Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was formed in 1964 when the regional campuses for both universities merged. As the largest school in northeastern Indiana and the 5th-largest school in the state, IPFW enrolls more than 14,000 students from 68 countries. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate business and engineering programs among the best in the nation.


IPFW comprises 5 academic colleges, as well as the Richard T. Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences, the Division of Labor Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies. The university offers over 200 program options, including about 30 bachelor's degree programs.

Students interested in experiential learning may participate in study abroad programs, cooperative education, service learning and the university's National Student Exchange program, which allows students to study for up to a year at one of nearly 200 universities in the United States and Canada. IPFW also has 17 research and service centers and offers several grants for undergraduate research.

Enrollees interested in Web-based education can choose from more than 150 online classes. Students may complete coursework online for a bachelor's degree in general studies or a master's degree in nursing.


Prospective undergraduates can apply via the school's website until August 1 for fall semester and December 15 for spring semester. Students must submit a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants should be in the top half of their graduating class and have a minimum score of 1420 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT. Students applying to the engineering program must meet higher academic requirements. Incoming freshmen may submit advanced placement (AP) scores of 3 or higher for credit in many departments.

In 2011, out of 2,779 applicants, 91% were admitted, and 81% of accepted students enrolled. Of those who enrolled, 55% were female, 95% were Indiana residents, and 63% attended full-time. The largest ethnic/racial groups were white (81%), African-American (7%) and Hispanic/Latino (4%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition and fees totaled $254.65 per credit hour for Indiana residents and $611.65 for non-residents. Graduate tuition and fees were $313.95 per credit hour for in-state students and $710.95 for out-of-state students. Including tuition and fees, on-campus housing, books and other expenses, the estimated total cost of attendance in 2011-2012 was $23,736 for in-state undergraduates and $33,140 for non-resident undergraduates.

The university offers a deferred payment plan, which allows students to pay tuition in either 2 or 4 installments. Attendees may also submit the university's common scholarship application to be considered for a number of IPFW scholarships. Graduate students may apply for assistantships or fellowships, many of which offer stipends and reduced tuition. Students can use the Net Price Calculator on the school's website to estimate the total cost of attendance and potential financial aid.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 13,608 undergraduates and 718 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 8 floor-plan options from 1 to 4 bedrooms*
Schools and Programs 6 schools and colleges, 2 divisions; over 200 academic options*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: General Studies (191)
Master's: Business/Commerce (63)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 6% in 4 years
23% in 6 years
28% in 8 years (students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 91% of undergraduates in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 58% for full-time students and 32% for part-time students (undergraduates who began in Fall 2010)**
Middle 50% of SAT Scores for Admitted Undergraduates Fall 2011:
Critical Reading: 420-530
Math: 430-550
Writing: 410-520**
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 1 for fall admissions*
Undergraduate Decision Notification Date Rolling*
Undergraduate Tuition $254.65 per credit hour for Indiana residents and $611.65 per credit hour for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-Time First-Year Undergraduates Receiving It) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (50%), state and local grants (36%), institutional grants or scholarships (18%), federal student loans (64%)**
Percent of Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 87% of full-time first-year students for the 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Kettler Hall Room 111, 2101 East Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805
  • Phone: (260) 481-6812
  • Website:

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