Indiana University Bloomington

Student Life

SCHOLAR. ATHLETE. LEADER.

Experience the camaraderie of IU Army ROTC and make friends that last a lifetime.

College Student First & Foremost

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When you become a part of IU Army ROTC, you’re not just working toward a diploma, but an even brighter future as a leader alongside other motivated students. But make no mistake, you’re a student first. You’ll have a college schedule like your fellow students, but you’ll also receive classroom and field courses that will challenge and excite you.

You’ll Love Being Here

IU blends a vibrant university community with a small-town atmosphere to give you a quality of life that’s hard to match. You’ll quickly become part of the spirit and tradition of IU, an experience nearly two centuries in the making. Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington attracts students from around the globe who want a classic college experience: great traditions, a gorgeous campusinternational culture, Big Ten sports, and a progressive academic climate.

At IU, you can:

  • Join any of our 650-plus student organizations—or start your own
  • Ride in the Little 500
  • Write for the award-winning Indiana Daily Student
  • Become an officer in your sorority or fraternity
  • Team up with other students to volunteer in Bloomington
  • Celebrate Latino culture at the Festival Latino
  • Hang out at the Indiana Memorial Union
  • Play Frisbee in Dunn Meadow
  • Admire the collections at the IU Art Museum
  • Cheer the Hoosiers on to a national championship
  • See Broadway touring companies, concerts, and big-name speakers at the IU Auditorium
  • Go skydiving through IU Outdoor Adventures
  • Join a comedy troupe or music ensemble
  • Work out in world-class facilities

And that’s just scratching the surface. Learn more about IU student life and events:

The Beauty of Bloomington


Bloomington is the quintessential college town: a small city of 70,000 with cultural resources and opportunities that rival cities many times its size. From the diverse shops and restaurants of Kirkwood Avenue to the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, it’s easy to see why USA Today named Bloomington one of the top 10 cities for campus culture.

Diverse Group of Peers

As part of Army ROTC, you’ll be in the company of a diverse group of individuals with broad interests. Past and present members include men and women who were presidents of their student governments, captains of their varsity sports teams, club presidents, or members of the National Honor Society.

Stand Out From The Pack

See how interesting college can be when you’re a part of IU Army ROTC. You’ll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there’s a key difference: you’ll have even more opportunities to succeed.

Countless Opportunities

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In The Footsteps of Greatness

Many prominent Americans got their start through Army ROTC. The program has produced two U.S. Secretaries of State, innumerable business and civic leaders and a female astronaut. Among the more famous graduates of the program are Colin Powell, Sam Walton, George Marshall, Lou Holtz and James Earl Jones.