Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

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Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Motto "Fulfilling the Promise"
Type public coeducational
Established 1969
Endowment $601 million[1]
Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar
Academic staff
Over 2,500
Students 30,105 (Fall 2015)
Undergraduates 21,984 (Fall 2015)
Postgraduates 8,120 (Fall 2015)
Location Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
39°46′26″N 86°10′35″W / 39.773996°N 86.176361°W / 39.773996; -86.176361Coordinates: 39°46′26″N 86°10′35″W / 39.773996°N 86.176361°W / 39.773996; -86.176361
Campus Urban: 509 acres (2.06 km2)[2]
Colors Crimson and Old Gold[3]
Athletics NCAA Division IThe Summit League
Sports 16 varsity teams
Nickname Jaguars
Mascots Jawz, Jinx, and Jazzy

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is a public research university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Belonging to the university systems of both Indiana University and Purdue University, it is the result of a merger in 1969 of the Purdue Indianapolis Extension Center (1946) and Indiana University Indianapolis (1916). Located along the White River and Fall Creek it sits upon a peninsula adjacent to Downtown Indianapolis.

Among more than 200 degree programs, the urban university hosts the primary campuses for both the Indiana University School of Medicine, with more than 2,000 students, and the Indiana University School of Dentistry; the only dental school in the state. Also represented among the graduate schools, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is one of the only two law schools operated by Indiana University, with the Indiana University Maurer School of Law being the Bloomington equivalent. More than 8,000 students in 2014 were enrolled in professional schools. Total enrollment of 30,690 was reported in 2014, making it the third largest university in the state.[4] Nearly 89% of the student body is composed of native Hoosiers, with 6% coming from abroad and the remaining from out of state.[5]

The IUPUI Jaguars compete in the NCAA's Division I in The Summit League. Several athletics venues are located on the campus. The Indiana University Natatorium is the largest indoor pool in the United States, with a seating capacity of 4,700. The IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium is also host for the city's local soccer team, Indy Eleven.


One of the early leaders of IUPUI, Maynard K. Hine.
History at a glance
IUPUI was established via the 1969 merger of:
Indiana University School of Medicine Established 1911
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Acquired 1944 from Indiana Law School Established 1894
Type private
and Benjamin Harrison Law School Established 1893
Type private
Indiana University School of Dentistry Acquired 1925 from Indiana Dental College Established 1875
Type private
Indiana University Herron School of Art Acquired 1967 from Indiana School of Art Established 1877
Type private
Art Association of Indianapolis Renamed 1883
Herron School of Art Renamed 1902
Indiana University Indianapolis Extension Established 1916
Purdue University Indianapolis Extension Established 1946

Founded in 1969, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is an urban campus in Indianapolis – the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 2 million in the metropolitan statistical area. The campus is just west of downtown, within walking distance of the state capitol and other governmental offices, and the site of numerous nationally renowned businesses and art, sports, education and health facilities.

In 1968, Dr. Maynard K. Hine,[6] dean of the IU School of Dentistry began working with then Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar, IU President Joseph L. Sutton, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde and other forward-thinking community leaders to establish IUPUI in 1969 through the merger of the Indianapolis extension programs of both IU and Purdue. Some schools, however, were established before the merger including the IU School of Medicine, IU School of Dentistry, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, IU School of Liberal Arts and IU Herron School of Art.

IUPUI includes the nation’s largest nursing school, the second largest medical school in the country, the only dental school in the state and the country’s oldest school of physical education. IUPUI is among the top 20 campuses in the nation for graduate professional degrees conferred.[7]

As a core campus of Indiana University, IUPUI is governed by the IU Board of Trustees.

Academics and rankings

IUPUI's University Library

IUPUI is one of seven campuses of Indiana University and includes two Purdue University schools. The campus offers more than 225 degrees provided by 18 different schools.[8]

IUPUI has more students from Indiana than any other campus in the state, the largest number of underrepresented minorities in the Indiana University system and the largest population of graduate and professional students of any university in Indiana. Almost 75 percent of IUPUI classes have 25 or fewer students.

IUPUI has more than 1,405 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. With research expenditures of nearly $272 million in 2014, IUPUI is the second-largest site for research in Indiana.



IUPUI has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1972. In 2013, IUPUI, including its Columbus regional education center, received reaffirmation of its accreditation[16] through 2022–2023.

IUPUI maintains a full complement of disciplinary accreditations that can be found on the website[17] dedicated to the accreditation process.

