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University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private liberal arts institution offering 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 37 master’s degree programs, six doctoral programs, and a variety of certificate programs. Personalized attention, experiential learning, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 are just the beginning of what makes University of Indianapolis unique.


Hands-on, tight-knit classes help students build their careers around what matters to them. And unparalleled support allows students to take on the challenges that will help them define their futures in their own terms.


The University’s motto, “Education for Service,” is central to the institution’s identity and purpose. This philosophy is integrated into the curriculum of every academic program. Students and faculty alike participate in service learning trips, volunteer opportunities, and community involvement projects, often in the context of their own careers. 


University of Indianapolis recognizes that college is more than taking classes; the experience is about building a lifelong foundation. Students discover a vibrant campus community, and an inclusive, energetic culture at the University of Indianapolis provides a means for students to shape themselves into all they are meant to be. Students find themselves among individuals who share both a common goal and determination forging connections with present, past, and future Greyhounds from across the state, nation, and world. And when students graduate from the University of Indianapolis, they don’t just enter the real world; they lead the way.




Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
4,346 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full time
38% male — 62% female
15.09% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
267 full-time faculty
306 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
81.4% of first year students live on campus
42% of all students live on campus

School Location

University of Indianapolis is located in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana. The 50-acre campus is situated in a thriving metropolitan city of about 900,000 people, just 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. Home to the NCAA, various sport governing bodies, exceptional health care facilities and a variety of industrial, commercial and social institutions, Indianapolis provides a world of internship and employment opportunities.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


76.7% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 9%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


Meeting a challenge takes more than muscle. It takes not giving up, turning back, or bringing any less than your all. Student athletes at University of Indianapolis are prepared for all that lies ahead, because they play for love and train for life. And that means always going the distance.

University of Indianapolis is a NCAA Division II School offering 11 varsity men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and wrestling, and 10 varsity women’s sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The mascot is the Greyhound, and the colors are crimson and gray.

In the last year, Greyhounds won three Great Lakes Valley championships and 14 teams qualified for NCAA postseason play. In the last 11 years, Greyhounds have earned 10 top-20 finishes in the NCAA D-II Learfield Sports Directors Cup.

Other Information

Founded in 1902, University of Indianapolis is a private institution of higher education offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. UIndy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and many of its programs are accredited by accrediting organizations in their fields. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the University is known for a small student-to-faculty ratio, personal attention, interactive classes, flexible programs, highly respected undergraduate program in the health sciences, teacher education and communications, and nationally ranked graduate programs.

Academic Programs

Accounting Actuarial Science Anthropology Anthropology with Occupational Therapy Applied Psychology Archaeology Art Art Teaching Art Therapy (Pre-Art Therapy) Athletic Training (Pre-Athletic Training) Biology Biology/Cell and Molecular Biology/Science and Technical Writing Business Administration Chemistry Communication Community Leadership and Engagement (School for Adult Learning) Computer Science Creative Writing Criminal Justice Digital Media Management (School for Adult Learning) Digital Media Studies Earth-Space Science Earth-Space Science Teaching Education Elementary Education Emergency & Disaster Management (School for Adult Learning) Engineering/Bio-Medical Engineering/Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Industrial & Systems Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Software English English–Creative Writing English–Literary Studies English–Professional Writing English Teaching Entrepreneurship Environmental Science Environmental Sustainability Exercise Science Experience Design Finance French French Teaching German German Teaching Graphic Design/Visual Communication Design Health and Physical Education Health Care Consumer Advocacy (School for Adult Learning) History Human Biology Information Systems & Applied Business Analytics International Relations Journalism Kinesiology Liberal Studies (School for Adult Learning) Marketing Mathematics Mathematics Teaching Medical Laboratory Science Music Music/Business Music/Church Music Music Performance Music Teaching Music Therapy Music Theory Music Technology & Recording Music/Jazz Studies Nursing Occupational Therapy (Pre-Occupational Therapy) Operations and Supply Chain Management Organizational Leadership (School for Adult Learning) Philosophy Physical Education Teaching Physical Therapy (Pre-Physical Therapy) Physics Physics Teaching Political Science Pre-Dentistry Program Pre-Law Program Pre-Medicine Program Psychology Psychology with Occupational Therapy Public Health Education & Promotion Public Health Education & Promotion with Occupational Therapy Public Relations Radio Religion Respiratory Therapy Social Studies Teaching Social Work Sociology Spanish Spanish Teaching Sport Management Sports Marketing Studio Art Teaching Television Theatre Theatre Teaching Theology (Pre-Theology) Visual Communication Design/Graphic Design

More Distinctions

  • University of Indianapolis has been ranked among the Best Colleges for Regional Midwest Universities by U.S. News & World Report and Best Midwestern Universities by College Choice. Its occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing graduate programs also made the list for Best Grad Schools 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

  • University of Indianapolis, in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children, offers Indiana’s only Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program.

