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Indiana State University Here at Indiana State, we’re searching for students who share our values, our expectations, our approach to education, and who aspire to succeed. And you! We hope that you’re searching your soul by now. Because while, sure you want to please your family and friends–you need to figure out what your future will hold.

We get it. Our mission is this: to rock your world with that one thing that will never feel like work to you, and show you how to do what you love.

This is

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Look ahead with us.

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"When you step onto campus as a new freshman, it’s a clean slate. At Indiana State you get the ultimate chance to pick your destiny: educator, philanthropist, international businessperson, or lifesaving nurse."

—Regina Atkins Indiana State 2010 alumna

Table of Contents Letters





Study Abroad


Arts and Sciences










Campus LifE


Recreation Center


Clubs and organizations


About Town


Residence Halls




Sycamore Athletics


You: Year One









Tech Support 100 SYCAMORE EXPRESS 101 Important REFERENCE 102 Dates to Remember 104 Scholarships and Financial Aid 110 Campus Map 118

Building health care the


teams of tomorrow.

The RHIC Simulation Center at Union Hospital

Professor. Oceanographer. Tour Guide.

Seven minutes with


Tony Rathburn Indiana State Alums are Changing the World.





The Far-from-Exhaustive and Somewhat Random

Field Guide


to Indiana


We’ve got your back. Each of us at Indiana State feels personally responsible for the success, well-being, and happiness of every student here.

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Here’s a promise. Our admissions team will make you feel welcome. Our advisors will listen and learn what makes you tick. Your professors and coaches will search for the spark that ignites your passion. Everyone, from the dean of your college to the chef who prepares your lunch, will strive to deliver the college experience that works for you.


acre campus

72 buildings 11 residence halls apartment 2 university complexes



Indiana State University

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NCAA Division I athletic teams


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Student to Faculty Ratio:

Mascot Sycamore Sam

2012/2013 Scholarships, Grants and Federal Aid to full time undergrads.

79% 47%


received Federal Aid Average award $9,814 received scholarships/grants Average Award $6,095

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19 to 1 ISU Laptop Award

51% of incoming freshmen qualified for a free laptop

Network of

98,892 graduates worldwide

Need to connect with a human? Here’s who to call.


Residential Life (812) 237-3993 • (888) 824-3920 Want to know what size sheets to bring? Can you have a loft in your room? Call here.


Study Abroad Programs in 100+ locations

Financial Aid (812) 237-2215 • (800) 841-4744 Need help filling out your FAFSA? We’re here to serve.

University College • (812) 237-2300 A dozen expert advisors ready to help.

Honors Program • (812) 237-3225

The University Honors Program staff can tell you more about Honors electives and study abroad trips just for Honors students.

Student Employment (812) 237-5000 • (888) 892-6044

Students from

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states and territories

Learn how to apply for a job on campus. Ask for tips on balancing work and school loads.

Campus Tour • (800) GO-TO-ISU We can’t wait to show you around.

Meal Plan • (812) 237-4138


Ask us about vegetarian or gluten-free options. We’re cooking for you!

Student Disability • (812) 237-2700 Learn how to get a note-taker for your classes.

Athletics • (812) 237-4040

What is the Forest? How do I try out for a team?

217 Student-run clubs and organizations

Information Technology (812) 237-2910 • (888) 818-5465 We’ll tell you how to print from your laptop to the Cloud.

“To be a successful student, you must go to class and listen! If you can pay attention during class, you don’t have to study for hours or cram for tests. You’ll really do yourself a favor and make life a lot less stressful.” Britany Dean, Indiana State 2013 alumna Business Administration major

“I never thought I would be where I am today. I went from being a shy freshman to being a highly involved junior and the student body president. That’s one of the greatest things about Indiana State. All you have to do is simply take the first step to get involved and then you realize there’s no limit to what you can do.”

“The professors here really want to see you succeed. They are supportive in academics and curious about your life. They aren’t just looking to give a grade. They want to make sure you really understand the material.” Shakir Bell, Indiana State Senior Criminology major Indiana State Football All-American Running Back

Andre Brousseau, Indiana State Senior 2012-2013 SGA president Music Business major

Letters to FRESHMEN A few words about starting college from people who’ve been here

“Stay consistent! When you stick to a schedule for when you wake up, eat meals, do homework, and go to bed, you’ll feel more control.” Kelly Steffen, Indiana State Junior Math Education major

“Take advantage of every opportunity you are given; Indiana State is full of positive and inspiring faculty and staff who desire all students to succeed. Embrace all of the experiences offered to you, and you will grow in ways you never thought possible. Good luck! :)” Kylee Thacker, Indiana State 2013 alumna English major


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“Remember, it is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength to reach out and seek help! The key VIP people in your court are your RAs and APAs, assigned University College advisor, and the Associate Dean of Students and Campus Ombudsperson. All stand ready to help.” Joshua Powers Associate Vice President for Student Success



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This is how we learn.




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ACADEMICS Overview We’re on the honor roll. The Princeton Review has named us one of the “Best in the Midwest” for the ninth straight year.

At the top in education. College of

Education’s graduate program is in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 100.”

Advanced in nursing. Indiana State’s

graduate program in nursing is among the nation’s “Top 75,” says U.S. News & World Report.

We’re kind of a big deal. The current Carnegie classification for Indiana State University is Doctoral/Research University. Indiana State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Advisors on call: meet our University College. Indiana State’s University College doesn’t teach classes. Instead, it’s a college of about a dozen expert advisors and staff. They exist for one reason: to help first-year students make a smooth transition to college life and stay on track for graduation.

Every freshman is assigned to a University College advisor for at least two semesters. Advisors reach out to students before classes start to help with registration, course planning, orientation, and movein. Then throughout the year, advisors monitor their students’ progress and guide them through any rough spots.


Join us in Terre Haute, and you just might find yourself pulling samples from the Wabash River to research climate change.

The world needs people like you. Building Habitat for Humanity homes with your interior design class.


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Here, you don’t have to be a grad student to do research. You don’t even have to be a sophomore. We don’t like to keep the world waiting. So instead of reading what it’s like to be a nurse, teacher, or environmental scientist, you’ll be out there becoming one, as soon as your first semester.

With us, learning is personal. Here are some examples of what hands-on learning can mean for freshmen at Indiana State: • Running a busy restaurant with your classmates • Helping kids overcome learning disabilities • Hammering out business solutions for Adidas Sport • Counseling the elderly about their health care options • Coaching a dance team at the Ryves Youth Center

Triaging injured players at Indiana State football games.


Provide hands-on arts learning experiences for Wabash Valley kids and adults at Indiana State’s Community School of the Arts.

Taking things into our own hands.


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Sure, community service looks good on a résumé. The way it feels is something else again. Volunteering strengthens neighborhoods and communities. It gives the giver a sense of fulfillment. The intangible benefits alone—pride, satisfaction, accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve.

When we share our time and talents we solve problems, improve the environment, connect to others, and transform our own lives. Besides, if you’re a Sycamore, this is just what

you do:

• Schedule three days of disaster relief and cleanup after tornadoes in Henryville, Indiana. • Organize health fairs and recruit health care providers to offer health screenings, information, and free flu shots through the Minority Health Coalition. • Singlehandedly launch an after-school violin program at Deming Elementary School in Terre Haute. • Establish Indiana Global Business Advisors, or IGloBA, allowing students to work with organizations from around the world.

Serve on Alternative Spring Break projects throughout the country.



“The Honors Program will challenge you and it will hold you to a higher academic standard. It will inspire your creativity and expand your understanding of the larger world.” Anna Buck, senior, music education 800-GO-TO-ISU •

Do you live to learn? Do you love discussing literature, the arts, and the issues of the day, even when you’re not in class? You could be an ideal candidate for an honors degree.

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM Some students like to read a lot, and think a lot, and talk about how all that reading and thinking makes them want to read and think some more. They love history, art, language, poetry, philosophy, math, and science, especially when they are mixed up together.

• Dynamic classrooms with likeminded peers

For those students, Indiana State offers an excellent Honors Program.

• Highly customized, advanced programs of study

Honors Program participants take a special Honors Core curriculum that supplants many of the University’s required foundational courses. This Honors Core consists of four classes that immerse students in the great works of human civilization. In intimate, discussion-oriented settings, honors students are challenged to think and write critically, and to analyze, integrate, and synthesize concepts across disciplines.

• Special opportunities for research, internships, scholarly travel, and field learning

For their Honors senior seminar and thesis, students weave together the strands of expertise they’ve developed in their Honors core and major degree studies. It all culminates at commencement, where students who have completed all four years of the program receive special recognition. To complete the University Honors Program, students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, a 3.0 GPA in the Honors curriculum, and complete the Honors Core, thesis, and one of the three elective concentrations. For more information visit

• Opportunity to live in the Honors Program residence hall

• Silk stole to wear with your cap and gown at commencement

Freshman applicants must have met at least one of the following criteria to be considered for admission to the University Honors Program: • Cumulative high school GPA equal to or higher than 3.7 on a 4.0 scale • SAT score (mathematics and verbal score) of 1100 or higher • ACT composite score of 24 or higher • Graduation within the top ten percent of their high school class


You are limitless. Study Abroad. Soak up college credits in Costa Rica.

Pack your curiosity and take it to Norway. Keep your grades up, and you can choose when to go, where, and how long to stay.

Study abroad options in 56 flavors. Africa

Botswanna Ghana Senegal South Africa Morocco French La Reunion


Korea Taiwan Thailand Vietnam

Central America

Belize Nicaragua Costa Rica Bonaire French Caribbean Islands


Austria Belgium Bulgaria Czech Republic Denmark


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England Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Ireland Latvia Lithuania Malta Netherlands Northern Ireland Norway Poland Scotland Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Wales

Middle East

Jordan United Arab Emirates

North America Canada Mexico


Australia Fiji New Zealand

South America Argentina Brazil Chile French Guiana Peru Uruguay

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Three ways to see the world. • Attend classes overseas for college credit. These fully vetted programs can last for a summer, a semester, or even a full academic year. Credits earned during summer and semester programs transfer to Indiana State.

• Gain international experience in your field. Study abroad can also include shorter trips, internships, field work, and many kinds of experiential learning.

• Tag along with an instructor. Many research and field experiences are faculty-led. These trips are for students who are enrolled in specific courses or lab programs.

How it works. Choose your immersion level.

Rooming arrangements vary. Depending on which program you choose, you could stay on campus at a foreign university or lodge with a local family. During a five-week summer trip to Dublin, students live with an Irish family and take courses from Irish faculty with other American students.

Good to go.

Typically a 2.5 GPA is required to qualify for a Study Abroad trip, though some programs require a higher GPA. All students going abroad must also have insurance coverage.

The get-ready.

All students who travel abroad must first attend a predeparture orientation session led by the Study Abroad department’s savvy travelers. We’ll teach you how to stay safe, comfortable, and healthy on your trip.

Meet your travel agents.

Indiana State has an entire office dedicated to Study Abroad. Visit us any time, for travel advice like this:

Dont forget to Skype your family!


“We can teach you to be very, very successful. But there’s something else that’s just as important. We teach you to be happy in life.”

–Richard “Biff” Williams University Provost

Sycamores talk about their instructors


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Rebecca Hinshaw Associate Professor, Education

“Dr. Rebecca Hinshaw was my advisor, and she helped me with a lot of decisions related to school, but also to life. She was very kind and helpful, she was always encouraging, and she was willing to listen to what I had to say and then give an honest opinion.” —Christin Keirn Elementary and Special Education major, 2011 alumna

Ralph Leck Lecturer, History

“My favorite class so far has been my Honors 201: Modern European Intellectual History with Dr. Ralph Leck. This class was extremely challenging, but it gave me a great new insight on concepts I never would have thought of without this class. Dr. Leck is a fabulous professor who engages his students and makes learning really interesting.” —Alexia Curley Senior, Criminology and Psychology

Keri Yousif

Associate Professor, French

“Keri Yousif teaches a class called “La Femme Fatale.” The title of the course is French for ‘fatal woman.’ In most of the literature, we focus on the character of the woman and how she is dangerous, seductive, and manipulative. Dr. Yousif does an exceptional job of having us look at literature in a new way.” —Cecilia Van Wijk Junior, Political Science

Christine Boone Lecturer, School of Music

“I have to mention Dr. Christine Boone. It is her first year at Indiana State, but already she has made an impact in my education, so much so that I am now considering teaching in music theory and aural skills in the future. Her methods of teaching are extremely effective, and I am learning so much.” —Sean Carey Senior, Music Education and Performance



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The College of Arts and Sciences is the cornerstone of academia at Indiana State. Here, students explore What It Means To Be Human On Planet Earth. Now that’s a broad topic. And there are a few different ways to look at it. These various approaches are roughly divided into the Arts and the Sciences. From there, you can break it down even more, which gives you a choice of 34 majors and eight preprofessional programs, all within our College of Arts and Sciences.

Progress in a friendly, supportive environment with lots of one-on-one teaching and mentoring. Show your work and help run one of three galleries on campus.

