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Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Learn what degree programs Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis

Indiana University was established in 1968 and became Indiana University-Purdue University -Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1969. Forbes ranked the public school the Midwest's eighth best public university in 2009. IUPUI is situated in downtown Indianapolis and grants degrees from both Purdue University and Indiana University.


IUPUI's 22 academic divisions include the Graduate School, an Honors College, the IUPUI University College and the Community Learning Network, which offers continuing education classes. Students can choose from more than 250 programs, including bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, along with undergraduate certificates. Data from U.S. News & World Report noted that in 2011, 37.6% of classes at IUPUI had fewer than 20 students. U.S. News & World Report also reported that the most popular programs in 2011 were education, liberal arts and sciences, business management and marking, health professions and communication.

The research-focused university has more than 100 research centers ranging in specialties such as art and design, dentistry, medicine, philanthropy, journalism and public health. In 2008, IUPUI was awarded 1,667 research grants.


For consideration for the fall semester, individuals must submit their admissions application by May 1 and by November 1 for the spring semester. Prospective students are evaluated on their standardized test scores, college preparation curriculum and high school grade point average. Individuals who don't meet the minimum entrance requirements are invited to participate in the Summer Success Academy where students may complete preparatory classes. Dual credit and advanced placement credits are accepted.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For in-state students enrolled at IUPUI in 2012-2013, they were charged $8,605, while non-Indiana students needed to pay $29,062, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). For students seeking on-campus housing, room and board was estimated to be $7,944 for 2012-2013. Total expenses for in-state students in the same school year were $23,941, whereas the total cost of attendance was $44,398 for non-residents. Books and supplies were $672 in 2012.

The university offers two student housing facilities for incoming freshmen. Other housing options include townhouses, guest and student apartments, conference housing and supplemental living.

Of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2011-2012, 85% received financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for any institutional or governmental financial assistance. To offset financial costs, students can apply for one of the numerous scholarships. The school offers scholarships for freshman, returning students, non-traditional and transfer students, graduate students, and continuing education students.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semesters***
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 22,271 undergraduates and 8,180 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing Two residence halls available for entering freshmen, but restrictions such as being under 21 years old and having completed fewer than 12 credit hours may apply****
Schools and Programs 19 schools; more than 250 certificate and degree programs****
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: General Studies (51)
Bachelor's: Business/Commerce (493)
Master's: Social Work (248)
Doctorate: Law (297)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 13% in four years
38% in six years*
Admission Rate 67% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 3,359 in 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time and 53% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students (2012) Middle 50% SAT: 440-550 in critical reading, 450-570 in math, 420-530 in writing
Middle 50% ACT composite: 19-25*
Application Due Date May 1 for fall admissions*****
Decision Notification Date May 1 for fall admissions or within 3 weeks if applying after deadline*****
Tuition (2012-2013) $8,605 in-state and $29,062 out-of-state*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012: Grants or scholarships (52%), federal loans (55%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **IPEDS Data Center, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis, *****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 420 University Boulevard, Campus Center Room 255, Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Phone: (317) 274-4591
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