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Life at IU Southeast

Located just 15 minutes from Louisville, Kentucky, IU Southeast has the best of both worlds—a small, intimate setting with access to the culture and events of a thriving metropolitan area.
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Student speaks: IU Southeast is a small campus with big opportunities. These big opportunities also apply to campus life. With over 100 student clubs and organizations, you're sure to find something to achieve your social, personal and professional goals. There's a lot of life on campus. All you have to do is get involved.

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Student speaks: Create lifelong bonds by rushing a Sorority of Fraternity.

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Student speaks: IU Southeast is home to 8 Fraternity and Sorority chapters including Tau Kappa, Epsilon, Sigma Kappa, and the National Panhellenic Council.

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Student speaks: You can also join a professional club to help prepare you for your future, such as the Marketing Club, the Pre-Med Society, Student Government Association or the Student Nurses Association.

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There are also plenty of special interest organizations and just for fun clubs you could join like the Gamer Society, Multicultural Student Union and Christian Student Fellowship.

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Student speaks: And if you don't know what you're looking for, you can create your own.

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Why not have a little fun cheering on our Grenadiers?

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Student speaks: IU Southeast has seven NAIA teams covering basketball, softball, baseball, tennis and volleyball.

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Student speaks: You could also have fun playing sports. Intramural sports such as basketball, flag football and sand volleyball are available to IU Southeast students.

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Student speaks: If the arts are more your thing, IU Southeast is home to the Ogle Center, take in a show or watch the IU Southeast Concert Band perform.

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Student speaks: You can also explore outside of campus.

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Student speaks: There's a lot of places to eat and things to do in IU Southeast home city of New Albany and in Louisville, which is just over the bridge and less than 10 miles away.

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Get involved and make connections to last a lifetime that can also help you get ahead in life. To learn more about campus life at IU Southeast, go to

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Picture yourself at IU Southeast

One of the advantages of a small campus is the close relationships a student can develop with both friends and faculty. Professors are approachable and invested in students’ success. The faculty and staff encourage students to lead programs, take on new initiatives, and engage in dialogue, even on tough topics. Whether you want to get involved in existing student organizations or start a new one, you’ll have the support you need as you help shape the events and culture of the campus.

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Supporting your mental health

Life can be stressful, whether it’s relationship issues, food insecurity, or school/life balance. However you’re feeling, IU has mental health resources to help.

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  • All statistics current as of fall 2023.

Honestly, just living here is my favorite. Just meeting all kinds of different people and just hanging out with people that I never met before...I just love talking to people, love meeting people and that’s probably my favorite thing was just meeting all kinds of different people.

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Living and dining on campus

IU Southeast has five residence lodges with apartment-like living. Each lodge suite is fully furnished and features a kitchen, living area, and bathroom.

On-campus dining options include The Commons Food Court, a Subway in the library, and the University Grounds Coffee Shop.

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Access to 100+ student organizations

From academic student organizations to intramural recreation, Greek life and spiritual organizations, IU Southeast offers a wide range of activities and groups to choose from. Students will find numerous leadership and volunteer opportunities, as well as ways to make a difference on campus and beyond. And if you see a need for a new group or organization, it’s easy to start one.

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Diversity and inclusion

At IU Southeast, we value and appreciate diversity of thought and expression, and we know that by bringing together different people and perspectives, we can achieve great things. From campus events to student organizations including the Multicultural Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Asian Pop Culture Club, and Black Student Association, you’ll find opportunities to meet with other students, discuss important issues, and make an impact.

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Take part in IU Southeast traditions and events

From your initial orientation and the Week of Welcome, you’ll experience IU Southeast’s unique touch of southern hospitality and charm. Annual events include International Education Week, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, an annual Voices of Change speech contest, campus dance competition, and special speakers. IU Southeast students also enjoy trips to Louisville, guided by faculty.
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