Biology Students can conduct independent research for credit.

Communication Prepare for a career in media relations, radio/TV/ film, or journalism, and learn to navigate our media saturated environment. Production opportunities and internships abound.

Earth and Environmental Systems Offers environmentally focused interdisciplinary degrees + traditional training in anthropology, geography, and geology.

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Study French, German, Latin, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese. Become certified to teach English as a second language (TESL). Pack your bags. Travel the world.

COLLEGE OF ARTS and SCIENCES Arts and Humanities • Art • Art Education All Grade • Communication • English • English teaching • Fine Art • Language Studies • Language Studies teaching • Music composition • Music Education • Music Liberal Arts • Music Performance • Music Business • Philosophy • Theater

Natural Sciences and Mathematics • Biology • Biology with specialization in medical laboratory science • Chemistry • Computer Science • Earth and Environmental Systems • Human and Environmental Systems • Mathematics • Mathematics teaching • Physics • Science Education • Social Science Education

Social and Behavioral Sciences • African and African American Studies • Criminology and Criminal Justice • Economics • History • Legal Studies • Political Science • Psychology

Pre-Professional Programs • Pre-engineering • Pre-optometry • Predental hygiene • Predentistry • Prelaw • Premedicine • Prepharmacy • Preveterinary

• Multidisciplinary Studies (create your own major)



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SCOTT COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Highlights Operations and Supply Chain Management Practice your pitch! Learn to read people across the globe while you negotiate deals in the virtual world of Second Life.

Motorsports Management Minor What could be better than solving real-world business challenges facing the motorsports industry on the NASCAR Kinetics Team? Throwing an official viewing party during the race!

Sycamores Business Advisors Class What do you get when you combine a business strategy capstone project with delicious slices of pizza? You get to navigate the world of business with the entirely student-run Executive Express Café.

Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Take a class overseas! Explore the world of insurance brokerage in London with Indiana State business students during a spring break trip of a lifetime.

Ahh, commerce. It’s what happens when people and money get together; and it makes the world go around. If commerce excites you, you’ll want to explore the Scott College of Business. As you’ll see below, the business faculty offer many opportunities to hone your business skills in the real world. Do you have the vision to lead organizations into a new era? Do you want to inspire people to fulfill their potential? Do you want to own your own business and direct your own future? In Indiana State’s Scott College of Business, you’ll learn how to carve your niche in a world filled with endless possibilities.

And don’t fret. We’ll help you get through Statistics.

West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center From Federal Hall, students just like you can help local companies and nonprofits develop business and marketing strategies that provide much needed services to the Wabash Valley.


Professional Exposure In 2011, Scott College students worked with Union Hospital on multiple projects that helped the students become green belt certified in Lean Six Sigma, an industry-recognized method for problem-solving.

Majors • Accounting • Business Administration • Business Education • Finance • Financial Services • Insurance and Risk Management • Management • Management Information Systems

• Marketing • Operations and Supply Chain Management Minors • Financial Services • Forensic Accounting • Motorsports Management • Sales and Negotiations


BAYH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION The sheer joy of teaching fills the corridors of University Hall. Judging by the accolades our programs, professors, and graduates continue to accrue, you’d have to say that “educating the educator” is our specialty here at Indiana State. Why become a teacher, counselor, school psychologist, principal, or superintendent? We can give you hundreds of reasons. Let’s start with these: Teaching is learning. The more you teach, the more you satisfy your own curiosity about the world. Every day is different. No monotony, no boredom, no cubicles. Teachers are free to innovate. You’re allowed to create lesson plans and run your classroom as you see fit. Teaching makes you a better parent. Your knowledge and skills can be a boon to your own kids’ education. Teachers share the love. When you love to read or solve equations or make music, it shows. And when you teach it, your passion ignites a flame in someone else. Teachers lead. And not just in schools. Many teachers become government leaders, or impact public policy, or travel overseas to share their organizational skills with groups who need them. Teachers leave a legacy. As an educator, you’ll plant thousands of seeds in the minds of young students. Somewhere down the road, those seeds will take root. One by one, your students will do amazing things, and you will be remembered.


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The Bayh College offers student-teaching opportunities overseas or on an American Indian reservation.

Our education majors get more time with kids, right from the start. Now thats ’ an advantage that can land you a good job. Indiana State sends education students into local classrooms, beginning their freshman year, to observe and assist real teachers in action. If you enroll in our Bayh College of Education, you won’t have to wonder if traditional teaching is right for you—you’ll find out fast. You’ll spend more and more time in a school setting with each passing year. Once you’re a senior, you’re on track to spend not just a semester, but the entire year as a student teacher through a program called TOTAL. You’ll gain twice as much teaching experience as your peers in other education programs.

BAYH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Majors and Minors • Elementary Education • Special Education with Elementary Education • Speech-Language Pathology (professional non-teaching)

Minors • Early Childhood Education English as a New Language • Reading

Note: Students desiring to teach in a junior high, middle school or senior high school should select a teaching major listed in Majors and Concentrations on page 106.

Early Childhood Education Center The Bayh College of Education runs a top-rated child care center right on campus. The center provides quality care and education to children ages six weeks to five years, and also serves as a training site for Indiana State students.

“You understand what happens in the teaching world,” he said. “It prepares you entirely for student teaching. Folks I’ve talked to said it flies by. They’re prepared for what to expect. You feel at ease because you’ve experienced it.”

Brandon Chambers, from Bloomington, Indiana, recently finished his TOTAL experience.


COLLEGE OF NURSING, HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES Highlights Study Abroad Nursing and social work students learn as much about themselves as they learn about their field of study when they spend spring break counseling children and providing medical assistance, like shots and IVs, to needy populations in foreign countries.

Pharmacotherapeutics Discover the art and science behind pathology, pharmacology, and nursing care by administering medication and delving deeply into patient needs.

Occupational Therapy Everyone deserves a chance to live a meaningful life. In this class you’ll learn how to help individuals with disabilities develop the skills they need to achieve their dreams.

Family and Child Welfare Improve the quality of life for parents and children who face unique challenges in contemporary society.

Get ready to:

• Gain real-world experience treating Sycamore athletes at our cuttingedge rehab clinic • Conduct and publish research as an undergraduate • Train alongside student nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, and speech pathologists in the RHIC Simulation Center (see page 59) • Participate in mock disaster drills with local fire and police departments

Health care today is team based, multi-faceted, and interprofessional. So is the college that teaches it here at Indiana State University. For you, that means semesters filled with rigorous study, followed by exciting, think-onyour-feet rehearsals at real clinics and hospitals. You’ll work alongside a variety of medical specialists and have many opportunities to specialize yourself. In service to the health care teams of tomorrow, the college offers new concentrations in health administration, health psychology, environmental health, and public health nutrition, as

well as minors in massage therapy and dance, and a certificate in gerontology, to name a few. Our graduates will enter a rapidly changing world where practitioners are evaluated based on patient satisfaction and outcomes. So whether you strive to become a nurse, dietician, athletic trainer, or social worker, we’ll strive to help you practice flawless teamwork delivered with great skill and genuine compassion.

The term “Athletic Training” can be misleading. Rather than train people as personal or fitness trainers do, certified athletic trainers provide medical services to all kinds of people, not just athletes and sports teams. These clinicians work in numerous settings to prevent, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate injuries and medical conditions. And demand for ATs is growing. As the number of professional and student athletes as well as physically active adults increases, so does the need for qualified athletic trainers.


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College of nursing, health, and human services Majors • Athletic Training • Dietetics • Family and Consumer Sciences Education • Food Service Mangement • Health Sciences • Human Development and Family Studies

• Nursing • Physical Education— All Grade • Physical Education— Exercise Science • Recreation and Sport Management • Social Work

Minors • Coaching Education • Community Health • Dance • Environmental Health Sciences • Food and Nutrition • General Family and Consumer Sciences • Gerontology (Certificate)

• Human Development and Family Studies • Martial Arts • Massage Therapy • Recreation and Sport Management • Recreation Management and Youth Leadership • Social Welfare • Strength and Conditioning


Today’s automated production environments call for a new breed of engineering professional. Technicians and specialists must learn to communicate across disciplines, work in fast-moving teams, and solve problems on the spot—often in extreme circumstances. Indiana State’s experiential learning programs in technology and engineering technology produce graduates with real-life readiness to match the demands of their chosen field. Twenty undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs keep the College of Technology buzzing with activity. Technology graduates become technical specialists, managers, supervisors, pilots, educators, trainers, designers, team leaders, buyers, technical sales reps, and more.

COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY Majors • Advanced Manufacturing Management • Automation and Control Engineering Technology • Automotive Engineering Technology • Aviation Management • Civil Engineering Technology • Computer Engineering Technology • Construction Management • Electronics Engineering Technology • Engineering Technology • Human Resource Development


• Information Technology • Interior Design • Mechanical Engineering Technology • Packaging Engineering Technology • Professional Aviation Flight Technology • Safety Management • Technology and Engineering Education • Technology Management • Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising

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COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY Highlights Aviation Technology Lay the groundwork for a successful future traveling the world as a pilot. You’ll learn how to master an aircraft with aerodynamics, weight, and balance, physiology, cross country planning, and decision-making skills.

Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising Learn about the culture of clothing through technological advancements, fashion business, the principles of fashion movement, and the history and traditions of Western dress.

Computer Engineering Technology Do you want a career straight out of a science fiction novel? You can program robots, automate systems, design AC circuits, and understand the communications and methodologies of the Internet.

Information Technology Analyze and program systems that develop creative solutions to complex technological problems. With a smörgåsbord of electives, you can learn java, graphic design, COBOL programming, and database processing.

Working It in the Real World Students in the simulated manufacturing company (SIMCO) course run through the steps of creating a project, from idea conception to finished product, as if they were running a private company.

GOOD TO KNOW. Each technology program is guided by an industrial advisory board comprised of managers, professionals, and experts in the field.

Where you could intern • American Airlines • Bemis • Boston Scientific • Caterpillar • Chrysler • Cummins • Delta Airlines • Eli Lilly • Duke Energy • ExxonMobil • Hewlett Packard • North American Lighting • Rolls Royce • Southwest Airlines • Time Warner • Vera Bradley • Zenith Products



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Campus Life

Campus Life

So EasY to Belong.


Welcome to our world

Our campus is easy-going, diverse, and supremely livable. It feels like a park–for big kids. You’ll stroll down treelined sidewalks, through well-kept gardens and courtyards on your way to class. Some buildings are rich in history; others are sleek and new. Thought-provoking pieces of

John W. Moore Welcome Center Probably the first place you’ll visit. The Welcome Center is the front door of the university. Inside is a big living room where you can sit down and get to know us. It’s where you start your guided campus tour, meet with admissions counselors, and get help with financial aid, scholarships, housing, dining arrangements, and orientation.

Dede Plaza Just outside the Student Union, Dede (pronounced Dee-Dee) Plaza is the crossroads of campus life. Students study and picnic on the terraced steps. Graduating seniors are expected to run through the fountain after they finish their last final. You’ll head to Dede Plaza often for club gatherings, dances, and theater events.


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contemporary sculpture dot the campus; you’ll soon be saying, “Meet me by the trumpets.” Wherever you go, people smile and say hello. Here’s a quick tour.

Lets nosh The Commons This is where you regroup and fuel up. Grab something from Pizza Hut, George’s Café, or Taco Bell. Plug in your laptop and join your study group or pull up a seat with your friends and cut loose after a long day. Life happens in the Commons.

Other dining spots around campus Jazzman’s Café

Generations Restaurant

Executive Express Café

Cup and Chaucer Café

Daily Grind

Lincoln Quad and Sycamore Dining Halls

University Hall Federal Hall Stalker Hall

Hulman Memorial Student Union Cunningham Memorial Library

Memorial Stadium With two All American players and a winning record, Indiana Sycamore football is all the rage these days. Suddenly, a home game at Memorial Stadium is a day-long party. Welcome to Tent City. Students and alums mix and mingle at the stadium on game days, sharing old stories and making new ones. The Forest roars after every touchdown. The stadium is more than a place. It’s a ride.

ISU Treehouse The ISU Treehouse is Indiana State’s online social headquarters. It’s a vast database of, essentially, everything and everyone that’s happening on campus. Log in to connect with other students, check out clubs and organizations, or find something interesting to do.


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Be a Lounge Lizard. Art Gallery Lounge Do your homework, practice piano or gaze at art. Sycamore Lounge Play games, shoot pool or watch a movie on a giant screen right on campus. Plus four more lounges for study and group projects.

WHAT IS THE UNION BOARD? The Hulman Memorial Student Union is the hub for

community life at Indiana State. The Union Board is the group of students who work with University leadership to program events, entertainment, student forums, services, and amenities.


Meet me at the spa— I mean Rec Center.


