang for the buck

    Indiana University's Basketball Team is amazing! GO HOOSIERS!!!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Bloomington is always exciting, there are many dining and shopping options. If you do not want to go that far, the Art Museum wall is a great place to lay on the ground with your feet up and watch the changing colored lights at night on the side of the building. Even if that doesn't catch your fancy, the Theater is always hosting something exciting.

    Food and Dining

    The food never gets dull. There is a plethora of dining options. Using meal points instead of money is also a plus, especially with the 60% discount for students.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life. It is a great way to make new friends, and transition from being at home to on your own. There are multiple choices in dorm options, and they are all exciting in their own way.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are various. I love how there are different learning levels, and difficulty. There are so many classes to choose from, it is not hard to find something you are interested in learning about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Indiana University has something for everyone. Be yourself, and do something you have always wanted to try. Do not be shy.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has a breathtaking campus, with many activities year round to keep students from being bored. The university has a large student body that makes meeting new people easy. It is a great school to become involved in.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not personally involved in greek life, but the sororities and fraternities are very welcoming when it comes to their parties.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to balance their studies as well as a fun, social college experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is no shortage of social life at Indiana University-Bloomington. Mostly every weekend, the dorms hold an event for all students, and every once in a while, the campus will hold a festival such as Day Glow. Also, the greek life is thriving at IU. However, my favorite thing to do for fun is watch Indiana Basketball tear it up on the court.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus before you begin your classes. The campus is big but easy to maneuver once you get a basic grasp of the layout. Also, branch out when it comes to electives. You never know what might hold your interest as well as make an excellent career!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University-Bloomington is the perfect fit for a student capable of learning in large as well as small class rooms. The instructors that I have had in class so far have been accommodating and flexible. The opportunities to become involved in numerous social groups are endless at Indiana University.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety here is really good. The IUPD are really good about keeping the campus safe, sometimes too good.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life here at IU is very competitive. A lot of girls rush and not many make it. There's a lot of pressure sometimes to be in a sorority especially if all of your friends are in one. But during rush you have to remember that 85% of the school isn't Greek, so if you don't make it, keep you head up! It gets better.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to participate in here at IU. First off, sports programs here are awesome! I am in Best Buddies, which is an awesome club to get involved in, especially if you're an education major like me!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who like to work hard in school but also like to have a lot of fun. It's not a school for major nerds who sit in all day and study, but also isn't a school for kids who just wanna drink smoke and party all the time. It definitely has the best of both worlds, and both worlds shouldn't be taken for graduate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this statue on campus, and if you shake its hand it's supposed to give you good luck! There's also a ton of chants and cheers that we say at IU basketball games.

    Bang for the buck

    IU is a very expensive school. But I think it's very worth it. I have done so well my first semester of college while also having a good time. There are so many great things about this campus that every student can take advantage of!

    What to do for fun

    Well on the weekends there's always something to do. I either go to frat parties or house parties. It's really easy to get into frats since I'm a girl, but harder to get into them if you're a boy. House parties are really fun too, but they're usually far. So we take the night owl to places (or as we like to call it the drunk bus) so we don't have to walk far. I also on the weekends have gone to ballets and other performances that are really amazing!

    Food and Dining

    I always thoughts that when I came to college I would eat really unhealthy. But here at IU the food is great! I eat really healthy, and with my meal points I get to buy a tom of food for really cheap since students get a 60% discount. The food here is awesome, and the town of Bloomington also has great local food like Buffa Louie's and Mother Bears, but also has really commercial restaurants close such as Chipotle and Noodles. The Dining Halls are also really clean, and have really great food with healthy options!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! I live in Briscoe, which is the best dorm to live in on campus. I have my own private bathroom, air conditioning and an awesome bed! I also live next to two basketball players which is really cool, since here at IU basketball is everything! I wouldn't trade my dorm room for anything.

    Academic Rigor

    I really like the academic rigor of IU, and I also like all of the classes that I am taking. The program that I am in is called the TAL program, which stands for Teachers for All Learners. This allows me to teach special education classrooms and also teach classrooms that are non special education. It's a really awesome program and will give me good opportunities for when I graduate

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your high school prepares you for studying. I am really grateful that my high school taught me great tips on how to manage my time, and study properly for college. Also stock up well on stuff for your dorm room, on things that you wouldn't normally think of. Like a little portable vacuum, it comes in handy every weekend!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has many opportunities, a great social life, and an awesome education program. There is never a dull moment. The work load is not overwhelming, and the level of the classes are great as well.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't really go out much so i tend to just hang out with friends in my dorm and watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    I'm very particular about the foods I eat but the food here overall seems pretty good. Eating the same things constantly can get a little annoying but the food is still pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    At first things seem fun, like every floor is one big party. But then once the school year really gets underway, people tend to stay in their rooms. The bathrooms can sometimes be very gross. Also, the people on your floor can sometimes be very gross.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are pretty up to par. It's very fast paced though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not stay in your dorm all the time. Go out and meet people and expand your circle. You never know what type of connections you could make.

    In three sentences

    This school is very nice and clean. The teachers that i have encountered so far are amazing. The people that I've encountered so far are nice but I'm sure there are a few rotten ones.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is all of the Greek sororities and fraternities that you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Theater, Athletes, Regular people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 is a week in April that has so many events and concerts.

    What to do for fun

    Support IU atheletics or work out at the SRSC, hang with friends, go to the movies

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, stay focused, and get involved!

    In three sentences

    IU is a very diverse school with amazing networking oppertunities. You can discover anythingthing that you want while on campus. This school is catered for students.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great education for the price!

    What to do for fun

    Workout or participate in some type of sport at either the HPER building or the SRSC. If you're a foodie you can find a very wide variety of food near Kirkwood. Obviously they have the normal college food like pizza, burgers, etc. But I'm talking about Turkish, Tibetan, Cajun, Thai, Afghani, etc. There are a wide variety of clubs to join and there's always something going on on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Very large selection of food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome! I'm in Wright Quad in Central. In my opinion, Wright is the best location on IU, I've been here for two years. First of all, it's one of the cheapest if not the cheapest dorm on campus. Second, it's right in the middle of campus so you'll be relatively close to all of your classes. Third, Wright Quad contains Wright Food Court which is the largest and best food court on campus. Finally, the social aspect is great. People always have their doors open and everyone I've met is very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    College is definitely a lot different than high school. It just takes more work to do well in college classes. You will have to endure all nighters from time to time and if you don't like coffee you'll have to learn to tolerate it for the caffeine. ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the free stuff provided on campus. Of course you're paying to come here so it's not quite free but still. You can get free math and writing tutors, free legal counsel, and workshops on a variety of topics, etc. Also you're allowed free entry to home games in certain sports. One of those sports is soccer which is really awesome because IU has one of the best soccer teams in the country!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an all around excellent school and my experiences here have been amazing. It's relatively cheap but you'll still receive a great education. IU has great teachers, great sports teams, and a large and diverse student population.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the food here is healthy and tasty

    Dorm Life

    people here is very friendly

    Academic Rigor

    This university is good at business, law, public policy and so on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students here is excellent in intelligence and they are willing to join in volunteer activities.

    In three sentences

    It is a great place to help you focus on your study and most of people from here is friendly. The weakenees of the school is its transportation system, you have to take shuttle to Polis if you don't have car.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not a fan of Greek life personally, but it works out very well for some. I feel it segregates people and is all about judging others based on superficial aspects. I also believe that it contributes to under age drinking and partying.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of safe and fun places to go to in Bloomington. There are many bars and clubs for those over 21, and also many restaurants and shopping for the younger crowd.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste your first year if you are unsure of your major. I would advise getting all pre required classes out of the way first. I also would advise keeping partying to a minimum.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus, it is absolutely gorgeous! I love the variety of classes. I also love the overall college town atmosphere that surrounds all of Bloomington.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food. A lot of variety, but few places with very healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Good time to get to know more people on campus and create new friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard classes, takes a lot of work and attendance, but it will be well worth the work.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, tradition, and getting everyone involved on campus. Hard classes, but it seems to be worth the degree at the University according to graduates. A variety of majors for people like me to get a job in a field I love.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not essential to a social life, but it definitely enhances it.

