Indiana University: 200 Years in the Making

The Indiana Seminary was founded by the Indiana General Assembly on January 20, 1820. During its inaugural year, the school featured just one teacher who taught Ancient Greek and Latin. The school expanded its curriculum and became Indiana College in 1828 and Indiana University in 1838. January 20, 2020 was Indiana University’s 200th anniversary.

The IU Office of the Bicentennial engaged with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public through exciting programs celebrating, chronicling, and exploring IU’s history, inspiring the next 100 years at Indiana University.

Virtual Traveling Exhibit

Explore IU’s impact on the state through videos, images, and objects.  

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Well House Books

Read about IU's history, achievements, challenges, and legacy.

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Bicentennial Magazine

Learn more about the lesser known parts of IU's unique history.

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The IU Bicentennial is an opportunity to reflect on Indiana University’s first 200 years, and to envision all that it will become in its next century.

Michael A. McRobbie, President, Indiana University

Moments in IU history

The Women Who Changed IU Medicine

Learn more about the history of early women nurses and doctors.

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The Lengthy Creation of Student Government at Indiana University

Explore the complex journey to create a student government organization.

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200 Years and Counting

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