Colleges in Indianapolis: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Students can find a big selection of colleges in Indianapolis, along with a vibrant community. The city has six unique cultural districts, hundreds of restaurants, farmers' markets, summer concerts, downtown festivals and 350 acres of parks, trails, and waterways. Most of the universities in Indianapolis offer on-campus housing, but there is plenty of off-campus housing, with new developments in the works. Students can get around town easily on the city's bike-and-bus system.

Illinois offers several college education initiatives, including "Next Level Jobs," a certificate program focused on high-demand jobs and the "15 to Finish" program that aims to increase college completion rates.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Indianapolis

Aspiring pilots and aviation mechanics can look into The Aviation Technology Center at Vincennes University, at Indianapolis International Airport, which offers certificate and associate degree programs in aviation maintenance and aviation flight. Through the ATC High School Flight program, high school students can earn college credits toward a certificate in aviation flight technology or maintenance flight technology. The Aviation Institute of Maintenance provides similar training. Several local aviation companies offer students internships. Some other options for colleges in Indianapolis are Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana Massage College.

Fun Facts about Indianapolis Colleges and Universities

Indianapolis colleges come in many sizes and specialties. A few examples include Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, which boasts more than 500 student organizations, and the University of Indianapolis, which has students from 68 countries. Marian University, a faith-based Catholic college, celebrated its 75th anniversary in Indianapolis in 2012. And Butler University is a liberal arts school where business degrees are the most popular.

Graduate Schools in Indianapolis

Several universities in Indianapolis have graduate schools. Butler University has graduate programs in education, music, pharmacy and health sciences. The IUPUI, University of Indianapolis and Marian University have graduate programs in science, medicine, dentistry, law, engineering and technology. By contrast, Christian Theological Seminary offers only graduate degrees, in theological studies.

To see what other higher education options are available in the state, visit our Indiana Colleges page.


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Education Institutes in Indianapolis
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Indianapolis
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Indianapolis
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Butler University5,095Four or more years37,40095
Christian Theological Seminary145Four or more yearsN/A6
Hair Fashions By Kaye Beauty College-IndianapolisN/ALess than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Ivy Tech Community College78,910At least 2 but less than 4 years4,055211
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis29,804Four or more years8,141283
University of Indianapolis5,711Four or more years26,92098
Martin University352Four or more years12,21617
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Indianapolis153Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Crossroads Bible College270Four or more years11,8503
American College of Education3,844Four or more yearsN/A18
Aveda Fredric's Institute-Indianapolis191Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Brightwood College-Indianapolis276At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A6
Fortis College-Indianapolis280At least 2 but less than 4 years18,5005
Paul Mitchell the School-Indianapolis161Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Indiana265Four or more years18,9001
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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