Martin University

Introduction

Founded in 1977 by Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin; Martin University is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution located in Avondale Place, Indianapolis. Since its inception, Martin University has been serving the low-income, minority, and adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Each year, it enrolls both traditional as well as non-traditional students. It boasts a student population of more than 1,000, with over 75 faculty and staff.

Academics

Martin University’s programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The University also holds organizational membership by other agencies such as American College Health Association (ACHA), American Council on Education (ACE), Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Council on Independent Colleges (CIC), Indiana Council of Blacks in Higher Education, Network (IPCN), and National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NAFAA).

Martin offers over 12 undergraduate degrees and two master’s degrees in diverse areas of study, including the liberal arts, sociology, religious studies, psychology, environmental science, justice studies, early childhood education, chemistry, biology, urban ministries, and business. Other programs offered at Martin include Medical Coding, Health Facility Administrator, Residential Care Administrator, and Social Services Designee.

Martin University offers a range of studies through the following academic schools and colleges: College of Business and Social Sciences; School of Mathematics and Sciences; School of Liberal Arts; and School of Justice Studies.

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Admissions

Martin University enrolls students through an open admission policy. All applicants are required to sign an admission application and send their official high school or G.E.D. transcript. Applicants must show two identification proofs to verify citizenship; one must be picture identification. Transfer students must send all their official transcripts from previous institutes.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Martin University also features an official General Educational Development (GED) testing center, authorized by the Indiana Department of Education.

Financial Aid

Martin University believes in providing equal opportunity to all. It offers financial aid to the needy and deserving students through several mediums such as grants, loans and scholarship programs. All applicants are required to complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Federal and state grants offered at the University include Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Indiana Higher Education Grant Program.

Martin University also offers loans to help students meet their educational expenses. This is the type of financial aid that needs to be repaid by the students. Some of the loans offered at the University include Subsidized Stafford Loan, Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).

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Students

Student life at Martin University is vibrant and is abuzz with activities. Every care is taken to ensure that the students have a great University experience that develops their overall personality. There are several support centers in the campus that helps students in their personal life as well as academic pursuit. Students are also encouraged to take part in the various events and activities held on the campus.

Martin University offers diverse campus facilities to make the students’ lives more enjoyable. The campus features well maintained buildings, facilities and grounds. The students are expected to share the responsibility by properly disposing waste in receptacles that are provided in classrooms, hallways, restrooms, and parking lots.

The Basic Skills Testing and Assessment (COMPASS) is specially designed for first-time students who are required to take a placement test in reading, math, and writing skills. These scores are used principally for advising and placement purposes.

Campus Facilities

All students have full-access to the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) library and its computer resources. The Marion County Internet Library is the online database that houses a wide range of books, references, journals, magazines and other publications. The Library Online Database includes full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, as well as information from the standard library sources and databases.

The Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC) offers personalized tutoring sessions to enhance their understanding of the college mathematics. The Martin students can make use of the computers and internet-access to develop their math skills using PLATO software. The lab is also equipped with a Promethean ActivBoard.

The Mari Evans Center for Writing at Martin was founded to help students become successful writers and graduates. The main aim is to help students gain the knowledge, confidence, and tools required to shine. The Writing Center also provides one-to-one tutoring sessions, which serves to create better writers of tomorrow.

The Literacy Center at the University was established to help students build their confidence in the areas such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, note-taking techniques, and study skills. Both faculty and peer tutors to assist the Martin students with a variety of classroom assignments, as well as help them with support skills and concepts.

The Student Lounge is located on the first floor of the Educational Building. It provides a coin operated vending food area, which includes a cold and hot sandwich machine, juice and milk machine, soda machine, hot drink machine and a microwave. This is a great place for students to take a break and relax in between classes. There is also a faculty lounge where the faculty members can relax and take rest in between classes.

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Traditions

Martin University has created its own tradition that fosters healing in the individuals, the community, and the nation. Its spirit reflects the pride, courage, will, energy, and essence of the Martin community comprising of students, faculty, and staff.

Martin University celebrates the Student Appreciation Day each year. The highlights of the event include music, games, poetry open mic, blood drive. Student organizations and faculty are welcome. Other popular events held at the University include Clearing Criminal History Workshop, May Health Care Town Hall, Mayor’s Night Out, and Welcoming Event for Rwandan Dignitaries. The official mascot for Martin University is the Mighty Bear.

Additional School Information

Martin University encourages veterans and families of U.S. military to visit the campus and apply for admission. The University is approved to receive military Veterans’ Educational Tuition benefits; however these benefits may vary according to individual circumstances.

Bibliography

  • Martin University. 2011.
  • Snider, Mark D. Peterson’s. How to Get Money for College. Peterson’s, 2010. Print.

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