IU students across the state welcomed with special back-to-school events

Classes for the 2018-19 academic year have now begun for Indiana University students across the state. Luckily, these students were welcomed to campus with activities, giveaways and plenty of free food to get the semester off to a strong start. See scenes from this year's back-to-school festivities.

IU Bloomington

From the top: Freshmen celebrate their induction to Indiana University Bloomington during a ceremony led by Provost Lauren Robel at Assembly Hall; students learn the IU fight song and cheers at the Traditions and Spirit of IU event in Assembly Hall; the African American Choral Ensemble performs during CultureFest in the Fine Arts Plaza.  Photos by Eric Rudd and James Brosher, Indiana University


From the top: Students enjoy a free spin class during the Student Activities Programming Board's First Night event at the IUPUI Campus Center; a student has her caricature drawn during the event; First Night included games like Skee-Ball, giant Jenga and even laser tag. Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

IU East

IU East’s Back with the Pack event welcomed new and returning students to campus Aug. 21 to 23. Activities included carnival games, rock wall climbing, food trucks, a pancake breakfast and more. Photos courtesy of IU East

IU Fort Wayne

From the top: IU Fort Wayne first-year students pose for a picture during an "Amazing Race" activity at new student orientation on Aug. 17; a student celebrates winning a gift card to campus dining; students practice the "fists and blades" cheer. Photos by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

IU Kokomo

From the top: A student celebrates the first day of classes at IU Kokomo; the Build with Bears event was one of many welcome-back activities; students enjoyed free pancakes on the first day of classes. Photos by Alisha Referda, IU Kokomo

IU Northwest

From the top: An IU Northwest student explores opportunities provided by student clubs during Welcome Week; students try out the Meltdown Challenge between classes; a caricature artist contributes to the fun during Welcome Week. Photos by Tome Trajkovski, IU Northwest


From the top: IUPUC students learn ways to get involved during a welcome-back event; students enjoy yard games during the Big Red Blowout; a student takes a break between classes on the first day of school. Photos by Dakota Myrick, IUPUC

IU South Bend

From the top: Interested students learn about IU South Bend's Sustainability Club; runners get splashed with color at the annual Titan Color Splash; freshmen and their families use shopping carts to move into the River Crossing campus apartments. Photos by Peter Ringenberg and Nathan Albert, IU South Bend

IU Southeast

From the top: IU Southeast students enjoy a game of volleyball during Week of Welcome; activities for the week included fun games and bounce houses; students mark the first day of classes with a photo. Photos by Reggie Watkins, IU Southeast