Best Colleges in Indianapolis

The Crossroads of America

There’s more than corn in Indiana

Being the state’s capital, Indianapolis is home to more than 50 colleges and universities.* Indiana’s largest city offers a wide variety of academic programs with popular areas of study including teaching, business, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, and finance. Other benefits of attending college in the Hoosier state include low educational costs, high graduation rates, and low student-faculty ratios.* Recent job growth in Indianapolis is increasing at a rate of 4%, helping to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.3%, almost a percent less than the national average.* And once you do start your career, your dollars go further with Indiana’s low cost of living.

The best part about Indianapolis is there’s something for everyone. Sports fans, get excited for Andrew Luck and the Colts, or watch the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The city just introduced a brand new professional soccer team, the Indy Eleven. And there’s hardly a greater event than the week long Indy 500, including a mini marathon, parades, and the race itself. For the beer enthusiast, there are now 23 microbreweries currently operating in Indiana with 12 more projected to open before 2015.* Family time will be well spent at the world’s largest children’s museum, Indianapolis Art Center, or Indianapolis Zoo-which recently acquired a new orangutan exhibit and monorail system. During the snowy winters, keep warm and entertained viewing movies on a three story screen at the IMAX theater.* From the variety of majors and degrees to a variety in entertainment, Indianapolis has everything to kick start your education and career.

*National Center for Education Statistics *Bureau of Labor Statistics *indystar.com *visitindy.com

Best Four Year Universities in Indianapolis

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 DePauw University Greencastle, IN

DePauw University offers 105 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 626 students graduated with students earning 626 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 Butler University Indianapolis, IN

Butler University offers 174 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,405 students graduated with students earning 1,028 Bachelor's degrees, 241 Master's degrees, 132 Doctoral degrees, 4 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

University of Indianapolis offers 166 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,562 students graduated with students earning 913 Bachelor's degrees, 451 Master's degrees, 127 Doctoral degrees, and 71 Associate's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 Marian University Indianapolis, IN

Marian University offers 75 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 793 students graduated with students earning 534 Bachelor's degrees, 230 Master's degrees, 29 Associate's degrees.

5 Anderson University Anderson, IN

Anderson University offers 156 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 613 students graduated with students earning 451 Bachelor's degrees, 151 Master's degrees, 10 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

6 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis offers 322 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 7,540 students graduated with students earning 4,069 Bachelor's degrees, 1,735 Master's degrees, 854 Doctoral degrees, 708 Certificates degrees, and 174 Associate's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
7 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana, PA

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus offers 257 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a far away town. In 2015, 3,564 students graduated with students earning 2,726 Bachelor's degrees, 590 Master's degrees, 125 Doctoral degrees, 115 Certificates degrees, and 8 Associate's degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
8 Franklin College Franklin, IN

Franklin College offers 99 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 260 students graduated with students earning 260 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
9 Harrison College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

Harrison College-Indianapolis offers 52 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,094 students graduated with students earning 726 Associate's degrees, 190 Certificates degrees, and 178 Bachelor's degrees.

10 ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis offers 35 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 969 students graduated with students earning 498 Associate's degrees, 431 Bachelor's degrees, and 40 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Indianapolis

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College offers 240 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 23,776 students graduated with students earning 12,621 Certificates degrees, and 11,155 Associate's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
2 International Business College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

International Business College-Indianapolis offers 16 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 217 students graduated with students earning 196 Associate's degrees, and 21 Certificates degrees.

3 MedTech College-Greenwood Campus Greenwood, IN

MedTech College-Greenwood Campus offers 16 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 402 students graduated with students earning 383 Associate's degrees, and 19 Certificates degrees.

4 Cambria-Rowe Business College-Indiana Indiana, PA

Cambria-Rowe Business College-Indiana offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a far away town. In 2015, 84 students graduated with students earning 84 Associate's degrees.

5 MedTech College Indianapolis, IN

MedTech College offers 15 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 519 students graduated with students earning 504 Associate's degrees, and 15 Certificates degrees.

