Impressions Of
Indiana University – Bloomington

Academic Experience

Female Business Information Systems Major C/O 2020

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
I’m in the Kelley School of Business. The way that their degree programs set up is that everyone takes the same required classes for the first two years. During your junior year, you go through the Integrative Core Program that covers accounting, marketing, management, and basically overall business. After that, I’ll go into more of my degree focused classes. I’ve only taken about two classes that actually apply to information systems and those are in labs. We work with Excel or Access and usually the work for that requires you to work out of class on the computer to accomplish a project list. When you accomplish those, you have a completed workbook that you submit to your teacher to get graded.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It feels competitive, but Kelley does require a lot of collaboration. Kelley is pushing teamwork. This last semester I had four or five team projects that made up over 50% of my grade. So it does require a lot of collaboration in most of the classes.

Female Public Management Major C/O 2019

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
We have a very diverse staff in the Public Management program. I had a semester where I did not have a single White male professor. There’s a lot of diversity in terms of female professors and ethnic diversity. I’ve had professors from South America, China, and Germany. They all have had different experiences too. I’ve had professors who have been in school their whole lives and professors who were in the military abroad and domestically. I’ve been really impressed with how well-rounded and applicable I feel my education is. I feel like I’ve grown a lot from choosing a program that has so much diversity.

I do feel like my department is short on female and Black students, it’s mostly Asian and Caucasian students. I feel like the professors are sometimes not very good about making sure that everyone has a chance to participate. I’ve had a few experiences where professors are really good about not letting one voice dominate a discussion, but I’ve also had classes where it’s like three dudes talking the entire time and no one intervenes.

Male Sports Marketing and Management Major C/O 2018

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
For the most part, it was pretty laid back. There was not a lot of reading. There was a group project in just about every class. The group projects were the major graded assignments, and then we’d have a lot of essays. Depending on the class, you’d work in a team on the essay.

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
They did a pretty good job of providing students with job and internship updates. They kept us pretty informed when opportunities opened up.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it was particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it was pretty laid back. I think everyone was willing to help each other. I didn’t get a sense of competitiveness among other students.

Social Opportunities

Female Business Information Systems Major C/O 2020

What have been some of your favorite times at Indiana?
The good thing about Indiana is that it has both sports and the arts. I’ve been able to see a lot of things at the auditorium that you don’t typically get to. There are a lot of opportunities to see music and live performances and that’s what I really enjoy. It also has Jacobs School of Music so you’re able to see free concerts every other night because the students have to do their performances. There are a lot of opportunities to see concerts.

How happy were you with the weekend options at Indiana?
I’m happy. It’s a really nice college town so there are plenty of things to do.

Male Management Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities nightlife do you like to participate in?
When I was a freshman, sophomore and first semester junior I’d always go to the fraternity parties because they’re a lot of fun. Once I turned 21, I would just go to the bars. We have Kilroy’s which is a lot of fun. It [is always a highly ranked college bar]. It’s the most fun place I’ve ever been to. The bars are mostly juniors and seniors, but everyone else will be at a fraternity party.

What’s the impact of Greek life on the nightlife at Indiana?
I think it’s like the whole entire nightlife honestly. I think it changes senior year, but for the first three years if you’re not in Greek life nightlife could be tough.

How happy are you with the nightlife at Indiana? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I think it’s amazing honestly. I’ve been to other schools and, I guess I’m biased, but I just don’t have as much fun at those schools as I do at Indiana.

Female Public Management Major C/O 2019

What have been some of your favorite times at Indiana?
The Little 500 is awesome. The Little 500 can really be what you make of it. A lot of people think you have to be drunk every day and go really hard, but since everyone is always doing something you can pick when you want to go out. Monday night of Little 500 was awesome. I didn’t have anything to do and went to a bunch of house parties and all the bars were hopping. It was a lot of fun. Also, late nights at the Wells Library are fun. There’s a lot of camaraderie in that library.

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
I have dated a couple of frat guys, so I have been able to go to plenty of frat parties in college. I feel like because I’m not in a sorority I’m able to go out a bit more. If anything, it allowed me to have a little bit more freedom to go out and have fun and do things I want to do. Being friends with people in Greek life filled the void of what I’d miss out on if I wasn’t in it.

Campus Culture

Female Business Information Systems Major C/O 2020

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
Everyone is really open and everyone is accepting other people whatever their orientation is. I see flyers in almost every single place I go that talk about meetings or events and how everyone is welcome. People try to make it a really open campus.

Do you think people are generally happy with their choice for IU by the time they graduate school? Do you think people love IU?
I think so. I can’t say often enough that it is a great school. There’s a whole feud between Indiana and Purdue. My sister went to Purdue and whenever we’d be walking somewhere in the world and we see somebody is a from Purdue, my dad would say, “Go Boilermakers!” people would keep walking and not respond. When you see someone in an Indiana shirt and you say “Go Hoosiers!” people will say back “Go Hoosiers!” I think people are really proud of Indiana and so I think that people are happy.

