Orienter 2014


Jun 6, 2014 1:28 pm

A note from the editor

Indiana Daily Student Editor-in-chief, Rachel Wisinski, offers the Orienter as a guide for new students on the IU campus.

Jun 6, 2014 1:21 pm

Tricks of the trade

It’s up to students to make their schedule a successful one, but University Division advisers are there to help. Joyce Miller, an assistant director of advising for University Division shares several ways students can schedule their classes with ease.



Jun 6, 2014 1:15 pm

Bad habits to avoid

As a freshman, you'll take on a number of  unfamiliar responsibilities. With them come some challenges you'll look to avoid at all costs. Don't fall into these bad habits, and it'll get easier. Here are some suggestions on how to stay on the right track.


Jun 6, 2014 1:12 pm

Study abroad

The IU Office of Overseas Study facilitates more than 250 programs on all eight IU campuses to more than 2,500 students and gives more than $100,000 in need- and merit-based scholarships annually.

IMP is the Individualized Major Program. It allows students to pull from the major classes of multiple departments to create a custom course of study and a personalized major.


Jun 6, 2014 1:01 pm

Fighting the 'freshman 15'

There’s so much to worry about going into your freshman year: getting lost, making friends and avoiding the dreaded “freshman 15.” Fortunately, IU makes it easy for students to get fit and stay in shape with its two recreational facilities.


Jun 6, 2014 12:56 pm

Just FYI

Here are a few key terms that are useful to know around campus. They’ll help you blend in so it’s not obvious you’re new.


Jun 6, 2014 12:51 pm

Best study spots

Choosing where to study in Bloomington means knowing how you like to study. Group thinkers don’t have much fun in quiet locations, and wallflowers can be terrified by the sheer size of the Herman B Wells Library. Knowing who you are, or just how you like to absorb information, will make life easier when crunch time rolls around.


Jun 6, 2014 12:47 pm

The textbook dilemma: rent or buy?

Buying at a bookstore tends to be the most expensive option. Although there are a variety of alternatives, some students still prefer the traditional way. However, with the help of the Internet, students now have the option to rent or buy books online, and they can even purchase them in the form of e-books.


Today IU boasts more than 600,000 living alumni. Some names are more familiar than others. Here are a few, past and present, you might recognize.


Jun 6, 2014 12:33 pm

Get to know your administration

The IU administration is made up of more than 100 administrative offices and services, each of which carries out a different task. With so many departments, it’s hard to remember who does what.


Jun 6, 2014 11:07 am

Words of wisdom

Leaders from across campus offer advice on how to prepare for the first year at IU. From the practical to the philosophical, they’ve got you covered.


Jun 6, 2014 10:42 am

IU sports to watch

So you know about Assembly Hall and the five championship banners. By now, you get it — the men’s basketball team is sort of a big deal here. But IU has 24 NCAA Division I teams. And, with the exception of football and men’s basketball, all home games are free with your student ID.


Jun 6, 2014 10:39 am

The biggest little race

Each spring, hundreds of students turn into athletes in the largest collegiate cycling race in the country, and the biggest intramural event at IU, when they ride in the Little 500.


Jun 6, 2014 10:36 am

Lotus Festival

The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, which will take place Sept. 18-21 this year, is an annual celebration of the cultures that make up Bloomington.


Jun 6, 2014 10:31 am

Going greek?

IU is home to one of the largest greek communities in the nation. But with four major councils, which one’s right for you? Here’s a rundown of the nationally recognized greek organizations on campus.


Jun 6, 2014 10:20 am

Sounds of Bloomington

In a college town with one of the top music schools in the nation, there is bound to be local music talent. Throw in a variety of bars and live music venues, and almost every day of the week offers a new musical opportunity.


Jun 6, 2014 10:18 am

The bucket list

You’ve heard about nightlife at IU, but what happens during the day? Here are some suggestions on how to spend your time.


Jun 6, 2014 10:15 am

What is Welcome Week?

Participate in the Welcome Week experience and find new friends, learn about clubs and organizations and enjoy concerts and performances by other student groups.


Jun 5, 2014 3:27 pm

Herman B Wells' legacy

Before Herman B Wells took charge of IU, the University was just a small Midwestern college with 11,000 students. By the time he died in 2000, it had become a world-renowned institution with more than 90,000 students on eight campuses.


These two tunes will come in handy during your time at IU. Memorized the lyrics to the IU fight song, “Indiana, Our Indiana” and the alma mater, “Hail to Old IU.”


Welcome to IU! Traditions are an important part of any school’s pride and legacy.These traditions help bring together people of all races, cultures and personalities. They also open doors for shy people to emerge from their shells and stand confidently alongside their fellow Hoosiers.


May 30, 2014 2:56 pm

Finding your faith

Here is a sample of religious organizations in Bloomington. You can also visit the IDS religious directory for a more extensive selection.


May 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Dining in Bloomington

Bloomington is bursting with delicious and affordable dining options. Here’s a taste of some of places in town. For more, visit the IDS dining guide at idsnews.com/dining.