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.

Marquee Events

Please join us for a variety of unique and thought provoking events during the bicentennial year.

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Bicentennial on Tour

IU is bringing the Bicentennial to you. Learn how IU has served the state, nation, and world and is ensuring a brighter future for all.

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Hoagy Carmichael historical marker

Get involved

The Indiana University Bicentennial encourages participation by students, faculty, staff, and the public.

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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

Hunt Hall, IU Kokomo, 2014

Explore the history of Indiana University Kokomo

1932-2017

Learn more about the people, places, and events that have shaped Indiana University Kokomo.

Explore the history of Indiana University Kokomo

Lynton Keith Caldwell: Professor, Legislator, and Environmentalist

2018

Breaking news on October 8, 2018 stated that the world has until 2030 to correct climate change before the changes become irreparable.

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Bicentennial at-a-glance

  • 44 IU historical markers approved for installation
  • 52 project grants approved
  • 21 course grants approved
  • 29 conferences sponsored
  • 105 paid student interns

Something bigger than yourself

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