Schools and departments

Indiana University programs

The Informatics Building on the IUPUI campus

Purdue University programs


IUPUI's strategic research initiatives include:

IUPUI's research expenditures for fiscal year 2014 totaled $271,093,483 with the federal government as the largest sponsor of the research at 61 percent of the total.[20]


Campus Center

The IUPUI campus covers 509 acres and is located in downtown Indianapolis along the Cultural Trail[21] just two blocks from the Indiana State Capitol and adjacent to White River State Park (home of the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Zoo), Downtown Canal Walk and the Indiana Avenue cultural district. The entire campus is located in the 46202 zip code.

The campus offers several new buildings including:

In 2013, IUPUI celebrated the establishment a School of Public Health named in honor of Richard M. Fairbanks. The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health will focus on the areas of urban health, health policy, biostatistics and epidemiology. Dr. Paul K. Halverson was named founding dean of the school.[27]

In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved IU's proposal to create what is believed to be the world's first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy.[28] The school has built on the strengths of the Center of Philanthropy at IU, a pioneer in philanthropy education, research and training. In 2013, the School was named the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy in honor of the Lilly family's philanthropic leadership, as well as their profound contributions to education, research and the well being of society.[29] Dr. Gene Tempel was named founding dean of the school.

The IUPUI campus is home to several nationally renowned hospitals and research entities including Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

IUPUI also houses five major editorial and research projects in the history of American ideas. The following projects and/or centers are part of the School of Liberal Arts:

More than 20 works of sculpture are located outdoors on the IUPUI campus, and the list of public art at IUPUI currently consists of 31 artworks. Additional sculptures are located on private property adjacent to IUPUI including the Indiana Avenue cultural district, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the J.F. Miller Foundation.

Strategic plan

In August 2014, "Our Commitment to Indiana and Beyond: IUPUI Strategic Plan"[30] was officially presented to IUPUI faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, partners and the community. The plan focuses on three broad priorities deemed critical to the success of IUPUI, the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana – The Success of our Students, Advanced in Health & Life Sciences and Contributions to the Well-Being of the Citizens of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana and Beyond. Within the broad priorities, the plan established 10 strategic initiatives that positions the campus for greater strength as IUPUI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, and Indiana University prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2020.

Community engagement

Student volunteers at Cesar Chavez Day of Service.

As the result of a recommendation in IUPUI’s strategic plan, the campus established a comprehensive Office of Community Engagement on July 1, 2014. The integration of the Office of External Affairs, Community Learning Network, Solution Center, Center for Service and Learning and IUPUI Alumni Relations, the Office of Community Engagement is charged with identifying engagement focus areas that address high-priority, community-identified needs. New initiatives of the office are focused on family, school and neighborhood engagement; professional development and corporate training; and building a culture of engagement among students, faculty, staff and alumni.

IU’s 2012 economic impact analysis estimates that IUPUI faculty, staff and students generate more than $44.4 million annually in charitable donations and volunteer services, which include $11.6 million donated to local charitable organizations by IUPUI faculty, staff and students and nearly $32.8 million in value of volunteer time provided to area communities by IUPUI students, faculty and staff.[31]


Sustainability efforts began at IUPUI in the early 1990s with the development of a paper-recycling program. In 2005, the efforts became more formal through the development of an interdisciplinary campus coalition, with the formation of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability[32] in 2011. The Office of Sustainability was formed to create a culture of campus sustainability and to make IUPUI a place where students, faculty and staff are engaged in research, teaching and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices.

The Office of Sustainability has recycling and waste reduction programs; initiated energy savings projects including LEED Gold Certification achieved by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and solar photovoltaic panels on the IU Kelley School of Business; implemented pollution prevention programs; created sustainable transportation on campus including the installation of bike maintenance stations and additional bike racks, supporting the development of a bike hub and establishing a partnership with Zip Cars; and developed an IUPUI Sustainability Certificate for students

For the last three years, IUPUI has been named a Tree Campus USA for its effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification (LEED)

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and certification provides independent verification of a building’s green features. Several buildings on the IUPUI campus are LEED certified:[33]

Green Power

IUPUI has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to expand the campus’s reliance on green power, earning recognition as the Summit League’s most successful practitioner as gauged by the EPA’s 2014-15 College & University Green Power Challenge.[33]

Urban Gardens

New York Street IUPUI campus garden

IUPUI students maintain two urban gardens on campus: The New York Street Garden located across from the intersection of Lansing St. and New York St., and the Central Garden located between the University Library and Science Building.[34] These organic gardens produce a variety of vegetables and herbs for use by IUPUI Food Services, the Office of Sustainability’s campus sponsor, and the IUPUI Campus Kitchen.

Campus Kitchen

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Campus Kitchen opened in 2014[35] and is a student-led food rescue and distribution operation that transforms used food from IUPUI’s dining hall and gardens; area grocery stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets; and Eskenazi Health into meals delivered to local agencies serving those in need. IUPUI’s Campus Kitchen is the first in Indiana and is one of approximately three dozen such facilities across the country.

