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Indiana University Bloomington

Enrollment: 46,416

Size: 1,937 acres

Residential Life

14 Traditional Residence 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.

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.

People you will get to meet during your interview day:

  • Residential Life Assistant and Associate Directors
  • Residential Life professional and graduate staff
  • Campus colleagues and student staff

Professional Development Opportunities

Residential life professional staff have a variety of opportunities to develop as a student affairs professional, both within and outside of their position. Professional staff receive $1300 to fund professional development opportunities that may have a cost but are also supported with many opportunities within their roles.. These include but are not limited to:

  • departmental committees (including staff selection, diversity initiatives, training, residential curriculum, and more)
  • campus wide committees (including cultural center advisory boards, Late Night committee, Rec Sports council, and more)
  • facilitating EDUC-U450: Foundations of Residential Leadership
  • serving as a Title IX hearing officer
  • advising a fraternity or sorority in one of four councils: Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, Multi-Cultural Greek Council, or National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • involvement with both regional and national professional associations (ACUHO-I, GLACUHO, NASPA, ACPA)

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. IU offers free wellness programs for staff including the Healthy IU program. Staff can also purchase membership to utilize 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. Employee benefits also include access to the Employee Assistance Program which provides professional, confidential counseling to 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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