Indiana University Kokomo

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Indiana University Kokomo
Indiana University Kokomo Cougar Mascot Logo.jpg
Established 1945 (details)
Type public coeducational
Endowment $5.7 million[1] (2011)
Chancellor Sue Sciame-Giesecke (Interim)
Academic staff 182 Academic Staff,
20 Executive/Admin,
116 Support Staff [2] (2011)
Students 3,719[3] (2012)
Undergraduates 3,204[2] (2011)
Location Kokomo, Indiana, U.S.
Campus small city: 182 acres[4] (2008)
Colors Cream, Crimson
Affiliations Indiana University System
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Indiana University Kokomo is a regional campus in the Indiana University system in Kokomo, Indiana, United States. Commonly known as IUK or IU Kokomo, the school serves north central Indiana and is home of the Cougars.


Indiana University Kokomo is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.[5] (2009)


As of fall 2012, there were 3,719 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Indiana University Kokomo.[3] The university serves a 14-county region in north central Indiana, and offers more than 70 Indiana University degrees, including bachelor's degrees in many arts and sciences disciplines, informatics, medical imaging technology, criminal justice, nursing, business, education, and general studies; and master's degrees in public management, business, education, nursing, and liberal studies; and a limited number of associate degree programs.[6] (2012)

IU Kokomo has a 15 to 1 student-faculty ratio.

IU Kokomo is organized into the following schools, colleges, departments, and divisions:[6]

  • Division of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
    • Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Sociology, History, and Political Science
  • School of Nursing
  • Department of Public Administration and Health Management
  • School of Sciences

Notable Programs[edit]

  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Assisting with Research
  • Radiography and Medical Imaging Technology, accepting twelve applicants annually.
  • Overseas Study
    • IU Kokomo offers short-term travel options each year that are included within a regular course. Programs include trips to England, Guatemala, France, Ireland, South Korea, and Italy. IU Kokomo students are also eligible to participate in semester-long and year-long overseas study programs offered by Indiana University.[6]
  • IU SEEK - Students Engaged in Excellence at Kokomo
  • Student publications The Correspondent and From the Well House

Campus Life[edit]

Indiana University Kokomo has approximately 35 student organizations, including special interest and major-based student groups. Specifically, there are a few groups that represent the interests of all students; Student Government Association (SGA), Student Union Board (SUB), Student Athletics and Wellness Board (SAWB), and The Correspondent Student Newspaper.

  • Student Government Association provides leadership opportunities with three branches of government from which to serve.
  • Student Union Board plans and supervises most of the social and entertainment events on campus.
  • Student Athletics and Wellness Board supports the intercollegiate athletic program, organizes intramural sports, and promotes health and wellness on the IU Kokomo campus.
  • The Correspondent is "The Student Voice of Indiana University Kokomo and Purdue College of Technology at Kokomo." It is a student-run paper that is released approximately every two weeks.[7]

The Nearly Naked Mile is young tradition to be upheld in late fall each year that benefits Kokomo Urban Outreach. In order to participate in the one-mile walk/run each year, you must supply articles of clothing to be donated.[8]

Annual events include a Campus BBQ,[9] Activities Fair,[10] and Halloween Open House.[11] Another annual event is Take Back the Night/Angel Walk, a one-mile walk that raises awareness for domestic violence. The IU Kokomo American Democracy Project and the Family Service Association of Howard County sponsor the event. It raises money for the FSA’s domestic violence shelter. Participants raised nearly $30,000 in 2011.[12]

Greek Life[edit]

In 2003, IU Kokomo brought Greek life to campus with the colonization of a national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. For nearly 100 years, the women of Phi Sigma Sigma have worked to uphold the core principles that their founders committed to. Those principles include lifelong learning, inclusiveness, and leadership through service.[13] In Fall 2013, Phi Kappa Tau colonized at IU Kokomo and are the first NIC fraternity on campus.[14]


IU–Kokomo teams, nicknamed athletically as the Cougars, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Men's sports include basketball (2011–12)[15][16] and cross country (2012–13);[17] while women's sports include cross country (2012–13)[17] and volleyball (2011–12).[15][16]

