Indiana University Bloomington Visit Report by oregonianmom
Visit to Indiana University Bloomington in July 2007 by oregonianmom(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since March 10 2007 with 1549 posts)
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Information Session: Yes - Led by a director of admissions who doesn't normally give this talk. No visual aids, but they did give out printed information. A lot of tips and advice about college life.
Campus Tour: Yes - Led by two students; there were about a dozen prospective students/parents.
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Campus Visit Notes for Indiana University Bloomington
We arrived at the Union the night before our tour and information session. We were very impressed with the area surrounding the campus - the greek houses were very nice, lots of trees surrounding the campus. We checked into the Memorial Union hotel for the night.
Tour and information session started at the Admissions office. We were not that impressed with the interior of the admissions office; it seemed kind of cramped and dingy. We waited in a small area until the previous information session was finished, then we were divided randomly into groups for the tour. While we were waiting, we tried to make arrangements to visit the journalism school and the Hutton Honors College, but admissions was not helpful in making an appointment. They gave us numbers to call to schedule but we were unable to get through to anyone, which was too bad. Would probably have been better for us to schedule those things in advance.
The walking tour was rather disappointing. We did not go into very many buildings - only through the art museum (just to get from one place to another), into an empty lecture hall, and through the student union. We walked around a lot of the campus, but the guides did a lot of stopping and talking. Information given did not have a lot of content, unfortunately. One tour guide told us all about her athletic training schedule (?). They did not take us into a dorm room or the student center. One of the tour guides gave students & parents high-fives if they asked a question, so that was kind of fun.
The information session was led by the assistant dean of admissions. He had a lot of content, most of which could be found on the website, but it was nice to hear it in person too. The info session lasted about an hour, including questions and answers.
All in all, we liked the campus but were not blown away by it. Son might apply.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed at the Indiana Memorial Union hotel on campus. It's fairly old, and the bathrooms are small and crowded. There are some cute bed & breakfasts nearby.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Would not recommend breakfast at student commons in the Union - was kind of greasy spoon-ish. Lots of great ethnic restaurants nearby in Bloomington.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
They sent us a parking pass. We were able to find parking on campus with no problems. Study the map to see which streets go through and which dead-end or are one-way.