Fulfilling the Promise

We’ve been keeping our word for 200 years

As a member of the Indiana University family, you can feel the truth of our promise in your bones. It lives in your heart, along with a sense of belonging and a fierce pride. And when you pause to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and contemplate what’s still to come, you realize you’re a part of something great—something you’ll carry with you forever.

We’re all fulfilling the promise every day, in every facet of our lives. Read on to find out exactly what that means to us.

As people awaken into a world no longer new in geography but now new in hope and promise, they find education the means to give reality to their dreams.

Herman B Wells, IU president, 1938–62

Fulfilling the promise

We are Indiana.

We say what we mean and mean what we say.

And when we make a promise, we keep it.

We believe that the wisest among us have an obligation to teach the untested—and that when they do, everyone rises to a higher level.

We believe that learning can happen anywhere and everywhere. So while we expect our students to show up and study hard, we also encourage them to get out in the community and do.

We believe that our community needs us—and that every city, town, and village on the planet is part of our community.

We believe that all of our students can achieve great things, if they put in the work and have the support of people who inspire them.

It’s our job to ensure they never falter.

It’s our job to teach them, to share our wisdom, and to work tirelessly until they have the knowledge and skills they need to fly.

And it’s our job to demand that they are never daunted. That they try again and again and again until they succeed and the world gains another dreamer, doer, or leader who inspires everyone they meet.

We’ve been preparing extraordinary people for success for 200 years. We promise to continue to nurture talent, inspire curiosity, and encourage discovery for at least another 200.

We are tried and true. We are all for you.

We are Indiana University.

What will your success story be?

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Headlines, dates, and related images appear above a long table of books:

“Legislative act establishes state seminary that became IU, 1820”

“Varsity football team started, 1886”

“Herman B Wells named 11th president of IU, 1938”

“IU Auditorium completed and IU Art Museum established, 1941”

“National intercollegiate competition for women begins, 1971”

“Michael A. McRobbie named 18th president of IU, 2007”

“IU trustees approve new School of Global and International Studies, 2012”

More text appears on a dark background:

“On campuses throughout Indiana, in partnership with educational institutions around the world, Indiana University offers students from all backgrounds . . . ”

A series of headlines and video clips begins:

“The promise of the dream”

Video of Commencement.

“The promise of a lifetime of success”

Video of the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses.

“The promise of a community where you belong”

Video of students and a faculty member talking in a classroom.

“The promise of faculty who inspire”

Video of a music performance and of someone speaking at a dinner.

“The promise of degrees for dreamers, doers, and leaders”

Video of people in foreign cities.

“The promise of an education that works anywhere”

Video of hospitals, doctors, and nurses.

“The promise of helping Indiana thrive”

Video of a large telescope and of the night sky.

“The promise of an environment of endless curiosity”

Video of young women sharing a dinner.

“The promise of friendships that never fade”

Video of IU football and basketball events.

“The promise of something bigger than yourself”

Video from behind an empty podium, with a crowd of people talking in front of the podium.

“The promise of preparation for whatever comes next”

Video of several IU campuses and downtown Indianapolis.

More text appears on a background of blurred lights:

“In 1820, Indiana University made its first promise: to educate a small group of scholars living on the frontier of a new country.”

New text appears:

“We’ve been keeping our word ever since.”

The IU trident appears, along with:

“Indiana University
Fulfilling the Promise”