Welcome to our new and returning students as we start the 2019-2020 academic year. We are pleased to have you as part of the Indiana State University family. 

You and your family have made an investment in your education that will pay off when you reach that goal of earning your degree. We ask you to take responsibility to make the most of this investment. You have a great deal of autonomy as a college student, and it is important for you to make the decisions that will help you reach your educational goals. If you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Indiana State has a number of resources available to help you stay on track, and student success is our top priority.

I also encourage you to get involved in campus life. You can choose from hundreds of student organizations that serve a variety of interests including academics, recreational sports, social activities, community service, and more. These organizations are a great place to develop your leadership skills and meet new friends. 

You might also consider participating in our alternative breaks program (spring, summer, fall and winter) which send students to locations around the world to put their talents to use helping others. I would encourage you to consider our study abroad options as well.  

Athletics is also a significant part of college. ISU students can attend Sycamore athletic events for free, and I hope to see you at these games, meets and matches cheering on our student athletes. We also have a number of cultural offerings (Speaker Series, Performing Arts Series, art exhibits, plays, etc.) that you may attend for free with your student ID.

Most importantly, find your passion. You are on a path that will impact the rest of your life. A college degree is more essential than ever before in today’s workplace and earning that degree will directly impact your quality of life. Research shows that college graduates earn an estimated $1 million more over their lifetime than the earnings of those who do not have a degree. 

I wish you all the best this year. I know that great things are in your future.



Deborah J. Curtis, Ph.D.