Indiana University

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

Nickname:   Hoosiers
School Colors:   Cream & Crimson
Mascot:  None

HOOSIERS

The origin of the nickname “Hoosiers” is easily the most debated one in the Big Ten, and probably in all the country. Numerous theories have been suggested throughout the years, and when exactly the name was first introduced is unknown. Some theories include the following: A slurred version of the phrase "Who's here?” exclaimed by early settlers when approaching a dwelling in the... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

IU Fanfare & Indiana Our Indiana Set to the tune of The Viking March, by composer Karl L. King (of Barnum & Bailey Circus Band fame), Indiana, Our Indiana is the official fight song of IU and was first performed in 1912 by the IU Band. Hail to Old IU Written to an old Scottish tune, Hail to Old IU is the o... (more)

THE LITTLE 500

The Little 500, the largest collegiate bike race in the United States, grew out of the effort to raise awa... (more)

ROSE WELL HOUSE

This open air well house is located on Old Crescent amidst the trees of Dunn Woods. Built in 1908, the stone arches were originally a part of the old College Building, the first on campus. Folk lore states that... (more)

SENIOR TREE DEDICATION

Since 1873, every graduation class donates a tree to IU in honor of their experiences and to contribute to the natural beauty of the IU campus. This tradition compliments the rule created in the early 1900s by then president Herman B. Wells, that for every tree removed on campus, two more would be planted. Coordinated by the ... (more)

DANCE MARATHON

The Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM) began in 1991 to raise funds for the Riley Hospital Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease. Over 500 students volunteer year-round to produce the event, and raise fund. The 36-hour dance marathon takes ... (more)