Produce Market

IUPUI hosts a produce market the 3rd Thursday of every month at its Campus Center.[34] The market offers a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from IUPUI’s New York St. urban garden, as well as cooking demonstrations with recipes and limited tastings.

Student life

IUPUI offers student organizations, fraternities and sororities, cultural heritage month celebrations, Homecoming week festivities, as well as Division I athletics, Jag-A-Palooza and more including IUPUI's signature event, The Regatta.

With an enrollment of more than 30,000, IUPUI's student body (undergraduate, graduate/professional) consists of 56% female and 44% male students, with 89% of students from Indiana. Demographically, the student body is 71% White, 10% African American, 4% Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 5% Hispanic, 6% International, 3% two or more races, less than 1% American Indiana/Alaska Native and 1% unknown.[36]

Residence life

University Tower dining hall

On-campus housing[37] can currently accommodate approximately 2,000 students and includes Ball Residence Hall, University Tower, Riverwalk Apartments, The Townhomes at IUPUI and Park Place Apartments.

Ball Hall, University Tower and Riverwalk Apartments offer Residential Based Learning Communities on designated floors, areas or buildings where students request to live near others that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area. There are 12 different themes including International House, Living Your Freshman Experience, Women in Science, Purdue House and others.

IUPUI also offers a dining hall in the heart of campus inside of University Tower. Tower Dining is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public and seats 470 simultaneously. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Tower Dining offers six different dining options, including special dietary menus such as vegetarian and low-fat.

Student organizations

IUPUI offers more than 400 organizations in which students can get involved.[38] Students can join an existing organization, start their own organization and/or plan, work at or attend a campus activity. The Office of Student Involvement helps students find matching activities outside of the classroom to their coursework, as well as to their academic and career goals. Student Involvement created a one-stop-shop portal[39] that contains a comprehensive list of student organizations, events, FAQs and grant information.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

IUPUI is home to 20 nationally recognized fraternities and sororities that span across three governing councils and include the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council. Student membership in IUPUI's fraternities and sororities has tripled since fall 2010.[40]

Service learning

Through the Center for Service & Learning[41] and Office of Student Involvement,[42] IUPUI gives students the opportunity to volunteer on campus and in the Indianapolis community through numerous campus-wide service and civic engagement events. During the 2014–2015 academic year, 8,750 students participated in 303,061 hours of service to 438 community partners.[43]

Campus recreation

Campus Recreation[44] provides activities that facilitate healthy lifestyles for a diverse population of students, faculty and staff at IUPUI. Membership provides access to swimming at the world-class IU Natatorium, fitness classes, three weight and fitness rooms, recreational open gym, access to the new IUPUI Outdoor Recreational Complex (outdoor basketball courts) and participation in the intramural program, which includes basketball, broomball, dodgeball, flag football, golf, inner tube water polo, kickball, racquetball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball.

IUPUI also has a partnership with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport[45] and offers discounted fitness opportunities to NIFS for all full- and part-time IUPUI students. Through this partnership, the NIFS initiative fee will be waived and the monthly membership dues will be reduced for full and limited memberships.


Main article: IUPUI Jaguars
IUPUI Men's Basketball

The IUPUI Jaguars compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League in 16 men's (7) and women's (9) sports. The Jaguars have earned NCAA Tournament bids in volleyball,[46] NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, women's soccer, men's golf, NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and women's tennis, as well as The Summit League championship in volleyball, men's tennis and women's soccer. Nine athletes have been recognized as Summit League Athletes of the Year, with seven coaches earning Coach of the Year honors. Prior to 1995, IUPUI athletic teams were known as the Metros and competed in the NCAA Division II.

IUPUI is home to the Indiana University Natatorium, host of numerous national swimming championships including the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Diving, and the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, host of the 1987 Pan American Games, 2006 & 2007 USA Track & Field Championships and several NCAA Championships. Additionally, the stadium will serve as the home field for the newly formed Indy Eleven soccer team of the North American Soccer League, with the team's debut scheduled for 2014.

Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)

Closely affiliated with IUPUI, Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus was established in 1970 and is located one hour south of Indianapolis in Columbus, Indiana—an area known for its world-class collection of modern architecture[47] with an estimated population of more than 45,000. The growing campus serves more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students who live primarily in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jennings Jackson, Johnson, Ripley and Shelby counties, and offers a broad range of undergraduate degree programs in business, communication studies, elementary education, English, general studies, mechanical engineering, nursing, psychology and sociology, as well as two graduate degree programs – Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling.

Notable alumni


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