  • University of Indianapolis is one of fewer than 200 universities nationwide to receive a Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

  • The National Survey of Student Engagement places University of Indianapolis significantly higher in the student/faculty interaction category than all other Great Lakes private schools.

Undergraduate Research

University of Indianapolis actively promotes research and scholarly activity by providing unique, in-depth research opportunities for students in a variety of fields. Research at the University is collaborative, allowing students to participate in research groups with fellow classmates and a faculty advisor. Student research at UIndy has culminated in published research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Most Schools and Colleges within the University also provide financial support for undergraduate student research expenses as well as travel for professional meetings and conferences at which to present their research.

Diversity & Global Learning

University of Indianapolis serves an inclusive student body and promotes cross-cultural and global understanding through its academic curriculum, scholarly lectures and programs, performances, travel and study abroad programs, international student programs, and student organizations. The University’s dedication to cultural diversity and international exchange has made the campus a welcoming environment for students from more than 60 nations. The University’s partnerships around the world provide numerous opportunities for U.S. students to study abroad.

Student Groups

University of Indianapolis is home to more than 60 student organizations including academic, common interest, community service, leadership, recreational, religious, and cultural organizations to promote unity, collaboration, community, academic achievement, and social responsibility among all students on campus.

Organizations such as the Black Student Association, Chinese Student Union, Indian Student Association, Student Organization of Latinos, and UIndy PRIDE aim to foster education and awareness of these cultures on the campus, create a community of support for international students, and celebrate the University’s diversity.

Through the University’s organizations and societies, students can bring their passions beyond the classroom, work toward a common cause, give back through service, or reinforce their goals. The range of activities, clubs, and organizations reflects student life: a balance of rigorous academics, social life, and service. Getting involved brings students opportunities to network and test their skills in their chosen field.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X

First-Year Seminar

As part of the liberal arts core, all freshmen at University of Indianapolis are required to choose a First-Year Seminar course. First-Year Seminar courses provide in-depth focus in various disciplines to spark intellectual curiosity and introduce students to academic life.

Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences

Intellectual flexibility is the ability to turn ideas on their head, think on their feet and meet challenges with ease. With programs in the humanities, fine arts, and sciences, the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences helps students develop this intellectual ability through applied learning experiences that prepare students for just about anything.

College of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Through the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, students have the opportunity to bring their behavioral science studies outside of the classroom through clinical experiences, improving the mental health of patients, and strengthening Indiana communities while they learn the ropes.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy

The Krannert School of Physical Therapy trains students to make a big impact in the lives of others in new ways, working through innovative learning in state-of-the-art facilities and alongside truly outstanding faculty mentors. And there’s no stopping physical therapy students when they set their hearts on a cause.

School of Nursing  

Students in the School of Nursing have the opportunity to integrate service-learning, volunteer, and mission opportunities into their courses each year. The faculty bring decades of clinical experience and active leadership in healthcare communities locally, nationally, and internationally to the students’ education.

R.B. Annis School of Engineering

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering helps students harness the momentum of fast-growing fields through innovative programs that pair authentic design opportunities with a firm foundation in engineering principles. Students will learn to break down complex issues, solve problems, and improve society with a well-rounded liberal arts approach that makes every possibility part of their practice.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers the following collection of programs and services to help students achieve academic success and realize their full potential during their undergraduate years:


  • Individualized academic assistance: The ASC works with students individually to develop a customized success plan based on the student’s academic needs.
  • Secrets of Success (SOS) Workshops: In partnership with the ASC, The Center for Advising & Student Achievement offers workshops throughout the academic year on various topics such as time management and study tips and tricks to help students be successful in college.
  • Peer Tutoring: Peer tutors provide academic support and guidance and study strategies for students.
  • Bridge Scholars Program: The Bridge Scholars Program provides additional support services and assistance to at-risk students as they make the transition from high school to college as well as throughout their undergraduate years.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities: The Services for Students with Disabilities Office ensures that students with disabilities are given equal access to necessary accommodations for their education, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • BUILD Program: The BUILD Program, or Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled, provides additional services, including special accommodations professional tutoring for students with learning disabilities to earn a degree.


