Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, commonly referred to as IUPUI,[a] is a public research university in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a collaboration between Indiana University and Purdue University that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees from both universities. Administered primarily through Indiana University as a core campus and secondarily through Purdue University as a regional campus, it is Indiana's primary urban research and academic health sciences institution. IUPUI is located in downtown Indianapolis along the White River and Fall Creek.

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
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Motto"Fulfilling the Promise"
TypePublic research university
Established1969; 53 years ago (1969)
Parent institution
Indiana University
Purdue University
Academic affiliations
Endowment$1.15 billion (2020) [1]
ChancellorAndrew R. Klein (interim)
Academic staff
Over 2,500
Students29,390 (Fall 2020)
Undergraduates20,441 (Fall 2020)
Postgraduates8,171 (Fall 2020)
Location, ,
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
CampusUrban: 509 acres (2.06 km2)[2]
ColorsCrimson, Black, and Gold [3]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IHorizon League
MascotsJawz, Jinx, and Jazzy
Sports teams16 varsity teams
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Among more than 550 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 two Indiana University law schools, with the Indiana University Maurer School of Law being the Bloomington equivalent.[7][8] After excluding the research budget of the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity."

The IUPUI Jaguars compete in the NCAA's Division I in the Horizon League. Several athletics venues are located on the campus, including the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium and Indiana University Natatorium, the largest indoor pool in the United States with a seating capacity of 4,700.


Founded in 1969, IUPUI is an urban campus in Indianapolis, the 15th largest city in the United States, with a population of two 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,[9] dean of the IU School of Dentistry began working with then-Mayor of Indianapolis Richard Lugar, IU President Joseph L. Sutton, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde, and others 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 main campus of the 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.[10]

As a core campus of Indiana University, IUPUI is primarily governed by the IU Board of Trustees. Purdue University degree-granting programs are governed by the Purdue University Board of Trustees. While integrated into the Indiana University system budget, IUPUI is semi-autonomous in that it retains some independent control of its own academic curricula.


IUPUI is one of nine campuses of the Indiana University system and one of five campuses of the Purdue University system. The campus offers more than 550 degree programs provided by 17 different schools, two of which are Purdue University schools.[11]

IUPUI has more students from the state of 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.[citation needed] Almost 75 percent of IUPUI classes have 25 or fewer students.

IUPUI has more than 3,800 full-time faculty members. With research funding of more than $535 million, IUPUI is the second-largest site for research in Indiana.[12]

Schools and departmentsEdit

Year founded
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indiana University Indianapolis Extension Center
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Purdue University Indianapolis Extension Center
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indiana University Herron School of Art

IUPUI is home to several education programs that date to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These institutions include medical, dental, nursing, physical education, law and art schools. While they began as independent operations, the institutions were later acquired by Indiana University and became a part of IUPUI when it opened in 1969.[13]

The Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union had been in operation since 1866, first in New York, then Milwaukee, and in 1907 finally moving to space in the east wing of the historic Indianapolis building, the Athenæum (Das Deutsche Haus).[14] This school trained physical education teachers for schools across the country. An affiliation began in September 1932 between the two institutions: the Normal College and Indiana University. Indiana University incorporated the school in 1941 as a department, calling it the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation of Indiana University, where freshmen and sophomores would spend those years at the Indianapolis campus, and shift to the Bloomington campus in their junior and senior years. This merger therefore brought into Indiana University the oldest American institution for the training of teachers of physical and health education and recreation, called the School of Physical Education of IUPUI as of 1973. Today the school is known as the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.[15]

The Indiana Dental College opened in 1879 following the passage of a law by the Indiana legislature requiring dentists to show proof that they had graduated from a professional dental college or university. At the time, there were few such colleges in the United States and none operating within Indiana. The need for such an institution was met with the creation of the Indiana Dental College in Indianapolis, the first such institution in the state. The college operated independently until 1925, when it was acquired by Indiana University.

Several early law schools combined into what is now known as the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis. The earliest of these, the Indiana Law School, opened in 1894, soon followed by the Indianapolis College of Law in 1898 and the American Central Law School around 1900. In 1914, the latter two, the Indianapolis and American Central law schools, merged under the name, Benjamin Harrison Law School. In 1936, the Indiana and Benjamin Harrison law schools coalesced, taking the name, the Indiana Law School. This institution then affiliated with Indiana University in 1944.

