OEM Timeline


Indiana University is founded as a state seminary.

It is one of the first public universities west of the Allegheny Mountains.


Classes begin with the first enrollment of ten men.

Classes are held in the Seminary Building (below), the first structure erected on campus.

Seminary Building


Curriculum is reorganized around major subjects and departments.

Under IU President David Starr Johnson, students exercise more freedom in selecting a major and designing their own course of study. The university establishes several new departments; this results in more elective courses and expands the scope of existing degree programs.


Library Building, renamed Franklin Hall in 1988, is completed.

The Library Building contains a study area for about 200 students. Below the reading room are seminar rooms for economics, English, education, German, Greek, history, Latin, and the Romance languages. The east wing of the building holds Department of Fine Arts studios and classrooms.


Director of admissions position is created.

David Rothrock is appointed the first director of admissions in 1937. This position assumes admissions duties previously handled by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1938, the Office of Admissions is reorganized and expanded to perform registration and publicity tasks, with Frank Elliott serving as director until 1946.

Black and white photo of Louise McNutt, Herman B Wells and Frank Elliott
L-R: Louise McNutt, Herman B Wells and Frank Elliott


The Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar are combined to form the Office of Records and Admissions.

Black and white photo of IU office staff stting at a typewriter
Indiana University office staff, 1949.


The offices are again divided.

In 1979, the Office of Records and Admissions is again reorganized into two distinct offices: the Registrar and the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.


The Office of the Registrar introduces the expanded grade report.

This expanded grade report provides context to clarify individual grades, GPAs, and course content for both students and outside viewers of transcripts (such as graduate schools or potential employers).


IU wins CAUSE award in the Best Practices in Applications category for the Automated Course Exchange (ACE) system.

This system allows for conflict-free course scheduling, which was formerly impossible. It also offers guaranteed raincheck enrollment for the future, in the event that a requested course is full at the time of enrollment.


Welcome Week is officially named.

The Office of First Year Experience Programs officially names the series of programs and events just prior to each fall semester—including CultureFest, RecFest, and Traditions and Spirit of IU—"Welcome Week."


Vice President and Chancellor Ken Gros Louis creates the Office of Enrollment Services.

The Office of Enrollment Services is created by Ken Gros Louis to unify recruitment and outreach divisions at IU Bloomington and ensure the quality, diversity, and value of an IU education. The department brings together the offices of Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, Registrar, and Orientation. Don Hossler serves as the first vice chancellor for enrollment services until 2005.


IU introduces web-enabled course registration.

Screenshot of IU's first web-enable course interface

For the first time in the university’s history, students can complete their course registration online.


The Cox Scholars Program is established.

The largest donor-funded IU scholarship program on the Bloomington campus, the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Scholars Program "affirms and rewards the efforts of Indiana University Bloomington students who have demonstrated the motivation and resourcefulness required for success through their part-time work and solid academic performance."


Hoosier Link is created.

This guaranteed admission partnership between Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington begins. The first cohort consists of 94 students.


Under Vice Provost Roger Thompson’s guidance the organization changes its name to the Office of Enrollment Management. Vice Provost Thompson serves until 2010.

The Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) oversees the offices of admissions, student financial assistance, the registrar, and Bloomington campus orientation programs. Vice Provost Thompson serves until 2010.


David B. Johnson is named vice provost for enrollment management.

Before being named vice provost, Johnson had worked on recruiting, marketing, and programming initiatives to attract academically talented students to IU. His previous roles in the Office of Enrollment Management include interim vice provost and associate vice provost.


The Office of Enrollment Management creates a centralized Student Services Center (now Student Central), a one-stop shop for student services.

Parents and Students being assisted at the new Student Central

The creation of Student Central aligns with the OEM mission to attract, admit, enroll, and retain students; create and manage a campus schedule, course offerings, and academic records; administer scholarships and financial aid; facilitate student transitions; and promote Indiana University and higher education.


The Office of Enrollment Management introduces the Six C’s (Eduventures Innovation Award Winner).

The Six C’s—Communications, Community Based Organizations, Community Colleges, Pre-College Camps and Competitions, Churches and Faith Based Organizations, Counselor and High School Programs—led to a 38 percent increase in enrollment by underrepresented freshmen over the previous five years.


IU Bloomington enrolls the largest beginner class ever, with 8,097 students.

The university also welcomes the most ethnically diverse freshman class in its history, and the most in-state students of any university in Indiana.


Office of Registrar completes pilot of course pre-registration and begins full rollout of the program.

Student registering online

Students new to IU can register for core classes, such as composition classes, before they attend New Student Orientation (NSO). Pre-registration of these courses improves the effectiveness of NSO advisor appointments.


First Year Experience Programs launched the Hoosier Experience program.

Hoosier Experience has a quality logo

The Hoosier Experience program enhances student engagement and unifies the first-year student experience across campus. Program themes include academics and careers, arts and humanities, equity and inclusion, health and wellness, leadership and engagement, and tradition and community.


Indiana University approves test-optional policy.

To increase access and equity in the admissions process, the IU Board of Trustees and each campus's faculty council approved a policy that allows students to decide if their SAT/ACT scores should be considered as part of their IU application. IU was the first Big Ten school to make this move and did so before the COVID-19 pandemic began.


Office of Scholarships chooses to be test-exclusive when awarding academic scholarships.

A new scholarships model was created to allow the same consideration for Office of Enrollment Management academic scholarships whether the student submitted an ACT/SAT score or not. IU Academic Scholarships are awarded based on high performance in the student's high school academic coursework.


IU Bloomington smashes all enrollment goals—enrolling a beginner class of 9,482.

In a time of uncertain outcomes and a decreasing college-bound student population, IU Bloomington continues to exceed enrollment goals. The class included a record number of Indiana residents and historically marginalized students.


The Degree Compendium project launches the first phase.

IU Degrees are beautiful

The Office of Enrollment Management, in partnership with the Bicentennial team, debuted the first phase of the degree compendium project which contains the names, graduation year, and degree awarded to IU graduates from the classes of 1830–1890. The database will eventually be expanded to include information about all IU graduates.


The Office of Admissions launches the Precollege Academy.

Precollege Academy students working on project

Students from historically marginalized backgrounds are invited to take part in the first Precollege Academy. In this week-long summer program, students are introduced to college life, participate in career workshops, engage in interactive sessions on culture, identity, and education, and get tools that will help them with the college application process. The program's current funding allows up to 40 students to participate each summer, staying on campus at IU Bloomington.


The Office of Retention opens.

IU Office of Rentention helps students

Vice Provost David B. Johnson establishes the Office of Retention, whose staff work collaboratively with the Office of Enrollment Management and the campus community to foster an environment focused on retention, student success, eliminating equity gaps, and using data-informed decisions in support of campus retention initiatives.

Learn more about what we plan to achieve

OEM Bicentennial Strategic Plan