Body, Mind, Spirit

Intramural Sports

• Badminton Courts • Basketball • Floor Hockey • Indoor Soccer • Volleyball

• Equipment Rooms • Health Assessments • Juice Bar • Locker Facilities • Massage Therapy Room • Personal Training • Relaxation Lounge • Sauna Room • Wireless Connectivity

• Basketball • Volleyball • Cornhole • Dodgeball • Handball

Natatorium • Lap Pool • Leisure Pool • 22-Person Spa • Water Volleyball and Basketball • “Wet” Classroom for Lifeguarding and SCUBA

Fitness Center • Cardio and Strength-Training Equipment • Cycling Room • Elevated Walking/Jogging Track • Free Weights


We know how to treat our students right. Membership in the Rec Center is available to students who carry at least a six-hour course load, as are most exercise classes. The benefits of team sports, aerobics, strength training, exercise, and pure relaxation are immeasurable–bonding with your classmates is just one. Let’s get moving!

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Classes Like These • Aerobics • Body Pump • Dance Aerobics • Hip-Hop • Martial Arts • Pilates • Spin • Step • Survival • Swimming Yoga • Zumba

• Indoor Hockey • Kickball • Pickleball • Soccer

• Swimming • Tennis • Tug-O-War • Wiffleball

Cunningham Memorial Library Settle in.

There are 1.3 million items in the library’s collection. Its Fusion database alone holds 400,000 items. We offer 110 onsite computers for students and 269 databases

covering every subject imaginable. Our librarians publish a journal of research. Oh, but there’s so much more room in that brain of yours.

Check this out


• DVDs including new releases • Music CDs • Audio books on CD • Oh yes, we have books, too.

Computer labs • Both Macs and PCs on every floor

Peace and Quiet

Media stations • Hook several laptops up to a flat screen TV for group work

• Quiet floors • Individual study rooms

Printers, photocopiers, lamination services

Help and Sustenance


The Writing Center • Free writing and editing workshops and individual consultations

• Fusion catalogue search • Academic Search Complete • EndNote • Indiana State University Archives • Interlibrary Loan Service

Cup and Chaucer Café • Starbucks coffee, smoothies, and substantial snacks


Welcome to the club,

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Do you want to book performers in the lounges at the student union? Practice your Japanese? Or just rack up some awesome badminton stats? There’s a club for that at Indiana State. We have more than 200 student organizations at State. Bonding with fellow videographers, athletes, gourmets, poets, and social activists is easy here. Just show up for a meeting.

A mere sampling Creative Writing Ceramics Great Ideas Student Nursing Circle K Dance Marathon Nonprofit Leadership Up ‘Til Dawn African Student Union International Student Organization Japanese Culture Faith-Based Aikido Club Dance Crew A Capella Honorary College Republicans Amnesty International Females In Technology Union Board 26 Fraternities and Sororities

Interfaith Fellowship Aquatics Badminton Basketball Baseball Bowling Rugby Cycling Soccer Fishing Volleyball Tennis Wrestling Student Government Political Science Club Sycamore Ambassadors Timmy Global Health Colleges Against Cancer

Why go Greek? Some people like a busy social life; some don’t. Some like to attend organized activities with a group; others prefer to be spontaneous. If you think membership in a social club is for you, you’ll want to go through “recruitment” and meet the robust, kindhearted group of Greeks at Indiana State. There are 26 Greek-letter chapters at Indiana State. Learn more about Sorority and Fraternity Life


Indiana state traditions Trust us. You’ll be talking about these for the rest of your life.

Highlights Tandem Race Teams compete in a grueling 25-mile tandem bike race; everyone else makes a day of it. Since 1970.

Tricycle Derby The Indy 500 is kind of a bigger deal than this but not by much. The whole campus gathers at the Michael Simmons Student Activity Center, at Ninth and Sycamore on the Friday before Homecoming, for the Greatest Spectacle on Three Wheels. Since 1963. Read more here.

Homecoming A glorious fall weekend in covered bridge country. There’s the Tricycle Derby, Blue and White Parade, Tent City at the stadium for mega-tailgates, and, of course, the Big Game.

Donaghy Day Students gather for one day to beautify the campus and surrounding areas. All new students participate in Donaghy Day during Fall Welcome Week.

Hoopla Two days of basketball fever. Men’s and women’s games, window-painting at the Hulman Center and—oh yes!—the Polar Plunge.


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Terre Haute and Beyond

Nights (and lazy afternoons) out in Terre Haute Terre Haute isn’t just a city; it’s a community. You can grow as much in these next four years out on the town as you can on campus. Yes, we have all the important staples—like Applebee’s, Old Navy, Game Stop, and AMC Theaters. But, look a little closer, and you’ll see that Terre Haute is much more than your typical college town.

Cool things to do when your parents are in town. • Airboat rides on the Wabash River • Gallery tour at the Swope Art Museum • Square Donuts—Terre Haute’s own recipe for square, yeast-rise donuts • Clabber Girl Museum—160 years of baking and racing history. Which came first? • Art Spaces Sculpture Tour—Dozens of sculptures in and around Terre Haute, online for downloadable tour guide • Caboodle Cupcakes—for a sweet treat, flavors change daily


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Road trip! Western Indiana is known for its scenic beauty. Unleash your inner explorer—dig into one of the dozens of ancient Indiana caves, hike the luscious Gypsy Gulch in Turkey Run State Park or canoe down the lazy curves of Sugar Creek. You can return to the good ole days at the Pioneer Village in Fowler Park, ride horses through Shakamak State Park, or play eighteen holes at Hulman Links. When you’re done hitting the books, it’s time to venture out of your residence hall and de-stress in one of the most calming, beautiful places on earth.


You say dorms; we say

Residence Halls

Here, residence hall life is all about choices. You can choose to live on an academic-themed housing floor where students are clustered by academic major, making it easy to form study groups and make friends. Greek housing is available on campus. You can also apply to be part of residential, special interest programs, including the First-Year Initiative (FYI) program, and the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). We also offer suite-style living and quiet floors, optimal for studying. Our friendly and supportive hall staff is available 24 hours a day to provide guidance as well as educational and social programming for residents. Freshman residences have academically focused staff to help students with classes, time management, and academic transition to college life. All 11 residence halls are non-smoking and offer free cable TV, hardwire Internet, and wireless connections. Living on campus, you’ll enjoy being close to classroom buildings, library, the Student Rec Center, Hulman Memorial Student Union, and dining halls. Not to mention the wild ruckus that occasionally ensues when classes are done. For residence hall floor plans and more info on room features and amenities, visit


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Residence hall

Res life fast facts

Floor plans

How do I apply to live on-campus? Once you’re admitted to Indiana State University, you be able to apply online at The housing application is available December 1.

When will I find out which Residence Hall I’m in? You are assigned to residence halls according to the lifestyle preference selected on your application. You’ll be contacted by early spring with your new Indiana State address.

And, most important: When do I find out who my roommate is? Room and roommate assignments will be sent to your Indiana State email account after May 1 and once your initial housing payment is received. You’ll be able to communicate with your new roommate via email and social media. Register for the same session to get to know each other in person at New Student Orientation.

The Resident Assistant:

Your lifeline. A Resident Assistant, or RA, will reside on your residence hall floor. This undergrad student staff member will be a valuable aid and resource for you. RAs don’t just keep the peace on the floor. They keep life fun and homework tolerable. They’re selected for their knowledge of Indiana State, ability to accept responsibility, sensitivity and concern for others, and their commitment to helping other students.


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your own case of the roommate jitters. For many freshmen, the scariest assignment comes before classes start. It’s the dreaded roommate assignment. Seems like everyone has heard a few horror stories about roommates. And just like the stories you tell around a campfire, most are urban myths. The truth about roommate match-ups is that 98 percent of the time everyone winds up satisfied. You and your roommate may not become besties, but you’ll figure out how to get along, even appreciate each other. It’s what college is all about.

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So when those jitters hit, ask a friend or relative about their experiences with college roommates. We bet you’ll come away relieved. Or go here for some friendly advice:


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Dining Services

Burger King. Chicken Parmesan. Biscuits and gravy. Pizza. Salads. Wraps or Chinese. We have so many dining options; you can eat something and somewhere different every night. Dining at State is a community experience centered on culinary expertise, fresh ingredients, healthy options, and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility. On your next campus visit, please join us for a meal and enjoy great food and an inviting atmosphere, designed especially for our Sycamore family.


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Food for your many moods. You won’t always have time for bacon and eggs in the morning—just like there’ll be nights when you want a relaxing, full course dinner with friends. Whether it’s a bagel on the go or a second helping of mac and cheese, Indiana State has a full range of options for how, when, and where you fuel up. • Choose one of our convenient residential dining plans. • Lost meal card? You can pick up a temporary voucher right away and never miss a meal. • We provide services for all special dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. • We have special plans for commuter students, too. • You can even roll over leftover credits at the end of the semester. • Use our online Meal Plan Wizard to calculate which combination of Credits and Cash is likely to work for you:

The 411 on Food Service The Dining Service program consists of two units of payment, Campus Credits and Commons Cash. Credits are used for all-you-care-to-eat meals in residence hall dining rooms. Flex Meal Plans include Commons Cash to be used at Quick Service restaurants in the Commons and Coffee Shops around campus. These two work together to provide one of the most flexible meal plans ever conceived for a university campus.

Campus Credits Campus Credits and Commons Cash will be loaded onto your student ID, which acts as a debit card. When used in the Sycamore and Lincoln Quad residence hall dining rooms, campus credits give you a whole lot of meal for your money. Breakfast is six credits, lunch is eight, and dinner costs you 11 credits. A checker swipes your ID as you enter the dining hall; after that, you can have all you care to eat.

What is Commons Cash? Some people just need Einstein’s Bagels or a few scoops of Eddy’s ice cream to get them through their French homework. Commons Cash lets you buy food at any venue on campus, including the residence dining halls, the Commons, and the various cafes throughout campus. Commons Cash (also called points) has a dollar-for-dollar value. Be aware: it spends quicker. What do I do if I get low on credits? It’s easy to add credits to your account. Just stop by Dining Services in the Residential Life Office and add credits to your card. A credit is $0.20 for residents and $0.35 for commuters. For more information on dining services at Indiana State visit or call 812-237-4138.

Credits can also be used on a limited basis for fast food at Lincoln Quad on the Run, and on weekends at Einstein’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Mein Bowl, and Subconnection.



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Never a Dull Moment


Indiana state sycamores Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Indoor/Outdoor Track Track and Field

Basketball Cross Country Golf Indoor/Outdoor Track Soccer Softball Track and Field Volleyball

Campus Venues The Arena Volleyball

Eleanor Forsythe St. John Complex Softball

Marks Field Track and Field

Hulman Center Basketball

Bob Warn Field Baseball

Memorial Stadium Football • Soccer

LaVern Gibson Championship Course Cross Country

Country Club of Terre Haute Golf


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Sycamore spirit Sparkette Dance Team members serve as

enthusiastic spirit-boosters for the university, both on and off campus.

If you’d like to know more, please visit:

The Cheer Team members spring from

outstanding high school cheer programs throughout the country. If you’d like to know more, please visit:

What is the Forest? A collaboration of Indiana State University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department and Student Government Association, the Forest is the main student section at Indiana State University athletics events. It’s easy to get in on the fun—just join! The Forest consists of Indiana State’s most passionate, energetic, and noisy students. Members receive priority seating in the student section for every football and men’s and women’s basketball game and other athletics home events.


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To Do Before Orientation:

Practice Indiana State Fight Song The university’s fight song was first performed at a homecoming eve pep rally on October 20, 1939.

“March On! (You Fighting Sycamores)” March on! March on, you fighting Sycamores, Sycamores! March on, you Statesmen tried and true! March on! March on to glorious victory Raise that flag of royal blue! March on! March on, you fighting Sycamores, Sycamores! Shout out that vict'ry song! Onward, ever onward to our goal! As we march on and on! Go Big Blue! Fight Big Blue! GO! STATE! WIN!


We are Sycamores Yes, those are trees.

Trees like to be useful. Sycamores are realistic, hardworking people who take college seriously. They’re loyal to friends, devoted to family, and ready to try anything. Trees stand with one another, and for the world.

Building the health care teams of tomorrow. The RHIC Simulation Center at Union Hospital


For generations, future doctors and nurses were taught clinical skills the same way their predecessors had learned: See one, do one, teach one. N

ot today. High tech, virtual reality teaching methods, called simulated learning, are the new paradigm in clinical training. Simulated learning laboratories are cropping up at top medical schools across the country. The best of these “sim labs” are full-scale replicas of real hospital units, outfitted with high-fidelity patient mannequins and computer simulators that are remarkably true-to-life.

have partnered to share capital and operational costs. What one entity would not have been able to attempt, four have developed into an interprofessional education facility that rivals anything in the Midwest.