    Great for these types of students

    You can find absolutely anyone here. It's for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little 500 is the biggest campus event. Google it.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially for in-state residents, it is a value.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies from major to major and from school to school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the size of campus!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University I everything I was looking for and everything I didn't know I wanted in a college. I was worried about the size of the school, but here everyone is a Hoosier. Attending Indiana University is the best decision I have ever made.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Athletic events of all types. Hundreds of clubs and organizations to join.

    In three sentences

    Indiana university is an amazing campus with beautiful scenery. It has a variety of opportunities to get involved in what you love. The academics are competitive and allow students to compete for jobs in the highly competitive atmosphere.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU police drive, bike, and walk campus all hours of the day and night, around campus are about 22 posts with bright blue lights so they're easy to find that had a panic button. Once pushed the authorities are immediately notified and are dispatched to that position. We were told in orientation that it would take a maximum of 2 minutes for IUPD to arrive at any of those locations.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of the Greek life myself, but from what I've heard from friends who are... It sounds like a lot of fun! It's a great way to make friends and experience all the strange things college has to offer.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club that you can't find at IU, the university will work with you to develop!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors-y types, rec sports lovers, outgoing people, art students... all in all the creative or energetic types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The whispering circle outside of the art museum is something cool to try out, but I'll leave you to figure out why it's abnormal. The nearly naked mile is good for some laughs too!

    Bang for the buck

    The books are expensive, and they don't buy them back but for about 10% of what was paid, but with all of the free services, especially the free programs students can get from IUware, it ends up being a really good deal for those who take advantage of the opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Rock climbing either at Eigenmann or Hoosier Heights, Swimming at either of the two campus pools, the FREE student theater, Take a walk around the museum of art, sink into a book from the IU library, or rent for free any movies or cds from the dorm libraries.

    Food and Dining

    It takes a while to try out all of the options, With several different restaurants on campus that take the IU meal plan, there's something for everyone. I personally loved the wraps in wright, the burritos in read, and just about everything at the Union Street Cafe!

    Dorm Life

    My freshman year was honestly my favorite. I loved the dorm setting, I made several great friends who I still keep in touch with. The dorms are also only about 15 minutes from any class walking, less by the free buses.

    Academic Rigor

    There are times where the class projects overlap, and tests can often be on the same days, but most of the time the work load isn't bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your first semester to figure out what you really want to do. It's more important to take a semester to try out everything that you're interested than to realize a few semester in that you would rather do something else. Also don't be afraid to get to know the professors! They're almost always willing to meet the people they'll be teaching.

    In three sentences

    It's a large campus, but the teachers are willing to work with you, so you don't feel lost in a crowd. Not all of the classes are easy, but there's several ways to get help, and the things you learn stick with you. Overall I would recommend this campus!

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Bloomington is a beautiful city and the campus at IU is gorgeous

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus can be scary at night. I would recommend walking with a friend back to your dorm if you have a later class, or try to schedule your classes earlier if this scares you. Buy mace, and use the buddy system. Some people have no problems walking around at night, but, just like anywhere else, it's never fully safe, so be conscious of your surroundings at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    Comedy Clubs, both improv and sketch comedy. There are also fanclubs, like Harry Potter club (We also have a Quidditch team). there are plenty of clubs to join, and they are highly recommended.

    Great for these types of students

    Partiers

    What to do for fun

    Campus is full of activities. IU is known for the party scene, but for those who don't drink, or want something else to do, the 9 bus will take you to the college mall if shopping is what you want. Kirkwood and fountain square are always great for little boutiques, or a good cup of coffee (and the bars). The union (IMU) is also a great place to look, with comedy shows, a weekly movie screening, and other special events, if you wander around in there long enough, you're bound to find something.

    Food and Dining

    Dining plans can be expensive, especially once you're out of the dorms. However, freshman year, you will definitely want one. Food is actually pretty decent and there are some healthier options to choose from, especially at the more buffet style dining halls, like in the Foster and Read dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great or awful. North dorms are known for the party scene. Central and South are more calm, but that doesn't mean they can't be fun. I lived in both central and south and loved them both. Roommates are the trickiest part, especially if you choose to room random. Try to look online for roommates-- it sounds creepy, but it's way better than not knowing who you're going to get stuck with at all.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are a real challenge. There is no such thing as an easy degree. Some classes have lighter class loads than others, but may be more heavily focused in lecture content than assignments than another area of study. Find classes in an area you enjoy, and you won't mind doing so much course work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up clubs to join your freshman year so you can enjoy them all 4 years-- IU has plenty of great organizations. The academic planning tools on OneStart will be your best friend the next four years, so learn how to use them (I recommend using these tools more than an advisor, especially while in University Division).

    In three sentences

    The faculty is friendly and passionate about what they teach, as well as the success of their students. The class work is challenging, but well worth the money paid for it. The social atmosphere is great if you like to party, but making friends can be a challenge if partying isn't really your thing.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always walk by myself at night.

    Greek Life

    AWESOME! it is a big thing in IU. I'm currently in a business professional fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have tons organizations on campus, you always can find one that you belong to.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like basketball, big campus, and diversity culture.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, shopping hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Great food! many choices! and we have many restaurants around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I love the environment of my dorm, except it's kinda loud some time. But over all, it's great!

    Academic Rigor

    Since I'm a business student, and the business school in here is awesome, so I rated it for 5.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since this is a big school, you want to know what do you want and get most out of it.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus and many great opportunities for you to explore and develop you interests.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to IU basketball, or go out to eat on Kirkwood.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the dorms have dining halls in them.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice, and students are usually able to find dorms close to their classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The school provides a challenging curriculum, but offers a very supportive environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. The best way to get a feel of the school is to visit.

    In three sentences

    Indiana provides a beautiful campus, as well as great academics.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Thousands of clubs and groups. Downtown Bloomington has many different shops and famous restaurants as well. There's always something to do on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP credits as possible in high school and get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is not only a school with beautiful campus but also filled with diverse people of different backgrounds. They have strong programs in multiple departments and many opportunities to get involved on campus.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do around campus. The union itself has a bowling ally, Starbucks, study tables, and lots of areas to hang out. The Arboretum is a fun place to lay around in when the weather is nice. There are movies played on campus in the movie theatre for free/cheap. There are also many plays, musicals and performances on campus. Off campus there are many shopping options, restaurants and frozen yogurt places to visit. Kirkwood is a very popular attraction.

    Food and Dining

    The food options at IUB are vast and delicious! Theres an option for everyone including healthy foods, vegetarians, cultural food, and classic homestyle meals. The food was always fresh and the people working were always friendly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at IUB are nice, clean, and a great place to live. Living in the dorms gives students the opportunity to meet new people from all around the world. There are different options of living learning centers for those who have certain passions. Also the flyers around the dorms helped keep the freshman involved in campus activities.