The IU School of Medicine is a mix of several early medical colleges. In 1869, the Medical College of Indiana opened in Indianapolis. This institution would become the Medical Department of the University of Indianapolis in 1896. In 1879, two more medical schools opened—the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons in Indianapolis and the Fort Wayne College of Medicine. In 1905, the three colleges merged and joined the Medical Department of Purdue University in West Lafayette to form the Indiana Medical College, the School of Medicine of Purdue University located in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, IU Bloomington's own medical program began in 1903. In 1906, a fifth medical school, the State College of Physicians and Surgeons, began operation in the state. This program merged with IU Bloomington's medical department in 1907. Then in 1908, the Indiana Medical College, the School of Medicine of Purdue University merged with the IU Bloomington medical department following a lengthy debate over which school would control medical education in the state. Later that same year, IU relocated its medical studies program to Indianapolis.

The School of Nursing opened in 1913 as the Indiana University Training School for Nurses. It had originally been a department within the IU School of Medicine, and become its own autonomous academic college in 1965.

The John Herron Art Institute opened in 1902, an effort of the Art Association of Indianapolis. The institute was the result of a large monetary gift from real estate investor John Herron, and housed both a museum and art school. In 1967, Indiana University acquired the art school and renamed it the Herron School of Art & Design. The museum operates separately as the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

In addition to these early schools, both Indiana University and Purdue University had formerly operated extension centers in Indianapolis. Indiana University began offering informal extension courses in 1891, establishing its downtown Indianapolis extension center in 1916. Purdue University opened an extension center in Indianapolis during the fall of 1946 to provide a site in Indianapolis for students to begin their undergraduate studies prior to transferring to the West Lafayette main campus to complete their degrees.[16]

For more information on the schools that came to form today's IUPUI, see Ralph Gray, IUPUI: The Making of an Urban University.[17]

Indiana University programsEdit

  • Herron School of Art and Design
    • Departments of:
      • Fine Arts (Art Education, Art History, Art Therapy, Ceramics, Furniture Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture)
      • Visual Communication Design
  • Kelley School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
    • Departments of:
      • Endodontics
      • Oral Biology
      • Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology
      • Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry
      • Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics
      • Pediatric Dentistry
      • Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs (composed of Peridontics, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Assisting)
      • Preventive Community Dentistry/Oral Health Research Institute
      • Restorative Dentistry (composed of Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, and Dental Biomaterials)
  • School of Education
    • Departments of: Elementary Education (includes Physical Education and Music Education) • Secondary Education (includes Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Foreign Languages)
  • IU Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Departments of:
      • Health Sciences
      • Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Physical Therapy
The Informatics Building on the IUPUI campus
  • IU School of Informatics and Computing
    • Departments of: Human-Centered Computing, BioHealth Informatics, and Library and Information Science.
  • IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • IU School of Liberal Arts
    • Departments of:
      • Anthropology
      • Communication Studies
      • Economics
      • English
      • General Studies
      • Geography
      • History
      • Journalism and Public Relations
      • Philosophy
      • Political Science
      • Religious Studies
      • Sociology
      • World Languages and Cultures
      • Museum Studies
  • IU School of Medicine
    • Departments of:
      • Anatomy and Cell Biology
      • Anesthesia
      • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      • Cellular and Integrative Physiology
      • Dermatology
      • Family Medicine
      • Medical and Molecular Genetics
      • Internal Medicine
      • Pediatrics
      • Microbiology and Immunology
      • Neurology
      • Obstetrics and Gynecology
      • Ophthalmology
      • General Surgery and other Surgical specialties
      • Otolaryngology
      • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
      • Pharmacology and Toxicology
      • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
      • Psychiatry
      • Radiation Oncology
      • Radiology
      • Urology
  • IU School of Nursing
  • IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
    • Departments of:
      • Exercise Science and Kinesiology (includes Exercise Physiology and Biomechanical Sciences)
      • Military Science
      • Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management
  • O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    • Departments of:
      • Public Affairs
      • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
      • Indiana University Public Policy Institute[18]
      • SPEA Executive Education Program[19]
  • IU School of Social Work
    • offering a BSW, MSW, and PhD program. MSW concentrations include: school social work; child welfare; leadership; mental health and addictions; children and families; and healthcare social work.
  • IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
    • Offering a BA, MA, PhD and PhilD program.
    • Houses the Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving, the Women's Philanthropy Institute, and the Mays Family Insitute on Diverse Philanthropy