Advancing health care where it’s needed most. The complexity of modern health care calls for a new breed of health care professional. Nurses, doctors, technicians, and specialists must learn to communicate across disciplines, work in fast-moving teams, and solve problems on the spot—often in extreme circumstances. Interprofessional education is vital for any healthcare worker today, and especially needed in underserved rural areas. Thanks to the RHIC Simulation Center, Indiana State students conduct an unprecedented number of rehearsals for real life. Here, a full array of health care professions can gather for practice scenarios. Cross-disciplinary teams— including Union Hospital’s experienced doctors and nurses—treat make-believe patients with very real complications. Students immerse themselves in computer-simulated surgery and react to complicated emergency room dramas. As the minutes tick by, Indiana’s future doctors, nurses, and med techs confront life-or-death situations scripted by simulation experts. They graduate with real-life readiness to match the demands of their important work.

Just such a facility occupies 8,000 square feet in a former intensive care unit at Terre Haute’s Union Hospital. The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) Simulation Center brings current and future doctors, nurses, and technicians toe-to-toe in mock hospital units, where together they deal with complex patient narratives unfolding in real time. This state-of-the-art learning facility, just minutes from Indiana State’s main campus, is the product of a mutually beneficial collaboration. Four organizations—Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley, Indiana University School of Medicine, and Union Hospital—


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The Center employs several incredibly lifelike training mannequins – some very smart dummies, if you will. The mannequins heave and groan, voice complaints, endure trauma, grow pale, gain and lose blood pressure -- playing out scenes that have been programmed onto simulation computers.

The Spirit of Service: Indiana State and the

Rural Health Innovation Collaborative.

Through the RHIC, Indiana State’s mission is to deliver highly skilled medical teams, working in unison to deliver superior patient care throughout rural Indiana. The effort is already making an impact in the Wabash Valley.

The Anatomage Table is a 3D virtual cadaver and anatomy table. There are presently only 10 being used in the United States and the RHIC Simulation Center is the only facility in Indiana to have one.

Richer learning experiences for Indiana State students.

We asked Jaeger how students react to such immersive experiences.

According to Jack Jaeger, BSN, CCRN, and Director of the RHIC Simulation Center at Union Hospital, it’s the authenticity of these learning experiences that makes them so effective. The Simulation Center is an amazing feat of mimicry outfitted with systems, furniture, even bed linens and paperwork to match those in a fully functioning hospital. Equipment is stored and moved around just as in most inpatient care units. Even the thermostat is set to match a true hospital environment.

“When learners are in the room,” he said, “they suspend disbelief and behave like they are in an actual situation. Many students talk about their heart rates going up, feeling lumps in their throats, or experiencing the rush of adrenaline that occurs when they face an emergency situation for the first time. Obviously, the great thing is that it is a safe environment, both for the student and for the patient. They are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.”

During full-day clinical training, students arrive in scrubs, lab coats, and badges at what looks like a typical multi-bed unit. They enter a hospital room where a male or female “patient” talks to them. The patient can bleed and cry and perspire. She has family members at her bedside (played by human actors) who ask the kinds of questions families ask. The mannequins can mimic almost any medical condition.

Better health care for Indiana. Students come to the RHIC with a good intellectual grasp of the mechanics that produce the diabetic’s plunging blood sugar, the heart patient’s sudden arrest, or the eccentricities of a new surgical tool. Yet when everything begins happening at once, with colleagues all around and monitors sounding the alarm, their senses are assaulted with new information.

One example is the Sim Center’s upcoming Neonatal Outreach Program. Many rural hospitals do not have the means to train healthcare providers for emergency birth situations. After assessing needs throughout the nine-county area, the Simulation Center, in conjunction with Union Hospital, has developed an ongoing simulation-based neonatal training program for medical professionals in criticalaccess hospitals and clinics, and for emergency responders throughout the area. The training objective is to improve patient outcomes and save the lives of babies. Launched in 2008, The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative is a collaborative of 10 education, health care, government, and community partners working to improve health care delivery in rural settings across Indiana. Educating healthcare providers, via the RHIC Simulation Center, is a huge part of that effort. The collaborative is also busy revitalizing a Terre Haute neighborhood that lies between the Indiana State campus and Union Hospital.


The new algorithm for learning is “SEE ONE, SIMULATE ONE, SIMULATE ANOTHER ONE, SIMULATE ONE MORE, DO ONE, SIMULATE AGAIN, and then TEACH ONE.” — Director Jaeger The Simulation “The situation is that of a post-surgery patient who is experiencing a tremendous amount of pain and is crying for relief. Under this very stressful situation, the nursing student is required to assess the patient and then pursue a course of action to relieve the pain. They call the doctor (played on the phone by one of the Simulation Center staff) and the doctor, in a rush, orders a dose of Morphine for the patient, giving a dosage order that is a very large amount. “The appropriate response for the student is to either know that the dosage is too high, or to look it up in a reference manual, question the physician as to the amount, and ask for a smaller dose. Because these students are very new, they typically will not question the order, and instead will give the dose. Next the Sim Center staff causes the patient simulator to go into respiratory distress. In debriefing, the student learns that the medication dosage they were responsible for giving has caused this event.”


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The Simulation Center staff have all worked in various areas of acute medical care. The Director is a former Critical Care Clinical Educator with years of patient care and bedside experience. The staff fixate on every little detail, from cardiac monitors to IV’s, from real medical charts to live phone conversations with physicians on the other end, in an effort to produce extremely realistic experiences for students.

As training goes deeper, new skills emerge. The day-long dramas have a profound impact on learners. Students learn to perform under pressure and new modes of thinking take root. Appropriate responses become second nature, as memories and behaviors imprint on the minds of future clinicians. “We have had countless examples of nurses coming back to the Simulation Center well after they have finished school and telling us that they doubleand triple-check medications for errors now, simply because they remember their simulation experience,” says Jaeger. “And that is the point. Preventable medical errors plague our nation. Simulation is one of the most promising methods for decreasing these issues. There are countless examples of simulation helping medical practice right here in the Wabash Valley.”

“When real life situations happen, if you don’t get trained, you get so caught up in the emotion and all of the excitement going on that you can get lost, or not do anything, which is even worse,” said Krista Irwin of Greencastle, a physician assistant student at Indiana State. “If we practice, then we know what to expect and it brings it to real life.”

The result: A new class of caregivers. The Simulation Center at Union Hospital is taking virtual-reality learning to an unprecedented level and producing more effective clinicians in all walks of medical life, right here at Indiana State University. Inside this hyper-realistic yet risk-free environment, hundreds of students each year learn to deal with team dynamics, emerging technology, and sudden crises before they are thrust into clinicals or residency. Statistics show that most Indiana State premed and nursing students remain in Indiana throughout their careers. Thus the benefits of this enhanced training will be felt for generations. With the RHIC Simulation Center at Union Hospital, State has found a better way to prepare for healthcare’s hightech future. You’re more than welcome to join us on this inspiring journey.



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Seven minutes with

Tony Rathburn Indiana State Professor. Oceanographer. Tour Guide.



o matter what major you choose, you’ll do some exciting work—in the classroom, in the field, even around the globe—while enrolled at Indiana State University. Our culture truly revolves around hands-on, experiential learning.

“When students come out to sea and experience the ship and all the things that go into conducting research at sea, it’s really satisfying to see them with a smile on their faces,” says Professor Rathburn. “They’re actually holding onto the taglines, they’re smelling the ocean, they’re feeling the metal of the sampling devices, they’re seeing the samples as they come up.”


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Just one example is the oceanography program, led by Anthony E. Rathburn, professor of geology in Indiana State’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Rathburn, an internationally respected scientist, has made it possible for many of his seemingly landlocked students to go on life-changing research expeditions around the world. Hardworking students can be invited on research cruises as early as their freshman year. In the following interview, Professor Rathburn talks about how his students start right away with real world experiences in some very unexpected places.

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Marine science? Really? In Indiana? The deep sea is the Earth’s largest habitat, and it is largely unexplored. Think about it: Salt water covers about 70 percent of the planet and affects everything from climate to economics. So it’s typical for all major universities to have at least one marine scientist. We have two at Indiana State. Not everyone realizes that there’s a strong job market for well-trained Earth and Environmental scientists. The field of marine science is rich with opportunity.

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How do students in Terre Haute get oceanography experience? They go on ocean research expeditions with me. They don’t have to be graduate students or even marine science majors. Students working in my lab typically take part in at least one research cruise, and some have taken part in several.

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What are some of the trips you and your students take? I have taken students on expeditions to everywhere from Antarctica to Venice, Italy. (See list in Where in the world is Professor Rathburn? on page 69)

What are some of the responsibilities and learning outcomes on these adventures? During an expedition, we’re at sea anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Students help deploy and recover gear, collect and preserve samples, and log the research data. They work, eat, and train alongside well-known research scientists. I expect students to learn about the local culture of the places where we dock. They later present their research in classrooms and to local schools and organizations.

“The ice scraping by the ship sounds like a freight train going by.”—Rathburn Read more about student research trips to Antarctica.


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Do you have a special story you could share from one of these trips? There are so many wonderful memories of the camaraderie at sea, working long hours, and experiencing the excitement of discovery. During my first trip with Indiana State students, I remember flying to remote Alaska, taking a small plane out over the Aleutian Islands. As we approached the very small landing strip, we flew through fog in the narrow gap between two mountains. It was surreal, and spectacularly scenic. It reminded me of the movie “Jurassic Park.” This flight was the first for at least one student, and one of the very few flights any of them had ever taken. I couldn’t help thinking that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but might be what students would expect on all their future flights! On the initial research trip to Venice, Italy, undergraduate Jared Kluesner and I were the only Indiana State researchers. Luckily, Jared had worked in construction with his father, because we didn’t have some of the gear we needed for the next day. The Italians had left their tool shop open, so Jared and I worked into the night to create our own gear from scraps.

Creating memories, all over the map. Rathburn and his students will never forget: • Eating ants (on purpose) and zip-lining through the rainforest on a break from our cruise preparations in Costa Rica • Seeing Freshman Darin Lange’s face light up as the Captain gave him the honor of setting off a flare on the 4th of July on a ship in the Antarctic • Wheeling scrap iron to the ship in an old wheelbarrow we found so we could use it as retrievable weights for our seafloor experiments off Oregon • Hearing Brian Wrightsman excitedly describe his seafloor experiences after emerging from the manned submersible, Alvin.


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How do undergraduate students help with your research? Undergraduates in my lab conduct research with results that are publishable in a scientific journal. They have their own space, their own microscope, and their own project. They work closely with graduate students and are treated as research colleagues, with me as their mentor and supervisor. I take students on my research trips whenever possible. Participation is reserved for students in my lab. Ship space is limited, so it is not yet possible to include all students taking my courses on trips at sea. We take field trips in my courses, and for some, students visit sites in Indiana where we collect marine fossils—much of Indiana was submerged under a shallow tropical sea in the Paleozoic.

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What kind of students will be successful in your classes? They attend class, take copious notes, and study for exams. In the lab, they work hard, follow instructions, and dedicate time to their project. Even students who do not continue in marine sciences have research and field experiences that give them the confidence, the résumé, and the background to succeed in graduate school and their professions.

Where in the world is Professor Rathburn? These are just a few of the amazing places Rathburn’s research has taken him —and his students: Antarctica via Chile—examined seafloor seasonality.

Australia—Sampled the Eastern Australian margin seafloor from Tasmania to Brisbane.

Costa Rica—Sampled places where methane seeps out of seafloor sediments using manned submersible Alvin, which was used in the initial discovery of the Titanic. Students traveled 1,000 meters to the seafloor in a three-person sub to direct the sampling of sediments, rocks, and creatures.

Southern California—Collected seafloor sediments and the creatures that live in them. Unimak Island, Alaska—Used remotely operated vehicle Jason, also from the Titanic mission, to investigate geology and ecology of area that had reportedly been the cause of a tsunami. Venice, Italy—Worked on pollution research in the Venice Lagoon.


Mitch Lathrop, B.S. Theater 2010, meets with Indiana State students to share his experiences as a video designer in L.A.


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Sycamores in Bloom Meet a few members of our Alum network. Believe us, this is just the tip of the iceberg.


You’ve worn the cap and gown, walked across our stage, and placed a firm grip on your diploma.

Now what? T

here’s no need to feel alone. Once you graduate, you join Indiana State’s family of alumni. Our alumni are a special group. They’re successful and connected. They’re serving their communities and doing big things. Yet they’re also down-to-earth, downright caring, and eager to help their fellow Sycamores. Does that mean an alum can get you a job? Sometimes. Sometimes not. It definitely means our alums will cheer you on. They’ll share their wisdom, and tell you how they turned their diplomas into rich, rewarding careers. Let’s hear from a few of them now.


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Mitchel Lathrop

Theater Design and Technology, ’10 Mitchel Lathrop’s theater professors showed him where the future of stage tech was going: it was wrapping itself snugly around his two primary interests: IT, and stage production. Motion graphics and large format video projections had already become his specialties when, at an industry conference on an Indiana State University-sponsored trip, he met

Disney managers who needed someone just like him. From there his career took off. Mitch graduated, flew to Los Angeles to work for Disney, and has been busy ever since. Now a contractor for Disney Creative Entertainment, he freelances for Warner Brothers and FX, and consults on video projection projects for Pixel Density Design.