    Academic Rigor

    IUB has difficult courses that challenge the student in the proper way. the classes are hard but they teach the students how to prepare for the world after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should do all they can to prepare themselves for classes by learning how to study, learning the advantages of the library, and also taking those classes that will help you get ahead.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an outstanding, beautiful campus with an even better academics. The opportunities offered here at IUB will help create a well rounded student. Indiana University is the best college to grow, learn, and become your best.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU takes extreme measures to make sure its students are safe. There is IU Safe, which is an escort ride service, there are blue-light pillars, or safe boxes located around campus where, if you press a button, a police officer will be at the location within thirty seconds. There's IU Notify, which sends students reports via text, email, or both, of incidents that may happen on campus or even reports of extreme weather.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are pretty active on campus, even though they only make up twenty percent of the population. They are very involved in events like Dance Marathon and Little 500.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 700 clubs on campus, and if you don't like them you can make one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL TYPES! Seriously, even the students who went to tiny high schools in tiny towns find their niche at IU. There is something for everyone, guaranteed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's tradition to shake the hand of the Herman B. Wells statue before every semester for good luck. Little 500 is always a huge event on campus every spring. IU Dance Marathon is a huge fundraiser that lots of students participate in. There's also the Nearly Naked Mile run and the Color Run that happen every year.

    Bang for the buck

    I pay out of state tuition, so I'm a little depressed about the debt I'll be in after graduation. On the flip side, though, an IU degree speaks for itself (or so I've heard) and I know many fresh graduates who are fully prepared with legitimate careers. It really depends on how hard you work, but IU makes it easy to be successful with all the resources it provides its students.

    What to do for fun

    What's there NOT to do for fun? IU students definitely know how to occupy their time. This past year alone I've been to two concerts, a Greek step show, a plethora of sporting events, open mic nights, played sports and swam at the rec centers, gone to the mall and movies, gone bowling, had picnics on the Jordan River, or even chilled with the girls on my floor in our lounge. If you're ever bored in Bloomington, you're simply not looking for anything to do.

    Food and Dining

    There's a nice variety of food in the dining halls, but if you ever get sick of it, there are SO MANY places to eat down on 4th street and Kirkwood. Whether you're in the mood for Starbucks, Panda Express, Chipotle, or other ethnic food, you will find your fancy in this area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms vary depending on which one you decide to live in. Everyone can pick their exact dorm and room number except freshmen, but nobody's really left with any bad deals. There are only about three dorms on campus that don't have air, but it's not that bad (I lived in one this past year). On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are dorm apartments, dorms with dining halls, and some with private baths. It all depends on how much you want to spend.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are nothing you can't handle if you are a dedicated student. Contrary to what most say about large lectures, it's not that hard to have your voice heard and your face seen by the professors and AIs. They make themselves very available, and going to office hours can definitely be the difference between a B+ and an A-

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused--going to a large school can be a bit overwhelming, but it can also be as small as you need it to be. Take on what you know you can handle; this goes for academics and clubs/teams/etc. Lastly, don't be afraid to try new things. IU is really rich in culture and you should take advantage of it. You start living when you leave your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    Coming to IU was the best decision I've made in my life thus far. Aside from academic prominence, there is a huge social scene and many opportunities to get involved in the community. There is no other place I'd rather call home.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe walking around campus during the day. At nighttime though, I never travel alone. IU has emergency boxes placed almost everywhere, just in case something happens.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about Greek life at IU unless it is the NPHC. We have all of the Divine 9 at IU & they are all really involved on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sooooooo many clubs at IU! There is literally a club for everything. And if you want to start a club, you can! My roommate started an organization at IU, during her freshman year ! At the beginning of the school year there is an event held in Dunn Meadow where all the organizations set up tables so you can learn about them & join.

    Great for these types of students

    IU is a great place for every type of student except those interested in engineering. IU courses tend to focus on intense research. There are also a lot of liberal arts students at IU. IU is extremely diverse in the sense of personalities. I love it!

    Bang for the buck

    I believe IU is overpriced. They charge us a lot of money because they can. No one at IU cares enough to get them to lower the costs & when people have tried, the people in charge of IU came up with excuses for why they couldn't lower costs. Honestly the only thing I hate about IU is how expensive it is.

    What to do for fun

    There's SOOO much to do for fun, depending on the type of person you are. If you join organizations at IU, there will be a lot of events that you will throw and attend. There is always something going on at the Indiana Memorial Union or the Neal Marshall building. Also, dorms will have weekly or monthly events to help you bond with your floor and the people in your building. There is a movie theater not too far away from the mall & there's always the option to attend parties during the weekends. Just don't lose control -- you're at school for an education, not to party.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. You get used to it. But by the end of the year, you're tired of packaged food and food that tastes synthetic. However, by Gresham food court, there's an ice cream parlor that has the best ice cream! I found out about that place last minute

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the dorm you live in and your RA, dorm life can be fun! Freshman year, I roomed with a girl that I knew in high school. I was glad at the end of the year because I heard stories of people who had random roommates. Let's just say, they had a crazy year! The bathrooms are the most DISGUSTING things I've experienced. But once again, it all depends on who lives around you. I just happened to live with girls who didn't believe in being clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very rigorous. This is a good and bad thing. This is only a bad thing if you've never had rigorous classes; you'll have to be mentally prepared. However, after you get the hang of it, classes will go by smoother.

    Tips for prospective students

    First thing first, visit the campus! Don't ever attend a college without physically seeing it! Next, save up as much money as possible! I'm in so much debt from the first two years. Take scholarships seriously! That will also lower the cost. Do not buy your books from the campus bookstores. I bought mine from amazon for way cheaper. Also, approach IU with a serious mindset. I messed up my first semester grades because I thought I could treat college like high school. IU's classes are harder than most expect.

    In three sentences

    I love the curriculum at Indiana University. The students here crack me up; most have a great personality. However, IUB is really expensive and I'm an in-state student.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very well lit and I feel safe walking through it at night, which is very important for me if I have a late class.

    Clubs and Activities

    No matter what you're interested, there is a club for it. There are thousands!

    Great for these types of students

    Confident, adventurous, prepared to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the Venus fountain, it's always just nice to stick your feet in on a hot summer day. There are all kinds of neat little places- the Cheshire Cafe in the Collins dorm building is a fun place to go- cheap and delicious coffee and Italian cream sodas and other beverages, and locally made baked goods.

    Bang for the buck

    Best education for the value. I know I wouldn't be able to learn everything that I have at any other campus. Both regarding life lessons and formal education.

    What to do for fun

    It's fun to go exploring with friends. It certainly is fun to find little nooks and crannies that are really special. Trying different ethnic foods around town is always a neat experience, and you can't possibly run out of places to try. There is always something to do around town.

    Food and Dining

    I wish that there were more fresh food options, rather than everything just being reheated, but there are a lot of organic food options, along with gluten-free and lactose-free. There are even quite a few vegan and vegetarian options for people with other diets, which I think is fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    I live at Willkie, and it has been fantastic. Whenever I had a problem, everyone was very willing to help, and it was always resolved quickly. I loved living there and it was quiet enough for me to actually be able to study.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is well known for a reason. It's challenging, but it will teach you everything that you need to know for a real world job that you can succeed at with a well rounded education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid, it gets easier after the first few days. Look for the fascinating little nooks and crannies of the town that make it fun and unique, and you'll feel more at home.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University Bloomington has been an incredible experience. It has been eye-opening, inspiring, and empowering. I know that I will receive the education I need to be able to go out in the world and really do something.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So much!! From taking a walk though the arboretum, club soccer and volleyball (and may others), free yoga and exercise classes at the SRSC, to having lunch on Kirkwood, or going to the bars at night. Night life at Bloomington is unbeatable. Little 5 is the event to look forward to all year. There is never a dull moment at IU.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food may not seem the most appetizing going into freshman year, but come sophomore year... you're going to miss those meal points. There are a lot of food options, fresh fruits and veggies daily, and there are vegetarian options as well. Food courts are pretty evenly spaced around campus dorms as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't as bad as what you think. It helps you branch out and make friends with people you may have never tried to before. Northwest: known as the party neighborhood. Always people playing music, hanging in the lounges, doors open to visit neighbors, but overall a great place to live. Central: Right in the middle of the campus, perfect proximity to almost everything on campus. And Wright has the best food court! South: A little far away from thing, but overall not bad! I heard they're adding a food court to Forest this year which will make that dorm well worth the stay.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at IU are amazing. You'll have a credible degree no mater what school you chose to graduate from: Kelley, Jacobs, School of Journalism, SPEA... the possibilities are endless!