6 Fortis College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

Fortis College-Indianapolis offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 77 students graduated with students earning 68 Certificates degrees, and 9 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
DePauw University DePauw University Greencastle, IN
5/5
10 : 1 2,265
Butler University Butler University Indianapolis, IN
5/5
12 : 1 4,797
University of Indianapolis University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
5/5
16 : 1 5,504
Marian University Marian University Indianapolis, IN
5/5
16 : 1 2,897
Anderson University Anderson University Anderson, IN
5/5
20 : 1 2,325
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
3/5
12 : 1 30,105
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana, PA
3/5
21 : 1 13,835
Franklin College Franklin College Franklin, IN
5/5
13 : 1 1,087
Harrison College-Indianapolis Harrison College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
4/5
22 : 1 3,040
Ivy Tech Community College Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
2/5
32 : 1 81,668
ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis ITT Technical Institute-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
4/5
19 : 1 2,462
International Business College-Indianapolis International Business College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
3/5
21 : 1 324
J Everett Light Career Center J Everett Light Career Center Indianapolis, IN
4/5
University Logo Hair Fashions By Kaye Beauty College-Noblesville Noblesville, IN 12 : 1 58
American College of Education American College of Education Indianapolis, IN 101 : 1 3,023
MedTech College-Greenwood Campus MedTech College-Greenwood Campus Greenwood, IN 15 : 1 320
Cambria-Rowe Business College-Indiana Cambria-Rowe Business College-Indiana Indiana, PA
3/5
14 : 1 81
Aveda Fredric's Institute-Indianapolis Aveda Fredric's Institute-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 19 : 1 228
Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics Alexandria, IN 7 : 1 34
Brown Mackie College-Indianapolis Brown Mackie College-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
3/5
27 : 1 770
University Logo Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 12 : 1 103
University Logo The Salon Professional Academy-Anderson Anderson, IN 19 : 1 95
University Logo MedTech College Indianapolis, IN 16 : 1 384
Indiana County Technology Center Indiana County Technology Center Indiana, PA 3 : 1 98
University Logo Empire Beauty School-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 23 : 1 223

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Questions About Going to College in Indianapolis

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Indianapolis?

Over the three-year period of 2015-2017, experts predict a 2.67 percent annual job growth for Indianapolis. Couple this with an unemployment rate and a cost of living both below the national average and you’ve found yourself a city which has earned a national reputation as one of the best places for young professionals to live. Health care, insurance, finance, and education contribute to a diversified economy. And don’t forget tourism! From the Indianapolis 500 to the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments, throngs of visitors mean plenty of opportunities in the hospitality industry.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in this city?

St. Vincent Hospital and Health, Clarian Health Partners Inc., Methodist Hospital . . . opportunities abound for health science grads in Indiana’s capital city. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company also makes its home in Indianapolis which is great news for aspiring research scientists, database managers, statisticians, IT pros, and marketing strategists. And did you know that Anthem, a health-benefits company located in Indianapolis, provides their services to one out of every nine Americans? Whether you’re hired in the business department, customer service, or corporate communications, you’ll be a vital part of a firm upon which millions of people rely.

Is Indianapolis more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

With more than 400 student organizations and a Division I football team (Go Jaguars!), the 22,000+ undergrads at Indiana University-Purdue University – Indianapolis get an amazing collegiate experience. But Indiana’s largest city (852,000 residents) also rocks after graduation. Median pay for early careerists (1-5 years of experience) stands at $48,200, and the cost of living comes in at 7.5 percent lower than the national average. STEM grads flock to 16 Tech, downtown’s technology district, for its Stadium Lofts constructed within the original confines of the old Bush Stadium. Artsy types find camaraderie in areas around the Mass Ave Cultural District, known for theaters, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Families appreciate Cottage Home, known for its active neighborhood association and community gardens.

What do the locals in Indianapolis like to do for fun?

The historic Indianapolis City Market serves as a popular hangout for people looking to shop for eclectic gifts or enjoy a pint of local beer. On Wednesdays in summer, the outdoor farmer’s market is a hit. Summer also means free Concerts on the Canal on Thursday evenings, courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society. Bring a blanket or reserve a table on the terrace to enjoy everything from swing to jazz. And every season proves a winner for Indianapolis sports enthusiasts. Head to Lucas Oil Stadium for pro football action from the Colts, or take your pick of men’s or women’s pro basketball played by the Pacers or the Fever. Prefer auto racing? You can’t beat the Indy 500, the world’s largest single-day spectator sporting event. Even locals never tire of hearing “Gentlemen, start your engines” each May.

What's the dating scene like in Indianapolis? Will I meet my perfect mate?

With 1.7 million people in the metro area, a relatively equal split between men and women, and pretty good diversity (62 percent white, 27 percent African American, 11 percent other), your Hoosier honey definitely could be somewhere in Indiana’s largest city. Make Happy Hour Thursdays on Georgia Street’s center block a weekly event to mingle with other professionals over drinks, appetizers, and live music. Or grab your yoga mat for a free sunrise class on the Canal on Workout Wednesdays. You may soon find yourself at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in front of its famous LOVE sculpture, one of the top locations in the United States for marriage proposals.

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