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 will be Indiana University’s 200th anniversary.

To mark this momentous occasion, the IU Office of the Bicentennial will engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public with exciting programs that will celebrate, chronicle, and explore IU’s history and inspire the next 100 years at Indiana University.

Students collaborate in a high-tech classroom

Course Development

This program provides course development grants to faculty, university-wide, to develop new and revise old courses to include High Impact Practices and experiential learning opportunities.

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Student pose at Ernie Pyle commemorative sculpture at IU Bloomington

Signature Projects

Signature Projects engage students, staff, faculty, and the public in the ways that Indiana University has shaped society. Signature Projects are organized into Recognition Projects; Lectures, Reunions, and Conferences; Public Art and Campus Beautification; Heritage and Legacy Programs; Public Programs and Outreach; and Academic and Extra-Curricular Innovations.

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Hoagy Carmichael historical marker

Get involved

The Indiana University Bicentennial encourages participation by students, faculty, staff, and the public. Opportunities range from volunteer positions and internships to program attendance, historical marker nominations, and participation in the Bicentennial Oral History Project.

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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

Real democracy means that society at its best comes to the children of all the people and sets lessons for them, makes paths for them to all the occupations which history has proved good. This is the ideal of Indiana University...

President William Lowe Bryan, “1902 Annual Commencement: Education and Democracy,” June 18, 1902 in William Lowe Bryan, The Spirit of Indiana, (University Bookstore: Bloomington, Indiana, 1917), p. 21.