Discover Your Intellectual Adventure
College should be where great minds meet, where expert faculty teach, mentor, and challenge students to fulfill their potential. At Indiana University, you’ll have an intellectual adventure that includes exceptional faculty and so much more, from research programs to internships to 150+ majors. So go ahead.
- 150+ majors
- Overseas study
- Career services
- Learning communities
- Hutton Honors College
- Creative expression
- Individualized majors
- Prestigious faculty
- Undergrad research programs
The freedom to explore
Mo Siddiq has always been super-curious, so he’s a perfect fit for Kristi Montooth’s lab. A population geneticist and evolutionary physiologist, Montooth designed her lab to encourage students’ inquisitiveness. She calls it “a place to think freely.”
For Mo, a biology major who joined the lab as a freshman, thinking freely has meant more than assisting Montooth with her research on fruit fly genetics. He’s also co-authoring articles and conducting his own experiments. Best of all, Montooth and the lab’s graduate students have supported him constantly, guiding him through the discovery process that’s the basis for all the science he’s learning in class.
He chooses to spend a lot of time in the lab, but he also explores his other interests, ranging from mathematics to Herman Melville. That’s one of the things Mo appreciates most about IU: Through courses, student organizations, events, and other resources, students can explore practically anything that interests them.
Mo’s explorations have paid off. With Montooth’s guidance, he is well on his way to becoming a research scientist. As he says, “Kristi is the best role model I could ask for.”
Megan is an alumna of IFS, a two-week program in August that introduces incoming freshmen to college coursework and campus life. An exercise science and recreational therapy major, she also really enjoyed the semester-long version of Mowatt’s course on the history and importance of leisure activities, in which he constantly encourages students to share their ideas.
“To me, teaching isn’t just delivering content in lectures,” says Mowatt, who has received several Trustees Teaching Awards and a Student Choice Award, which honors outstanding faculty. “It’s making sure my students are learning, in class and outside class”—for example, by helping him with research projects or IFS.
Megan learned a lot about teaching, and Mowatt learned something too. Megan’s insights led him to assign fewer “experiential projects”—such as writing a cultural critique of reality TV—and focus more on the quality of students’ work.
Insights like this are why Mowatt loves working with students. “Being in contact with students allows me to be on top of what’s going on,” he says, “so I can adapt the conversations to what they’re experiencing.”
An education in confidence
When business professor and Mathletics author Wayne Winston isn’t teaching students like Evan Kaufman about spreadsheet modeling and data analysis, he’s mining statistics for hidden knowledge—information to help NBA coaches make better decisions and win more games.
Likewise, Evan has explored his IU education as deeply as possible. Hailing from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and studying business economics and public policy analysis, he’s honed his skills at the Kelley School of Business, both by learning from faculty like Winston and through experiences in the Investment Banking Workshop. But some of his best experiences have occurred outside IU’s classrooms.
He’s interned at the White House. Studied at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Served as president of IU’s rugby team, the 2010 Big Ten champions. And interned in the investment banking division at Jefferies in New York City.
These experiences have given Evan something much more valuable than a stellar resume. “Confidence—being able to walk into any situation and to some degree have experienced it before—is the biggest thing I’ve gotten out of IU,” says Evan, who will join Lazard as a mergers and acquisitions analyst after graduation. “The best decision of my life was to come to Indiana.”
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See the countless ways our tree-filled campus will inspire you, from our high-tech classrooms and labs to world-class performance venues.
Our majors give you a lot of options—and you can always add a second major or a minor. Undecided? Choose Exploratory while you sample your options.
See the world—and yourself—from a new perspective through one (or more) of our 100+ overseas programs. IU ranks 8th in the nation for the number of students who study overseas—more than 2,000 per year.
Capitalize on your respected IU degree and launch a successful career with guidance from our career services experts, who will help you find a career focus, fine-tune your resume, and connect with employers.
Explore your interests with like-minded students and prepare for success at IU and beyond. Community themes include business, international issues, sustainability, and the performing arts.
Hutton Honors College
Maximize your intellectual adventure through small classes with top faculty and engaging extracurricular programs, as well as grants for research, creative activity, and international experiences.
Explore ideas, emotions, and your talents through our 1,500+ cultural performances every year—many of which feature IU students—plus student publications, radio and TV stations, and art exhibits.
Create your own multidisciplinary major, guided by a faculty sponsor. Examples include music business, social entrepreneurship, peace studies, and underwater archaeology.
Service-learning classes include a community service component, enabling you to apply what you’ve learned and gain valuable experience, all while helping a local organization.
An amazing intellectual adventure requires expert guides. You’ll find them at IU. Every day, our faculty members expand the boundaries of knowledge, practice, and creativity—and then share what they learn with students like you.
IU faculty members include:
- Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tom French
- Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize winning author
- Acclaimed underwater archaeologist Charles Beeker
- Celebrated soprano Sylvia McNair
- Creativity guru and education professor Jonathan Plucker
- Audrey McCluskey, a scholar of black women activists and film
- Complex networks expert Alessandro Vespignani
- Entrepreneurship authority Donald Kuratko
- Neuroanatomist and My Stroke of Insight author Jill Bolte Taylor
Undergrad research programs
Intellectual exploration begins in our classrooms, but it continues in our labs and libraries. IU offers undergraduate research programs that pair you with faculty members, encourage you to ask important questions, and give you experience discovering the answers. Check out these examples:
- Cox Research Scholars receive a full scholarship and partner with faculty mentors on research projects or creative endeavors.
- Integrated Freshman Learning Experience (IFLE) students conduct lab research in the summer and then take an accelerated science course as IU freshmen.
- The IU Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) program includes four years of lab research with a faculty mentor.
- Hutton Honors College grants support students’ research, creative activity, and nonacademic work related to their professional goals.
You can also conduct research in lab courses, for thesis projects, and in a number of faculty-run labs.
Journalism student Wyatt Ferber has lived a sports fan’s dream. In summer internships with CBS Radio, New York radio station WFAN, and ESPN, he’s done everything from helping launch a new radio station to learning the inner workings of The Worldwide Leader in Sports. Most important, he’s set himself up for his dream career in sports media.
IU students get valuable experience through internships, student teaching, and other hands-on opportunities with potential employers such as:
- Chicago Public Schools
- Ernst & Young
- Goldman Sachs
- Indianapolis Colts
- Kenneth Cole
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- MTV Networks
- Rolling Stone
- Yosemite National Park