Brian Wright

Business Administration, ’02 Brian Wright came to Indiana State to study music, but left with a degree in business administration. Now, his love of finance never gets in the way of his passion for music, and vice versa. By

day, he helps clients focus on controlling the money they can and planning for the expenses they can’t. On weekends you’ll often find him wearing out guitar strings on local stages.

Noma Gurich Political Science, ’75

Back in the 70s, Noma Gurich was one of the only women in her Indiana State political science classes. But that’s okay; it prepared her to work harder in law school and as a trial attorney. Gurich

would never have dreamed that her days at Indiana State would lead her to a life upholding justice as an Oklahoma Supreme Court judge.

Doug Huntsinger Political Science, ’04

Doug Huntsinger went from being a shy, unsure freshman to a confident member of the Indiana State University student government. In his senior year a political volunteer opportunity changed his life. Now, he stands out as

an innovative thinker and driving force behind policies that make the Hoosier state a better place to live. He served as a policy director in Governor Daniels’s office and now helps set policy at the Indiana State Fair.

Kelli Whitaker

Elementary Education, ’10 As a future teacher, Kelli Whitaker spent more time in the local schools than in Indiana State classrooms—and that’s exactly what she wanted. Her hands-on experiences have helped her

win accolades and find her life’s work, teaching kindergarten at Brandywine Elementary in Greenfield, Indiana, the very same school she attended as a child.


What success means to me

How I got where I am today Advice to college students Things your boss won’t tell you


Brian Wright ’02 I found my passion–it’s giving people peace of mind about their finances. Before, I was the student who got As and Bs, sat in the middle of the classroom, and didn’t raise his hand much. I played in a cover band on weekends. My freshman self would probably say I have now turned into my dad, but I would punch my freshman self and tell him that it’s AWESOME and he’ll love it.

Mitch Lathrop ’10 By being willing to slog around in the fountains at Disney and re-wire the lighting! You’re not going to start out with a shiny desk and everything you’ve ever dreamed of. But people will be watching when you’re asked to do the job nobody wants to do. They’ll see how you behave and react. And they’ll reward you.

Mitch Lathrop ’10 There’s nothing worse than not knowing what you want to do. Take the time to search inside yourself. Have a serious conversation with yourself about what is going to make you happy after college. (Hint: It’s not partying.)

Noma Gurich ’75 Sometimes you want to give up—many tears and restless nights are all part of the process.

Mitch Lathrop ’10 Never spend time on things that you aren’t passionate about. Yes, we all have to do our taxes and pay our bills. But take time to enjoy the scenery and work on things that make you happy. Keeping a balanced life is key to being successful and happy.

Noma Gurich ’75 By making friends of my enemies. I found that the way to fight back was to never fight. I always tried to approach even the toughest opponent with kindness and generosity and with a professional attitude.

Doug Huntsinger ’04 First, go to class. What you learn as a student lays the foundation for a career. Second, volunteer. Had it not been for my volunteering I would have never had the opportunity to take a full time job. Finally, there is no substitute for hard work.

Kelli Whitaker ’10 A big challenge is time! There is never enough time in the day to teach everything I want to teach. I have just learned to prioritize the needs of my class by using data and purposeful planning.

Brian Wright ’02 I originally went to Indiana State to study music business. I am a musician and studying music is what everyone expected me to do. After all, didn’t we all major in what people told us we are good at in high school—NOT what we will enjoy?

Brian Wright ’02 The reality is, in many industries, your first job is almost ALWAYS a sales job. For recent graduates who find themselves working in a “less than ideal” first job like I did, I will say this. Focus on small victories. Every day you’ll learn either how to do something well, or how to do something horribly. You can learn a lot of BOTH by watching co-workers.

Once I got to ISU, I figured out that a business degree made more sense for me, so I changed majors. The best part was I was able to be involved in all the music classes, choirs, and events in the School of Music that I wanted to, all while being a business student.

Kelli Whitaker ’10 Through Dr. Whitaker (no relation) I learned so many strategies to help young readers. That is where my passion for teaching reading began.

Mitch Lathrop ’10 Be careful not to overcommit yourself, because if you do, the quality of all your work becomes diluted. Be realistic about what you can complete in a certain time frame.


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Noma Gurich ’75 To shut the door because of a person’s gender or race or anything other than merit, is the worst thing for our whole society.

Mitch Lathrop ’10 I make sure that I take time to teach skills and create opportunities for people who want to be in my field. Jessie Jefferson (Graphic Design ’13) has been able to come out here and join our company. We are working pro bono to help a local dance school stage Pinocchio.

Kelli Whitaker ’10 Indiana State is the hidden gem of universities in Indiana. The professors truly care about you and are willing to help in any way they can. The people I met and the relationships I made really set State apart from other schools.

Kelli Whitaker ’10 Indiana State volleyball games. Carry-out biscuits and gravy from the Quad. And University Hall is a beautiful place to go to class!

Mitch Lathrop ’10 Just remembering your manners is a huge thing. People at work take notice just because I say please and thank you, and show respect.

Noma Gurich ’75 I have been involved in mission work in Russia and traveled to Russia five times. I judge mock trial competitions and also volunteer with my Kiwanis Club to help children in our city.

Mitch Lathrop ’10 Indiana State is a good pick because you’re not just treated like a number. There is a network of people and connections in the professional world. Your professors are very interested in your life and that bond continues when you’re out of school.

Brian Wright ’02 I know, and sing, every word of the fight song every time I hear it played, even if it’s on TV in my living room or a sports bar. We beat IU twice while I was there! And to this day, I can’t eat Burger King because of how much of it I consumed at the Commons. 

Meet a Sycamore

Kelli Whitaker ’10

Indiana State volleyball standout I help run a summer volleyball camp for kids. We teach them skills and fundamentals of the game while also emphasizing sportsmanship and character.

Brian Wright ’02 My wife, Kitrina Wright (Accounting, ’02) and I lead a Financial Peace University class. This class attracts families that are in need of fundamental personal financial education. We are both very passionate about helping people improve their financial health.

Noma Gurich ’75 I had never met a lawyer until I went to Indiana State. I had no dream of law school until my Political Science 101 professor, Mr. William I. Matthews hired me as his student assistant. I was the first one in my family to graduate from college.

Kelli Whitaker (left) celebrates with her teammates during a 2008 volleyball match against Eastern Illinois University.

Gerry Dick ’90

Alumnus Gerry Dick is the host of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Indiana’s most watched local business television program. Always the diligent reporter, he informs us that: “More than two-thirds of Indiana State University graduates stay here in Indiana where they teach the next generation, comfort the sick, calculate insurance risks, supervise construction projects and so much more,” and, “Every day, in my professional role, I have a chance to interact with other Indiana State graduates or current students who are significantly improving their communities. From those who are starting new businesses, working in the everexpanding field of health care, or tackling some of our state’s big challenges. The graduates of State form the bedrock of the tiniest hamlet to the largest city.”


Notable Alumni Business


Jeff Belskus • President, CEO, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tony George • Founder, Team Owner, Indy Racing League Jim Lewis • President, Disney Vacation Club Bill Lister • Senior Vice President, General Manager, Roche Diagnostics Will Weng • Journalist, New York Times

Richard E. Helton • President, Vincennes University Robert Jerry • Dean, University of Florida, Levin College of Law Lou Anna K. Simon • President, Michigan State University Ronald L. Vaughn • President, University of Tampa Sandra Westbrooks • Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chicago State University



H.R. Cox • Bacteriologist, discovered Rocky Mountain spotted fever treatment and several typhus vaccines Jill Bolte Taylor • 2008 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People, “The Singing Scientist,” neuroanatomist J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner • Forensic Psychologist, Television Personality

Bruce Baumgartner • wrestler, Olympic Gold Medalist, James E. Sullivan Award Junius “Rainey” Bibbs • professional baseball player Larry Bird • legendary professional basketball player and administrator Tommy John • major league baseball player Thad Matta • Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Ohio State University Kurt Thomas • Olympic gymnast, James E. Sullivan Award, seven-time World Championship medalist John Wooden • college basketball coaching legend

Government Members of Congress Birch Bayh • U.S. Senator, Indiana (1963–1981); authored 2 Constitutional Amendments Brad Ellsworth • U.S. Representative, Indiana 8th District (2007–2011) Brian D. Kerns • U.S. Representative, Indiana 7th District (2001–2003) John T. Myers • U.S. Representative, Indiana 7th District (1967–1997) Edward A. Pease • U.S. Representative, Indiana 7th District (1997–2001) Diplomats George Washington Buckner • Ambassador to Liberia (1913–1915) Cynthia Shepard Perry • Ambassador to Sierra Leone (1986-1989), Burundi (1989-1993) Judges Gene E. Brooks • Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (1979-1994); Chief Judge (1987–1994) Noma Gurich • Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, State of Oklahoma Allen Sharp • Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (1973-2009) Chief Judge (1981–1996)


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Arts and entertainment Joseph Benti • CBS Morning News anchor Bubba the Love Sponge • (born Todd Alan Clem), radio talk show host David Darling • Grammy Award-winning cellist, composer Burl Ives • actor, writer and folk music singer Alvy Moore • movie and television personality

Other Marvella Bayh • Late wife of long-time Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, mother of current Indiana Senator Birch Evans Bayh III, instrumental in establishing Hoosier Girls State Willa Brown • African American aerospace pioneer; first African American woman commercial pilot in United States; first African American female officer in Civil Air Patrol

The Far-from-Exhaustive and Somewhat Random

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A few things we thought might interest you.



Graduate in four years Keep student debt to a minimum. See your investment pay off in countless ways.

Thrifting is smart. Comparison shopping is smart.

And so is earning your degree from Indiana State. How to:


Tuition is more affordable at Indiana State.


With in-state tuition slightly more than $8,000 per year, Indiana State was the most affordable of 18 Hoosier schools on the 2012 Forbes list.

Indiana State's tuition is more than $2,000 less per year than the national average.

In 2013, average tuition at Indiana State was $8,056 per year. The average cost of oncampus housing and dining was $9,010 per year.

In 2012 Forbes magazine ranked Indiana State as one of the nation’s best colleges that emphasize quality as well as value.

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Start the financial aid process Our Office of Student Financial Aid will work with you to secure the best package of financial aid and scholarships available to you. step

Apply for admission. The Admissions office will use your application to help determine what scholarships you qualify for.


You and your parents will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 10.


You’ll find a timeline at our online Freshman 101 page so you don’t miss out on these opportunities.

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so worth it.


Does a college degree guarantee you an easy life? Of course not. Is it the best investment you can make in yourself, not just in terms of earnings, but in personal enrichment?

You know the answer.

Here’s more good news: 74% of our students receive some type of financial aid. Financial aid comes in many forms including state and federal aid and scholarships. To learn more, see pages 110-117. We provide a four-year,

well-rounded education that blends professional preparation, study in the arts and sciences, and cocurricular involvement.

We prepare you for success in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet. At Indiana State you’ll receive

hands-on learning from

Did you know? People who have obtained a college degree will earn an average of 74 percent more over the course of their lifetime than people who have not. —The Atlantic (

day one. Indiana State is small enough that you don’t have to wait until your junior or senior year for experiential learning, yet big enough to have opportunities like studying fashion in Italy, collecting data on a boat in Antarctica, getting paid to conduct your own research projects.

Our 98,892 alumni help with networking and employment.

Find out for yourself! Use Indiana State’s Net Price Calculator to learn just how much financial aid you could receive.



College Talk, Explained Let’s start with the important things first— your degree. That’s the whole reason you’re here, right? A degree is your ticket to the next big thing—your future. A degree means you’ve completed 120 credit hours at an accredited institution of higher learning, like Indiana State. That comes out to a total of roughly 40 classes, give or take one-hour labs and internships. What does that mean, exactly? It means after graduation, you’re an expert. Degrees are conferred (that’s university speak for awarded) from one of several colleges at Indiana State. Wait, wait, wait—isn’t Indiana State a college? Technically, Indiana State is a university, a place that houses many different kinds of colleges. For example, if you want to major in accounting, you’ll find yourself spending about half of those 120 hours in the Scott College of Business. You major in a program, like music or creative writing or chemistry, which is housed in the halls of the College of Arts and Sciences, one of the colleges that makes up Indiana State University. Now you might be wondering, what is a major? And, more importantly, how do I find one? A major is your field of study, but it’s also much more than that. It’s your passion, your drive, your calling. It’s that one thing you can imagine yourself doing for the rest of your life. Can’t imagine that just yet? Don’t worry; you have plenty of time to explore and discover who you are and what you want to be.


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e to help you succeed. It’s different from high school. And that’s a GOOD THING.

About those core classes. You’ve heard of them; you had them in high school. They’re called the core curriculum, core requirements, or simply, the Core. At Indiana State, we call them Foundational Studies. They’re the classes you have to take and pass, or test out of. And they’re required for some very good reasons. At Indiana State University, we’re truly committed to honing your intellectual abilities. Foundational Studies is the cornerstone of this goal. Taken together, these courses are a rigorous fitness program for your brain, meant to transform you into an effective communicator, critical thinker, and an informed decision maker. Your Foundational Studies also exposes you to multiple “ways of knowing.” By learning how to look at situations through different lenses—scientific, social, historical, literary, and artistic— you come away with a much deeper understanding of the human experience. Foundational Studies courses are to be taken throughout your four years of college. Some are required during a certain timeframe or prior to certain courses. Specific information is available online or from your academic advisor.

