Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, or IUPUI, offers the best of both Indiana University and Purdue University. The university, located in Indianapolis, was created in 1969 by a merger of facilities of Indiana University and Purdue University, with Indiana university providing management for the new university. Students earn degrees from both universities.
Although the name is a mouthful, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis offers students a clear path to success, as many of the university’s programs are well-regarded throughout the nation. For students who want to attend a progressive, forward-looking institution, IUPUI is the place to be, as the university has made a number of improvements to its programs in recent years and seeks to continue its progress.
The university is primarily known for its medical programs, but also has other well-respected academic offerings. The university offers more than 250 degree programs in 21 schools, making it a very well-rounded institution. The most popular majors offered at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis are those related to biology, business, education and the arts.
IUPUI offers medium class sizes. The majority of classes at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis have 20 to 49 students. Only a small fraction of Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis classes have fewer than 20 students.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis has an impressive research program. For 2009-2010, the university received more than $400 million in research funding. The vast majority of research at IUPUI is related to life and health science work.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
College reviewers are taking note of Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis’ progress. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university No. 7 of 77 in its up-and-coming university rankings. These rankings recognize colleges and universities that have made the most progress in improving programs and innovations. The university was commended for its work in developing service learning, first-year experience and learning communities. Student retention is becoming an increasingly important issue for colleges and universities, as a large number of college freshmen do not go on to successfully graduate college.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis’ graduate school programs also get high marks. U.S. News and World Report ranks among the 100 top law, medical and psychology programs in the country.
The school was also recently selected by the Princeton Review as one of the best values among public universities, meaning students get a high level of educational quality for the money they spend to attend Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. Forbes magazine raked the university as one of the best public universities in the Midwest.
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The Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis admission deadline for new students seeking scholarships is Dec.1. Final admission deadline for fall semester is May 1. For spring, it’s Nov. 1. These deadlines are applicable to new and transfer students.
About 63 percent of students who apply to Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis are admitted. Average high school GPA among students is 3.25, average SAT scores range between 990 and 1120.
For adult students, SAT score submissions are not required and the university will consider life experience such as military service when making admissions decisions.
As of April 2011, an admission fee of $50 is assessed by Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.
Students applying to IUPUI are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Indiana, the university and other organizations that students may be eligible for.
For example, freshmen may be eligible for the IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholarship, available to students with a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 who score at least a 1250 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. The scholarship is good for $8,000 and can be renewed for four years.
Students who score 65 or higher on the GED test may be eligible for a $2,000 per year Outstanding GED Scholarship.
Non-Indiana residents with a minimum 3.75 high school GPA who scored a minimum 1300 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT may be eligible for a $12,000 per year Chancellor’s Recognition scholarship.
The university’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.
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IUPUI, located in Indianapolis, provides an urban setting for its students. The urban setting of the college provides many cultural and entertainment opportunities, and being located in the state capitol helps students get access to many governmental and business internships.
The IUPUI campus sits on about 510 acres near the heart of Indianapolis. Nearby attractions include the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park. The university recently completed new residence halls, an information technology building and a new home for the art program at Eskenazi Hall.
Student housing may be tough to come by at the university. The university provides housing to only 1,107 students in its residence halls, campus apartments and town homes.
IUPUI is a diverse campus, and while the university is a majority white campus, there are sizable contingents of other racial groups. The university has sustained programs to increase diversity among students and faculty at the school.
The Canal Walk is one of the key benefits of IUPUI’s location in Indianapolis. The Canal cuts through the White River State Park and is a popular place for students to bike, walk, jog or enjoy any number of outdoor activities. It’s a beautiful view, ending in a waterfall into the White River.
Another popular Indianapolis hangout is the Campus Center, a large facility complete with shops, eateries and student organization headquarters.
There are six fraternities and eight sororities on the IUPUI campus. The university also offers hundreds of student organizations, including academic, professional and special interest groups. One unique group is the Dead Unicorn Society, which pulls positive pranks and engages in performance art. The wide variety of student activities makes it highly likely that just about any student will be able to find a campus organization he or she can be part of.
IUPUI encourages public service among its students and has been recognized for its efforts to provide an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus.
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IUPUI teams have a mixed track record of athletic accomplishment, but the university does provide a several athletic opportunities for students.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis teams are NCAA Division I teams. IUPUI is a member of The Summit League, formerly known as the Mid-Continent Conference. The university fields teams in men’s basketball, golf, swimming, tennis, soccer and cross country and in women’s basketball, golf, swimming, tennis, soccer, cross country, volleyball and softball.
Most IUPUI sports teams compete in the IUPUI Gymnasium, commonly referred to as the jungle. The softball, tennis and swimming teams have separate facilities, as does the soccer team.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis teams have had some nice successes in recent years. In 2000, the men’s soccer team won the Mid-Continent Conference Championship. In 2003-2004, the women’s tennis team won the Mid Continent Conference tournament.
The IUPUI teams are called the Jaguars. Team colors are crimson and old gold.
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis has only been around for a relatively short time, but in its 40 years of existence, the university has set down some roots and developed traditions all its own.
An annual Fountain Fest provides students with a number of fun recreational activities. A more recent tradition, the annual Chavez Dinner, recognizes the accomplishments of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez. Greek Rush is another annual tradition for students at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.
A woman’s statue near the nursing school, nicknamed Flo by students in honor of Florence Nightingale, is regularly outfitted with women’s clothing by students. It’s also customary for nursing students to pose by the statue near graduation time.
Students also regularly pour soap detergent into Wood Memorial Plaza fountain. While not exactly sanctioned by the university, it is a largely harmless and easy to clean prank.
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Famous alumni of IUPUI include former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, U.S. Senator Dan Coats, filmmaker Shari Lynn Himes, astronaut David Wolf and Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The university recently completed a $1 billion campaign, one of the few institutions to complete a $1 billion campaign. The fundraising campaign took seven years to complete, and the money raised by the campaign will be used for building, financial aid, faculty programs, research and more. More than 70,000 donors contributed to the campaign.
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