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Meet with your counselor as much as possible to see if you're taking the classes. 2) Not only is your major extremely important, but thing about minor(s) that you want to get. There are a lot of options! 3) If you're interested in Kelley, check out living in the Kelley Living Learning Center! It's amazing!

    In three sentences

    IU Bloomington is an overall AMAZING school. We have some of the top programs/schools in the nation; with hundreds of majors to chose from. Not only are the academics amazing, but IU has outstanding student spirit and an incredible atmosphere.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt save on campus and haven't had trouble but if you live on campus the dorms encourage you to have a friend that you travel with if you have a night to stay up and need to walk to the library or any other building.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a Greek organizations but some of my closets friends do partake in them and I have seen them become great leaders within each of their organizations that I'm proud of them. It really is something that I would say to do a lot of research to see if it's a good fit for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join clubs, join event planning organizations, join something you will like to stay in for a while and that you will dedicate to! I guarantee that something you find that suits for you it will not only bring professional outlook on what you would like to pursuit in the future but it will bring you great friends you will have for a long time!

    Great for these types of students

    La Casa Latino Cultural Center and the Asian Cultural Center (as well as other cultural centers) are great places to consider traditional to visit throughout your college years There is so much for all types of students, if you're into the music scene there are various students who group to do music together just for fun and all types of music; instrumental bands, hiphop, vocalist, ect. There are also dance groups that provide change to help and do outreach through dance. There are science related and business related and practically everything you can think of that interests you to look into!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Starbucks and Sugar and Spice at the Indiana Memorial Union are the places to go to get your caramel machiatto flavored coffee for the day! Sometime in your campus life at IU you have to take a picture with Herman B. Wells Statue.

    Bang for the buck

    Oh, tuition! Find scholarships not just coming into freshman year but keep looking even if you get a full ride things happen sometimes that you may need a back up plan.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much but so much to do on campus! Enjoy every bit of it! There are so many activities in dorms that even though I didn't stay in them I have attended some events there. There are many activities that each school also offers on campus and off. The activities off campus are mostly community based but they are just incredible ways to give back to the community through the fun activities available.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are very well kept and have variety of foods from anything you might crave to aiding in a healthy diet.

    Dorm Life

    I was not in the dorms but I have heard many of my friends find their best friends that they still keep in contact with and that I have met also became close with.

    Academic Rigor

    I encourage students both prospective and current to have a healthy ambition to challenge themselves in each year that they take on. Indiana University guides you through your academics but it is also up to us to develop our professional persona and grow from our comfort abilities to be able to pursuit real life careers that will do the challenging for us.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy every year that you are here, it goes by fast and I mean fast that next thing you know you have changed your tassel from right to left. Make connections, be open minded to everything from politics to new delicious ethnic food from various countries in the downtown area of Bloomington. Also, explore your surroundings the campus is such an amazing place to be enriched with vintage and modern architecture as well as the warming-home like feeling of the downtown streets as there are festivities throughout the year to enjoy.

    In three sentences

    As a 1st generation graduate to be from such a prestigious university I am honored to have experience my college years at Indiana University. I have not only developed in my academics but as a leader for my community to help others towards the path to higher education. I rate Indiana University to be at the highest level and equivalent to Ivy Leagues schools, it challenges but helps you through your academic goals.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While the campus can be safe at times, it is still a good idea to never travel alone. Use a buddy system and always surround yourself with friends that you can rely on to get you back to where you need to go. If all else fails, call Safe Escort; a tuition paid cab company that will pick you up and take you home if you do not feel comfortable walking home.

    Greek Life

    Everyone always asks about Greek Life and the reality is that it is pretty great. Most fraternities and sororities do have a strict, zero tolerance hazing rule which makes it more approachable for students to get engaged in. There are also many Greek events that go on with Little 500 being the most famous of the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are way too many clubs to count on campus but that means there is a huge diversity of all sorts of activities. The best tip would be to get involved in multipe clubs and get to know the ins and outs of college life.

    Great for these types of students

    IU offers anything for outgoing, professional, enthusiastic, even timid students. Any student can feel at ease if they surround themselves with like minded individuals who have the same drive as they do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely check out the IU bell tower at night, it is one of the most amazing aspects of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Honesty, when coming to IU, I was the first person to think that there was nothing for the school to offer. However, what really makes the campus lively is getting out there and meeting new people. If you're outgoing and want to make new friends, you'll find yourself at home here.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do and every night it is a new journey. From the Showalter fountain and IU Auditorium to the basketball and football games to every night bowling in the IMU, there is always something to do at IU for each and every personality that graces the campus!

    Food and Dining

    IU is in the process of making a new food court in the Southeast region of campus that will feature all varieties of foods from Vietnamese to American Fro-Yo. On top of that, there are 2 other main food courts and several small food diners around campus. Honestly some of the best food that I have had next to home made cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the dorms (mainly in the Southeast area), the floor mates generally have the same interests and create a culture of family on the floor. The friends that are made on the floor could become friends that are made for life!

    Academic Rigor

    It is as easy to study and prepare for exams as it is easy to procrastinate and hang out with friends. The course load is only as hard as one perceives, but is very bearable if studying is done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always try something new! The best things at IU will be what is least expected to be enjoyable or fun. Trying new things will open up your mind to all that the school, and the world, will provide for you.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a very huge, yet small town feel school perfect for anyone used to small cities or even rural areas. It is honestly one of the best schools in terms of freedom of majors and expertise in every area.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Indiana University has its own police department and have multiple blue emergency light-posts scattered around campus.

    Greek Life

    I chose to go Greek and it was the best decision of my life. So many life long bonds and so much fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Little 500 race is a 200 lap bike race with a week long party leading up to it. One of the best college events in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Indiana University has a wide range of fun activities. There are a few bowling alleys surrounding the campus as well as one located in the Student Union. The football games are getting more exciting as the team is improving and the tailgates are out of control! The basketball games never disappoint providing the best atmosphere to watch a college basketball game in. The fraternities and sororities host great social and philanthropic events, while there are also many social events to attend outside of the Greek community.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't realize how good having a dining hall and meal points were until I didn't have them anymore my sophomore year. Gresham had good breakfast, lunch and dinner foods. Wright Dining Hall was the best and had the most variety. Hoosier Den was also one of the greatest things ever because it was open until 2AM.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the Northwest Dorms my freshman year gave me a great experience. Gresham Dining Hall is extremely close for almost all the Northwest Dorms as well as the Mcnutt C-Store. The people were just like me and the location was prime as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman year pre-requisite classes are quite difficult but once admitted to your school of choice the work becomes easier and more manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for large classes with little teacher to student interaction during your first year. It is a big change of pace from college but adjustable and not overwhelming.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is an amazing experience. It is a large and unique university that allows you to have a great time while maintaining a high GPA. An all-around great college experience!

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I already miss Union Street wraps and I have only been out of school a month! Although some places were..sub-par in my opinion, there are some really great dining places on IU campus.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms! I made so many friends and had so many fun times, from Nerf wars to talent shows to movie nights. Living in an apartment or at home just doesn't give you the community that dorms do.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here expect to you to always be on your A game, but they will always help you and make sure you are actually learning. There are so many resources for students to use that there is no reason anyone should fail a lass due to lack of understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map! It's very easy to get the pathways mixed up, but one you get it, you've always got it. Also, always be open to trying new things because there are just so many things to try in Bloomington!

    In three sentences

    Bloomington is such a thriving city. There is such diversity and so many opportunities that there is something for everyone. IU always has something new to offer you, but still has tried-and-true things people love.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to get involved with and meet people. The basketball and football games are also a time when a lot of students do social things. IU also has a great greek life to get involved with and you should definitely check it out even if you aren't sure if you are interested.

