We want you to get the most out of your IU experience and we are here to help you start your fall semester off successfully. Below you will find the resources, information, and events to make your sophomore year, second to none.
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IU Late Nite
You’ve got plans on Friday now! IU Late Nite provides students with a new lineup of free activities every Friday night, 9 PM-1 AM, at the IMU. From craft nites to haunted houses to dances, and so much more!Get Involved
Off-Campus Leasing and Living Workshop
Fall Highlights (Aug. 17–Oct. 15, 2022)
Majors, Minors, and More Fair
Thinking of changing your major or adding a minor? Gather more info (and free swag) at this event!
Meet up and join in cultural activities with staff and students from all IU Culture Centers and areas. Find your people AND expand your circle. Watch live performances, receive free goodies, and purchase popular entrees from food trucks on 8/18 from 4–6 pm at the Fine Arts Plaza. Don’t forget your Crimson Card, cash, or credit for food
Learn about everything IU Campus Recreational Sports featuring free food, giveaways, entertainment, and games on 8/19 from 11 am–2 pm at Garrett Fieldhouse.
Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll
This event, sponsored by the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is designed to promote positive health choices. Enjoy free food and giveaways on 8/19 from 11 am–2 pm at Showalter Fountain.
Part-Time Job Fair
Thinking about working on-campus or off-campus? Connect with 70+ employers at the Fall Part-time Job Fair on 8/19 from 11 am–3 pm! It’s the perfect place to connect with employers and find your next on-campus or off-campus part-time job. Check out the list of attending employers in Handshake!
Visit the Cultural Centers!
La Casa Open House – 8/19 12:00–2 pm
Meet the staff from La Casa and learn about the center’s services and programs. Come on over and enjoy some light refreshments, a tour of the center, and fun conversation while you’re at it!
LGTBQ+Culture Center Open House - 8/19 - 12–2 pm
Use this opportunity to visit the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, learn about our space, and discover our programs & services! This is an opportunity to meet the staff, learn about the 2022-23 programs and services, and connect with the Queer community on campus.
Asian Culture Center Open House – 8/19 - 12–2 pm
Drop by to meet the staff of the ACC and learn about our programs and services.
First Nations Educational & Cultural Center Open House – 8/19 - 12–2pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Open House – 8/19 - 1–4pm
Cream and Crimson Shabbat Dinner – 8/19 - 6 pm
Celebrate and enjoy a free Shabbat dinner with your Jewish community on campus while learning about IU spirits and traditions. Dress in your cream and crimson.
Get ready for one of the biggest Late Nite events of the year! The IMU will have a wide selection of activities, from ziplining to rock climbing to roller skating. Come enjoy friends and free food as we kick off the new school year. We’ll see you there!
Explore all of the Welcome Week events on the IU Events Calendar.
Sundaes on Sunday
Celebrate the new school year, meet other second-year students, and make your own sundae on 8/21 from 2-4 pm at the Indiana Memorial Union Centennial Patio.
First Day of School Pics
Time flies, so capture your first day at the Indiana Memorial Union Centennial Patio with President Whitten and Provost Shrivastav on 8/22 from 11 am-2 pm.
Fall Student Involvement Fair
Find your community. Discover hundreds of student organizations at Dunn Meadow on 8/25 from 4–7 pm at the Fall Student Involvement Fair.
Recreational Sports Thursday Night Lights
Stop by the Recreational Sports Field Complex on August 25th from 7–9 pm for games, food, and fun!
No Hoosier Alone
Whether your circle is big or small, be that friend who knows what to do when the party's over. The Indiana Lifeline Law provides legal immunity for certain charges to minors who call 9-1-1 in an alcohol-related emergency.
Learn about intramurals and club sports
Looking for a way to have fun, make friends, stay active, or learn a new skill? Joining in with Intramural Sports meets all of those needs! With a variety of team and individual sports offered throughout the year like home run derby, soccer, eSports FIFA, battleship, and flag football, and ultimate frisbee, there is something for everyone! Visit recsports.indiana.edu to get started!
Attend Call Out Meetings for student organizations
So you went to the Involvement Fair, what’s next? Attend a Call Out meeting and learn more about membership in a student organization.
Recreational Sports First Friday Aquatic Night
Stop by the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center in the SRSC on 9/2 from 5:30–10 pm for log rolling, 5-meter platform jumps, inner tubes, water basketball, and more!
Cheer on the Hoosiers!
The first home football game is on 9/2 at 8 pm against the University of Illinois. Buy your tickets here if you haven’t already.
Participate in campus and community events
Some options include the Limestone Comedy Fest, Btown Jazz Fest, and Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts.
Grow your leadership skills and get course credit as you prepare to take on leadership positions on campus, at internships, or in and off campus jobs. Sign up for a 8-week leadership training course.