Campus Resources Career Center • (812) 237-5000 Mock interviews, résumé help, job fairs, student employment

Writing Center • (812) 237-2989 Individual writing consultations, critical thinking workshops, writing workshops, distance tutoring, weekly English study groups, citations, paper writing

Tutoring • (812) 237-2700 FREE, regular tutoring sessions or drop-in, long-term, short-term, or single visit, mostly Foundational Studies courses, but all tutoring based solely on student needs

Counseling Services • (812) 237-3939 Individual, group, couples counseling, effective mental health services that allow clients to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing and therefore to meet their educational, personal, emotional, and psychological goals.

Recreation Center • (812) 237-4097 Group fitness classes, personal training, massage therapy, cardio and weight machines, swimming pool, intramurals, nutrition

Library • (812) 237-2580 Quiet individual study rooms, group study rooms, electronic media, writing center, café, computer labs on every floor including macs


How green is Indiana State? THIS green. Honors and Accomplishments • Named by Princeton Review as one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. • Finalist in the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards • Have cut the University’s carbon emissions by almost half since signing on to American College and Universities President’s Climate Commitment. • Dedicated a wind turbine on campus in early 2013. • Sponsors and runs an on-campus, Community Garden program. Built solarheated greenhouses at State and two local public schools. • Maintains a bike-friendly campus and robust recycling program. Waste diversion rate is 97 percent. • Created an online “Sustainability Map” guiding locals to green businesses, local farms, recycling centers, and more. • Diverted more than 1.5 million pounds of electronic waste from landfills and collected 24,000 pounds of televisions alone in partnership with Trees, Inc. • Hosted Indiana's first GreenTown summit, working toward a Sustainability Plan for the Wabash Valley region. • Recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for four years in a row, meaning that Indiana State is truly dedicated to forestry management and environmental stewardship.


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How How to to identify identify Sycamores Sycamores

Look for the ones who are cutting new trails.

So many fascinating individuals emerge in this environment. Maybe it’s because at Indiana State, there really are no limits on what you can make of yourself. We offer rich, varied resources from day one. Your imagination and effort take over from there. The result? Students, teachers, and alums who defy classification. Ron Taylor ’10, now a graduate in geology, traveled the globe while still an undergrad, collecting samples from sunny Costa Rica and the icy waters of Antarctica on National Science Foundation-funded expeditions. He even got to present his findings from these newly discovered underwater worlds to members of Congress in Washington, D.C. “As an undergrad, I conducted graduate level research. That is one of the advantages of being at Indiana State." Since Christin Keirn ’11 and her students created the Kindness Campaign, there have been more smiles at La Porte High School every day. Targeting teachers, students and staff with random acts of kindness, they bought donuts for the custodians, cookies for the lunch workers, and goodie bags for the secretaries. They also have taped notes to teachers' doors and put balloons inside their mailboxes. The best part? Their enthusiasm is spreading. For Shannon Rosser, an anthropology major, getting her hands dirty was always one of the best parts of her major. Another amazing part? Getting to spend an entire summer interning at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “I screamed when I found out I was going. Working at the Smithsonian has been a dream since I was a kid. Or I wanted to be Indiana Jones.” Look for Geoff Exoo, professor of mathematics and computer science, walking around Root Hall or lecturing in one of the high-tech SMART classrooms on campus. If digits are your thing, you could even work with him on research with Cage Problems or Ramsey Numbers. Either way, you’ll work a lot, but you’ll learn even more. His students tell us, “When it comes to Unix and C he is pretty much a master,” and “His class is hard but you will learn more in there than you ever imagined.”

Sharon Johnson, a senior anthropology major, worked on a dig for the City of Terre Haute, uncovering a mystery from the 1800s. Unearthing about 12 unmarked graves at a buried, forgotten homestead, Johnson helped not only put the pieces of their graves together, but also the stories of their lives. “My ultimate goal is to be able to do the same thing, but overseas helping locate and recover soldier’s bodies. I thought this would be really good practice.” Shakir Bell, a junior studying criminology, has more awards than his residence hall room can hold. As the running back for State football, Bell’s teamwork both on the field and in the classroom has really paid off. His name is on the tips of NFL tongues and one we won’t soon forget. If you go to a football game be sure to say hello to Shakir’s biggest supporters—his mother and grandmother. “They will be the two maniacs screaming my name, ringing bells, and wearing my jersey.”

Evolution of a crazy idea

Todd Whitaker, professor of educational leadership, is one of those professors who does it all, yet still manages to make time to meet students for coffee. He travels around the world speaking to hundreds of thousands educators every year. His book, What Great Teachers Do Differently, is one of the best-selling education books of all time, selling more than 500,000 copies in the United States alone. "The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Kylee Thacker ’13, found that she thrived after moving into a residence hall to live with a complete stranger—twice. Bouncing from the classroom to the crosscountry track, she lived and breathed for her college experience. “I believe every freshman should encounter dorm life to receive the complete college experience. My experiences were great, and I continue to be friends with both my roommates.”

In 1963 a light switched on in Michael’s head. He wanted to find a way to keep the students on campus, build camaraderie, and, most importantly, have an unforgettable time during Homecoming. On a zero-dollar budget and with Debbie and Tom at his side, the three founders gathered a hodgepodge of child-sized tricycles, hay bales, markers and signs. Even Michael’s serious case of pneumonia couldn’t stop them. The race was on.

The trike race is born. They didn’t know exactly how they would do it, but somehow Michael Simmons, Debbie Hulman Bareford and Tom Bareford knew that if they could just get college students to race each other on tricycles, this would be a Homecoming that went down in history.

Guess what? They were right. “We were trying to figure out what we could do for Homecoming that would be new and different,” said Debbie Bareford, co-founder of one of STATE’s most cherished traditions – the annual Homecoming Tricycle Derby.

“We thought there might be a few hundred people show up,” Tom said. “The media estimated there were 2,0003,000 people. They were on rooftops and hanging out windows. Deep stacks of people behind the track. We were totally amazed.” Now, 50 years later, more than 20 teams race around the aptly named Michael Simmons Student Activity Center, though the scene is slightly different. The tricycles are bigger, the gears are faster and the track is longer. Students practice night and day, all vying to be the fastest, to earn the prestigious title of “Hot Wheels.” “This is the part of your education that’s not in the book,” Simmons said. “How to get along with people you might not like, how to get along with people who have varying skills of athletic capability, and how to have some fun.” The fun hasn’t stopped for 50 years. And that’s not just any fun; that’s STATE fun.


The Commons is a hub of activity. People are coming, going, rushing, taking their time. Student organizers have info tables set up; others are doing homework or playing games. You can see people recognize friends from high school they haven’t seen since graduation. There is a lot of laughter.

This year’s Performing Arts Series at Tilson Music Hall brings Gordon Lightfoot, Cirque Ziva, Smokey Joe’s Café, and psychic Joshua Kane to campus.

Connect with campus news and views through the student-run Indiana Statesman. Want to dig deep? Submit an application to work for the newspaper and provide fresh opinions.

Welcome to laptop land. Indiana State is the first public university in Indiana to require incoming freshmen to have a laptop. ISU offers laptops to incoming freshmen with high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) as part of its Laptop Initiative.

Indiana State’s Field Campus, the Sycamore Outdoor Center, features 40 acres of lakes plus full-size classrooms, platform tents, a kitchen, showers, and fire pits. Find it 18 miles east of Terre Haute.

Tell your parents this: Studies have found that the more college students participate in extracurricular activities, the better they do in school.

Stay in shape: Bike to class!


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The University's Permanent Art Collection features works by Warhol, Oldenburg, Rauschenburg, Picasso, Chagall, Magritte, Dali and other modern masters.

Indiana State University's Hulman Center is truly one of the Midwest's finest multi-purpose arenas. The 10,200-seat facility provides an outstanding atmosphere in which to watch college basketball.

Thirty large outdoor sculptures and four indoor sculptures by artists such as John Van Alstine, Chakaia Booker, Michael Dunbar, Howard Kalish, Doug Kornfeld, Franz and Marja de Boer Lichtveld, Thomas Torrens, and Tim Upham dot the State campus. For a virtual tour of the sculptures, visit

You could work HERE. Most Indiana State academic departments have student workers in their offices. There are lifeguard and dance instructor jobs at the Student Recreation Center, and part-time jobs in the library or bookstore. To learn more, attend the On-Campus Job Fair in early fall.

The spirit of service: As part of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) program, Indiana State graduated 31 Certified Nonprofit Professionals, the second-highest number in the nation, last year. Students in the Indiana State program come from each of the university's five undergraduate colleges and serve partner organizations including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, March of Dimes, Special Olympics Indiana, Indiana State University Foundation, Goodwill, Voices for America's Children, United Way, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, and the YMCA. They also run campus groups like Autism Speaks U, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Riley Children's Hospital Dance Marathon, Up ‘til Dawn fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other service organizations.

The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course: a challenging setup of varying elevations, twists and turns, and a long straight-away. It also has something special for the spectator—openness and unobstructed views.



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We’re here to help you thrive.


Places, Faces, and Acts of Kindness Here, hundreds of dedicated employees work every day to make sure your college experience is the best it can be. You’ll notice the lady who calls you by name and the way President Daniel Bradley cuts loose at pep rallies. But you might never think about our campus designers, busy creating spaces that tease the imagination; event planners, ushering world renowned speakers to campus; or landscapers, carefully pruning the pear trees in spring.

We’re all working for one thing: your future awesomeness.


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Clair Hummel and her mother, Madonna, turned out 70 costumes for the 2013 season of Indiana State’s Crossroads Repertory Theater.

Loren Kerr, lead gardener; and Stephanie Krull, landscape and grounds manager, care for 2,400 trees and 270 landscaped acres at Indiana State.

University President Daniel Bradley joins students at the homecoming torchlight parade.


Student support services Health Care Services We hope you’ll stay well all semester. But in case you twist your ankle playing dodge ball or come down with strep throat, the Indiana State University Health Center can fix you right up. The clinic, located between the student union and Lincoln Quad, serves in partnership with UAP Clinic and accepts most types of insurance. They also have reasonable rates for students paying out-of-pocket. You can even purchase your own student insurance plan for a one-time fee. Typical services include: • Immunizations • Health assessments and treatments • Educational materials • STD screenings and counseling • Prepackaged medications • Laboratory testing • Diagnostic X-rays More questions? Visit or call 812-237-3883


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Campus Safety and Security Safety is one of Indiana State University’s top priorities. Our Department of Public Safety takes a dynamic approach to ensuring the campus remains a safe and vibrant place to live, work, and play. • Our crime rate is so low we post it on the Internet! Daily crime logs give you and your parents a detailed and transparent view of campus security. • At State, more than 25 full-time police officers enforce federal, state, and university laws around the clock. • Bike patrols provide reliable and speedy assistance to students anywhere on campus. They are also a costeffective and environmentally friendly way to keep our students safe and secure. • The last thing you need after finishing a math final is a dead car battery! Don’t stress; our Community Service Officers can give you a jump or help change a tire. • You’ll need a student ID and maybe a parking pass. You may even need to pay a parking ticket. Parking Services is where you take care of such things. We know you have more pressing matters to focus on, so we’ll get you in and out in a jiffy.

For more info on campus security visit

Need a ride? Should you become uneasy about walking to your residence hall after a late night in the library, just pick up a phone at one of our dozens of Blue Light Phone Systems and call for help or info. It’s our job to be sure you feel safe at all times.


You say you met “by accident”? Many spots on campus are designed to foster accidental interactions among students and faculty peers, says Kevin Runion, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. Because true learning often happens outside the traditional classroom, Indiana State is scattered with relaxed “living room” areas, where people gather on their own time and spontaneous conversations occur. One such place is the sunny atrium at the newly renovated Bayh College of Education, part student lounge, part café and meeting hall.


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Center for Student Success (CFSS)

Student Counseling Center

If you’re struggling in a particular class or just need a better study strategy, you’ll find someone who can really help at the CFSS. The teaching experts here provide academic advice, tutoring, mentor programs, and many other services to help students adjust to the rigors of academic life.

Stressed out by finals? Feeling anxious or overwhelmed? Maybe you went through a difficult break-up or lost a family member. We know life doesn’t stop while classes are in session. At State, you don’t have to deal with these issues alone. The Student Counseling Center gives you a private place to unload your troubles. For about $30 a semester, a licensed social worker or psychologist can help you work through life’s struggles with individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, health advisement, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, and substance abuse treatment.