    Food and Dining

    The dining food at the rps leaves something to be desired. A lot of the food is pretty unhealthy and they use low quality ingredients. There are plenty of restaurants in Bloomington with both American and ethnic food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at IU are really modern and clean for the most part. They have remodeled a few in the last few years and the social life is great your freshman year. The most social neighborhood for dorms is definitely northwest.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, studying can be quite rigorous. The difficult majors are business, economics, computer science, biology, and chemistry.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what major you plan to pursue look up the required courses beforehand. This will let you know what classes you need to take your first year as well as which classes to take together for a manageable course load.

    In three sentences

    Great college town. A lot of school spirit. Beautiful campus.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    750+ activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't mind becoming one of many and don't mind a large campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's traditional for incoming freshmen to shake the statue of Herman B. Wells' hand for good luck in their following 4 years. It's also a tradition to stick your feet in the birth of Venus statue. And it's tradition to knock on the big red clock to provide luck for an upcoming test.

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs and activities including movies, bowling, and a gym that is free for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and take AP courses to show the University that you are working on preparing yourself for college.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with many activities and great support opportunities from the school.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe in Bloomington, and especially safe on Campus. Since it is a town comprised of mostly college students, the atmosphere is generally calm and most people are at ease. Many people (myself included) carry mace walking at night. There are some areas that are not well lit, and the outskirts of town are a bit rough around the edges.

    Greek Life

    Greek life thrives at IU! I am not involved in a sorority, but the Greeks most definitely make their presence known!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are Tons of extracurricular activities to chose from! NCAA, Club, and Inter-mural sports of all varieties. Performance art, and visual art- GLBT support groups and discussion groups for any subject you could imagine. The Club selection, though quite large, does definitely have room to grow and seems to be on an upward trend!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are obsessed with the Ivory Tower, but enjoy a the occasional visit to the Irish Tavern.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wearing Candy stripped pants to the Basketball games!

    Bang for the buck

    My experiences and memories at Indiana University are going to last me a lifetime. Bloomington is my new home, and the quality of my education has exceeded my previous comprehension. I have grown as a scholar, as an athlete, and as a person. I am incredibly happy and satisfied with my personalized program and the perspective that I have gained in my classes. I have learned to value communication and teamwork on my Sport's team, and learned to be self sufficient and self reliant in my Studio Art Classes.

    What to do for fun

    Watch movies in the magnificent student union which also has a bowling ally and pool tables. Eat at one of the dozens of ethnic cuisine restaurants offered, then take an exercise class at the student gym. Check out the Gutenberg Bible at the Lily Library or visit the current exhibit at the IU Art Museum. See a musical at the Auditorium, either professional or student production. Put on some candy striped pants and head over to Assembly Hall to watch some Hoosier Basketball, then pack it in for the night at Kilroy's Bar to celebrate the win.

    Food and Dining

    Campus could use more healthy options and coffee. Luckily there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops in walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but people really seem to enjoy dorm life here! There are many neighborhoods and locations to cater to your wants and needs. They run a bit expensive and most of them require that you do share a room.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor is really placed into the control of the individual. Getting passing grades isn't out of reach, but they are by no means handed out either. As far as my education is concerned, I am very satisfied. I am challenged and pushed daily, my classes are very dense with information and I have a moderate coarse-load. So long as assignments are handed in correctly and on time, one should have no problem passing. However, commitment and dedication to learning your craft or mastering your area of interest will guarantee a genuine and quality education. Going through the motions will suffice in receiving a diploma- but if a degree is the only thing that you hope to get out of school, then that's a shame!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a college town, this is the place to be. An amazing learning environment combined with a borderline obnoxious amount of school spirit makes for a unique atmosphere. The ability to customize your education through personalized programs, and supplemented by the many extracurricular activities is perfect for students who tend to take the road less traveled. If you find that you don't come neatly packaged, or you just have a desire to learn IU will put you on any path that you pick for yourself.

    In three sentences

    IU has an outstanding campus that becomes more beautiful by the season. There is a magnificent athletics department. There is an atmosphere conducive to learning on and off the campus.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are ample opportunities for students at the beginning of the fall semester.

    Food and Dining

    The food is overpriced but there is a decent selection. The town around the university has many great options for ethnic food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! It has one of the best campus communities I've seen. Exactly what you imagine college life to be.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are quite rigorous and provide a thorough education.

    Tips for prospective students

    This tip would be for anyone at any university. Don't buy into the commercial interests targeting college students. Students are an easy target for making money and most of what you buy for your dorm you wont need and will throw away at the end of the year.

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great place to get an education. The university is respected as one of the top universities of the nation and the best in the state; however, it has lost much of its interest for the students and operates with too much corporate interest.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    IU would be a great school for students who want an all-around solid education in terms of in- and out-of-class learning experiences. There are many talented professors who are experts in their respective fields, as well as endless opportunities to get help with schoolwork. There are many majors to choose from, as well as subjects to study. Outside of the classroom, there is no shortage of things to do for fun, both with clubs and on one's own. Food is available everywhere on and near campus. The student body and the administration is generally very accepting of those from different economic backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. There is so much available to students at IU, so students would want to get any of these things from their college experience would make a great decision in choosing IU.

    What to do for fun

    There are many options when it comes to extra-curricular activities and things to do for fun. Many intramural sports can be played year-round, from soccer to basketball. The campus offers a recreational sports center, which has various rooms for weight-training, cardio, and strength and conditioning in addition to a pool open to the student body. IU also has many clubs available, from martial arts to ethnic heritage. There is a plethora of options; there should be something for almost everyone!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining can be found at almost every dorm on campus, though the hours and type of food available will vary from dining hall to dining hall. Some dining halls have a food court-type setup, where several places within the hall will be available everyday, while other halls have more of a buffet setup whose menu changes from day to day. Many dining halls offer food all day, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while others will open later during the day. Another convenience is late-night eating. Some dining halls will offer a smaller section of the building late at night to serve for food service; some might be open as late as 2:00 a.m.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be diverse, but seems to be generally pleasant. Many options are available in terms of housing, so students can choose which one is best suited to them, be it a dorm that offers a lot of rigorous outdoor activity, or one that promotes study of foreign languages and affairs. Dorms also come at a variety of price ranges and locations throughout campus. Some dorms will be rather luxurious and therefore cost more, while others will be much less expensive but require a trade-off, such as having chores to do for the up-keep of the building. Also, dorms are located all over campus, some closer to the academic buildings than others. Many dorms also offer campus convenience stores which are open to all students, as well as food courts with many options for dining.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes generally offer a good mixture of review and challenging new material at the 100 level. Most science classes will begin with reviewing the basics from high school that are necessary to be successful in the course. In the 200 level and higher level classes, the amount of material to be covered often increases with the difficulty of the material and the speed at which it is taught. In addition to class time, professors will almost always have flexible office hours, so students will have many opportunities to master the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    It would be a good idea to get applications in early, not only for admission, but also for scholarships. Many scholarships are available to students based on merit and individual qualities, but the deadlines approach much more quickly than it would seem, so staying on top of all application deadlines is critical. IU is also a bigger campus, so taking a tour of campus before applying or arriving for orientation would be a good idea. Getting used to the size of campus and the locations of all the essential places on it may initially be more difficult than expected. Perhaps one of the most important tips for prospective students would be to spend some time browsing the IUB website. Make sure to check the majors and minors IU offers, as well as non-academic opportunities that are offered. Between academics and social life, IU has much to offer, so it should be a good fit for many students. However, time should be taken to make certain that IU would be an appropriate school for a prospective student.

