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Indianapolis, Indiana (IN) Colleges and Universities

There are 48 colleges and universities within 25 miles of the Indianapolis area. Read about the traditional public and private schools in the area to find the school for you.

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As the state capital and the largest city in Indiana, Indianapolis is home to several 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities. We look at the area's traditional schools using statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to compare them and help students make the right choice for them.

Closest Schools to Indianapolis, Indiana

For students wanting to attend school near downtown Indianapolis, there are primarily 4-year schools to choose from. A few of these nearby schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Martin University (2.2 miles from downtown)
  • Brown Mackie College-Indianapolis (2.5 miles from downtown)
  • Harrison College-Indianapolis (2.5 miles from downtown)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (2.8 miles from downtown)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis East (3.5 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis offers several schools with more than 1,000 students for those wishing to attend larger institutions. The two largest schools are public institutions, followed by several bigger private schools.

  • Ivy Tech Community College (81,668 students)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (30,105 students)
  • University of Indianapolis (5,504 students)
  • Butler University (4,797 students)
  • Harrison College-Indianapolis (3,040 students)

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  • Computer Sciences
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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a postsecondary institution is reported by the NCES. This figure is calculated by taking the total cost of attendance and then subtracting the average amount of financial aid - including institutional and federal grants and scholarships - received by full-time undergraduate students. The net price of Indianapolis area schools varied from around $6,400-$34,800, as of the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Ivy Tech Community College ($6,416)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis ($10,740)
  • Martin University ($12,813)
  • Brown Mackie College-Indianapolis ($18,977)
  • Marian University ($19,992)

Highest Graduation Rates

Several of the Indianapolis area's 4-year schools report overall graduation rates above 40%, as reported by NCES for 2015. This figure represents the percentage of full-time undergraduates who successfully completed their bachelor's degrees within six years, or 150% of 'normal time.'

  • Butler University (76% graduation rate)
  • Franklin College (60% graduation rate)
  • University of Indianapolis (57% graduation rate)
  • Marian University (56% graduation rate)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (44% graduation rate)

The Indianapolis, IN, area offers a unique mix of 2-year and 4-year public and private institutions that give students an array of options in school proximity to downtown, student population size, net price, and graduation rates.

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