Male Biochemistry Major C/O 2019

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I mentioned earlier that we have this organization called Culture of Care that promotes a “culture of care.” There are a lot of different ethnic groups on campus, whether that’s Chinese, Japanese, Black students, and White students. Being Puerto Rican myself, I actually haven’t met a whole lot of Latinos on campus. In terms of people of different sexual identities, I think IU and the students are pretty accepting, so I haven’t heard a whole lot of issues with that. In my [professional] fraternity, we have all different types of races and backgrounds and sexual orientations and that was never an issue. I think in general IU is a pretty diverse and accepting community.

Male Sports Marketing and Management Major C/O 2018

How would you describe the overall social scene?
It’s a big school, so it can be a little overwhelming. I think if you get involved and find your community it gets smaller. Now, I could go to class and I could guarantee you I’d see at least one person I knew. [There are about 32,000 undergraduate students.]

Do you think people are generally happy with Indiana by senior year? Do you think people leave loving Indiana?
Yes, I think they do. At least every person I’ve spoken to has loved their time at Indiana. I know a lot of people who are sad to leave Indiana and Bloomington because they love it. I’m going to be sad to leave.

Bloomington, IN

Pros of

  • “It’s a lot more diverse than other cities in Indiana. [About 78% of residents are White, 9% of residents are Asian, 4% are Black, and 4% are Hispanic.]
  • “It’s cool that it’s a beautiful place to live. There’s a lot of green space and there are national parks and lakes around.”
  • “The whole city is based around the college, which is awesome. Everyone is full of pride and energy all the time.”
  • “There’s no bad food in Bloomington and they have every option. I’m from New York and I don’t miss anything because they have great pizza and bagels, and they have fantastic ethnic food as well.”

Cons of

  • “You’re kind of in the middle of nowhere. The biggest city near here is Indianapolis, and that’s not that much fun. Chicago and Nashville are 4-hours away.”
  • “Because we’re college students and are in a college town, the prices are kind of expensive. It can be pricey depending on where you’re shopping.”
  • “For people who are out of state, there isn’t an airport in Bloomington. You have to fly into Indianapolis and then drive down.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Management Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew before entering Indiana as a freshman?
I guess I wish I knew about all the different schools there were, because what I’m doing now was a bit off of the media school, but I didn’t know all of the options at all of the schools. At the time, I only knew stuff that people in the past or people in my fraternity told me about. I didn’t know that you could do a different marketing major through the media school and the business school. So, the differences in the majors in the different schools.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
It would definitely be helpful to reach out to someone there to see the social life. Also, you don’t get to go inside the basketball or football stadiums on the tour. Going to a game is the most insane thing ever. I recommend people visit when there’s a basketball game so that people can visit during basketball season so people can experience what it’s like. It’s an environment I’ve never experienced before. I’ve been to big SEC football games and I think Indiana basketball is more hype than those football games were.

Male Biochemistry Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Indiana before entering as a freshman?
Make sure to make connections with your professors or your [teaching assistants]. Networking is really crucial just because they can help you work through issues that you have had or they might be able to connect you with people who might be able to help you. Also, make relationships with any of your advisors regardless of what organization they are associated with.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I’d check out the Mom and Pop kind of stores around that you wouldn’t really find until you actually decided to explore the city or the campus itself.

Male Sports Marketing and Management Major C/O 2018

What is something a prospective student who is religious may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
Bloomington, as a whole, is pretty open-minded, which is something I really liked. I would kind of label myself as religious and open-minded, I accept other religions and sexualities and all that stuff. I think it’s an open community, which I love. I wouldn’t go there thinking it’s a conservative school.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The areas off campus. By having a car my last year and being a part of Young Life I got to visit various places in Bloomington, so I would recommend driving around and seeing the lakes and the different things there.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Indiana University – Bloomington

To Attend

  • “It has two of the top schools in their focus with the Kelley School of Business and the Jacobs School of Music.”
  • “It’s a big campus, but you can make it feel like a small campus. There are many people and it’s really diverse, so you’re able to meet a bunch of people and get your own small group of friends.” [22% of domestic students are of color, all 50 states are represented, and 150 countries are represented.]
  • “On campus specifically there’s a lot of diversity in culture. We have this thing called Culture of Care, which is this mutual understanding between students of looking out for each other and accepting differences whether that’s in ideas, ethnicity, or whatever it is.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you don’t want to drink and you’re not an outgoing person, you might feel excluded because there’s a big culture around it.”
  • “It’s in the middle of nowhere so you can’t really go to a big city on the weekends.”
  • “It’s expensive for people who are not in-state.” [Total costs for out of state students for the 2018-2019 academic year is $49,554.]
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