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Indiana University Bloomington

Enrollment: 46,416

Size: 1,937 acres

Residential Life

14 Traditional Residential Centers

Residential Life operates in a collaborative leadership model with centers staffed with both live in and live out professionals and graduate staff.

Average Resident Assistant to Student Ratio 1: 50

7 Apartment Housing Locations

On-Campus Population: 12,000 (traditional and apartment housing)

Residential Life exists to create a transformative experience that supports a student’s transition to Indiana University in the context of residential living.

We are a large organization and are structure is unique, so we wanted to share our organizational chart with you to provide some more context in to the work that we do.

Positions available for 2017-2018.

We believe that Residential Life should create a residential experience for all our students who live in our facilities. We utilize a residential curriculum that focuses on four key learning objectives: Academic Engagement, Understanding Self & Others, Local and Global Citizenship, and General Well-being.

In addition to our residential curriculum, we are also guided by the Division of Residential Programs and Services' Diversity and Mission Statements.

Professional Development Opportunities

Residential life graduate staff have a variety of opportunities to develop as a student affairs professional, both within and outside of their assistantship. These include:

  • committees (including staff selection, diversity initiatives, training, residential curriculum, and more)
  • special projects through the department

Our staff also have departmental support in seeking out additional experiences on campus that complement your professional development goals. We also offer opportunities for summer employment working with conferences, orientation, and special projects.

Arts and Culture

Indiana University is home to many different forms of art and music. IU's Jacobs School of Music has long been recognized as one of the most competitive and acclaimed institutions for the study of music in the world. The school offers more than 1,100 performances a year, including seven fully staged operas and three ballets. Indiana University Auditorium is one of the premier cultural centers of the Midwest. A historic building opened in 1941, the Auditorium remains the primary gathering place for community ceremonies, lectures, and a wide range of performing arts and world-class touring entertainment. IU is also home to multiple museums, include the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Mather's Museum of World Cultures, and the Lily Library.

IU is home to six cultural centers that provide programming, events, outreach, and advocacy. IU is also home to the African American Arts Institute—the only organization of its kind in the nation—and encourage student and alumni organizations that value community and culture. These resources offer consulting and support across the university’s seven campuses.


Featuring 24 NCAA sports, IU Athletics is a vibrant part of the history and tradition of Indiana University. Probably best known for it's 5 NCAA men's basketball championships, IU is also home to other outstanding programs such as the 8 time national champion men's soccer team and a world renowned swimming and diving team that featured multiple Olympians, including gold-medalist Lily King.

Health and Wellness

IU has a variety of opportunities that support health and wellness. All students have access to Recreational Sports programs and facilities, which include two main facilities with both cardio and strength options as well as group fitness classes, personal trainers and special events. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides both individual and group counseling to students, with 2 free sessions per semester. There are also many other wellness programs on campus that are available to students, faculty, and staff.

Feel free to continue your exploration of Indiana University, Residential Programs and Services, and Bloomington using the following links:

IU Bloomington's 1,937-acre campus in the rolling hills of southern Indiana is considered one of the five most beautiful campuses in the nation, as cited in Thomas Gaines' book, "The Campus as a Work of Art." --All photos courtesy of Indiana University.

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