    In three sentences

    IU Bloomington is a great place to go to school. There are many options for students both on- and off-campus, from extra-curricular clubs and sports, to a mall and restaurants within distance of a short bus ride. It is a very diverse place full of opportunity and potential for new experiences.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Have a high GPA and good test scores

    In three sentences

    This looks like a great school. I'm really hoping to apply here. It has everything I could want.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Game nights with my best friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of places to eat. Overall they are good places to find food.

    Dorm Life

    It is good for helping meet new people, but on the flip side gets quite loud.

    In three sentences

    I love IU's campus, the walking around, perfect size for me. Most of my teachers were good and actually wanted to help us succeed, in and out of the classroom. But honestly I am surprised I still attend because of the high increasing price of the school.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are always patrolling. They have emergency oles around campus if you're ever in need of help.

    Clubs and Activities

    Always clubs that try to recruit people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a open around in the middle of the chemistry building. You can go there and study, because it's a quiet area.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of organizations to sign up for plus a lot of volunteer around campus. Interacting with other students, there is always a time and a place for that.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome food around campus. It's always fresh and ready to go.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It's clean and I guess it's how you live that will determines the cleanliness.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be challenging but there are always good tutoring sessions to go to for help. They help me a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on task and focused because any little thing can distract you. Mange your time well and don't hold off things until the last minute. Stay always and go to tutoring if needed

    In three sentences

    Bloomington is a 10 on a scale from 1-10. It has a beautiful scenery. It is also the best campus.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are free movies every week to go and see. There is also a great cookie place called Baked to go to. Another way is to just walk around BTown with your friends. And you don't want to miss out on the basketball games!

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of places to go to eat and lots of variety.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of people to meet right down the hall. The RA's are really nice. Take the time to get to know them and some people in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard but the professors are fair

    Tips for prospective students

    Jump into activities to make new friends and make your transition to college easier Don't take too many classes your first term Look into the ROTC program as a way to make friends, and to serve our country

    In three sentences

    Indiana University of Bloomington is a beautiful and fun campus. There is always something to do and someone to do it with.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IU is one of the safest campuses in the nation. We have many resources that ensure a safe environment for the students, staff, and visitors. We have security located throughout the campus at all times as well as emergency telephone stations located outside throughout the campus. The emergency phones were funded by former alumni and parents of IU students.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something to do for EVERYBODY at IU Bloomington. There are a plethora of clubs for different hobbies, majors, and even ethnic groups. Dorms, sororities, fraternities, clubs, groups, and even classes are always hosting some type of event that is usually FREE. OF course there is usually a part every weekend. However, sometimes it's nice to join other activities. You may get a chance to watch a foreign movie, eat foreign food, or try a new sport or activity and usually for FREE.

    Food and Dining

    In almost every dorm there was a cafeteria, if not, a convenient store offering snacks, hot cooked meals, quick meals, and every college students favorite thing: microwave-ables =). The price was pretty decent because of my school discount. The had traditional american foods as well as ethnic foods from around the world. My favorite was the couscous =).

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm! There were a lot of people who had the same priority as me, which was practicing good study habits. At anytime, I could go in the computer lab of my dorm and do homework, I was surrounded by people who always encouraged me to work hard in school, and they were doing the same. We had many events at my dorm, such as movie nights, and themed parties offering FREE food.

    Academic Rigor

    Although IU Bloomington is known as a party school, academics is the number one priority for most of the students there, the party life is optional =). The professors, at least the ones I had, are always looking forward to helping their students. I expected it to be hard to get extra help because the school is so big, however, the professors seem to almost always have time for their students, which is cool. There are plenty of extra help opportunities for students and FREE tutoring sessions for many of the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people or try new things. Whether your school is big or small there are plenty of people there willing to meet new friends. Trying new things can open up many networking opportunities, which is fundamental for all students.

    In three sentences

    IU Bloomington is everythign you can ask for in a school. There is always something to do, and most of the people you meet have the same goal as you, to graduate with good grades, and they're usually willing to help you achieve that goal. It is the perfect definition of a university.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options and that is very important because no one wants to eat the same thing every day. The food itself isn't too bad, but its not the best either. overall its pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm as its pros and cons. However most dorms are clean and very habitable. They are each very well suited for comfortable student living.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are tough, but they know what they're doing. They want students to succeed and they are very willing to help each student individually.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school that's large, but easily allows you to make it small with all the opportunity it allows. It allows for rigorous teaching but it rewards those students who try hard. Its a place where you can have both your studies and social life so close but keep them very separate, and that is what I like.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If it's night you should probably walk with a buddy, but in general it's rare for anything bad to happen on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of dining options in and around campus. There's basically anything you could possibly want. Fourth street is awash in foreign food.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are small and old, but they are in a prime location, as IUB is in the middle of Bloomington. In addition, the campus bus service makes it so that transporting from the dorms to anywhere else on campus is easy.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at IUB are hard, but not too hard. If you keep up with the reading and your homework, you should be fine. Professors are accessible even in the large classes.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Anything that has to do with actual living accommodations I'd like some help in. Thanks!

    Dorm Life

    This is definitely an area that I would like more information on. I'd love to take some advice...

    Academic Rigor

    The college accepts a high percentage of those who apply. But this is something to be humbled by. You're striving for a position, for benefits, for financial aid. If you stay focused and stay organised you will be able to be a little bit more confident. Loyalty is essential. If you are down right dedicated and are not accepted, try applying for projects that the school offers. Apply for the next semester. All in all, if this is your dream school then don't give up hope, transfers are possible. BEST OF LUCK!

    Tips for prospective students

    This is one of my top choices in colleges, the college is said to offer many majors and experiential areas. Coming from a high school with more than 4,600 students, I'm excited and also used to the fact that their will always be a new face in your line of sight. But I am also comforted by the fact that once you fall into a routine you will become a part of an intimate group of people who share your interests. This school is one that you can be loyal to, involved with, and inspired by. Much like the real world you will be placed in situations that test your adaptability and competitive drive. Good Luck! Apply as early as possible and stay confident!!!!!

    In three sentences

    From what I've heard Indiana University- Bloomington is a pretty large school. A friend of mine (current student) said that there is always an activity taking place. I guess you could say that the school community is really involved.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, parties, food, everything!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready! Lots of experiences!

    In three sentences

    IU is huge! I haven't been here long but I am enjoying it!

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    none

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    none

    Great for these types of students

    none

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    none

    What to do for fun

    still new to campus

    Food and Dining

    none

    Dorm Life

    I really like the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    none

    Tips for prospective students

    none

    In three sentences

    This is the first time I have been away from home. So I am learning all new friends an life style, I really like the university it allows me to grow as an individual. I have learned how to do a lot of thing for myself. I even got a job in the cafeteria. I am still learning the university on how to get around.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is almost unbelievable. On every trail, emergency towers stand at the edge of the path with red button on them that connect straight to IU police department. IU also has a great campus escort service which is free of charge to students and available at any time. These escorts will walk students from one place to another for various reasons. This service is great especially if you are a young girl walking on campus late at night. Not only does it assure your safety, but it will make your parents feel safer knowing these options are always available!

    Greek Life

    The sororities and fraternities are a huge thing on campus. The Greek houses are absolutely beautiful on IU's campus. The houses hold many parties and events throughout the semester and make it easy to join in on the fun! This is also a great way to meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a huge array of clubs and organizations on campus. The university holds a fair of all the different organizations that can be joined on campus where students can sign up to be on mailing lists or to get more information about a group. It's a great way to get involved and meet new people!

    Great for these types of students

    People who love athletics will of course love IU. Artists are very welcomed in this artistic town and campus. Studious people also won't feel out of place. Many dorms have academic or honors floors or buildings that all share studious qualities. Nobody is looked at weird at IU. You can be whoever and dress however and no one will say a thing. IU is definitely a place for individualists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Obviously, athletics are very entertaining and a huge event at IU. With the basketball season about to start, I see so much school spirit, especially those candy striped pants! It's so cool to walk around and see everyone so spirited and excited for a mutual thing. Attending the games are always fun and a great way to feel connected as a community.