Tutoring at the center is free and convenient. One-on-one or small group tutorials are offered in many subjects. Some courses are tutored by appointment, while others—math tutorials, for example—are offered on a walk-in basis. Tutoring may be long-term, short-term, or single visit. Several CFSS programs, like University 101, are focused on first-year students. Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers free, regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions for historically difficult courses. Other specialized support programs include the LEAP Summer Bridge Program, Athletics Studies Program, Twenty-first Century Scholar Corps Program, First-Generation Faculty Mentoring Program, and Student Support Services Program, which includes assistance to persons with special needs.

Remember, it takes strength to ask for help. At Indiana State you never have to feel alone. Visit or call 812-237-3939 to learn about our services.

Career Center The friendly career coaches at Indiana State’s Career Center will help you practice interviewing, create a top-notch résumé, network with professionals and, most important, find a job! They can also help you find a part-time job while you’re still a student—on campus or out in the community. We urge all our students to take advantage of our many career-planning services. Visit or call 812-237-5000 to learn more about how the Career Center can put you ahead of the game.


Culture and Performing Arts You may think you’re not the artsy type. But then, you haven’t yet visited our University Art Gallery, or seen a play at our Crossroads Repertory Theater. Our performing and visual arts opportunities are so prolific, you can’t help but bump into a cultural experience every day at State. Visit Nancy Grace


Be Inspired

A Random Sampling

Now in its 31st season, the University Speakers Series has brought the likes of Ralph Nader, Gerald Ford, Sister Helen Prejean, Amy Tan, Nancy Grace, Andy Rooney, Robert Ballard, Carole Simpson, Marlee Matlin, Maya Angelou, Jim Lovell, Garrison Keillor, Bob Woodward, Robert Osborne, Mitch Albom, and Andrew Young to the campus of Indiana State.

Hip Hop. Opera. Gospel. Experimental film. A wind ensemble, a brass band. Ballet or cirque de bizarre. Samuel Beckett, or Rogers and Hammerstein. It’s all on the menu at the Performing Arts Series, the International Music and Dance Festival, Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University Theater Department, University Speakers Series, Music School recitals and performances, Art Department Visiting Artist/Scholar program, and more.

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Bookstore Stop at Indiana State University Barnes & Noble Booksellers—the official campus bookstore—to buy notebooks, rent textbooks, grab some coffee or a birthday gift for your mom. It’s your one-stop-shop for academic success. You can buy and sell new and used books, study for exams, pickup a thumb drive on sale or, for those rare moments when you have time, grab a book to read just for the fun of it!


A healthy mind needs a healthy body. The Student Rec Center is THE place to relax and rejuvenate. You have to see our Student Recreation Center to believe it. All students have access to this stateof-the-art recreation facility. You can run on our indoor track, pick up a game of basketball, swim, lift weights, and lounge in our hot tub, all in one place. Top it off with a massage or a smoothie blended from fresh ingredients. Get ready for that spring break trip with Body Pump classes or let your worries melt away in our sauna.

The Great Outdoors The Rec Center isn’t the only place Sycamores can get buff. Indiana State has acres of open fields, miles of outdoor tracks, and diamonds of ball fields—the perfect training grounds for mind and body. Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair while you burn calories, build muscle, and have fun.


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Field Classrooms The Indiana State University Sycamore Outdoor Center is 80 acres of woods, trails, and lakes located approximately 18 miles east of Terre Haute. Ten platform tents and a full-sized classroom make the center a popular site for outdoor retreats and field learning. The center also houses our Keystone Adventure Program, which consists of a variety of challenge courses and group activities provided by trained facilitators.

The 43,000-acre Wabashiki State Fish and Wildlife Area, along the west bank of the Wabash River, also serves as an outdoor classroom for earth science students. Another field classroom is the Sustainability House, on the grounds of the university’s Community Garden on North 11th Street. The house is surrounded by a 1,700-squarefoot deck, which includes a 40-person outdoor classroom or teaching porch.


Discover a new world of tech support Who needs a genius when you have Sycamore IT? You are attending college in the twenty-first century, so you must have the latest tech support. Need the latest version of Microsoft Word? No problem. Indiana State has dozens of free software downloads available anytime. Can’t log in or get connected to the Internet? Before you throw your computer in the Wabash River, check out the services provided by Indiana State’s tech support servicer–in person, on the Web and over the phone. • With remote printers located in every building, you never have to sweat those last minute printing projects. • Tech Support kiosks are conveniently located all over campus, including the Commons and the library. There is even a Help Desk Call Center for fast, easy over-the-phone fixes. • Stay organized and connected with Blackboard. You can get your syllabus, download handouts, check your grades and turn in assignments and chat with other students, all in one place. Blackboard is your academic Facebook.

It’s a Factoid. It’s an exciting time to be a student at Indiana State! Thanks to our innovative Laptop Initiative, each incoming freshman is required to own a laptop computer. This helps our students be more organized for classes, have more access to resources, and be more marketable at graduation time. The news gets even better. If you achieve at least a 3.0 GPA toward the Indiana Core 40 high school diploma (or equivalent), we will reward you with a free laptop. There’s no additional application to fill out—you just need to meet the grade requirement and be admitted by June 15 to receive the free laptop. Find out more about the Laptop Award at

Sycamore Email Check your Sycamore email from anywhere with an Internet connection—the mall, the residence hall, the student rec center or even your smartphone. The Sycamore email system offers the following features: • 10 GB of email storage space • Smartphone Access (through Exchange Active Sync) • 7 GB of storage space available via SkyDrive • Ability to connect the Outlook client to your account • Instant messaging integrated into the client • Integrated blog • Use Office products even if they are not installed on your computer (Office 365)


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Sycamore Express

One-Stop Answers for Indiana State Students Sycamore Express helps currently enrolled find answers to questions about Indiana State University at one easy-to-navigate place. This website is full of detail and assistance as you go about the business of starting college. Topics include everything from billing and finances to registration and scholarships. You’ll want to bookmark this site for future reference and to receive important updates.

You’ll also find Sycamore Express kiosks in these on-campus offices: • Admissions • Bursar Operations (Office of the Controller) • College of Graduate and Professional Studies • Registration and Records • Residential Life • Student Financial Aid

Student Computer Support Center Walk in with a problem. Walk out with a solution. Can’t log in? Think your computer has a virus? Current students can get help with password issues, network connectivity issues, virus/malware resolution (including reformatting and setup), software updates, software installation, student print balance payment processing, and general information.

“I had an online final at 3 and at 10 till 3 my computer was not working. I took it over to OIT and they literally fixed it in a few minutes. I just walked in and had IT support right then.” Travis Rusk, sophomore, Criminology

The virtual community is every bit as robust as the one that exists in bricks and mortar on our fully wired campus.



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For your information

Indiana State University dedicated the vertical wind turbine Helix in early 2013.


May we show you around?

Sycamore Preview Days These are slightly more structured visits, where groups of visitors tour our campus, meet with faculty, and learn about application and financial aid procedures. Special preview days, like Teachers of Tomorrow and Technology Preview Day, are often planned for specific groups. We’ll be sure to tell you about those when you call. To take advantage of our Sycamore hospitality, call the Office of Admissions at 800-GO-TO-ISU. Or go to and schedule a visit. To see more of what happens on a Sycamore Preview Day, go to

Sycamore Preview Days are scheduled for these dates: September 21, 2013 October 14, 2013 November 11, 2013


January 28, 2014 February 17, 2014 April 12, 2014

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Oh, and here’s where to register for a Preview Day:


Majors and Concentrations Fall 2013 Accounting Advanced Manufacturing Management African and African American Studies Art (with concentrations in Art History, Graphic Design, Two-dimensional, and Three-dimensional) Art—Fine Arts (with concentrations in Graphic Design, Two-dimensional, and Three-dimensional) Art Education—All Grade Athletic Training Automation and Control Engineering Technology Automotive Engineering Technology Aviation Management Baccalaureate Nursing Biology Biology with Specialization in Medical Laboratory Sciences Business Administration Business Education Chemistry Civil Engineering Technology Communication Computer Engineering Technology Computer Science Construction Management Criminology and Criminal Justice Dietetics Earth & Environmental Sciences Economics Electronics Engineering Technology Elementary Education Engineering Technology English English Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education Finance Financial Services Food Service Management Health Sciences (with concentrations in Environmental Health, Health Administration, Health Psychology,


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Public Health, and School Health Education) History (with concentrations in Applied History and Public History) Human and Environmental Systems (with concentrations in Anthropology, Geography, and Geographic Information Science) Human Development and Family Studies Human Resource Development Information Design and End-User Computing Information Technology Insurance Interior Design Language Studies Language Studies Teaching (with concentrations in Spanish Teaching, Teaching English as a Second Language, and World Languages) Liberal Studies Management Management Information Systems Marketing Mathematics Mathematics Teaching Mechanical Engineering Technology Multidisciplinary Studies Music Business Music Composition Music Education (with concentrations in Choral/General Education and Instrumental/General Education) Music Liberal Arts Music Performance (with concentrations in Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice and Winds) Nursing Non-Designated Operations and Supply Chain Management Packaging Engineering Technology Philosophy Physical Education—Exercise Science

Physical Education—All Grade Physics (with concentrations in Professional Physics, Chemical Physics, and Engineering Physics) Political Science (with concentrations in American Politics and World Politics) Political Science—Legal Studies Predental Hygiene Predentistry Pre-Engineering Prelaw Premedicine Pre-Optometry Prepharmacy Preveterinary Professional Aviation Flight Technology Psychology Recreation and Sport Management (with concentrations in recreation management and recreation youth leadership, recreation therapy, and sport management) Safety Management Science Education (with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Space Science, and Physics) Social Studies Education Social Work Special Education Speech-Language Pathology Technology Management Technology Non-Designated Technology and Engineering Education Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising Theater (with concentrations in Acting, Design and Technology, Playwriting and Dramaturgy) Exploratory Studies Program (undeclared major)

APPLY TODAY! Are you ready to be a Sycamore?

Admission Requirements

Applying to Indiana State is easy. Just follow these simple steps. In about two weeks you’ll hear from Indiana State about the status of your application.

• Completion of the Indiana Core 40 high school curriculum (or equivalent for non-Indiana graduates) with a grade point of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. • Indiana high school graduates must have passed both the mathematics and English sections of ISTEP or receive an official waiver from their high school. • Acceptable GED scores may be submitted to satisfy admission requirements listed above.

Complete your application online at: Submit your official high school transcripts. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the high school to Indiana State University. Submit your official SAT or ACT scores. Indiana State’s federal school code is 001807. Pay the $25.00 application fee (nonrefundable), payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University.

Application Deadlines

NOTE: Candidates who do not achieve the levels listed above will be reviewed individually, with consideration given to: standardized test scores; the difficulty of the student’s high school curriculum; grades earned in academic subjects; and other evidence that the applicant has the potential for success in university studies. EXCEPTIONS: SAT/ACT scores not required if the applicant is 21 (or more) years of age. Official GED scores may be substituted for high school transcripts.

Fall semester.....................June 1 Spring semester.................December 1 First summer session.........May 1 Second summer session....July 1


What’s Next New Student Orientation All new students who are coming to college for the first time will attend New Student Orientation. Orientation is a two-day experience that occurs many times throughout June. In order to register for classes, students must attend an orientation session. Families and guests of students are encouraged to attend. New Student Orientation is a fun, exciting, and informative experience for new students. Once on campus, you’ll start making friends with your instructors, advisors, and fellow freshmen. • Eat in a dining hall. • Pose for your student ID photo. • Work with your academic advisor to schedule your fall classes. • Officially register for your first semester. • Enjoy some down-time in the Student Recreation Center. (Bring a swimsuit!)

Look right to check out our suggestions.


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Advice for students Be prepared.

Stay overnight.

Check out the academic advising worksheet and talk to your family about expectations for the first semester. You’ll meet one-on-one with an academic advisor during orientation, so family input is important before orientation.

We highly suggest using orientation to get a feel for living on-campus. Even if you’re commuting to campus during the year, stay overnight and hang out with new friends and our student leaders. It’s included in the fee for orientation!

Get to know your Welcome Team Leader.

Keep in touch.

Each student will be assigned a leader and small group during orientation. Your leader is a great resource during your time at Indiana State. You’ll also meet several new friends in this process.

Exchange phone numbers, email, or social media sites with your new friends and with our leaders. You’ll have some questions after orientation and we’re all here to help. Also, check MyISU Portal often and your Sycamore Email for notifications from your academic advisor.


More Bang for Your Buck

The Value of an Indiana State University Education

Four-year Graduation Guarantee

We are committed to providing bright minds (that’s you) with a high-quality, AFFORDABLE education.

Our Sycamore Graduation Guarantee assures that you will be able to complete your bachelor’s degree within four years as long as you meet certain requirements.

You watch the news. You hear about rising tuition costs, the burden of student loan debt, and graduates who can’t find jobs. It can be scary out there. We know; we’re listening, too. We’re here to help.


You must sign an application and then complete appropriate courses within your major. If, for some reason, you do not complete your degree within four years while staying on course, Indiana State University will pick up any extra tuition required to complete your degree beyond four years. Questions? You can find the answer on our page of frequently asked questions.

