Indiana University

Indiana University (IU) is a major multicampus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate and graduate education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services.[3]

Indiana University
Latin: Indianensis Universitas
MottoLux et Veritas
(Light and Truth)
TypePublic university system
EstablishedJanuary 20, 1820; 201 years ago (1820-01-20)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$2.43 billion (2020)[1]
PresidentMichael McRobbie
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
Campus3,640 acres (14.7 km2) across 9 campuses[2]
ColorsCream and Crimson    
MascotReferred to as "The Hoosiers"
The State Seminary Act, passed by Indiana's General Assembly on January 20, 1820 to establish Indiana University.


Indiana University has two core campuses, five regional campuses, and two regional centers under the administration of IUPUI. Each one of the institutions is an accredited, four-year degree-granting institution.

In addition to its core campuses, Indiana University comprises seven extensions throughout Indiana:[8]

Indiana University School of Medicine, School of Social Work has degree programs running across IU campuses.[9][10] Indiana University Kelley School of Business, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, School of Education has degree programs running at both Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campuses.[11][12][13] Indiana University School of Nursing has degree programs running at IUB, IUPUI, and IU Fort Wayne campuses.[14]


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.[15] The annual budget across all campuses totals over $3 Billion.[16]

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.[17]

In fiscal year 2016, the IURTC was issued 53 U.S. patents and 112 global patents.[18]

Notable alumni

Suzanne Collins (1985), Author of the Hunger Games series

Notable faculty



Indiana University has three medals to recognize individuals.[20]

  • 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.[20][21]
  • 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.[20] The first recipients were member of the Beaux Arts Trio on September 20, 1985.
  • 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.[20]

Indiana University has several ways to recognize the accomplishments of faculty.[22]

  • 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.


  1. As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  2. "2011–12 IU Factbook". Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. "Mission Statement".
  4. "Find the ideal college experience at Indiana University". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  5. "Schools". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. "Vision & Mission: About". IUPUI. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  7. "Schools: Academics". IUPUI. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  8. Regional Campus Agreement
  9. "Statewide Campuses | IU School of Medicine". Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  10. "About IUSSW | Indiana University School of Social Work | IUPUI Indianapolis". Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  11. "About Us". Kelley School of Business. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  12. "Vision & Mission: About: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering: Indiana University Bloomington". Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  13. "About Us". Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  14. "Celebrating 100+ years of nursing education". School of Nursing. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  15. "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.
  16. "Fast Facts about IU".
  17. "The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC)".
  18. "IU Fast Facts (See: #5)".
  19. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. "Medals". Indiana University Office of University Ceremonies. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  21. "IU President McRobbie presents University Medal to Elinor and Vincent Ostrom". Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  22. "Medals". Indiana University Office of University Ceremonies. Retrieved 2010-02-20.

Further reading

  • 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

Primary sources