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Indiana University

Coordinates: 39°10′N 86°30′W / 39.167°N 86.500°W / 39.167; -86.500
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Indiana University
Latin: Indianensis Universitas
MottoLux et Veritas
(Light and Truth)
TypePublic university system
EstablishedJanuary 20, 1820; 204 years ago (1820-01-20)
Endowment$3.56 billion (2023)[1] (system-wide)
PresidentPamela Whitten
Academic staff
8,733 university-wide[2]
Students110,436 university-wide[2]
Undergraduates89,176 university-wide[2]
Postgraduates21,260 university-wide[2]
39°10′N 86°30′W / 39.167°N 86.500°W / 39.167; -86.500
Campus3,640 acres (14.7 km2) across 9 campuses[2]
ColorsCream and Crimson
Websitewww.indiana.edu Edit this at Wikidata
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The State Seminary Act, passed by Indiana's General Assembly on January 20, 1820 to establish Indiana University.

Indiana University (IU) is a system of public universities in the U.S. state of Indiana.


Indiana University has two core campuses, five regional campuses, and two regional centers under the administration of IUPUI.

In addition to its core campuses, Indiana University maintains five regional campuses throughout Indiana:[9]

Finally, there are two regional campuses under the administration of IUPUI:

The School of Medicine and the School of Social Work have degree programs running across multiple IU campuses.[11][12] Kelley School of Business, the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the School of Education have degree programs at both the Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campuses, with the IUPUI programs transferring to the new IU Indianapolis.[13][14][15] The School of Nursing has degree programs at the IUB, IUPUI, and IU Fort Wayne campuses, with the IUPUI program transferring to IU Indianapolis.[16] The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health has degree programs at the IUPUI and IU Fort Wayne campuses, with the IUPUI program also transferring to IU Indianapolis.[17]


According to the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the value of the endowment of the Indiana University and affiliated foundations in 2016 is over $1.986 billion.[18] The annual budget across all campuses totals over $3 Billion.[19]

The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) is a not-for-profit agency that assists IU faculty and researchers in realizing the commercial potential of their discoveries. Since 1997, university clients have been responsible for more than 1,800 inventions, nearly 500 patents, and 38 start-up companies.[20]

In fiscal year 2016, the IURTC was issued 53 U.S. patents and 112 global patents.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]

Suzanne Collins (1985), Author of the Hunger Games series
Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States and 50th Governor of Indiana
Jonathan Banks, actor known for Breaking Bad
Mark Cuban - American investor and entrepreneur

Notable faculty[edit]


Both of the core campuses of the IU systems sponsor NCAA Division I athletic programs. The Indiana Hoosiers represent the flagship institution in Bloomington, and are founding members of the Big Ten Conference, where they compete in 24 different sports. The IUPUI Jaguars field 18 different sports, and have competed in the Horizon League since 2017; upon IUPUI's split into two universities in 2024, administration of the Jaguar's athletics programs will remain under IU Indianapolis.

Additionally, all but one of IU's regional campuses sponsors athletics within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The IU Northwest RedHawks and IU South Bend Titans compete as members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the IU East Red Wolves, IU Kokomo Cougars, IU Southeast Grenadiers, and IUPUC Crimson Pride compete as members of the River States Conference.


Indiana University has three medals to recognize individuals.[21]

  • The University Medal, the only IU medal that requires approval from the board of trustees, was created in 1982 by then IU President John W. Ryan and is the highest award bestowed by the university. It honors individuals for singular or noteworthy contributions, including service to the university and achievement in arts, letters, science, and law. The first recipient was Thomas T. Solley, former director of the IU Art Museum.[21][22]
  • Indiana University President's Medal for Excellence honors individuals for distinction in public service, service to Indiana University, achievement in a profession, and/or extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, science, education, and industry.[21] The first recipients were member of the Beaux Arts Trio on September 20, 1985.[citation needed]
  • Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion "recognizes individuals who are shining examples of the values of IU and the universal academic community." President Ryan was the first to award this honor. It was first awarded to the president of Nanjing University on July 21, 1986. It honors individuals for distinction in public office or service, a significant relationship to Indiana University or Indiana, significant service to IU programs, students, or faculty, significant contribution to research or support for research.[21]

Indiana University has several ways to recognize the accomplishments of faculty.[23]

  • Distinguished Professorships – Indiana University's most prestigious academic appointment
  • University Distinguished Teaching Awards – recognizing "shining examples of dedication and excellence"
  • Thomas Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Service Learning – recognizing excellence in service-learning. The recipient is also the IU nominee for the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Award for Service Learning.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2023. Indiana University Endowment Among Top 20 Publics in Nation (Report). Indiana University Foundation. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e "2011–12 IU Factbook". Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ "Find the ideal college experience at Indiana University". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  4. ^ "Schools". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Vision & Mission: About". IUPUI. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  6. ^ "Schools: Academics". IUPUI. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  7. ^ "Indiana University, Purdue to split IUPUI into 2 separate schools". Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Purdue, IU agree to transform IUPUI, rebrand school as IU Indianapolis". Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Regional Campus Agreement" (PDF).
  10. ^ "IUPUC Transitioning to IU Columbus by July 1, 2024". Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus. 2023-07-12. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  11. ^ "Statewide Campuses | IU School of Medicine". medicine.iu.edu. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  12. ^ "About IUSSW | Indiana University School of Social Work | IUPUI Indianapolis". socialwork.iupui.edu. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  13. ^ "About Us". Kelley School of Business. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  14. ^ "Vision & Mission: About: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering: Indiana University Bloomington". Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  15. ^ "About Us". Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  16. ^ "Celebrating 100+ years of nursing education". School of Nursing. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  17. ^ "Fort Wayne Advantage: Academics: Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health: IUPUI". Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  18. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). NACUBO and Commonfund Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  19. ^ a b Newsroom, IU Bloomington. "Fast facts about Indiana University for media covering the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl: IU Bloomington Newsroom: Indiana University Bloomington". news.indiana.edu.
  20. ^ "The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC)".
  21. ^ a b c d "Medals". Indiana University Office of University Ceremonies. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  22. ^ "IU President McRobbie presents University Medal to Elinor and Vincent Ostrom". Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  23. ^ "Medals". Indiana University Office of University Ceremonies. Retrieved 2010-02-20.

Further reading[edit]

  • Capshew, James H. Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University (Indiana University Press, 2012) 460 pp (excerpt and text search)
  • Clark, Thomas D. Indiana University, Midwest Pioneer, Volume I: The Early Years (1970)
  • Clark, Thomas D. Indiana University: Midwestern Pioneer, Vol II In Mid-Passage (1973)
  • Clark, Thomas D. Indiana University: Midwestern Pioneer: Volume III/ Years of Fulfillment (1977) covers 1938–68 with emphasis on Wells.
  • Gray, Donald J., ed. The Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, 1868–1970 (1974)
  • Gros Louis, Kenneth., "Herman B Wells and the Legacy of Leadership at Indiana University" Indiana Magazine of History (2007) 103#3 pp 290–301 online

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