The Writing Lab

The Writing Lab has two goals: to produce better writers and to serve as writing coaches throughout the writing process. Consultants who serve in the writing lab can help teach writing techniques and provide helpful resources on how to develop a thesis, support the thesis, and provide clear organization for any kind of writing projects, whether that be in an essay, research papers, journal article, lab report, or job or graduate school applications. The Writing Lab welcomes writers at all levels who wish to develop confidence in their work and further refine their skills.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakodwn

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 227 332 366 126 12 7 0 1070

In an academic ecosystem interconnected with the city of Indianapolis, students are surrounded with myriad opportunities to grow, including internships, experiential learning, museums, music, culture, service, and more. Indianapolis is the perfect place for students to cultivate their passions and enhance their education.

The Arts

On campus, students can enjoy more than 100 arts-related events each year, including a variety of vocal and instrumental music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings, and scholarly programs and lectures. The University also provides mentorship to 60 high schools each year through faculty visits and performances.

The University offers a variety of vocal and instrumental musical performances of faculty and students and guest performers each season, including the Faculty Artist Concert Series and Jazz Concert Series, international guest performers, and the Indianapolis Quartet, the professional string quartet residency program. These performances and programs serve as catalysts for bringing together diverse audiences from across regions by increasing engagement with world-class conductors, musicians, and artists.

Guest Lectures

Incorporated in the University’s cultural calendar are Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series, which brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions, and University Series of lectures and performances, which focuses on one of its four learning goals: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Performance, and Social Responsibility.

Surrounding Area

Located within a 10-minute drive of the University are a world-class art museum and symphony orchestra, several theatres and performing arts venues, and historical sites. Indianapolis also is home to the world’s largest children’s museum.

Downtown features the White River State Park, which includes the beautiful Canal Walk, the Medal of Honor Memorial, the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, and the Indianapolis Zoo. The Massachusetts Avenue cultural district downtown is rich in art, architecture, food, and shopping—and is well known for its fun and funky feel. The city also boasts an award-winning $50-million cultural trail in the downtown area that provides miles of walking and biking space lined with landscaping and public art.

Another one of the city’s cultural havens, Fountain Square—a five-minute drive from the University—is more than a neighborhood; it’s a hub for creativity, music, restaurants, and art and has become one of the most popular spots to spend a night out. Fountain Square is home to one of Indy’s most popular music venues, Hi-Fi, which has recently expanded and hosts everything from local artists to national performers.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Service Learning

The University’s Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement connects students with volunteer opportunities that align with their education and career goals. Service learning is woven throughout the course curriculum and is a key component of academic life at University of Indianapolis. This integration of service learning mutually transforms both the academic landscape and the community, resulting in benefits including increased civic engagement, enriched student learning, enhanced sense of purpose, greater feeling of fulfillment, nurtured creativity, and promotion of problem-solving skills and social responsibility.

The University’s motto “Education for Service” is put into practice through service learning classes that involve hands-on service projects as well as thousands of volunteer hours by students each semester in organizations in our community and around the world. In 2016-17, students logged 20,000 community service hours. University of Indianapolis has been nationally recognized through the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification and has been listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll through the Corporation for National & Community Service.

Internships & Career Placements

The University’s Professional Edge Center provides ongoing exposure to working professionals, connecting students and new graduates to internships, employment opportunities and mentorships by drawing from the University’s professional relationships, including industry faculty, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, business and professional organizations and an alumni base of more than 32,0000.

From day one, the Professional Edge Center helps students—even those who haven’t decided on a major—identify career pathways, interact with business professionals and develop professional and interpersonal skills. The Professional Edge Center team is organized into sector experts, giving students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a career advisor dedicated to their field. This gives students a critical advantage over the competition, arming them with everything from field experience and job interview skills to ways to build their network while discovering more about themselves and the world around them. According to a student survey, 94 percent of grads said that the Professional Edge Center gave them an advantage in their careers.

