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Fort Wayne, Indiana has been home to the combined regional campus of Indiana University and Purdue University since 1964. During the 1980s, an organizational structure was put in place that emphasized local, interdepartmental relationships rather than the influence of the parent institutions of Indiana or Purdue. Steady growth has been the norm at IPFW, with enrollment recently approaching the 15,000 student mark. Despite its continued growth rate, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne maintains a healthy student to faculty ratio of 18:1.

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is divided into several units, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Public Policy, the Richard T. Doermer School of Business, and the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. Students can choose from more than 200 distinct academic programs. After two years, students can elect to take their credits with them to either Indiana University or Purdue University for more advanced coursework. Engineering students, in particular, typically transfer after their first two years.

The most popular fields of study at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne are business/marketing, liberal arts and education. Both associate’s and master’s degrees are available, along with 16 teacher certification programs. The Richard T. Doermer School of Business offers academic programs in accounting and finance, economics, and management and marketing. The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an international assessment agency. The accelerated MBA program is overseen by Indiana University and provides motivated students the chance to earn their Master of Business Administration in less than one year.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The Undergraduate Applications Coordinator is the person of contact for all prospective students. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is not especially competitive, with the top half of any high school graduating class earning regular admission. IPFW offers prospective students a convenient and free online application process, though paper-based applications are still accepted.


Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne welcomes transfer students from any college or university that has attained regional accreditation. An online course equivalencies database helps potential transfer students see which of their credits will transfer. An IPFW academic adviser can assist with determining how to most efficiently transfer courses, especially when the database is incomplete or inaccurate.


International students must complete an international student application and pay a non-refundable fee. Additionally, prospective international students must submit copies of the first page of their passport, visa and I-94 form. Demonstration of English proficiency through passage of a standardized test, such as the TOEFL or ACT, is likewise required. Lastly, international students must present originals or certified copies of all academic records and proof of financial support for their attendance at IPFW.

Financial Aid

For many students, paying for college is a larger concern than even making good grades. It’s advisable to begin the financial aid process before applying for admission. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is one of the most important pieces of paperwork in a student’s academic career. In the state of Indiana, the filing deadline for state-based aid is March 10. Late filers will still be eligible for federal assistance.


Primarily need-based, grants do not have to be repaid. The federal government awards both Pell Grants and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants. A variety of state grants are available to permanent residents of Indiana. To be eligible for Indiana grants, students must file their FAFSA before the deadline of March 10.


Most scholarships at Indiana are a combination of need-based and merit-based. The merit-based scholarships are generally specific to each discipline. As with all other forms of aid, completing the FAFSA accurately and on time is key. Academic advisers gladly help their students find and apply to lesser-known sources of scholarship money.


Students who still have trouble paying for their education can apply for loans. Unlike other forms of aid, loans eventually have to be paid back. The most common variety of loan is the Federal Direct Stafford Loan. Students seeking government loans must complete entrance counselling and sign a Master Promissory Note, which is their official agreement to all present and future loan conditions.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5010th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Indiana.


A diverse student body makes up the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Approximately one-third of the student populations falls into the category of “non-traditional,” meaning they are 25 years of age or older. Part-time students also account for one-third of the students on campus. Various campus housing units are available for all students who don’t have other living arrangements.

Several programs are in place to both ease the transition into college life, as well as encourage more social and community engagement for all students. The First Year Experience program helps incoming freshman acclimate to life at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The experience covers classroom topics such as good study habits and note-taking, time management and test preparation. Students who need hands-on guidance with specific scholastic issues can visit the Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA) in Kettler Hall. The staff at CASA, some of them students themselves, specialize in writing, math, computers, English as a second language and basic study skills.

There’s more to life at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne than just academics. When study time is over, students can sign up for a number of club sports, such as equestrian, judo, rugby and snowboarding. Students representing a variety of religions have established faith-based groups and performed charitable work on and off campus. Special interest groups run the gamut, from film and anime enthusiasts to vegetarians, dancers, and yoga practicioners. Nearly every student will be able to find like-minded individuals on campus with whom to forge bonds of friendship and support.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The Mastodon is the official school mascot for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. In 1968, a farmer happened upon a large, fossilized leg bone. Geology professors and students excavated most of the skeleton of the prehistoric creature. A few years later, the department successfully pushed for the university to adopt the Mastodon as the mascot and logo for all of its athletic teams.

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne fields men’s and women’s teams in basketball, soccer, tennis, track and field, cross country, golf, and volleyball. Women’s softball and men’s baseball also represent the school. Notably absent is a football program. Most of IPFW’s sports teams compete in the Summit League, an NCAA Division I conference of mid-sized Upper Midwest and Northern Plains universities.

Local Community

Situated in northeastern Indiana, Fort Wayne is a community of just over 250,000 people. Residents experience four distinct seasons each year, with hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Annual festivals include Germanfest, Greek Fest and the National Soccer Festival. The African/African-American Historical Museum, Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art all add cultural value to the city. For sports fans, a number of minor-league professional sports teams have made their home in Fort Wayne. Like many Midwestern cities, Fort Wayne’s economy has been adversely impacted by large-scale factors. However, the city has fared better than most, with a jobs base that has diversified into healthcare, insurance, education, defense and security. Forbes magazine recently ranked Fort Wayne highly both in terms of cost of living and cost of doing business.


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  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The Official Site of the IPFW Mastodons. 2010. Web. 8 July 2011.
  • Petersons Four-Year Colleges 2011. New Jersey: Peterson, 2010. Print.

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Ranks 38th in Indiana and 1360th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 13 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 357 0.14
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 24 0.01
Forcible Rape 94 0.04
Robbery 310 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,888 0.74
Larceny 6,768 2.65
Vehicle theft 380 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population22,204 (22,204 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,639 (2.19 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,858
Families5,051 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1088th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,121 $6,121 $15,953
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $892 $892 $892
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $260 $260 $624
FT Graduate Tuition $6,318 $6,318 $15,226
FT Graduate Required Fees $727 $727 $727
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $320 $320 $725
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,481 $23,481 $33,313
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,648 $24,648 $34,480
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,920 $12,920 $22,752

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,708 $6,876 $6,708 $6,876 $16,112 $16,515
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,400
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,998 $10,734
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,730 $5,780
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,998 $10,734
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,409 $5,780
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,119 $4,280

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,702 (1,597 male / 2,105 female)
Admitted 3,076 (1,335 male / 1,741 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 1,660 (762 male / 898 female)
FT Enrollment 1,577 (726 male / 851 female)
PT Enrollment 83 (36 male / 47 female)
Total Enrollment13,459

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Continent Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Continent Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Continent Conference

ACT Test Admission

856th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 36%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

889th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,204
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,632
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1531st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,651 ($71,436 male / $61,457 female)
Number of FT Faculty 318 (189 male / 129 female)
Number of PT Faculty 760
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $7,226,780

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