IU campuses kick off the academic year with special events

Class is now in session at Indiana University campuses across the state. They each welcomed students back for the 2017-18 academic year with activities, giveaways and plenty of free food. See photos of how each campus kicked off the year with its own flair.  

IU Bloomington

From the top: Cliff Shen performs with the Breakdance Club at Indiana University Bloomington during CultureFest at the Fine Arts Plaza; the Wells Library hosted a Herman B House Party during Welcome Week, featuring games, food, a DJ and more; students cheer on the Hoosiers at Traditions and Spirit, a pep rally at Memorial Stadium that is part of Welcome Week. Photos by James Brosher and Eric Rudd, IU Communications


From the top: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Nasser Paydar helps students settle in to their residence halls during move-in; IUPUI hosted its 40th Annual Ice Cream Social on Aug. 29; students received free shirts during IUPUI's Weeks of Welcome. Photos by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

IU East

From the top: Indiana University East welcomed new and returning students with Back with the Pack, where students participated in activities including zip lining and received free shirts; members of IU East's class of 2021 were invited to sign a pledge book as part of the campus's inaugural First-Year Convocation on August 18. Photos courtesy of IU East

IU Kokomo

From the top: Indiana University Kokomo students swung into the first week of classes with a trapeze on campus; students were welcomed back with games like Jenga and Connect 4; Chris Cakes prepares pancakes for IU Kokomo students during the first week of classes. Photos by Alicia Referda, IU Kokomo

IU Northwest

From the top: Students received free snacks during the first week of classes at Indiana University Northwest; IU Northwest faculty adorned students with IU pins and asked them to pledge their commitment to their academic aspirations during the school's inaugural Freshman Induction Ceremony, which took place at the new Arts and Sciences Building. Photos courtesy of IU Northwest


Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus welcomed students back to campus with its Big Red Blowout. Photos courtesy of IUPUC

IU South Bend

From the top: Indiana University South Bend students take part in a Color Run on campus; students move in to residence halls at IU South Bend on Freshman Move-In Day Aug. 16; IU South Bend students enjoy activities, games and refreshments during the Welcome Back Fair. Photos by Nathan Albert, IU South Bend

IU Southeast

From the top: Indiana University Southeast's mascot, Gus the Grenadier, takes aim at a cornhole board during the campus's Week of Welcome Student Involvement Fair; IU Southeast Chancellor Ray Wallace, faculty and staff greet the Class of 2021 following the Induction Day ceremony; IU Southeast freshmen take a moment to commemorate their first day of classes. Photos by Rachel Terlep and Pat Pfister, IU Southeast