What is Welcome Week?


DCD2 musician MAX took the stage to perform an assortment of covers and original music including his new single "Lights Down Low" Saturday night at the IU Block Party. The event hosted several entertainers such as ZHU, Kiiara and IU DJ Matsu. Andrew Williams and Andrew Williams

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Induction Ceremony

The Freshman Induction Ceremony, at the IU Auditorium, marks the beginning of a student’s IU career. IU Provost Lauren Robel inducts the new class, and students are invited to make the Indiana Promise. Afterward, families and friends enjoy an outdoor picnic.

Thursday, Aug. 17


One of the most popular Welcome Week events, at IU Auditorium, allows students to hear bands, eat food and try dances from around the world at outdoor booths, while doors for the indoor portion of CultureFest open at 3:30p.m. with limited seating.

Herman B House Party at the Wells Library

Wells Library is transformed from a study spot to party space with food, prizes and games. Play Texas Hold ‘Em, Ping-Pong, Guitar Hero and discover the “Secrets of the Stacks.”

Majors, Minors and More fair

Students can take this opportunity to learn more about the academic resources and opportunities that are available to them as students.

Midnight Madness

Students can participate in a late-night shopping spree for school supplies and decorations. A free shuttle will take students from their residence halls or the IMU to a local store for shopping and prize drawings.

Friday, Aug. 18

Open houses

This is your chance to become familiar with the resources that IU offers. Libraries, culture centers, Academic Support Centers and other student services offices will offer tours and activities.

Traditions & Spirit of IU

Students file into Memorial Stadium to show their school pride during the Traditions and Spirit of IU. Learn the fight song, Hoosier traditions and see some of IU’s top student-athletes.

Job fairs

Look into both work-study and non-work-study jobs — positions on campus and with other Bloomington organizations – with IU job fairs. Students can also find part-time work through IU’s Career Development Center.

Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll: Tips & Tricks for College life

New students are invited for live musc and free prizes, alongside interactive booths that will help you succeed academically and beyond in college. Sponsored by IU Health Center’s Counseling and Psychology Services and Sexual Assault Crisis Service, the event will also feature opportunities to meet student groups.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Welcome Week Block Party Concert and Carnival

Cap off Welcome Week with an evening of music and festivities sponsored by Residence Halls Association, RPS and Union Board. It’s open to all students with the carnival starting at 6 p.m., and doors for the concert opening at 9 p.m. The carnival is free of charge to all students.

Sunday, Aug. 20


Visit Dunn Meadow between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to learn about the diverse religious student groups at IU.

A previous version of this story said Traditions & Spirit of IU was in Assembly Hall. It is actually at Memorial Stadium. The IDS regrets this error.

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Exploring Herman B Wells’ legacy

Herman B Wells was the president of IU for 25 years, from 1938 until 1962, and expanded the University from 11,000 students to more than 31,000 at the time of his retirement. After his retirement, he became the chancellor of the University, a position created expressly for him, which he held until his death in 2000. Wells fell in love with the University during his college career in the 1920s, said James Capshew, IU faculty member and Wells biographer. “He wanted to dedicate his life to the University,” Capshew said. Wells’ legacy is still intact, present in legend and in the campus he helped build. “He would walk all the pathways at night with a book,” said Jerik Tumang, IU student and campus tour guide.

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