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Indianapolis Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Indianapolis Colleges and Schools

Indianapolis is not only the center of commerce for the state of Indiana, but it's also the state capital and the second-largest city in the Midwestern United States. As of 2014, the city was home to 848,788 inhabitants.

Known for its affordability and jobs in industries such as banking, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and manufacturing, Indianapolis continually draws in young families and students alike. An affordable median housing value of just $118,000 in 2013 helped make the city a smart place for entrepreneurs and young people to get their start. Meanwhile, the fact that 55.2 percent of Indianapolis residents own their homes proves that this fabulous city is a place where the American Dream continues to live on.

Colleges and Schools in Indianapolis, Indiana

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) lists 39 colleges and institutions of higher education as active in Indianapolis. Included on this list are large, public four-year institutions, community colleges, trade schools, and even barber colleges. Collectively, these schools enrolled 152,799 students in 2014.

Butler University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $35,652
  • Graduation rate (2008): 78%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 65 undergraduate majors and 18 master's degree programs

Butler University is a world-renowned comprehensive university with programs that span over five separate colleges. Nearly 5,000 students were enrolled in 2014, and each enjoyed the prestige of a world class university along with small, private classes with intimate instruction. Popular degrees offered by Butler include those in pharmacy, business, pre-law, and dentistry.

Chamberlain College of Nursing

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $17,280
  • Graduation rate: Not reported
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 4 undergraduate, 4 advanced degree programs

The Chamberlain College of Nursing offers a handful of nursing-specific degrees for individuals hoping to begin a rewarding career in health care. Approximately 219 students were enrolled in 2014, and popular degrees offered included a R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing, and Associate's degree in nursing.

Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI)

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $8,909
  • Graduation rate (2008): 43%, plus 25% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 243 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees

IUPUI is a partnership between Indiana University and Purdue University that prepares students for a wide range of careers in popular industries within the state. Approximately 30,690 students were enrolled in 2014, encompassing both first-time college students and working adults heading back to school. Popular degrees offered are in disciplines such as accounting, actuarial science, business, and engineering.

International Business College - Indianapolis

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $13,880
  • Graduation rate (2011): 74%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 11 career programs

Geared towards working adults and those who want to enter the workforce quickly, International Business College offers a wide range of career diplomas and associate degrees. More than 350 students were enrolled in 2014, and each pursued degrees in popular subjects of study such as dental assisting, accounting, medical assisting, paralegal studies, and travel and hospitality.

Ivy Tech Community College

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $4,055
  • Graduation rate (2011): 8 percent, plus 17 percent transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 83 degree programs

Ivy Tech Community College offers a broad range of associate's degrees that can help students enter workforce or transfer directly to a four-year school. With 91,179 students in 2014, Ivy Tech is the largest institution of higher education in Indianapolis by far. As of 2015, their most popular degrees were in fields such as automotive technology, business, imaging science, medical assisting, and nursing.

Facts for Students of Indianapolis Colleges and Schools

Economics

As the 14th largest city in the United States, Indianapolis is a hub for economic activity and commerce. Key industries include manufacturing, retail trade, leisure and hospitality, health care, business, utilities, and transportation. As of 2013, the median household income in Indianapolis was $41,962.

Demographics

The city of Indianapolis was home to 848,788 residents through 2014. Approximately 27.3 percent of the adult population ages 25+ held a Bachelor's degree through 2013, while 84.3 percent held a high school diploma or better. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 8.7 percent of the Indianapolis population was foreign-born in 2013, yet 12.6 percent spoke a language other than English at home.

Fun Facts

Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis 500 - the largest single day sporting event in the world. In any given year, as many as 300,000 race fans show up to cheer for their favorite driver and participate in the festivities.

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  2. Official Tourism Site of Indianapolis, https://www.visitindy.com/
  3. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Indianapolis, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/1836003.html

Featured Colleges in the Indianapolis Area (QuickSchools™)

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Lincoln Tech


Indianapolis, IN

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  • Program Categories: Engineering and Architecture, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma

The Art Institutes system of schools


Indianapolis, IN

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

Aviation Institute of Maintenance


Indianapolis, IN

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

Harrison College


Indianapolis, IN

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students -- their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma, Associate

The Chef's Academy


Indianapolis, IN

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Indianapolis Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Indianapolis
7251 W McCarty St
Indianapolis, IN 46241

  • Programs: aircraft maintenance, avionics maintenance
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 205 students, 142 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Crossroads Bible College
601 N Shortridge Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46219-4912

  • Programs: religious education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 228 students, 138 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 10 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Hair Fashions By Kaye Beauty College Indianapolis
6346 E 82nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46250

  • Programs: cosmetology, barber, make-up artist, personal grooming
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 140 students, 178 full-time equivalent.

Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46208-5752

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, business management, medical assistant, licensed practical nurse, computer and info science, accounting technology, electrician, pipefitting
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 13,439 students, 9,455 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Martin University
2171 Avondale Place
Indianapolis, IN 46218-0567

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: community psychology, liberal arts and humanities, psychology, business management, religion, theology and religious vocations, criminal justice and safety, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 618 students, 767 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Colleges in Indianapolis with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: pharmacy, physician assistant, marketing, business management, chemistry, journalism, elementary school teaching, accounting
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 4,479 students, 4,638 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,026 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 530-640. Math: 550-650. Writing: 520-620.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Christian Theological Seminary
1000 W 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3301

  • Programs: ministry, counseling psychology, theology, religious music, pastoral counseling and ministries, religious education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 304 students, 75 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 72 student capacity.
  • Notable: Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5143

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business, general studies, social work, registered nursing, law, interdisciplinary studies, medicine, elementary school teaching
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 29,854 students, 21,649 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,000 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 440-550. Math: 450-570. Writing: 420-530.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

J Everett Light Career Center
1901 E 86 St
Indianapolis, IN 46240

  • Programs: licensed practical nurse
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 85 students, 127 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

Marian College
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, registered nursing, marketing, elementary school teaching, human resources, sports and fitness management, psychology, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,043 students, 1,850 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 700 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 450-550. Math: 460-570.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

MedTech College
6612 E 75th St 3rd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46250

  • Programs: licensed practical nurse, medical coding, massage therapy, medical assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 495 students, 703 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Regency Beauty Institute-Indianapolis
8811 Hardegan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 46 students, 107 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Regency Beauty Institute-Indianapolis
8252 Rockville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 42 students, 79 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, registered nursing, physical therapy, psychology, clinical psychology, liberal arts and sciences, occupational therapy, curriculum and instruction
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 4,706 students, 4,295 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,316 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 440-550. Math: 450-570. Writing: 430-550.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

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Noblesville Colleges 1 28,590 87  

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