Purdue University programsEdit

  • Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
      • Biomedical Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Energy Engineering
      • Interdisciplinary Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Computer Engineering Technology
      • Computer and Information Technology
      • Computer Graphics Technology
      • Construction Management
      • Electrical Engineering Technology
      • Healthcare Engineering Technology Management
      • Interior Design Technology
      • Mechanical Engineering Technology
      • Motorsports Engineering
      • Music Technology
      • Music Therapy
      • Organizational Leadership
      • Technical Communications
  • Purdue School of Science
    • Departments of:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
      • Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program
      • Computer and Information Science
      • Earth Sciences
      • Mathematical Sciences
      • Physics
      • Psychology (including Neuroscience)


Academic rankings
ARWU[20] 90-110
Forbes[21] 325
THE/WSJ[22] 317
U.S. News & World Report[23] 196
Washington Monthly[24] 190
ARWU[25] 301-400
U.S. News & World Report[26] 490
U.S. News & World Report[27]
Graduate school rankings
Education 103
Engineering 134
Law 111
Medicine: Primary Care 36
Medicine: Research 42
Nursing: Master's 43
Departmental rankings
Biological Sciences 98
Clinical Psychology 64
Fine Arts 73
Psychology 112
Public Affairs 48
Public Health 147
Social Work 36
Online graduate programs[28]
Nursing 49
Nursing Administration 16
Nursing Education 4
  • The U.S. News & World Report 2022 edition of "Best Colleges" ranked the university tied for 196th among national universities and tied for 99th among public universities, tied for 46th in the "Most Innovative Schools" category, 67th in "Best Value Schools", and tied for 114th in "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" [29]
  • The 2022 Niche College Rankings ranked the university 187th among public universities in America.[30]
  • The Washington Monthly 2021 edition of "National University Rankings" ranked the university tied for 190th among national universities.[31]
  • The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranked the university 301st-400th internationally and 90th-110th nationally.[32]
  • The 2021 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the university 387th internationally and 114th nationally.[33]


IUPUI has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1972. Many individual programs at IUPUI are accredited by discipline-specific accreditors.


IUPUI's strategic research initiatives include:

  • Signature Center Initiative
  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)
  • IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
  • IUPUI Imaging Research Institute
  • STEM Education Research Institute
  • The Transportation & Autonomous Systems Institute (TASI)
  • Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute
  • Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
  • Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative
  • Innovation-to-Enterprise Central
  • Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges Student Competition
  • IUPUI Nanotechnology Discovery Academy

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.[34]

Research labsEdit

IUPUI CyberLab is a research and development lab in the School of Engineering and Technology.[35] The lab provides research and intellectual support for the design, development, and implementation of innovative educational technology. The CyberLab was established in 1996 by Dr. Ali Jafari and funded by William Plater, the Executive Vice-Chancellor of IUPUI at the time. Ali Jafari, David Mills, Brian Ho, and Amy Warner[36] was the first team at the CyberLab to start working on the development of the very first online (based on the Internet) on an Indiana University campus. The team received $160,000 from Indiana University to continue to implement Oncourse for all courses at IUPUI. Starting in 1998, Indiana University - Purdue University was the first IU campus to put all courses online. The CyberLab continued to develop and has now launched several projects, including; Sakai, ANGEL Learning, Epsilen,[37][38] and the current project called CourseNetworking.[39]


IUPUI campus
Campus Center
Engineering Science & Technology Building

The IUPUI campus covers 509 acres and is located in downtown Indianapolis along the Cultural Trail[40] 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:

  • University Hall (opened July 2015) – University Hall is the home of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and also offers additional space for the IU School of Social Work. It also serves as the home to IUPUI administration, the IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations and IU Foundation.
  • Engineering Science & Technology Building[41] – The first nonmedical science building to open on the IUPUI campus in 20 years contains more than 35,000 assignable square feet for research and teaching spaces. The first phase will include space for biomedical engineering, psychobiology, renewable energy research programs, and biology and chemistry labs. The second phase will provide space for teaching labs, meeting rooms, additional expansions, additional research laboratories and administrative offices for the School of Science administration.
  • Eskenazi Fine Arts Center at Herron School of Art and Design[42] (opened May 2013) – An expansion of a 12-year-old facility formerly known as the Herron Sculpture and Ceramics Building, the facility includes a large multi-purpose studio for the creation of public arts projects, as well as graduate studios, classrooms, galleries and a computer lab.
  • Hine Hall[43] (opened January 2013) and University Tower and Tower Dining[44] (opened August 2013) – The former University Place Conference Center and Hotel was transformed into a multi-use facility designed to provide student housing, residential and campus dining and additional classroom space. The conversion of the facility began after nearly a yearlong study of the complex's viability by campus and Indiana University officials. Hine Hall offers 15 additional classrooms, University Tower offers residential space for 560 students and Tower Dining can seat 470 simultaneously.
  • Campus Center[45] (opened spring 2008) – The Campus Center is a 179-foot (55 m) bell tower made of limestone and glass. The Campus Center houses Enrollment Services and the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Scholarship, as well as a Barnes & Noble bookstore, cultural arts gallery, game room, movie theater, bank, food court, coffee shop, meetings rooms, study spaces and more.