Located in the 13th largest city in the U.S., students have a wealth of internship and career possibilities awaiting them. Students from University of Indianapolis have gained prestigious internship experiences and jobs at organizations such as NCAA, Google, Indiana Pacers, Ernst & Young, Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis Colts, Dow AgroSciences, and more.

Notable Alumni

Cole Varga ‘10 is the executive director of Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit refugee resettlement agency.

Joel Zawacki ‘06 serves as director of corporate sales and marketing for the Indianapolis Indians. The team’s sponsorship revenue has tripled since Zawacki joined the organization in 2007.

Nichole Wilson ‘02 ‘06 is the executive director of sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation for Community Health Network in Indiana. She was named among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Women of Influence in 2015 as well as IBJ’s Forty Under 40 in 2011.

Faustin N’Tala ‘02 is the president and founder of Waza Alliance for Quality Education, an organization that trains teachers, sponsors students and provides other educational support for children living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also serves as a French teacher and soccer coach at the International School of Indiana.

Katherine Welch ‘93 is the founder of Relentless, a Thailand-based global consulting agency that trains organizations to assist populations that oftentimes are victims of abuse, exploitation and trafficking and have no access to medical services. She is a global leader in the fight against human trafficking.

Jim Hurrell ‘84 is director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., where he also works as a senior scientist in the climate and global dynamics division. Jim is recognized internationally for his research on climate, climate variability, and climate change. In 2001, he was honored with the prestigious Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (2000), the AMS (2006), and the American Geophysical Union (2010). In 2011, he was honored with the Nansen Medal by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his contributions to climate science.

Linda Dillman ’76  chief information officer for multimedia retailer QVC from 2012-16. Previously she has served as Senior Vice President for global information technology at HP and as executive VP and CIO for Wal-Mart.



Admissions Fall 2016

7,301 Total Applicants
6,291 Total Admissions
995 Total Freshmen Enrollment

86.17% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes


Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 550
SAT Math 450 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    

Admissions Process

University of Indianapolis accepts applications year-round for upcoming semesters. As part of the application process for incoming freshmen, the University requires an official high school transcript, SAT and/or ACT standardized test scores, and a completed free online application for admission. Recommendation letters and essays are not required for general admission, although essays may be required for consideration of scholarships or grants. In addition to meeting general University admission requirements, admission to specific academic programs such as undergraduate nursing or health science programs may require satisfactory completion of designated prerequisites prior to admission to the school or department offering the program.

The first and most important areas that the University considers when evaluating prospective students for full-time admission are strength of academic preparation for college and high school grade point average. Other factors considered in admission include test scores and class rank. At a minimum, students should achieve an above-average grade point average, have above-average standardized test scores, and rank in the top half of their class.




Tuition $26,920
Fees $500
Total $27,420
Room and Board (on campus) $10,362
Estimated Total On Campus $37,782


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 Estimated

$19,900 First year students
$8,390 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 Estimated

63.84% on average, the percentage of need that was met
11% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,390 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,565 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid Process

University of Indianapolis is committed to helping students navigate the financial aid process, from understanding costs to applying for scholarships, grants, loans and other funding. In the last year, the University awarded $5.2 million in need-based aid, $45.8 million in scholarships and grants, and a total of $113.4 million in financial aid from all sources. The average financial aid package awarded for full-time freshmen with need was $20,785.

The University encourages students to apply for need-based federal and state assistance by completing the FAFSA and the University of Indianapolis Financial Aid Application. University of Indianapolis offers merit scholarships, departmental scholarships, service, legacy and alumni scholarships and scholarships for transfer students. All students who apply to UIndy are automatically considered for a merit scholarship.

UIndy’s scholarship programs include:

  • Presidential Scholarships
  • Dean’s Scholarships
  • Richard G. Lugar Academic Recognition Award
  • Art Scholarships
  • School of Business Scholarships
  • Bohn Chemistry Scholarships
  • School of Education Scholarships
  • Greyhound Teaching Scholarships
  • Engineering Scholarships
  • Speech Team Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships
  • LeAlice Briggs Nursing Scholarships
  • Theatre Scholarships
  • United Methodist Youth Leaders Scholarship
  • United Methodist Award
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Community Service Leadership Award
  • Full Tuition 21st Century Discovery Award
  • University of Indianapolis Freedom Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Full Tuition Ivy Tech Community College 21st Century Achievement
  • Transfer Academic Award
  • Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honors
  • Ivy Tech Community College Graduate