    Bang for the buck

    IU has a huge campus with a small campus feel. While there are 30,000 students, it surely doesn't feel like that many. It is often easy to walk across campus and see someone you know. I think it is a great feeling to know the world is so big, but can feel so small!

    What to do for fun

    Campus is beautiful, so walking across campus and visiting the art museum on campus are very enjoyable for the artistic. Many events occur on and off campus are also fun. Lotus festival in September is a great, local festival that focuses on connecting the world through music. If you come to IU for schooling or visiting, be sure to check this event out. Many events also go on during welcome week before classes start. These are all really fun to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The food depends on what you like and where you go. There are many options on where to go at IU. Wright food court is very accessible to many freshman because it sits very close to the center of the dorm locations. It is an older food court, but does have some nice options once you find your favorites. The new food court at forest dorm is brand new (just opened last month) and has very good food, but you will incur longer lines and more expenses here.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms have social people and outgoing groups! Most people stay very quiet during quiet hours and everything is always very clean. The room are not the biggest, but they are manageable. Even the entire quad events are really fun to enjoy!

    Academic Rigor

    IU's academics are more vigorous than small town Indiana high school courses were. Depending on your major, the academics can be crucial. If you're planning on studying business or medicine, IU has great programs for both, but also very rigorous schedules for these majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be social and outgoing to the best of your ability. As well, try to go completely random with your roommate. I know it is a very scary voyage to embark on, especially living with someone you do not know, but I will be the first to tell you how close you can become with your roommate. Going random really helps you realize the importance of being social during college!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University is a great place if you like to be social and make friends. If you're into more artistic things, then Indiana University is great for you too. Festivals and events can be found at almost any time either on campus or downtown Bloomington!

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    IU is pricey, but it is decent. Probably one of the best things on campus is the bus service - it is very helpful and it is always free to students, regardless of if it is a city bus or a campus bus.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities around campus, like volleyball, kickball, frisbee, and many free classes at the gym for students looking for a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeterias leaves a little to be desired. An organic food store on-campus that accepts meal-points would be a welcome addition.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fine (the one I am in anyway) but some do not have air-conditioning, and many do not have elevators. This can be a hassle some days when five flights of stairs seems like a punishment. Otherwise, they are pretty well-kept and easy to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    I am only beginning in my classes, but so far they have proven to be both interesting and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your Sperries, Toms, and your Uggs (with IU gear of course)...you will fit right in. Be friendly but competitive!

    In three sentences

    Indiana University has a beautiful campus nestled in the Bloomington countryside of Indiana. It's professors and students are typically friendly, helpful people, but there is a definite sense that one is residing with the upper class of Indiana. Despite the preppy student body, everyone is certainly at IU to succeed, and there is a palpable sense of commitment and dedication throughout the community.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    can get a ride home at anytime with campus safe ride

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    hoosier hysteria to kick off basketball season and big celebrations of holidays, such as Halloween

    Bang for the buck

    can be pricey but a nice school

    What to do for fun

    downtown bars if old enough! many on campus activities, clubs, and intramural sports

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved whenever possible and network!

    In three sentences

    There is a Beautiful campus atmosphere. Well educated teaching staff. Many hands on activities.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of students, but IUPD is always wandering around looking out for suspects that may have/will commit a crime.

    Greek Life

    Only about 40% of females who rush at IU get into a sorority, but don't let that scare you! All of the Greek girls are really nice and the Greek boys are friendly. A lot of partying goes on on 3rd Street, IU's version of Greek Row.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student government and Residence Halls Association are prominent on campus, as well as ethnic associations. Try an intramural sport at the Student Recreational Sports Center or the Wildermuth Health Center on a team full of strangers. Academic groups are always good for a resume, and networking specific groups will help with resume and career building, providing you with opportunities for life-changing relationships.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love big crowds, like getting involved, and love meeting new people. Welcome Week is when you meet the most people, so make sure you don't let that time pass uncapitalized!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Nearly Naked Mile is an event in which students run (in a winter month) in their undergarments, after donating to a local philanthropic organization that collects clothing.

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable, especially if you worked hard in high school and are able to get a scholarship that covers 1/3 or more of your tuition per semester.

    What to do for fun

    Kirkwood Avenue and 4th Street are good ideas for plans, as those are the best restaurants within walking distance of campus. There are many events that take place in the dorms that are hosted by RAs or even just student government representatives. Find one that looks interesting by keeping up with your email and posters. Find a group of friends and walk around on a weekend, you will always find something different. Be careful not to act too rowdy, because if the IU Police get suspicious they will pull you aside, intoxicated or not. When you're not involved in illegal activity, it's just time consuming and annoying. Take the bus to the College Mall and visit Anthony's Pets. You can play with and hold puppies for as long as you like!

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food courts on campus could stand to upgrade the menu from bland mashed potatoes and chicken, but IU has added a couple more in the last few years. For example, Woodlawn in the Forest dorm offers a gourmet salad bar, freshly cooked Italian food, a steak bar, Mexican food, a hamburger bar, as well as an Asian stir-fry. The food has much improved and their are many choices at the C-stores (convenient stores), but there are probably nights you will still want to pursue dinner on Kirkwood Avenue.

    Dorm Life

    There are only a couple of dorms left on campus that do not have air conditioning, but the rest of the dorms are nice. None are unsanitary, the temperature control is individual from room to room, and although the carpets have stains from years previous, the maintenance team is pretty on top of their cleaning schedule. The bathrooms have never been unsanitary or disgusting.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers challenge with with the material as well as with the workload. With the maximum number of credit hours per semester, a student should not expect to never have homework, but the class types (regular, honors, International) all match the rigor one would suspect. Be careful not to ruin your GPA with useless accelerated classes! (Employers would rather see an A in Finite than a C in Honors Finite!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that IU is a massive school, and while the administration will try to make it personal, that college is a business and will run like a business. If you want to succeed, you have to pursue higher ups. On a positive note, school spirit as well as the academic process are personalized to where after a few weeks of living here, you will begin to call Bloomington home.

    In three sentences

    IU is a near-perfect college, it has conditioned the process to such a point where every major and every type of student is fostered in the learning environment. School spirit is exponential, and as a college where diversity ranges from Midwest townies to International students, there is never a lack of perspectives. A picturesque opportunity for someone attempting to network and make a life for themselves.

  • 11/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    those who like to be home and just man do your homework. its time to stop partying.

    What to do for fun

    just do your homework and enjoy some nice weather.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining on campus are fine but I dont think there are not good place to eat outside of campus. If you are from big cities, you won't like it.

    Dorm Life

    they build new dorms but too expensive and old ones are just old...some are really old. you dont want to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    overall great school

    Tips for prospective students

    Just go to class and do what they want you to do then you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    it is great school but tuition rise every year with no reason as I believe and student services are not their concern but building and expanding the school are what they are doing.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Just go walk down Kirkwood and you are bound to find something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious!!

    Dorm Life

    So much fun! I stayed in the dorms a few nights and it was a blast I met so many new people that I still talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard that it is very tough, but as long as you study some everyday you will be ok.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the campus and atmosphere all around. I cannot wait to attend.The fall of 2014 cannot come fast enough!!

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join greek life. Also many fun events happen all over campus every week.

    Food and Dining

    Many different food courts with many different options. Meal plans allow for sufficient food.

    Dorm Life

    Northwest is a load of fun! You always make tons of friends from your floor that will become some of your best friends throughout college.

    Academic Rigor

    Many very challenging majors especially when it comes to the Kelley school of business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go greek if you end up attending... A lot more fun! Live in northwest your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Bloomington is a beautiful campus. It is also has a great Greek life. Classes are a good size and there are so many activities to do around campus!

