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Ivy Tech Community College is the largest college in the state of Indiana and the largest community college system in the United States. The Columbus region serves six counties, namely Jennings, Brown, Bartholomew, Jackson, Decatur, and the southern portion of Johnson. The Columbus-Franklin region comprises two campuses, one in Columbus (which is the main campus) and the other in Franklin. Students enroll to earn associate degrees or certificates in their fields.

The school educates about 6,700 students annually through its academic programs and about 1,500 employees through the Departments of Workforce Solutions and Corporate College. The campuses features the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Columbus Learning Center, Poling Instructional Center, Industrial Technology building, Corporate Training Institute, and the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence. Additional classes are also held in Nashville, Greensburg, Seymour, and North Vernon.


The school offers various degrees and certifications through its programs. Most students come here to earn a two year associates degree, such as the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and the Associate of Arts. Like many community colleges, there are a variety of programs to take, many of which help to serve local community after graduation. There are programs offered in areas such as Design Technology, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Visual Communications, Criminal Justice, and Mechanical Engineering Technology, just to name a few.

Various certificates are offered by the college in areas such as Accounting, Paramedic Science, Office Administration, Computer Information Technology, Practical Nursing, Health Care Support, and Industrial Technology.


The school admits first-time, returning, GED credential holders, transfer, international, and dual credit high school students. To seek admission, students need to complete an admission application form. They are also required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. There is a mandatory orientation session for new students. Students are also required to appear for the COMPASS Placement test for assessment of basic skills in Algebra, Mathematics, English and Reading. Students can seek exemption from the placement test based on their SAT/ACT scores or if they have prior college credits in English and Math.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is provided to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aid available include: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Different types of grant options available to the students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Ivy Tech Grant, TEACH grant, and Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant.

Students may be eligible for various loan options such as Federal Direct Stafford (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Parent PLUS loans, and (Private) Student Loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions.

Students here are eligible for various scholarships such as the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Scholarship, Columbus Development Endowed Scholarship, Community Education Coalition (CEC) Scholarship, and Futures Unlimited Fund.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3945th for the average student loan amount.
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There are various opportunities to ensure that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms. The Academic Skills Advancement program is aimed at students facing academic difficulty and provides assistance with developmental instruction in communications, math, sciences, and writing and study skills. The Student Government is the voice of the students and promotes the college spirit. There is a bookstore on the campus which stocks textbooks and supplies.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 76th in Indiana and 3632nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 56 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 7 0.02
Robbery 20 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 303 0.68
Larceny 2,087 4.71
Vehicle theft 207 0.47

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbus, IN 47203-1868
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population23,965 (19,277 urban / 4,688 rural)
Households9,333 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,602
Families6,814 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1806

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4176th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,234 $3,234 $6,906
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $120 $120 $120
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $108 $108 $230
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,424 $4,424 $8,096
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,185 $16,185 $19,857
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,252 $8,252 $11,924

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,090 $3,257 $3,090 $3,257 $6,306 $6,761
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Books & Supplies $1,060 $1,070
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,084 $9,175
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,045 $5,078
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,197 $4,222

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3673rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Tenure system
Average FT Salary $47,971 ($48,318 male / $47,730 female)
Number of FT Faculty 56 (23 male / 33 female)
Number of PT Faculty 235
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,621,568

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