Sure, our traditions are fun. (Who wouldn’t enjoy dipping their feet in Showalter Fountain on a warm day?) But they’re also how you bond with your friends. They connect you with nearly 200 years of history and 640,000+ alumni. They bring you into the IU Bloomington family. And they give you great memories from your years at the epicenter of Hoosier Nation.
- IU was founded in 1820—so the freshman class of 2016 will graduate as we celebrate our bicentennial.
- Our colors are cream and crimson.
- Who needs a mascot? Not us. We’re just known as the Hoosiers, a nickname for residents of Indiana and everyone who finds a home at IU.
- IU’s fight song is “Indiana, Our Indiana.” Learn how to sing it and other IU songs »
The Spirit and Traditions of IU
College is a time to create memories, try something new, and truly fall in love with the experience. At Indiana University, one part of the experience that students will always remember is our spirit and traditions. Come to IU and see the world in a new light, show your stripes, and experience the magic!
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Mark your calendar
- If you start in the fall, your first tradition will be Welcome Week, which is full of activities that will engage you with the campus, other new students, and returning students.
- At Homecoming in mid-October, students and alumni alike celebrate IU with events like a parade, a football game, and the Nearly Naked Mile, a dash through campus that collects clothes for a local philanthropic organization.
- Dance, dance, dance for 36 hours to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health during IU Dance Marathon in November (check out the IUDM video). Since 1991, the event has raised more than $24 million and more than $3.8 million in 2015 alone.
- The world-famous men’s and women’s Little 500 bicycle races in late April raise money for student scholarships (more than $1 million over 60+ years) and anchor concerts and other events known as the “World’s Greatest College Weekend.”