Indiana is home to some of the most respected colleges in the nation, including Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. However, the state has more than 140 postsecondary institutions that can serve residents' higher education needs. These include public and private schools, two-year and four-year schools, and trade schools that offer certificate programs.
The Independent Colleges of Indiana system represents 30 private nonprofit Indiana colleges and universities. The system confers more than a third of all degrees in STEM disciplines and nursing awarded to Indiana students.
Ivy Tech Community College is the statewide system of community colleges in Indiana and has 45 campus and site locations throughout the state.
Indiana State University at Terre Haute is one of the state's premier postsecondary institutions. Founded in 1865, the university has an annual enrollment of approximately 13,500 students. Distance learners can choose from more than 60 completely online degree programs through Indiana State Online.
Indiana University has its flagship campus at Bloomington and seven other campus locations across the state. The IU system serves more than 114,000 students each year. IU Online offers more than 120 online degree programs for distance learners.
However, residents who wish to pursue online degrees from colleges in other states can do so through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has defined several initiatives to support the growth of educational attainment in the state. Two of these include "Next Level Jobs," a certificate program that focuses on high-demand jobs and the "15 to Finish" program that aims to increase college completion rates.
Students also can explore the Indiana Department of Education for additional information on universities and colleges in Indiana.