Asian Culture Center Welcome Reception and Student Organization Fair
As you plan your first weeks at the Indiana University Bloomington campus, stop by the Asian Culture Center on 9/8 from 5-6 pm! It’ll be a time for meeting new friends and student leaders of Asian and Asian American student groups, learning about various student services and organizations, and tasting Asian-inspired dishes. Be sure to bring a friend!
Your wellness is important! Learn more about all of the free resources for your mental health.
- Try yoga in Dunn Meadow on 9/9 at 4:30 pm with IU Outdoor Adventures. De-stress, learn a new skill, and meet new people in a peaceful outdoor space in IU’s very own backyard. Join for an hour-long, beginner-level yoga practice.
- Workshops on demand featuring topics ranging from beating anxiety, stress management, procrastination, sleep, adjusting to college, body-image, conflict resolution and trust, coping with change, coping with depression, and coping with minority stress. As emerging issues/events occur in our world, CAPS may also create new online workshops. Visit the webpage often.
- Practice mindfulness meditation, a research-based strategy to help reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and regulate emotion! The workshops are offered several times per week. Check the website for a time that fits you!
IU Family Weekend
Kick off the weekend at the Family Reception on 9/16 from 4–6 pm in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall and Solarium
Career Events and Workshops
Participate in Career Events, Workshops, and Fairs.
One-on-one academic coaching
Make an appointment for one-on-one academic coaching with the Student Academic Center! Academic coaching focuses on transferable habits and skills that can be applied broadly to all of your classes, including:
- time management/organization
- how to get more out of your studying
- mastering test anxiety
- finding motivation
- making sense of campus academic support resources
Add tutoring help sessions for all your classes on your calendar (search by subject and class in this one, centralized location) And pro tip, if you're taking Finite Math, start attending PASS sessions (data shows this dramatically improves students' grades in this course!)
Block Party Concert featuring blackbear
With one of today’s most iconic pop artists headlining this event, the 2022 Block Party will undoubtedly set the standards for a hyped concert! Start off the school year with blackbear and an awesome supporting act and IU’s talented student bands. Don’t delay and get your tickets today!
Register to vote on National Voter Registration Day!
Booths will be stationed campus to help anyone looking to register to vote! Learn more here.
IU Campus Farmstand
Stop by the IU Campus Farmstand for the freshest, healthiest food on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 27 from 4–7 pm!
Colectiva dinners at La Casa provide the opportunity for Latine students to stay connected, have fun and foster a sense of community. Join at 7pm on 9/21. New and returning students are always welcome. Hope to see you there!
Apply to be on Homecoming Court!
Two members of the Court will be crowned and receive a $500 scholarship. Applications are due on 9/23 at 6 pm
Lotus World Music Festival
Explore the Lotus World Music Festival that takes venues all over Bloomington to showcase world musicians from 9/22 to 9/25. Lotus kicks off the festival with Lotus in the Meadow on 9/22. More details to come.
Enjoy live music featuring exclusively queer artists and bands hosted by the Queer Student Union on 9/24 from 5-8 pm in Dunn Meadow.
Learn more about opportunities to volunteer through IU Corps.
Are you thinking about signing a lease to move off campus? Maybe you are already living off campus, and have questions about your lease or about being a tenant in Bloomington. We’re here to help! Join Student Legal Services (SLS) and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) for a workshop on leasing and living off-campus in Bloomington.
Learn about the four strategies to tackle stress and prioritize self-care in this recorded video.
Get support from your peers
Each week CAPS offers free support groups on chronic illness, empowering students of color, gender expressions, grief and loss, healthy relationships, queer space, and self-care and support for survivors. Learn more about each of these support groups here.
Check out First Thursdays and the Chalk Art Festival at Showalter Fountain from 5-8 pm on 10/6.
Celebrate Homecoming Weekend
Join the Fish Fry at Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center on 10/7 from noon–4 pm in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Courtyard.
Participate in the Homecoming Parade with your student organization or watch along Woodlawn Ave at 5:30 pm on 10/7
Cheer on the Hoosiers as they take on the University of Michigan at noon on 10/8
Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day with First Nations Education and Cultural Center
Study for Midterms
- Use these six most effective ways to learn according to the scientific research.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique to break up your studying into smaller chunks of time. This will increase its effectiveness, help you maintain your focus, and boost your motivation.
We know that sometimes students experience challenges that affect their ability to be successful at Indiana University. A Care Referral is an easy way to request help with an issue or concern, especially if you don't know which office or department to contact.
Get academic support
Sign up for one of these two second 8-week classes with the Student Academic Center. Both classes are two credits, open to students at all levels, focused on supporting you as a whole person, and have been shown to improve your learning and grades.
- EDUC-X150: Becoming the Best Student focuses on forming durable academic habits for any class.
- EDUC-X156: The Peer Coaching Class features one weekly meeting as a group and one meeting each week with a personal academic coach for support and accountability.