Indiana State University is one of the most affordable institutions in Indiana, but that doesn’t mean your education is inexpensive. We are the smart choice. Why? Because we’ve found a dynamic way to combine challenging academics,


supportive faculty and realworld experience with one of the most inexpensive price tags in higher education. What does this mean for you and your future? It means that you could have fewer student loans to pay back after graduation. It means you could have a high-quality, wellrespected degree with less debt. It means that you can set your sights on a career you love, not just a job that pays the bills.

Indiana State Tuition Estimates-at-a-Glance Estimated Direct Educational Expenses for an Academic Year

Full-time Tuition 12 to 18 credits

Standard Room and Board

Student Recreation Fee


Indiana Residents





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Out-of-state and International Students





These rates are for residents of Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio who receive Interstate Scholarships and for residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin who receive Midwest Consortium Scholarships.

Total for the academic year.

These numbers are based on 2013-2014 rates and are subject to change. For the most up-to-date tuition rates and fees, visit


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Current Student Award Package Snapshot Want to get hands-on with the numbers? 

Your published cost of attendance

Our online net price calculator can help you with early financial planning for college. Plug in a few key numbers, and this calculator will provide a preliminary estimate of federal, state and institutional aid eligibility, to help you gauge what aid you may be awarded. Believe it or not, it takes just ten minutes to complete.

Cost Paid Directly to Indiana State University $16,670

 indstate.

Tuition and Fees Room and Board

Estimated Personal Expenses Books and Supplies Other Expenses

+ $7,898 + $8,772

+ $1,170 + $2,186

Total Cost (including Personal Expenses) $20,026

Your estimated need

Total Cost (including Personal Expenses) $20,026 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) $1,200 Total Need $18,826

Your estimated grants and scholarships Federal Aid Pell Grant State Aid Frank O’Bannon Higher Education Grant 21st Century Scholar Award College Grants and Scholarships Academic Merit Scholarship 21st Century Housing and Book Award ISU Academic Need-Based Grant

- $4,400 - $2,332 - $5,660 - $1,000 - $2,000 - $1,000

Total Grants and Scholarships $16,382

A true sample  Sample Student Profile • High school student graduating in 2013 • GPA 3.3 • SATV 650, SATM 650 • Core 40 diploma • 21st Century Scholar Sample Family Profile • Married • Number in household: 4 • Number in college: 1 • Father earnings: $40,000 • Mother earnings: $0

Incoming undergraduate students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and admission by June 1st may also qualify for the ISU Laptop Award. Your Estimated Net Price $3,644

Your estimated eligibility for other aid programs Loans Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

- $1,200

Work Study Federal Work Study

- $2,444

Your Estimated Remaining Cost After Financial Aid



We say we’re here to help. That means with the money, too. Get to know the people in our Office of Student Financial Aid. They will be a tremendous help to you. Let’s start with the basics.

You don’t have to be the smartest kid in class to receive a scholarship.

Some things to know about financial aid.

Every year, Indiana State awards millions of dollars in scholarships—$8.5 million, to be exact.

What is it?

The kind you don’t have to pay back

Sure, most scholarships are based on some level of academic achievement. But many take other factors—like your extracurricular activities—into consideration. There are need-based scholarships, and scholarships designed to entice people into certain fields of study. There are special scholarships for musicians,* artists,* actors,* business majors, future nurses, aspiring teachers, Twentyfirst Century Scholars and many, many more. Get the picture?

• Scholarships: Awards from Indiana State or other sources • Grants: Money available through federal or state governments that you don’t pay back • Work Study: A government-subsidized student employment program where you work and earn a paycheck to help pay for college costs

You’ll be automatically considered for some awards, just for submitting your application and being admitted on time. Other awards, like President’s Scholarship and the Rural Health Scholarship, require separate applications. Check out early and often to discover your opportunities.

Financial aid is any money you obtain from outside sources, including from this school, that helps pay the cost of attending Indiana State. It breaks down into these basic forms:

The kind you DO have to pay back once you’re out of school

*Check out the Creative and Performing Arts Award at

• Loans: Some college loans are subsidized by the government. Others come from banks or other financial service companies. All have to be paid back, with interest. Nearly 80 percent of our students receive scholarships and/or other forms of financial aid. That’s more than 8,000 students attending Indiana State with financial assistance. The average “gift aid” financial aid package a student receives is $6,095 per year. (Gift aid is assistance received that does not typically have to be repaid. So, it wouldn’t include loans.)


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Your experts on call: The Office of Student Financial Aid.

It’s personal with us—whether it’s in person, over the phone, or online.

A large staff works full-time in Indiana State’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Our goal is to make sure every incoming family is informed and assisted throughout the aid application process.

Once you’ve applied for financial aid at State, you’ll gain access to your own, fully secure MyISU Portal. Through this personal online account and message board, you’ll be able to view the changing status of your Indiana State relationship as federal and school aid is estimated, then awarded, and finally, applied to your account.

Here is what our Financial Aid Staff wants you to know right away: • In most cases, you can speak with a Financial Aid counselor on your first visit to the John W. Moore Welcome Center. • You should go through the Financial Aid process, no matter what you believe about your current eligibility. Did you know that virtually every enrolled student can qualify for a federal loan? • If you stay in touch with us, we’ll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help you secure money for college.

We’ll keep you posted. Our financial aid counselors will post updates to alert you when your aid status changes, when more information is needed, or a deadline is approaching.

It all adds up! Some students may qualify for more than one scholarship. Guess what? At State, you don’t have to accept only one offer. It’s our priority to help you gain access to an affordable, high-quality education. While you can’t accept more scholarship money than the cost of attendance, you can combine smaller awards to make a bigger difference. Be sure to visit  indstate. edu/scholarships/combining-menu.htm to learn about combining scholarships at Indiana State.

Call a Financial Aid Counselor any time for help!

812-237-2215 or 800-841-4744

Yes! We have payment plans. Sure. Your parents can write a great big check for tuition at the start of each semester. But they don’t have to. They may also choose to spread the year’s costs out by making ten equal monthly payments; or paying agreed-upon amounts at agreed-upon times.  It’s all explained here:


This acronym could be the key to your future: FAFSA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for most types of financial aid at Indiana State University. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free. This application is used to determine the dollar amount you and your family will be expected to contribute toward college. It determines your eligibility and gives you access to any and all federal aid that may be available for you. Just as important, many states and colleges—including Indiana State—require a completed FAFSA, and use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Private financial aid providers may also use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Why should I fill out the FAFSA? Trust us, the government is right on this one. Here’s what they say on their website: If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! We’ve heard a number of reasons students think they shouldn’t complete the FAFSA. Here are a few: • “I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.” • “Only students with good grades get financial aid.” • “The FAFSA is too hard to fill out.” • “I’m too old to qualify for financial aid.” If you think any of these statements apply to you, then you should read “Myths About Financial Aid” at  The reality is, EVERYONE should fill out the FAFSA!

Here’s a video that tells you more: 

Sooooo, file the FAFSA between January 1 and March 1 to be considered for all possible funding. Send the FAFSA to Indiana State by listing our school code—001807. Students are notified of award eligibility via regular postal service and also can review their financial aid status on the MyISU Portal. Aid is typically applied to

When everyone uses the same form, it streamlines the process and helps keep everything fair and equitable. You actually submit the form to the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education. They make the initial calculations and forward your application and their assessment on to us.


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school accounts about ten days before a term begins. Late paperwork submission or late FAFSA filing can cause delays in processing. Check the MyISU Portal to verify that all requested documents have been submitted.

We'll help you get here All incoming freshman are automatically considered for the Indiana State University Need-based grant! For more information visit 


The scholarships shown here are just a small fraction of the financial awards available to attend Indiana State. To see more, go to and dig in. While you’re there, round up your parents and punch some numbers into our Net Price Calculator. It can tell you how much financial aid you’re likely to receive, based on your individual financial and academic circumstances.



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Scholarship Overview Competitive Scholarships DEC 1


Admission Deadline


President’s Scholarship

Full in-state tuition and premium on-campus housing

Combination of three • 3.75 GPA • 1200/26 SAT/ACT • Top 10%


Combination of three • 3.75 GPA • 1200/26 SAT/ACT • Top 10%


• 3.5 GPA

Full in-state tuition


• 3.0 GPA

Lugar Nominee Scholarship

$1,500 one-time


• Nominated by High School

Lugar Scholars Award

Full Unmet Need


• Selected by the Fund for Hoosier Excellence

Academic Excellence Scholarship

$4,000 per year


Combination of three • 3.75 GPA • 1200/26 SAT/ACT • Top 10%

Academic Distinction Scholarship

$2,500 per year


• 3.5 GPA • 1100/24 SAT/ACT

Academic Merit Scholarship

$1,000 per year


• 3.3 GPA

Laptop Award


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• 3.0 GPA

College Challenge Success Award

$400 one-time only

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA • “C” in College Challenge course

Honors Diploma Recognition Award

$500 one-time only

JUN 15

Illinois Student Scholarship

Reduced Tuition Rate

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA

Kentucky Student Scholarship

Reduced Tuition Rate

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA

Ohio Student Scholarship

Reduced Tuition Rate

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA

Midwest Consortium Scholarship Residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin

Reduced Tuition Rate

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA

Incentive Scholarship

$4,000 per year


• 3.0 GPA

Summer Honors Scholarship

$1,000 per year

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA

21st Century Scholars Excellence and Textbook Scholarship

• Standard On-campus Housing • $500 textbook award


Combination of three • 3.75 GPA • 1200/26 SAT/ACT • Top 10%

21st Century Scholars Housing and Textbook Scholarship

• $1500 per year toward on-campus housing • $500 textbook Award


• 3.0 GPA

Child of Alumni Textbook Scholarship

$100 one-time only

JUN 15

• 3.0 GPA

University Honors Scholarship

Full in-state tuition

Warren M. Anderson Diversity Scholarship

$5,000 per year

Center for Leadership Development Award

Guaranteed Scholarships


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15 Academic Enrichment Center (Erickson Hall) 34 Admissions, Office of (John W. Moore Welcome Center) 1 African American Cultural Center 23 Arena (Health and Human Services Building) 2 Art Annex 56 Arts and Sciences, College of (Stalker Hall) 3 Athletics Annex West 4 Blumberg Hall 5 Bookstore (Barnes and Noble Booksellers) and ISU Foundation 6 Burford Hall 19 Business, Scott College of (Federal Hall) 58 Career Center 30 Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Richard G. Landini 21 Center for Student Success (Gillum Hall) 7 Central Chilled Water Plant 8 Cherry Street Parking Garage

27 Commons (Hulman Memorial Student Union) 9 Condit House 60 Counseling Center (Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine) 10 Cromwell Hall 11 Cunningham Memorial Library 27 Dede Activity Center (Hulman Memorial Student Union) 12 Dede Plaza 13 Dreiser Hall 14 Driver Education Range 65 Education, Bayh College of (University Hall) 15 Erickson Hall 16 Facilities Management and Purchasing 17 Facilities Management Storage 18 Fairbanks Hall 19 Federal Hall 20 Fine Arts Building 21 Gillum Hall 63 Graduate and Professional Studies, College of (Tirey Hall) 23 Health and Human Services Building











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24 Hines Hall 25 Holmstedt Hall 26 Hulman Center 27 Hulman Memorial Student Union 5 ISU Foundation and Bookstore (Barnes and Noble Booksellers) 25 IU School of Medicine—Terre Haute (Holmstedt Hall) 28 Jones Hall 29 Klueh Tennis Complex, Duane 30 Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Richard G. 11 Library, Cunningham Memorial 31 Lincoln Quadrangles 32 Marks Field 33 Mills Hall 34 Moore Welcome Center, John W. 35 Myers Technology Center, John T. 36 New Theater 37 Normal Hall 38 Nursing Building 38 Nursing, Health, and Human Services, College of (Nursing Building) 39 Oakley Place 40 Oakley Plaza 8 Parking Garage, Cherry Street













41 Parsons Hall 30 Performing and Fine Arts, Richard G. Landini Center for 42 Pickerl Hall 43 Power Plant 44 Price Field 45 Public Safety 46 Rankin Hall 47 Recreation East 48 Recycle Center 15 Residential Life (Erickson Hall) 49 Rhoads Hall 50 Root Hall 51 Sandison Hall 52 Satellite Chilled Water Plant 53 Science Building 54 Simmons Student Activity Center, Michael 55 St. John Softball Complex, Eleanor Forsythe 56 Stalker Hall 57 Statesman Towers 54 Student Activity Center, Michael Simmons 63 Student Financial Aid, Office of (Tirey Hall)

60 Student Health Center (Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine) 59 Student Recreation Center 60 Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine 61 Sycamore Towers 62 Technology Building 35 Technology Center, John T. Myers 62 Technology, College of (Technology Building) 29 Tennis Complex, Duane Klueh 63 Tilson Music Hall (Tirey Hall) 63 Tirey Hall 21 University College (Gillum Hall) 64 University Club 65 University Hall 45 University Police (Public Safety) 34 Welcome Center, John W. Moore 66 Wolf Field


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