IU–Kokomo was one of four institutions to become a member of the NAIA in April 2012. There is no conference affiliation at this time. To remain a member of the NAIA, IU–Kokomo must have six varsity sports within four years. So far, IU–Kokomo has a total of four sports; men's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country.[18]

The university received a generous donation in January 2012 from the Cole family of Logansport, Indiana, owners of Cole Hardwood. The family gave a $1.25 million cash gift to IU Kokomo, which is the largest cash gift in campus history. The gift will go toward the campus' new wellness and fitness center, which will be located underneath the library in the Kelley Student Center.[19] (2012) On June 22, 2012, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the official name of the Wellness and Fitness center to be the "Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center." The name honors the Cole family for their donation in January. The facility is slated to open in August 2013 and will contain exercise and weight machines, a running track, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, a classroom, offices, a reception area, and more.[20] (2012)

In August, IU–Kokomo announced the addition of cheerleading on campus as a club sport. Cheerleading will not be a competitive sport, a part of the NAIA, or considered one of the six varsity sports needed to maintain NAIA membership.[21] (2012)


In 1932, John and George Beauchamp opened the Kokomo Junior College in the downtown YMCA. The Junior College offered a basic two-year collegiate program. It maintained an average enrollment of approximately 75 students. In 1945, it moved to 508 West Taylor Street, which was Indiana University's first building in the City of Kokomo. Indiana University Kokomo was officially established in 1945 as one of several extension centers of Indiana University.[22](2012)

Under the first director, Virgil Hunt, who later donated millions of dollars to the institution and funded the construction of Hunt Hall, students moved to a new location in 1947. In this location on West Sycamore Street, known as the Seiberling Mansion, an adjacent home, the Elliot House, and its two carriage buildings served as the IU Kokomo campus for nearly twenty years. In 1965, IUK moved to its current location, south of historic downtown Kokomo, on Washington Street. The Main Building, the first building on campus, opened with classrooms, a library, administrative offices, and a 908-seat auditorium.[22] In 1980, the East Building - now known for its state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab - was constructed.

In 1989, the Kelley Student Center was completed.[23] Six years later, the modern library was opened. Purdue advisement offices and campus offices are housed in the west wing of the building, where PU:Technology-accredited courses are held.[22] In 2001, Hunt Hall opened, a modern building used for science and math and named after Virgil and Elizabeth Hunt. In 2010, IUK acquired an off-campus building which was once the Kokomo Post Office, and it has since been renamed The Fine Arts Building.

Rankings and Recognition[edit]

Indiana University Kokomo ranks highest out of all IU regional campuses and receives a "B" by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Grades are given by the ACTA based on general class requirements.[24] (2011)

Indiana University Kokomo students have the lowest debt of all IU regional campuses based on the 2008-2009 Debt to Credential Ratio.[25] (2009)

The Princeton Review includes Indiana University Kokomo as one of the 294 Best Business Schools in the 2012 edition.[26] (2012)

The U.S. News & World Report's 2013 annual report lists Indiana University Kokomo as a top regional campus in the category of regional colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. IU Kokomo is one of seven public institutions among the 74 that are ranked, and IU Kokomo is the only IU regional campus to be recognized. This is a first-ever mention for the campus that includes the Tier 1 level.[27] (2012)

The University Economic Development Association named Indiana University Kokomo as a finalist for the 2012 UEDA Excellence in Leadership and Collaboration award. IU Kokomo is one of three finalists for this award for their Regional Transformation Initiative.[28] (2012)



  • Virgil Hunt, Executive Secretary IU Extension Center, August 1945 - April 1956. Virgil Hunt served as the first administrator of the IU Kokomo Extension Center.[29] (2004)
  • Smith Higgins, Director of IU Extension Center, 1956-1959. Smith Higgins led the extension center and later helped transform the many IU extension centers into regional campuses.[30] (2010) In February 1959, Higgins took over responsibilities as Associate Dean of the Extension Division in Bloomington.[31] (2004)
  • Victor M. Bogle, Chancellor, 1959-1979. Victor Bogle led the conversion of the IU extension center into a campus that offers associate and baccalaureate degrees to IU and Purdue University students. He oversaw construction of the original campus buildings in the 1960s and helped bestow the first degrees in the 1970s.[32](2011)
  • Michael Harris (academic) Academic, Scholar and Academic Leader.


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