Choosing a graduate school? Experience the O’Neill School before you decide, and be confident in your decision. During O’Neill's Experience Day, you’ll meet our faculty, staff, alumni, and current students, as well as other visiting prospective students—on location at the O’Neill School on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
Programming will include a welcome reception on Thursday, April 2, 2020, a full day of sessions on Friday, April 3, followed by the annual student-led O'Neill Auction and Gala. It is our hope that this will provide a comprehensive view of what an O'Neill student's life looks like both inside and outside of the classroom.
Experience Day is a great opportunity for all prospective students, whether you are interested in an MPA, MSES, MES, MAAA, MSHM, or our dual degree programs.
When you reserve your spot for Experience Day and as you make your travel plans, keep in mind the following opportunities:
Current O’Neill School faculty, staff, and students will be in attendance, and we will be inviting all Experience Day attendees to join us. We will have a Gala Guide – a current O’Neill student – waiting for you upon your arrival to introduce you and your group to members of the O’Neill family throughout the evening. This event takes place in the evening of Friday, April 3, 2020. Your Gala ticket is on us!
Current O’Neill students open their homes to host a limited number of prospective students overnight. These accommodations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. In the RSVP form for Experience Day, please indicate if you are interested in staying with a current student.
If you plan on flying, the closest airport to Bloomington is the Indianapolis International Airport. There are two shuttle services from the airport to Indiana University:Go Express TravelandStar of America.
See what Experience Day holds for you
Final schedules will be available the week of the event, but plan for a full day on campus on April 3rd from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (EST) with optional activities in the evening. In the meantime, review our FAQs and explore our sample schedules for a feel of what the day will offer.
Experience Day is geared towards applicants and admitted students, but anyone who is interested in an O'Neill program is welcome to attend. As many of our current students will share, it was their visit to IU that really brought clarity to their graduate school choice. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the feel of a day on IU’s campus—considered to be one of the most beautiful campuses in the country!
If you are flying into the Indianapolis International Airport, which is just 45 minutes away from the Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) campus, shuttle service directly to IUB is provided by theGo Express TravelorStar of America Shuttle Services for a small fee.
If you are driving to campus, map out your route below!
Additionally, we have a limited number of opportunities to be housed with a current student. You can indicate interest in being housed with a current student on your Experience Day RSVP. If we cannot accomodate your request to be housed with a current student, we suggest booking a hotel room in advance, just in case!
Contactoneillgd@indiana.eduif you have any questions about lodging.
You may park in the Fee Lane Parking Garage on Fee Lane, just off of 10th Street. There is road and building construction around the campus, so be patient and know that you might need to take an alternate route.
We will provide you with a free visitor permit for use upon exiting the garage (please take a parking ticket as you enter—you won't need a parking pass until you exit). You will see signs indicating “Experience Day Parking” in and around the O’Neill School building and garage entrance.
We encourage you to park in the Fee Lane Garage on the second or sixth floors. Take the elevator on the south side of the building to the first floor of the building (B1), which is in the graduate wing of the Kelley School of Business. O’Neill Student Ambassadors will be waiting for you there to offer additional guidance.
The O’Neill School's building address is:
1315 East Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405
Fee Lane garage address:
Fee Lane and Eleventh Streets Bloomington, IN 47405
Experience Day is FREE to all attendees! To reserve your spot, ensure you submit an RSVP before the deadline.
We recognize that faculty and staff may prove influential in helping you decide which graduate school is the best fit for you. The O’Neill School has involved many of our faculty and staff in the planning and implementation of the comprehensive Experience Day schedule.
Please do not arrange individualized meetings on Experience Day.These meetings disrupt the schedule we've designed to offer a full O’Neill experience that includes interaction with faculty, staff, and our student community. We encourage you to pursue individualized meetings on another day or via email, Skype, or other media.
If you are a prospective outside dual degree student (Law, Area Studies, Physics, Chemistry), we are happy to offer contacts in another department for you to arrange individual meetings outside of the Experience Day schedule.
As you finalize your travel preparations, know that business casual attire is appropriate for all events, including the Welcome Reception and Experience Day, and comfortable shoes are recommended. The O’Neill School Auction and Gala is a cocktail attire event.
Bloomington is spectacular in the spring, but the weather can be unpredictable.
We understand that family, friends, and significant others may join you in Bloomington. However, Experience Day is individualized visits forprospective students only. We are happy to offer information on local attractions and landmarks, which may help those who choose to accompany you stay busy while you experience the O’Neill School.
Guests of prospective students are welcome to attend the evening Welcome Reception on April 2, 2020, and the O'Neill Auction and Gala on the evening of April 3, 2020. While the O'Neill School will cover Auction and Gala tickets for prospective students, we will not be able to cover the cost of an Auction and Gala ticket for guests of prospective students.
If you are unable to attend Experience Day, we hope to meet you during anindividual visit.