In 2013, IUPUI opened 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.[46]

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.[47] 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.[48] 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:

  • The Peirce Edition Project, which is preparing a critical chronological edition of the writings of the American polymath Charles Sanders Peirce.
  • The Santayana Edition, which is preparing a critical edition of the works of the Spanish-born American philosopher and man of letters George Santayana.
  • The Josiah Royce Papers, which is preparing a critical edition of the works of the American idealist philosopher.
  • The Frederick Douglass Edition, which is preparing a critical edition of the writings of the 19th century journalist, orator, abolitionist, and African-American leader.
  • The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, which is preparing a critical edition of Bradbury's short stories.

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.


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[49] 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. IUPUI has been named a Tree Campus USA for its campus forest management.[50]

The Office of Sustainability conducts 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.[50]

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification (LEED)Edit

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:[51]

  • Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute (LEED Gold Certification)
  • Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (LEED Silver Certification)
  • IU Neurosciences Research Building (LEED Gold Certification)
  • Rotary Building (LEED Silver certification)
  • North Hall (LEED Gold Certification)[52]

Green powerEdit

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.[51]

Urban gardensEdit

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.[53] 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 KitchenEdit

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Campus Kitchen opened in 2014[54] 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 more than 60 such facilities across the country.

Produce marketEdit

IUPUI hosts a produce market the 3rd Thursday of every month at its Campus Center.[53] 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 lifeEdit

IUPUI offers student organizations, fraternities and sororities, cultural heritage month celebrations, as well as Division I athletics, Jagapalooza,[55] and others including IUPUI's signature event, The IUPUI Regatta.[56]

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.[57]

Residence lifeEdit

View of downtown Indianapolis skyline, looking south-southeast from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

On-campus housing[58] can currently accommodate approximately 2,400 students and includes Ball Residence Hall, University Tower, Riverwalk Apartments, The Townhomes at IUPUI and the newest addition, North Residence Hall.

  • Ball Hall and University Tower are traditional co-ed halls that house 324 students and 650 students, respectively, in single, double and triple rooms and are dedicated to the housing and development of first-year students.
  • The Townhomes at IUPUI house 60 residents in one- or two-bedroom fully furnished units averaging between 650 and 800 square feet and feature private individual residences.
  • Riverwalk Apartments feature one-, two-, and four-bedroom fully furnished units and house 750 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
  • North Hall, which was completed during the summer of 2016, is located on North Street near University Tower. The first new residence building on campus, it accommodates 700 undergraduates along with spaces to support student life activities, fitness programs, a computer lab, game rooms and laundry.

Ball Hall, University Tower, Riverwalk Apartments and North Hall 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 organizationsEdit

IUPUI offers more than 400 organizations in which students can get involved.[59] Students can join an existing organization, start their own organization and/or plan, work at or attend a campus activity. Campus Center and Student Experiences helps students find matching activities outside of the classroom to their coursework, as well as to their academic and career goals. The Spot is a one-stop-shop portal[60] that contains a comprehensive list of student organizations, events, FAQs, and grant information.

Student governmentEdit

At IUPUI, there are two recognized university student organizations representing graduate, professional, and undergraduate students.

  • Undergraduate Student Government, which consists of elected executive officers and student representatives from student organizations serving as liaisons to the student body, campus partners, and university officials.[61]
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government, are elected executive officers from the General Assembly and each academic school as representatives that serve the graduate and professional student experience.[62]

Fraternity and sorority lifeEdit

IUPUI is home to 24 nationally recognized fraternities and sororities that span across four governing councils and include the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the College Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and the Interfraternity Council. Student membership in IUPUI's fraternities and sororities has tripled since fall 2010.[63]

Service learningEdit

Through the Center for Service & Learning[65] and Division of Student Affairs,[66] 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.[67]

Campus recreationEdit

Campus Recreation[68] 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[69] 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.


The IUPUI Jaguars compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Horizon League in 16 men's (7) and women's (9) sports.[70] The Jaguars have earned NCAA Tournament bids in volleyball,[71] 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 serves as the home field for the Indy Eleven soccer team of the North American Soccer League.

Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC)Edit

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 collection of modern architecture[72] 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. IUPUC is administered through IUPUI as a regional campus.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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