Indiana has long been nicknamed the “Hoosier State” for its great school spirit and unique community camaraderie. From a 39-student college of scientific therapeutics to a large state college system with thousands of potential graduates, Indiana leads the way in Midwest higher education.* Post-grad work opportunities include the powerhouse banking institution 1st Source Corp., Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, and ITT Educational Services. These employment prospects turn many students into lifelong Hoosiers.
Sports enthusiasts will have no time enjoying Indiana life, with attractions like a Colts football game or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum.* Check out the shops or enjoy the scenic outdoors while hiking or picnicking in Brown County. Jump off the limestone cliffs when no one is watching in Bloomington. Or take yourself out for a walk along the canal downtown. Lafayette offers the Columbian Park Zoo and Buccaneer Bay Indoor Aquatic Center, while Hammond is home to zippy bartenders at Dick’s R U Crazy. A growing microbrew culture, changing seasons, and Hoosier hospitality make Indiana a great place to learn and live – what more could an aspiring student ask for?*Wikipedia, “Colleges and universities in Indiana” *www.in.gov/visitindiana
Purdue is a public university in West Lafayette, Indiana founded by John Purdue in 1869, and currently offers over 200 majors and 70 master’s programs in the fields of pharmaceuticals, nursing, and medicine. Purdue has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 40,000 students that attend classes on a campus that takes up just over 2,400 acres, with an academic calendar that operates on a semester system. Purdue has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 which is on the smaller end for a large public institution.
Students at Purdue get to explore a sprawling campus and attend classes in historic buildings situated along with the Purdue and Memorial Malls. The school is known for its competitive engineering program that offers courses in both mechanical and civil engineering and has produced esteemed alumni including astronaut Neil Armstrong. Indiana residents should note that in-state students pay about half what out-of-state students pay for tuition and fees, which can make this school a competitive option for in-state applicants.
Purdue has established itself as a top research university through the investment in on-campus infrastructure and strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions. The Purdue Research Park is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to research and development by maintaining ongoing communication with companies in the manufacturing, IT, and life sciences sectors. Beyond academics, Purdue’s Boilermaker athletic teams compete in the BIG10 Conference, with an annual football rivalry with Indiana University’s Hoosiers in what is known locally as the Old Oaken Bucket. Notable alumni include Chopped host Ted Allen, popcorn tycoon Orville Redenbacher, and pilot Chesley Sullenberger.
Indiana University, or IU, is a public university that was founded in 1820 in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. Founded as a seminary, IU is now a large research institution with a total undergraduate enrollment of about 40,000 students. The school’s campus covers over 1,000 acres with buildings made of locally-quarried Indiana Limestone, which was used to construct the historic core campus during the Great Depression. IU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, and Indiana residents receive in-state tuition.
IU’s campus includes over 20 specialty libraries, four museums, and a massive athletics facility with an olympic swimming pool, a gym, and a track and field center for student-athletes. IU has 16 schools and over 500 majors to choose from, with internationally-renowned departments such as the Jacobs School of Music and the Kelley School of Business.
The Indiana University Hoosiers compete in the BIG10 conference and maintain a strong local rivalry with their neighbors, the Purdue Boilermakers. The Hoosier basketball team gained notoriety after Angelo Pizzo’s film Hoosiers debuted in 1986, chronicling the team’s meteoric rise to the national championship in 1954. Notable alumni include former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman, and American songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.
Butler University offers 101 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,219 students graduated with students earning 833 Bachelor's degrees, 232 Master's degrees, 106 Doctoral degrees, and 48 Certificates.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN||10 : 1||12,683|
|Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN||22 : 1||45,500|
|DePauw University Greencastle, IN||9 : 1||1,972|
|Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN||9 : 1||867|
|Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN||11 : 1||2,038|
|Earlham College Richmond, IN||8 : 1||998|
|Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN||20 : 1||43,260|
|Taylor University Upland, IN||16 : 1||2,173|
|Butler University Indianapolis, IN||14 : 1||5,515|
|Hanover College Hanover, IN||12 : 1||1,070|
|Saint Mary's College Notre Dame, IN||11 : 1||1,580|
|University of Evansville Evansville, IN||14 : 1||2,371|
|Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN||12 : 1||3,502|
|International Business College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN||17 : 1||254|
|Goshen College Goshen, IN||15 : 1||907|
|Marian University Indianapolis, IN||24 : 1||3,519|
|Huntington University Huntington, IN||20 : 1||1,384|
|Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing Lafayette, IN||143|
|Franklin College Franklin, IN||12 : 1||956|
|Ball State University Muncie, IN||21 : 1||22,443|