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, there are always uniformed and undercover police, as well as security personnel walking and driving the campus. Even on a weekend night if you go to Kirkwood, you will see quite a lot of the same uniformed and undercover police watching for trouble, such as an underage drinking problem, a fight, etc.. They do get a significant number of kids for underage drinking. During the day IU has their own safety/security team to help make the kids feel more safe, I would always recommend walk in pairs and always have your cell phone out and ready to make that call if needed. I am a runner, so I often run by myself, but I always have my mace and my phone in the 911 ready position. I feel safe, but I am not giving anyone a chance. My best advice is to walk in pairs and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities on campus that you may or may not chose to become associated with. They do outstanding things with the community and have a lot of fundraising events.

    Clubs and Activities

    I eluded to these earlier - tons and tons of clubs and extracurricular activities

    Great for these types of students

    IU is a good place for outgoing students that do not have a problem saying NO to peer pressure. Trust me, peer pressure is out there and it is tough. You have to really have your guard up at all times and if you do go to a party, you have to keep you hand on your drink at all times for your own safety. You just never know when someone could purposefully, or accidentally, put something in your drink. IU is a strong student base population and we stand together when we need to. If we are walking and we see someone that is a student being harassed by someone that is not a student, and there is not a police officer nearby (very rare), one of the bigger guys will start talking to the guy they are picking on and take care of him until the other person backs off or the police arrive. It is a big campus, but we quickly learn who is who, face wise and protect fellow students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Herman Wells statue sitting on a park bench, signifies good luck and I have to say it works. Every time before I have a test, I go out front to that bench and shake his hand or pat the top of his head and say a quick prayer. He has not let me down yet. I will admit that there are a lot of superstitious rumors that float around campus, but I have not fallen into those traps. Some of my friends have, but nothing has happened. One of my friends did have a close friend pass away in her dorm room in September 2013, they do not know the cause of death, pending autopsy results, but no foul play is suspected. They think that she took her medication after a night of drinking and her system was not used to that,. therefore, she went into respiratory arrest situation and died peacefully in her sleep. Very sad for her and her family. She had a twin sister that was attending IU with her also.

    Bang for the buck

    I am on a full-ride scholarship for academics, so I cannot really elaborate on that, but I can elaborate on the food. Some of the restaurants around campus take our student ID and give us discounts and that is awesome for us. They treat us really good.

    What to do for fun

    Better asked - what not to do for fun.... Get involved in clubs and rec sports is the best thing I can recommend. Several of my friends are on rec teams playing Frisbee golf, flag football, softball, card games, there are so many clubs I cannot even begin to tell you about them. They even have a club for square dancing, line dancing, volleyball. The rec center has several classes for aqua exercise classes. There are groups that walk around campus and pick up trash for fun, just to keep the campus beautiful. Just about anything that you want, you will find it at IU. it is a great place.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts are great. Awesome salads at the C-Store, but there is a variety of good food available at a variety of locations throughout campus

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very different and not for everyone. I spent very little time in my dorm because I lived at the good ole' Wells library studying. Others on my floor were new to the dorm life as well, I was a cheerleader and I knew I had a time frame to get my work and studies done because I would have no time after a game or between practices. I decided it was in my best interest to ditch my dorm room and go to the Wells library to study for days at a time, sometimes weeks, only returning to my dorm to sleep and get ready for the day.

    Academic Rigor

    School is going to be what you make it. If you stay up with your daily homework, it is not going to be that bad. Yes, it is much worse than high school, but we all made it through that. College is no different, it just requires a more scheduled study pattern and more time dedication. I suggest you set your mind to it before even thinking about getting here, possible a class over the summer at a local college about how to study in college. Note cards are a big asset to me and I live by my notecards. I beat I go through 500+ for the tougher classes. That is just how I was taught to study. Got me to read the chapter and helped me learn the material. The most important thing is to know you have to study, there are going to be parties that are going to tempt you to no end, but you are here for and education, not a party.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out when you visit and explore everything that you can, ask questions and meet as many people as you can. After I was admitted, I immediately got onto the IU Facebook page and started meeting people and realized how many people from my hometown and surrounding smaller towns were also going to IU. Go to the Red Carpet event and ask questions, get to know people and look around at everything. Most importantly ask questions, it will make you and your parents feel much safer knowing that IU is safe from all aspects. Leaving home is a big deal and it was hard for me, but I come home frequently and ride share is huge thing once you meet people that live close to your home town.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself is absolutely breathtaking with beauty and the grounds are well maintained, not trashy, no cigarette butts and trash laying around - our maintenance crew does an excellent job and they should be commended for their outstanding performance; the walk around campus is beautiful and so much to see and do, there is never a dull moment, I love walking to class due to the beauty of what I can see and observe on my daily walks. I am in my 2nd year - so far, I have had nothing but success from all of my advisors and classes; everyone wants you to succeed and goes out of their way to see that you understand the material, they have open office hours for you to come and talk to them and they make themselves overly available to you, there is a lot of time for you to talk to them in class, but I prefer to talk to them after class for more one on one time. (This is hard to get in for 3 sentences.) I am very proud that I choose IU, I am very proud to say that I go to IU, I feel a great tradition among the other students and alumni and I am very proud of my school. GO HOOSIERS!! I would not be happy at any other school. The school pride just rings all over campus!!

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and I have never felt that I needed to be watching my back, even if I am out late at night. You should have no fear walking around on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here has been said to be the most competitive in the nation and I don't doubt that for a second. Many people love the greek life here and are involved in so much more than just their chapter. It is not for everyone, but if it is a huge family you are looking for, then I encourage you to go for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do and get involved with here in campus. I suggest you really take advantage of all it has to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student would feel at home and comfortable at IU. We are accepting of all types and you really find your second home here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BAKED! You have to go there to know what I am talking about. Also, Pizza X breadsticks are a must have in any college late night study session. You'll need to attend a football tailgate, and also spend some time finding YOUR study place.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices around Bloomington are pretty affordable and you won't need to strain your pocket for a good time.

    What to do for fun

    You can attend any sporting event, those are always a blast, but you can also go to any one of our great ethnic restaurants on fourth street or attend a fraternity party for a great social gathering, or even relax in the pretty arboretum on a nice day.

    Food and Dining

    Great food!

    Dorm Life

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a very intelligent campus filled with knowledgeable people who are willing to help and support you no matter what.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really take time to get involved and make friends. This time you have here is so special and it is important to balance social life and school. Bloomington is too special of a city to get caught up in what doesn't matter sometimes.

    In three sentences

    You are only here for four years, most times, so find your purpose. You will find your second home. It is a beautiful city, filled with beautiful people who are all passionate about one thing or another.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe, but that doesn't mean you can be stupid. Still use common sense and walk with a buddy because things have happened to those who do not.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big here, but there are so many options if you do not want to participate in Greek life. Campus is huge!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs. Just make sure you can manage your time wisely. Do not bite off more than you can chew!

    Great for these types of students

    IU is great for students looking for a big, yet social campus. There is a lot of school spirit and fun rivalries.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's tradition to dip your feet in the Showwalter Fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    There is always something going on, but make sure you are getting the most for your money and participating in as much as possible because tuition is definitely not cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Well, it is a party school, so that is what a lot of people choose to do for fun. But there are many other options. RAs put on residential programs to participate in (and you will get to meet more of your dorm-mates in these). Movies are always playing at the cinema and the union. Every student has access to the two gyms on campus and they are incredible places to work out. There is a Bloomington farmers market to go to. Kirkwood is always full of life (that is the main street where a lot of restaurants and bars are).

    Food and Dining

    Same food day after day and it gets super old.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life definitely follows the stereotypes. The northern neighborhood is the party zone, but if you choose to live here, make sure you can discipline yourself to do your homework.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but they are not impossible!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many duel-credit classes as possible in high school. Alwa